Meet The Neighbors: Mitte

The name literally means “middle,” and Mitte is indeed the closest thing Berlin has to a downtown core. Polished, somewhat pricier, and oftentimes packed, this commercial district is also home to the city’s most well-known tourist sites.  

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

Shiori | Max-Beer-Str. 13

Owner and chef Shiori Arai crafts the freshest seafood and ingredients of the season into exquisite Japanese tasting menus, served omakase-style over eight courses. Reserve as early as possible, since there’s just one seating per evening for ten lucky diners.

 Shiori. Photos: Sasha Kharchenko.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art | Auguststr. 69

Better known as simply the KW, this outsized gallery should be one of the first stops for art aficionados. The newest exhibition, a retrospective of work by Slovak artist Anna Daučíková, opens on the evening of June 6.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Photo: Philippe Van Snick.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Photo: Philippe Van Snick.

Clärchens Ballhaus | Auguststr. 24

Nearly 110 years old and still going strong, this old-timey nightlife spot has dancing every night of the week (swing on Wednesdays, cha-cha on Thursdays), plenty of charm, and a multi-generational cast of regulars. If you’ve got two left feet, simply play spectator over a meal or have a drink in the romantic front garden.

Inside Clarchens Ballhaus. Photo: Gunter Steffen.

Inside Clarchens Ballhaus. Photo: Gunter Steffen.

Konk | Kleine Hamburger Str. 15

At home in the heart of Mitte’s boutique district, Konk focuses exclusively on independent, Berlin-based labels and designers creating eye-catching fashions, jewelry, accessories, and more. The best souvenirs are the ones you can wear.

Grill Royal | Friedrichstr. 105b

The place to go when you’re in the mood to splurge (or impress a date). This classy, art-filled spot right on the Spree river has a long-held reputation for both its steaks and frequent celebrity sightings.

Buck and Breck | Brunnenstr. 177

Ring the bell and cross your fingers: This tiny cocktail bar hidden behind an innocuous, unmarked façade has fewer than 20 seats and when they’re full, they’re full. If you make it in, you’re in the expert hands of bartenders who will custom blend your perfect drink.  


To The Bone | Torstr. 96

Rub elbows with Mitte’s well-heeled hipsters over cocktails and modern Italian cuisine, including top-notch steaks butchered in the classic Florentine style. Make sure to open the evening with one of To The Bone’s delectable Negroni variations.

To The Bone. Photos: Rian Davidson.

HKW | John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

Until June 10, the strikingly retro Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures), or HKW for short, is marking the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus design school. Stop by to admire both the mid-century architecture and the “Bauhaus Imaginista” exhibition, exploring the legacy of that highly influential design movement. Don’t forget to stop by the riverside terrace for a scenic post-exhibition drink.

HKW. Photo: Ansgar Koreng.

HKW. Photo: Ansgar Koreng.

Mitte is approximately 15-25 minutes away from Messe Berlin by car or public transport, respectively.

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