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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Appel Design Gallery
You shouldn’t miss taking a view on the design and furniture exhibitions happening at this place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The best destination for vintage glasses in Berlin – read more about it in our review here.
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.
A small Syrian deli that’s been on my list of favourites since like forever. Read more here.