Meet the Neighbors: Tiergarten

The somewhat scruffy red-light district around Potsdamer Strasse, south of Tiergarten Park, has been undergoing a steady transformation in recent years into a buzzy gallery and boutique district.

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

rocket & basil | Lützowstr. 22

Hands down the best lunch and brunch spot in this part of town. Iranian-German sisters Sophie and Xenia have crafted a fresh, modern, and very, very tasty homage to their mother’s Persian cooking. The menu focuses on salads, sandwiches, and stews incorporating lots of lush herbs, saffron, pomegranate, and all that good stuff.

Rocket+Basil. Photos: Becca Crawford.

Victoria Bar | Potsdamer Str. 102

A glamorous classic on the Potsdamer Strasse strip. Squint and you might just feel as if you’ve stepped onto a Film Noir movie set. Sidle up to the bar and order yourself something appropriately old-school, like a Sazerac or a Boulevardier.

Victoria Bar. Photos: Victoria Bar.

Panama | Potsdamer Str. 91

Sunny and whimsical vibes in a back courtyard, run by the same people behind the equally delicious Katz Orange in Mitte. The menu is a sparkling fusion of European, Central American, and Asian flavors that comes together perfectly in each dish.

Panama. Photos: Caitlin Collins (1, 2); Philipp Lagenheim & Corina Schadendorf (3).

Andreas Murkudis | Potsdamer Str. 81

At this concept store housed in a former printing press, the pristine white walls and expansive architecture give the impression of a gallery space. Each item in the exceptionally curated selection – from clothing and accessories to homewares, cosmetics, and more – is truly like a work of art.

Andreas Murkudis. Photos: Thomas Meyer - Ostkruez.

Café Einstein Stammhaus | Kurfürstenstr. 58

Take a trip back in time! A neo-Renaissance villa has been transformed into an elegant Viennese coffeehouse in the turn-of-the-century style, serving upstanding Austrian-German delicacies like schnitzel and strudel. For a nightcap, head upstairs to the equally classy Lebensstern Bar, which boasts one of the largest collections of rare rums and gins in Europe.  

Photos courtesy of Café Einstein.

Buchstabenmuseum | Stadtbahnbogen 424

When the shop marquees and neon signage of yesteryear are torn down in the name of reconstruction, the volunteer army at the Buchstabenmuseum (Museum of Letters) comes to the rescue. Their impressive collection of vintage letters can be visited in a newly unveiled museum beneath the S-Bahn tracks, a must for all font fans and design buffs.

Buchstabenmuseum. Photo: Dominik Wagner.

Buchstabenmuseum. Photo: Dominik Wagner.

Cafe am neuen See | Lichtensteinallee 2

When it’s time for a breather from the urban grind, head into Tiergarten Park to find this idyllic piece of pond-side paradise. Café, restaurant, and beer garden in one, Café am neuen See is the perfect spot to while away a few peaceful hours. Bob around the pond on a rented boat, or just sit back and sip a beer in the shade.

Cafe am neuen See. Photos: Tanja Koch.

Tiergarten is approximately 20-35 minutes away from Messe Berlin by car or public transport, respectively.

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