Shopping Guide: Torstraße

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Torstraße is certainly one of the ugliest streets Mitte has to offer – noisy traffic on four lanes passes by a mix of typical yet not very bourgeois Altbau and loads of gruesome Plattenbau, but it’s at the same time one of the most interesting streets. Innovative and independent shops as well as charming and delicious restaurants are to be found East and West of Torstraße’s main square Rosenthaler Platz. So it was about time for a guide. This one is, of course, not able to cover every single shop and eatery, yet it’s a compilation of favorites. And in case you’re missing Filmgalerie 451 in this list, they’re moving to Invalidenstraße 148 on October 1st.

Bold

Bold is a young press agency for clients like Mye Cosmetics, G-Shock and Philips, offering their showroom space to temporary store and event organizers from all over the world. Depending on what’s on the program, you’ll find a store with objects made in New York, a juice bar or a nail design studio.

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Torstraße 68, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
depending on events

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Brut

Mastering the art of Brotzeit, this likeable bar is offering a variety of plates filled with delicious French cheese, Hessian Wurst with pickles and sourdough bread together with an assortment of wines, aperitifs and beer.

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Torstraße 68, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon–Sat from 18:00

Happy Shop

Just opposite Brut, a temporary black-and-white structure is the home of the Happy Shop, offering colorful clothes by Minä Perhonen, Mihara Yasuhiro, Tsumori Chisato and many more. See more in our review here.

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Torstraße 67, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Tues–Sat 11h–19h

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Stue

Founded in Schöneberg in 1997 and moved to Mitte in 1999, this store for vintage Danish furniture and small objects helped define the current interior look of many Berlin apartments. Take your time roaming the shop, it’s bigger than it’s windows make you believe.

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Torstraße 70, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon–Sat 13:00–19:00

Soto

One of the most busy menswear shops of Berlin, sporting not only popular labels like Band of Outsiders and Opening Ceremony, but also organizing and hosting a number of events and cooperations, Soto is covering two stores just next to each other. Both are worth a visit, read more here.

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Torstraße 68, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
depending on events

Magasin Souvenir

Get yourself the best Berlin souvenir available in this little store that presents small editions by artists like Dirk Bell, Anselm Reyle, Jonathan Meese, Marc Brandenburg and many more for very affordable prices.

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Torstrasse 76, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Sat 13:00–18:00 , and by appointment

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Paul’s Boutique

The Mitte branch of well known vintage store Paul’s Boutique mainly stocks skinny jeans by Cheap Monday and all the rest you’ll need for your Mitte uniform: leather jackets, Clark dessert boots, vintage sunglasses and much more.

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Torstrasse 76, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon–sat 12:00–20:00

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Horzon’s Spülenparadies

The unofficial mogul of Torstraße has been, is and will probably always be Rafael Horzon. Starting with Redesign Deutschland and Wissenschaftsakademie, he opened countless more or less shops and spaces on Torstraße with this Spülenparadies (orders start at 100 sinks) being the latest adventure.

Moebel Horzon

Just meters from the sink’s paradise you’ll find the economical foundation of Horzon’s empire – his furniture brand Moebel Horzon selling a simple yet compelling shelf for books. Sounds weird, but go and take a look yourself and you’ll recognize the highly customizable mdf shelfs from almost every Berlin home you’ve seen.

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Torstraße 106, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
By appointment

A.D.Deertz

While Horzon is furnishing the flats of Berlin Mitte people, the clothing brand A.D.Deertz by Wibke Deertz is dressing the boys of Berlin. Read more here.

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Torstrasse 106, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon–Sat, 12h–19h

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Appel Design Gallery

You shouldn’t miss taking a view on the design and furniture exhibitions happening at this place.

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Torstraße 114, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website

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Sankt Oberholz

This two-storey café at the crossing of Rosenthaler Platz is a myth in Berlin’s tech start-up scene – many of the more or less successful enterprises have somehow started here. And still, hundreds of guests are flocking in daily to enjoy a decent coffee, baked treats, salad and the foundation of Oberholz fame: free Wifi. It’s a must-see on every tourist-route, but I recommend getting a sandwich across the street at Cô Cô – Bánh Mì Deli, it’s cheaper and better.

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Rosenthaler Straße 72a, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon–Fri 08:00–00:00 , Sat–Sun 09:00–00:00

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Minimum

In case you’re a little more flexible budget-wise when it comes to interior design, this will be your spot to go. Berlin based interior design studio minimun has spaces at Stilwerk and Aufbauhaus, and these two spacious locations on Torstraße housing a bulthaup kitchen design studio and the showroom of B&B Italia.

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Torstraße 140, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00–19:00 , Tue 11:30–19:00 , Sat 11:00–18:00

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3 Minutes sur Mer

A beautiful bistro restaurant on the corner to Ackerstraße, read more here. Sadly, they’ll make you ask for the vegetarian option and not put it on the menu, but it’s always worth it.

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Torstrasse 167, 10115 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon–Fri 11–2h , Sat–Sun 10–2h

Bandol Sur Mer

The older, yet remarkably smaller sister restaurant of 3 Minutes sur Mer just next door. And one of the restaurants that founded Torstraße’s fame as a foodie street. Serving French cuisine at its finest to just 15 guests a night.

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Torstraße 167, 10115 Berlin Mitte – visit website
daily from 18:00

Sabrina Dehoff

This is the super beautiful flagship store of popular fashion jewelry brand Sabrina Dehoff where you’ll find all pieces of current and past collections.

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Torstraße 175, 10115 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon–Fri 12–19h

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Lunettes

The best destination for vintage glasses in Berlin – read more about it in our review here.

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Torstraße 172, 10115 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon–Fri: 12–20:00 , Sat: 12–18:00

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Themroc

Entirely different than Bandol sur Mer, but also part of the founding myth of Torstraße as a foodie street, charming Themroc has been around for some years thanks to its laid-back interior and food. Serving a changing menu every night depending on who’s cooking, the small space furnished with random and not so incidental pieces is one of the top-spots on this part of Torstraße.

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Torstraße 183, 10115 Berlin Mitte – visit website
daily from 19:00

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Yarok

A small Syrian deli that’s been on my list of favourites since like forever. Read more here.

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Torstraße 193, 10115 Berlin Mitte
daily from 12pm

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  1. Tinka on

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    if only Torstrasse wasn´t so overloaded with traffice and most of the storefronts didn´t look so smeared with graffiti one might actually enjoy sitting outside or shop. But maybe run-down is the charm of the area.

  2. Johara on

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    Yea Tinka is right, Torstrasse is really not the best place for a relaxed shoppingtour. The hugh street in between makes it hard to change from one side to the other. I prefer more hidden places like Linien Str. or Auguststr. etc.

  3. kleinerk on

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    Why did Filmgalerie451 leave this building at Torstraße? Like the bakery or the restaurant and many lodgers before ? Because of gentrification. But that is not so interesting for Stil in Berlin,right? Only superficiality, no context. Grow up!

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      I don’t understand your critique. Are you criticizing there was no mention why they moved around the corner to Invalidenstraße?

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