Berlin—a creative revival with an electric pulse

Berlin is electric—its creative boom rivals the smoky jazz club and flirty-flapper cabaret heyday of the early 1920s Weimar Republic. Two decades after the fall of the Wall, Berlin’s young generation is transforming the past into something liberating. Everywhere, particularly in the fashionable Mitte district, former fortresses to fascism shelter art galleries, museums and bars.

There are more than 500 galleries in Berlin, including cool new “pop-up” art spaces, and plenty of chic new boutique hotels, including the Amano, the Casa Camper and the party-friendly Soho House, which was once the former East German Communist headquarters.

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9 Askanischer Hof. The late Helmut Newton always stayed at this charming little hotel when he visited Berlin. It has 16 unique rooms and 1920s décor. Kurfürstendamm 53.

6 Borchardt. A French-German bistro where socialites, artists and international actors dine. Französische Str. 47.

The Shy Chef. Supper club in a circa 1888 private residence. It’s high-end, pan-European cooking, a five-course meal.

Grill Royal. The it-restaurant of Berlin right now. Friedrich Str. 105b.

Paris Bar. This post-war classic bistro’s red walls are covered in old and new art, as well as paparazzi shots of actors and famous artists who drank there. Kantstrasse 152.

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5 C’est Tout. Few of Berlin’s young designers have their own stores, but this newcomer has two. Mulack Str. 26.

Nice And Fit. This conceptual art gallery is relaxed; it represents Whitney Biennial contenders. Brunnen Str. 13.

Villa Schöningen. The 165-year-old building has been a contemporary museum since 2007. There’s a lovely sculpture garden in the back of the villa. Berliner Str. 86.

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