Quality is something we take very seriously - but not just for homewares. Luckily for us, our office is in the middle of Berlin’s gorgeous Mitte district, near the infamous Hackesche Höfe and a short walk away from the spectacular synagogue.
It wasn’t always the fashionable scene it is today. Mitte has undergone an identity shift over the past two decades: from the grunge and punk scenes of the 1980s, it has transformed into an area boasting a host of galleries, cafes, restaurants, bars and boutique stores; worlds away from its textured past to be sure, but teaming with high-quality purveyors and restaurateurs who share our passion for good food, good materials, and good wine.
We thought we’d share our favourite spots with you for your next trip in a special Berlin Mitte Quality Guide.
Ice creamery - Eismanufaktur Berlin
Ok, we haven’t tried every single ice cream parlour in Berlin, but if you’re in Mitte, this one’s pretty delicious. It’s a hole-in-the-wall locale with around 15 house-made flavours to choose from, including several sorbets. They have coffee and pastries, too. Just opposite the iconic Clärchens Ballhaus and in the beautiful old Jewish district, it really is a lovely place to stop. Auguststraße 63, 10117 Berlin
We recommend: Their flavours change regularly, but the dark chocolate is heavenly.
Mozzarella Bar - Al Contadino sotto le Stelle
In the warmer months, their modest outdoor seating is in full sun and opposite a pretty neighbourhood park. They have a very affordable lunch menu and an extensive Italian wine list. The corner bistro has a parent restaurant down the road, but we prefer the more casual experience. The seating is tight but the counter has a view onto the street and is ideal for two. And the waiters speak with heavy Italian accents, completing the Italian experience. Auguststraße 34, 10119 Berlin
We recommend: The burrata with anchovies. Actually, the burrata with anything.
Artisanal Bakery - Zeit für Brot
Germans have a thing for bakeries, but unfortunately, the vast majority are chains producing baked goods en masse. Zeit für Brot is a shining exception. Stop by for fresh, tasty sandwiches, dense German sour doughs, and sweet treats. It’s the perfect place for a light bite to eat during a day of sightseeing. Alte Schönhauser Str. 4, 10119 Berlin
We recommend: Not very German, but their cinnamon swirls are delicious!
Magazines & books - Do you read me?!
We quite fancy a good bookshop, and often take inspiration from design and style periodicals for our collections and journal. Do you read me?! is a gem of a shop that stocks high-end magazines and a tantalising selection of specialist books, many in English. Drop by as you’re wandering around the area and marvel at the themes and fancies of both known and obscure publicists. Auguststraße 28, 10117 Berlin
We recommend: Their tote bags make a lovely not-too-obvious Berlin souvenir.
If you do make it to Berlin and find yourself in one of these gems, let us know what how you found it! And while you’re around, you should definitely drop by our Berlin showroom! Did you discover something you think we should feature? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Happy travelling!