Mikey Williams popped over to the German capital for the weekend on behalf of CODE. Here are his recommendations for 24 hours in Berlin.
With 65 rooms and 20 serviced apartments, the Mitte outpost of Soho House makes for the perfect base from which to explore the city. In a previous life the building was home to the Communist Party’s Central Committee, but nowadays you’ll have to make do with its rooftop pool, a Cecconi’s and an outpost of The Store on the ground floor.
Torstraße 1, 10119 Berlin
+49 30 4050440
Located in Prenzlauer Berg, Oderberger Straße mounts a strong argument for being one of Berlin’s most picturesque streets. The street has a number of restaurants but Engelberg constitutes the best option for an al fresco brunch of German charcuterie, cheese, eggs and excellent bread.
Oderberger Straße 21, 10435 Berlin
+49 30 44030637
One of the city’s new wave coffee shops, Father Carpenter and its sundappled courtyard seating makes for a great pit stop from shopping in the Mitte district. They use Five Elephant’s roasts and all their coffees are served with a little sweet snack.
Münzstraße 21, 10178 Berlin
Mogg (formerly Mogg & Melzer) is housed in the New Objectivity building alongside galleries and the Pauly Saal restaurant. The deli was founded by two DJs over their shared love of cured beef. Though the menu branches out beyond sandwiches, the right move at this modern take on a New York-style deli is the Reuben, topped with melted ‘Swiss’ cheese, sauerkraut and a special dressing.
Auguststraße 11-13, 10117
Though they serve suspect-looking brunches on boards by day, Geist Im Glas becomes a serious drinking destination by night. Cocktails feature home-infused spirits and make for a perfect pre or post-dinner sharpener. The cute bar specialises in infused alcohols that are poured from giant bottles at the bar and mixed into their house cocktails.
Lenaustraße 27, 12047 Berlin
+49 176 55330450
Reward yourself after a walk along the canal by ending up at this contemporary bistro in Kreuzberg. You can reserve ahead for a five-course tasting menu in the dining room, or simply cosy up to the bar in front of the open kitchen and enjoy the natural wines on offer, plates of deep-fried yet delicate bitterballen and excellent beef tartare accompanied by the city’s best bread and butter.
Lausitzer Straße 25, 10999 Berlin
+49 30 65214507
Berlin claims to be the spiritual home of the donar kebab, so to not end a night with one would be blasphemous. Though the question of where to find the city’s best is a divisive one, many agree on Imren due to it’s freshly baked flatbreads and house-made sauces. When in Rome, after all…
Karl-Marx-Straße 75, 12043 Berlin
+49 163 8545512