Destination: Berlin
Schinkel Pavillion is one of Destination: Berlin.

1. Schinkel Pavillion

8.5
Oberwallstr. 1, Berlin, Berlin
Art Gallery · Unter den Linden · 1 tip

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: The octagon-shaped Schinkel Pavillon, built in 1969 by revered GDR architect Richard Paulick on the grounds of the former Crown Prince Palace, is now an unorthodox space for site-specific exhibitions. Read more.

2. Galerie König

Oranienburger Straße 27, Berlin, Berlin
Art Gallery · Mitte · 1 tip

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: Architect Arno Brandlhuber plays with scale and negative space inside the soaring central hall; the rest of the complex is home to a sculpture garden, artist’s residence, and the 032c offices. Read more.

Silent Green Kulturquartier is one of Destination: Berlin.

3. Silent Green Kulturquartier

Gerichtstr. 35, Berlin, Berlin
Event Space · Leopoldplatz · 7 tips and reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: Perhaps most symbolic of Berlin’s bright transformation is Silent Green, a one-time crematorium turned performing arts center that shows video art and hosts underground DJs in a retrofitted cupola. Read more.

Berlinische Galerie is one of Destination: Berlin.

4. Berlinische Galerie

8.9
Alte Jakobstr. 124-128, Berlin, Berlin
Art Museum · Kreuzberg · 61 tips and reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: Surrounded by high-rise East German-esque housing blocks not far from the Jewish Museum, it’s worth searching out for the sake of director Köhler’s smart mix of Dada and avant-garde European works. Read more.

5. Sammlung Boros

8.9
Reinhardtstr. 20, Berlin, Berlin
Art Gallery · Mitte · 101 tips and reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: Mitte’s Boros Collection, in a 32,000-square-foot Nazi-era bunker, doubles as the home of Christian Boros, a collector of artists such as Olafur Eliasson and Alicja Kwade. Read more.

893 Ryōtei is one of Destination: Berlin.

6. 893 Ryōtei

8.9
Kantstr. 135, Berlin, Berlin
Asian Restaurant · Charlottenburg · 66 tips and reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: Here, Ngo’s talented right-hand man, Masao Watari, turns out small plates like grilled yakitori and anticuchos as well as South American-inspired sashimi. Read more.

Pauly Saal is one of Destination: Berlin.

7. Pauly Saal

Auguststr. 11-13, Berlin, Berlin
Seafood Restaurant · Mitte · 68 tips and reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: A modern German brasserie with a Michelin star located in the Jewish Girls’ School building. Patrons enter through the clubby front bar decorated with emerald green walls and leather banquettes. Read more.

Chipperfield Kantine is one of Destination: Berlin.

8. Chipperfield Kantine

8.8
Joachimstr. 11, Berlin, Berlin
Bistro · Mitte · 44 tips and reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: A sleek two-story cafeteria in architect David Chipperfield’s office complex that serves five simple homemade dishes each day. Read more.

Der Laden - deftig + fein is one of Destination: Berlin.

9. Der Laden - deftig + fein

6.9
Rückerstr.4, Berlin, Berlin
Deli · Mitte · 4 tips and reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: Everything from the tables and stools to the cutting boards is custom-made, and the interior features original 18th-century murals uncovered during the renovation. Read more.

Holzmarkt is one of Destination: Berlin.

10. Holzmarkt

9.4
Holzmarktstr. 25, Berlin, Berlin
Arts and Entertainment · Friedrichshain · 47 tips and reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: An artists’ village along the Spree in Friedrichshain that houses the anything-goes-club Kater Blau, inside a disused factory, and sister restaurant Fame, where the fashion crowd fuels up. Read more.

Oh, Panama is one of Destination: Berlin.

11. Oh, Panama

8.1
Potsdamer Str. 91, Berlin, Berlin
Modern European Restaurant · Tiergarten · 48 tips and reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: The light-flooded dining room designed by up-and-comers Karoline Butzert and Nora Witzigmann displays modern art, including a remarkable chandelier made of vintage lights by the artist Björn Dahlem. Read more.

Nobelhart & Schmutzig is one of Destination: Berlin.

12. Nobelhart & Schmutzig

8.4
Friedrichstr. 218 (Kochstr.), Berlin, Berlin
Modern European Restaurant · Kreuzberg · 45 tips and reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: With the curtains closed and Wagner’s vinyl providing the soundtrack, diners are seated at a large U-shaped bar and served a regionally sourced 10-course menu. Read more.

SO/ Berlin Das Stue is one of Destination: Berlin.

13. SO/ Berlin Das Stue

9.3
Drakestr. 1 (Rauchstr.), Berlin, Berlin
Hotel · Tiergarten · 46 tips and reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: One of Berlin’s most grown-up properties is the 78-room Das Stue, a 1930s landmark on the leafy Tiergarten with a new modernist wing by local firm Axthelm Architekten. Read more.

Hotel am Steinplatz is one of Destination: Berlin.

14. Hotel am Steinplatz

9.0
Steinplatz 4 (Uhlandstr.), Berlin, Berlin
Hotel · Charlottenburg · 17 tips and reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: In its heyday it was a hotbed for Russian aristocrats, literary greats, and Hollywood stars. Recently, architect Claudia Dressler breathed new life into it, adding art deco flavor and modern comforts. Read more.

Michelberger Hotel is one of Destination: Berlin.

15. Michelberger Hotel

9.3
Warschauer Str. 39-40, Berlin, Berlin
Hotel · Friedrichshain · 164 tips and reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: The dorm-style rooms are a study in egalitarian design, with flea market-sourced furniture and patterned wallpaper by the creative director Azar Kazimir. Read more.

Gorki Apartments is one of Destination: Berlin.

16. Gorki Apartments

9.2
Weinbergsweg 25, Berlin, Berlin
Vacation Rental · Mitte · 15 tips and reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: The 35 suites are well cast: Rustic wooden tables and vintage clawfoot tubs might be offset by modern pieces from Dixon or Knoll. Be sure to reserve a Finnish-crafted Pelago bike from the staff. Read more.

Soho House is one of Destination: Berlin.

17. Soho House

8.6
Torstr. 1 (Prenzlauer Allee), Berlin, Berlin
Hotel · Kollwitzkiez · 174 tips and reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: The ground floor has recently been adapted as a concept shop called The Store, with an outpost of the British salon Barber and Parlour, and the busy Cecconi’s restaurant. Read more.

Andreas Murkudis is one of Destination: Berlin.

18. Andreas Murkudis

8.6
Potsdamer Str, 81, Haus E, Berlin, Berlin
Miscellaneous Store · Tiergarten · 11 tips and reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: Still the style emporium of choice for successful artists and gallerists, the boutique features a beautifully selected mix of Dries Van Noten, Margiela, and Marni ready-to-wear. Read more.

NEW TENDENCY is one of Destination: Berlin.

19. NEW TENDENCY

Adalbertstr. 6, Berlin, Berlin
Furniture and Home Store · Reuterkiez · No tips or reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: New Tendency is one of the most interesting collectives around. Its chaste office doubles as a showroom and shop, which stocks the colorful, modular Cake table, a major hit in home décor circles. Read more.

20. Rike Feurstein

Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 28, Berlin, Berlin
Fashion Accessories Store · Mitte · 1 tip

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: he most talented hat-maker in the city is hands down Rike Feurstein, whose chapeaus, sold at her Mitte atelier, have been worn by everyone from Rihanna to Reese Witherspoon. Read more.

21. Manufactum

9.0
Hardenbergstr. 4-5, Charlottenburg, Berlin
Furniture and Home Store · 4 tips and reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: Look for everything from handcrafted gardening tools to old-school wooden toys to handmade soap from an obscure Italian monastery. Read more.

Bikini Berlin is one of Destination: Berlin.

22. Bikini Berlin

7.9
Budapester Str. 38-50, Berlin, Berlin
Shopping Mall · Tiergarten · 145 tips and reviews

Surface MagazineSurface Magazine: Bikini Berlin, a midcentury architectural landmark near the Berlin Zoo, was reinvented as a fashion-forward mall in 2015. It features several local brands such as the eyeglass designers Mykita. Read more.