There's no such thing as a bad time to visit Berlin, but go now to enjoy the film and arts scene in one of the most stimulating cultural centres in Europe, says Paul Sullivan.
1. Soho House
The Telegraph: Mid-range: The Soho House is every bit as slick as its London and New York counterparts. A late Bauhaus building in Mitte. From £100. Read a full review here http://bit.ly/XGbLZF.
2. Michelberger Hotel
The Telegraph: The Michelberger is a converted factory building with innovative rooms that suit a range of budgets and tastes. From £75 Read a full review here http://bit.ly/X24FjZ.
3. Einstein Kaffee
The Telegraph: Arrive in style with dinner at Café Einstein is a 1920s villa with parquet floors and leather banquettes that serves a divine schnitzel (€20/ £17).
The Telegraph: If you’re new to Berlin, you may wish to spend much of your day exploring the city’s classic sites, from The Reichstag to Museum Island among others.
5. Barcomi's Deli
The Telegraph: Enjoy a casual breakfast at Barcomi’s (barcomis.de), a smart café that roasts its own coffee and serves filling, elegant breakfast plates and tasty bagels (around €8/ £7).
6. Gestalten Space
The Telegraph: Right next door is the wonderful Gestalten Space (gestalten.com), a 350 square-meter bookshop and exhibition space.
7. C/O Berlin
The Telegraph: The wonderful C/O Berlin (co-berlin.info) is a photography museum housed in a huge 19th-century post office.
The Telegraph: Leafy squares like Kollwitzplatz are brimming with young professionals, families and wonderful cafés and shops.
The Telegraph: Stadt, Land, Fluss (slf-restaurant.de, Pappelallee 65; mains €15-25/ £13-21) is a smart, unpretentious place with food that’s plucked, fished and hunted by the owners.
10. Potsdamer Platz
The Telegraph: Head to Potsdamer Platz, one of Europe’s busiest squares in the 1930s and a complete wasteland during the Berlin Wall years. Today’s collection of high-rise offices includes the sparkling Sony Center
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