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GOING OUT Where to go

GOING OUT Where to go Berlin is one of Europe’s greatest capital cities offering visitors a multitude of different lifestyles, architecture and cultural possibilities. There is something for everyone here, from the most down to earth up to the ultra sophisticated. inBerlin Let Your Feet Do The Talking After a hard day at the IFA you will probably feel like doing some exploring and Berlin is a fantastic city to discover using the oldest form of transport known to mankind… your feet. Close to the chic, ritzy Kurfürstendamm – worth an hour of your time if only to stroll around and check out the amazing array of shops - the Savignyplatz in Charlottenburg offers an impressive array of bars with top of the range Italian, Spanish, French and German restaurants. The Savignyplatz and its surrounding streets are literally packed with eating and drinking possibilities including the dramatic Florian, a favourite hanut of theatre, movie people and musicians on Grolmanstraße, Spanish restaurant Mary Sol, the Paris Bar for the poseurs and the excellent 12 Apostel next to the railway arches. If you want to hook up with a younger crowd, the Pariser Straße is the place to go. The street is full of taverna-style hostelries, chic, neon-lit bars, American diners, Mexican restaurants and modern clubs with excellent sound-systems. Right now many of the bars put out tables and chairs adding to the overall buzz of the area. Orian is an excellent café while the Route 66 Diner offers traditional American treats with a local twist. Your trip really should include the beautiful and lovingly restored Hackesche Höfe. The complex consists of a web of eight courtyards which together form the largest series of buildings of its kind in Germany. The complex was originally a mixture of offices, workshops, and apartments and the Endellscher Hof houses the "Chamaleon" cabaret theatre, plus a film theatre, several bars and restaurants; in Hof II (Theaterhof) there is the Hackesche Hof Theatre while the remaining courtyards are home to an impressive array of small shops and galleries. Just outside the complex, in the Höfe, is also bursting with life. Here you’ll find numerous bars plus restaurants and clubs. The Heckmannhöfe is home to countless galleries and cafés and are on the way to the legendary Hackescher Markt, where some of the city’s coolest clubs are. The Prenzlauer Berg is another area that comes alive after dark and it is also the home to several important political and religious sites of interest including a Jewish Graveyard on Schönhauser Allee where painter Max Liebermann and composer Giacomo Mayerbeer are buried. There is also a Synagogue in Rykestraße and the Gethsemane Church, which is a former meeting place of the courageous men and women who formed the organised resistance to the communist regime of the GDR. For great breakfasts the Café Amsterdam on Gleimstrasse is superb, this bar and B&B also does Tequila Tuesdays while the Oxon Magenta restaurant-cafe on Greifenhagenerstraße offers an excellent selection of fish and vegetarian cuisine. Unsurprisingly the area also has a concentration of Russian and Jewish restaurants. Around the Kollwitzplatz, in what was East Berlin and named after the artist Käthe Kollwitz who specialised in intense charcoal drawings, the variety of restaurants is impressive even by the eclectic standards of Berlin. Etienne on the Husemannstraße serves coffee and hot cocoa in the French style while Poulette on Knaackstraße serves an excellent selection of Mediterranean food and features a style of interior decor that can only be described as vibrant. Restaurant Gugelhof is where IFA International • Friday, 31 th August 2007 29

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