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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

restaurants

Borchardt Grill Restaurant

Borchardt’s classic, yet trendy bistro serves quality French-German fusion food. With a reputation as a celebrity meeting place, it is extremely popular and definitely worth a visit for an elegant dining experience. For an equally fabulous meal head to Botchart’s spin off, San Nicci, also in Mitte.

 View Map ... Franzosische Str. 47, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Grill Royale

If you are a steak lover, get to Grill Royale. The steaks are mouth-watering and simply incredible and the beautiful view of the River Spree is the perfect digestif. This is certainly not your average steakhouse – casual elegance erupts into boisterous atmosphere as the night unfolds and champagne corks pop. This luxe restaurant has big trendy booths and a groovy art-house crowd making it a true Mitte treat.

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 View Map ... Friedrichstr. 105b, Berlin, Germany
Lutter & Wegner

Lutter & Wegner boasts an extensive wine list to accompany the delicious and authentic modern German food. The schnitzel is larger than the plate it is served on, but what’s the hurry? Soak up the casual yet sophisticated atmosphere, enjoy a bottle of flavoursome, textured wine, and before you know it, you’ll be ordering apple strudel for dessert! There are 2 Lutter & Wegner restaurants – Gendarmenmarkt which is more exclusive, and Oranienburger Straße which is more casual.

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 View Map ... Charlottenstr. 56, Mitte, Berlin Germany
Ma Tim Raue

A celebrated newcomer at the Hotel Adlon, Ma Tim Raue is a sleek Asian-inspired restaurant with minimalist interiors. The provocative young chef, Tim Raue, and his talented sommelier wife, have opened their doors to a glossy crowd and greeted a Michelin star with aplomb. The duo are passionate about fresh ingredients and exotic flavours and the modern oriental cuisine is meticulously concocted.

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 View Map ... Behrenstrasse 72, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Monsieur Vuong

Monsieur Vuong has become a local favourite and is known for its chic and cheerful modern Asian food. Try to grab a seat on the pavement terrace to make the most of the fabulous location, right in the heart of eclectic Mitte.

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 View Map ... Alte Schonhasuer Str. 46, Berlin, Germany
Pan-Asia

Tucked away in a hidden courtyard, Pan-Asia is a fashionably minimalist restaurant with modern Asian food. If the weather is kind to you, sit at one of the tables in the outdoor oasis to enjoy the sumptuous wok dishes accompanied by a champagne cocktail. Don’t forget to have a look at the unbelievably cool toilets.

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 View Map ... Rosenthaler Str. 38, Berlin, Germany
Susuru

We’ve scoured East Berlin to find the funkiest Japanese cuisine and we unearthed a hidden Mitte gem. Susuru (meaning ‘slurping’ in Japanese) twists Japanese cuisine beyond sushi and into the realm of a contempo noodle house. At Susuru you will slurp your way through big bowls of steaming udon noodles. Throw in a trendy dining room furnished in mod chic Mitte style and you have a refreshingly cool Japanese haunt. Delicious communal dining vibe.

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 View Map ... Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 17, 10178 Berlin, Germany

what we think

After a tumultuous past, this vibrant capital has reclaimed its cool. Don’t be deterred by the crumbling façade of some parts of the city as some of the world’s most progressive and exciting architecture can easily be found. The neighbourhoods are eclectic and it’s not uncommon to see graffiti covered buildings missing walls adjacent to a slick modern development. Maybe it’s an anti-grunge backlash, but in the last few years Berlin designers have been stamping their mark on the city, and everything from the boutiques to the cafes, restaurants, bars and underground clubs are cutting edge and radically cool.