Meet the Neighbors: Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

Once you get past the hustle and bustle of Bahnhof Zoo and the famed Ku’damm (Kurfürstendamm) shopping strip, this west-end district’s genteel reputation pretty much holds true. Charlottenburg is the place to go for a taste of a more classic Berlin beyond the trends.

HILDA HOY shares a few of the places that make Charlottenburg-Wilmserdorf, one of Berlin’s many neighborhoods, a great place for World of Coffee attendees to explore this June.

Rogacki | Wilmersdorfer Str. 145-146

A family-run deli dating back to 1928, Rogacki is famed for German delicacies like pickled herring and trout, char, and eel freshly smoked on site. One of the biggest draws is the busy lunch counter in the back, which draws a crowd of gray-haired locals feasting on everything from crisp plaice fillets, roast suckling pig, and potato salad.

Photo: Hilda Hoy.

Photo: Hilda Hoy.

C/O Berlin | Hardenbergstr. 22-24

A must-see for photography fans, the C/O Berlin gallery brings together some of the greatest work from the world of modern visual media. Exhibitions showcase both lesser-known talents as well as legendary names like Josef Koudelka and Anton Corbijn. Opening on the evening of June 7: a group exhibition on food in photography and a retrospective of Austrian photographer Elfie Semotan.

C/O. Photo: Felipe Tofani.

C/O. Photo: Felipe Tofani.

Monkey Bar | Budapester Str. 40

Up on the penthouse level of the 25hours Hotel, you’ll find this cocktail spot with an incredible view over Tiergarten park – including a peek down into the neighboring zoo’s monkey enclosure. With great drinks, top views, and a breezy terrace, the bar can sometimes have lineups rivalling the city’s busiest clubs.

 Monkeybar. Photos: Stephan Lemke.

Prism | Fritschestr. 48

A true culinary artist, chef and owner Gal Ben-Moshe takes inspiration from the region around his home in Israel to create virtuosic tasting menus that harmonize European fine dining with Levantine flavors. The result is one of the most interesting and high-caliber restaurants not only at this end of Berlin, but in the whole city.

Paris Bar | Kantstr. 152

A West Berlin hotspot since the 1950s, everyone from Sophia Loren to Yves Saint Laurent to Madonna has wined and dined at this French bistro over the years. Portraits of those celebrity guests line the walls of the charmingly aged eatery, where you can feast on bistro classics like oysters, escargot, and entrecote. With an atmosphere full of legends, you’re sure to be dining in great company.

Photo: pmonaghan (flickr).

Photo: pmonaghan (flickr).

Thai Park

On weekends, scores of women and men from Berlin’s Thai community gather in Preussenpark to cook and sell a whole wealth of delicacies right on the grass. From pad Thai noodles to papaya salad mixed to your liking to shaved ice desserts, every taste is catered for. You can even get a Thai massage right there on your picnic blanket.

Thai park. Photo: micharl_foto (flickr).

Thai park. Photo: micharl_foto (flickr).

 Bar Zentral | Lotte-Lenya-Bogen 551

Discrete and chic, this dimly lit cocktail spot under the arches of the S-Bahn tracks simply oozes cool. “Disappear Here” reads the enigmatic neon sign over the bar. Don’t mind if we do…

Charlottenburg-Wilmserdorf is approximately 7-20 minutes away from Messe Berlin by car or public transport, respectively.

World of Coffee Berlin will take place June 6-8, 2019.