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.
Archive: September 2013
I don’t queue to get into a club or a bar. I don’t queue for the newest H&M collaboration. I don’t queue for a super sale. But I queue for food. Even if this means standing on the streets of Soho in London while the rain is falling, wearing a thin summer-coat, that wasn’t a wise decision considering the British temperatures. I queued outside for an hour, because the seater told us to. I queued for a restaurant that doesn’t take reservations and is always full. Where the seater also won’t take a list of names or tell you any predictions on how long it will take and will only give you the table if every guest of your party has arrived and, of course, strictly follows the line outside. If you go to have a hot tea somewhere to bypass the waiting, you’ll lose your place in line and will have to queue again. Nevertheless I queued and Koya was so worth it.*
Before going to London, I asked friends and Facebook for tips on where to eat. And many of them recommended going to The Begging Bowl. Turned out this little Thai restaurant was located just about 500m from where I stayed in the very nice area of Peckham, where loads of things going on right now, yet it still has a quiet and small-town-feel to it.
We arrived at the restaurant way too late, with the kitchen already closed, but begged our way into getting some food and it was so worth it.
So, I actually wouldn’t consider myself an expert on Chinese food – The options we have in Berlin are rather limited and not necessarily around the corner, so Chinese food just isn’t on my regular food list.
Anyhow, even before I went to London, I knew I wanted to try as many Asian restaurants as possible, knowing that London has a great culture of Asian food. So we started with Silk Road close by Camberwell Green in Peckham. And boy, would I’ve loved to pack the place up and transplant it to Mitte.
Da Baffi is rightfully known as one of the most charming Italian restaurants with high quality food in Berlin and is usually on my list of recommendations. So when I heard the crew behind it opened a new breakfast, lunch and apéro place on Köpenicker Straße, I couldn’t wait to go. The space is small but the interior of the former butcher then electrical store, now restaurant is stunning, to say the least. The original tiles and wall paintings were restored and the look was completed with simple vintage wooden furniture. I instantly considered it to be one of the best restaurant interiors in Berlin. Sadly though, the offered food can’t quite keep up with the delightful interior.