A pure gold locavore address
In spite of its evocative name, don't look for vaults at Good Bank. This new Berlin address offers treasures worth all the gold in the world and for just a few euros. In place of vaults, the restaurant is surrounded by cold chambers filled with their own currency—salads of all kinds and seasonal vegetables planted in pots, all pushing the "locavore" trend of healthy eating and local foods to the hilt! Lettuce, kale and rocket bloom before your eyes thanks to a virtuous cycle of hydroponic cultivation. These vegetables will constitute the base of your salad or sandwich in vegetarian or carnivorous versions. For the latter, ‘Animal welfare is respected' the boss states to the hesitant onlooker. The organic eggs are served soft boiled after one hour of cooking at low temperature. An economic and ecological meal here will allow you to do good for your health, the planet and your wallet.
+49 30 33021410
A new temple of the night
Berghain, Suicide Circus, Club Der Visionaere, Tresor and Watergate, are the legendary names that make nightlife in the German capital internationally renowned. And yet a new club opening its doors in the fashionable district of Friedrichshain has already entered the big league. Located in a former power station built in 1903, a monumental night scene takes place across several rooms and dance floors that can hold up to 600 clubbers over 21 years of age (as German law requires). With an exceptional ‘Pioneer audio pro' sound system installed by the MC, Gary Stewart, the OST club will let techno-music "aficionados" from around the world dance to their heart's content. The underground atmosphere and the cutting-edge musical programming will make OST a new temple of Berlin nightlife.
Rest on the water's edge
Next time you go to Berlin, put a swimsuit in your suitcase. The German capital is now home to a new kind of establishment on a quiet street in Prenzlauer Berg. After its opening in 1902 and its closure in 1986, the district municipal swimming pool has reopened its doors 30 years later as part of a charming boutique hotel. Whether at the edge of its sumptuous pool of azure ceramic tiles surrounded by arches or in one of its 70 rooms, the elegance of the Oderberger hotel is of unequaled beauty. In place of the old locker rooms are bedrooms whose minimalist decoration brings together rustic wooden floors with white brick walls. In the morning, saddle up to the breakfast buffet that would have satisfied Gargantua and swim a few lengths before being immersed in the effervescence of the city.
Oderberger Str. 57
+49 30 780089760
While traditional German cuisine can be rather hearty overall, this new bistronomic address has found a way to satisfy the taste of the most demanding foodies. In a warm decor with wooden tables and cosy armchairs, the Berlin restaurant PeterPaul revisits the classics of Germanic cuisine in miniature and modernised versions. The Sauerbraten, a sweet-and-sour beef or the Königsberger Klopse, meatballs in white sauce, are beautifully prepared in small plates to share. The inescapable Currywurst, the sausage with a note of citrus that is a typical Berlin specialty, is also honoured here. The vegetarian dishes, in this rather carnivorous country, are to be commended with choices such as the braised rutabaga in buttermilk sauce or the crisp black bread crumble, all washed down with a Riesling from the Palatinate. You'll leave the table with a light heart (and stomach) to dance until dawn.
+49 30 43 77 30 43
A very fashionable bar
After the success of the Vogue Café and the Tatler Club, the Condé Nast press group has opened its first GQ bar named after the eponymous magazine in the German capital. In partnership with the stylist Patrick Hellmann's Schlosshotel, this new address has welcomed locals, tourists and personalities of the fashion scene since autumn. Located in the heart of the upscale Grunewald district in a baroque setting with interior design by Karl Lagerfeld, the bar conjures up the cosy atmosphere of a gentleman's club with its black walls embellished with golden ceramic frescoes and designer furniture upholstered in high-end textiles. The subdued lighting shows off top-of-the-line cocktails made by the best mixologists in Europe. The menu takes you on a tasty tour of the world from a trip to New York with the ‘GQ Bar Manhattan', to Japan with the ‘Matcha Point', to finish in Italy with the ‘Dusk Bellini', without ever having left the heart of Berlin.
GQ Bar Berlin
+49 30 895840