Admittedly, Asian-fusion concepts opening up on Torstraße where rents for commercial spaces have sky-rocketed over the past years, don’t necessarily get my hopes up. However, something interested me enough about this new restaurant to put it on my list of the ten new places we all must try, so I went there more or less immediately. And I’m super happy to report: it’s delicious and absolutely perfect for cold winter days!
“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest.” I read these words on my way to Brutto Gusto the other day, and as soon as I entered the flower shop in Mitte, I immediately knew what Hemingway meant. With spring in full bloom and fresh flowers popping up everywhere, I’m feeling the need to surround myself as much as possible with the first signs of spring. Whether you want to capture the city’s awakening spirit or fill your home with fresh flowers—you’ll find it at Brutto Gusto.
I said it before, having breakfast in Berlin is not as easy as you think or hope. Most places interpret breakfast as a plate filled with bland cheese covered in sugary jam and decorated with sad pieces of fruit. Trying to find a place with decent egg dishes served in a pleasant atmosphere is a constant struggle – I can’t find much in Mitte where I like to spend my Sunday mornings – I like Mogg&Melzer’s Shakshuka, Meierei’s scrambled eggs and above all this place: 3 Minutes sur Mer.
It’s actually embarrassing, that this blog post is written only now. It should’ve been written months ago, when this beauty of a little boutique opened. Considering I met Jen Gilpin, the owner and creative director of the label DSTM for the first time over six years ago and have followed her career ever since. Anyway, take a look into one of the prettiest boutiques of Mitte: DSTM.
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.