To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 49 (country code for Germany), 30 (city code for Berlin) and the local number.
Radisson SAS Hotel, 3 Karl-Liebknechtstrasse, 10178 Berlin-Mitte; 23-82-80, fax 23-82-810, http://www.radissonsas.com . The hotel has 427 rooms, overlooks Berlin Cathedral across from the former Communist Palace of the Republic and is on the banks of the Spree River. It has a 1-million-liter saltwater aquarium rising the entire height of the five-story lobby; pleasant bar and restaurant. Doubles from $132 per night.
Yosoy Tapas-Bar, 37 Rosenthalerstrasse, 10178 Berlin-Mitte; 28-39-12-13, http://www.yosoy.de . Excellent, and crowded, Spanish tapas restaurant. Small appetizer-size plates of pasta, sandwiches and salads $5-$12 each.
Sale e Tabacchi, 18 Kochstrasse, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg; 252-11-55-25. Very good Italian food, handsome room beneath TAZ newspaper, lively bar. Entrees, including veal saltimbocca and tagliatelle with mushrooms, $9-$30.
Cafe Einstein, 58 Kurfurstenstrasse, 10785 Berlin-Kreuzberg; 261-50-96; http://www.cafeeinstein.com . Classic coffeehouse serves up lunch, dinner, literary readings and jazz. Hearty soups, ham sandwiches and main entrees $12-$30. A second, less charming Cafe Einstein, at Unter den Linden 42, 204-36-32, is frequented by politicians.
Bierhimmel (Beer Heaven), 183 Oranienstrasse; Berlin-Kreuzberg; 61-531-22. Neighborhood hangout; eclectic and friendly but very smoky. It is noted for a variety of beers and good cakes and fruit tortes.
TO LEARN MORE:
German National Tourist Office, (800) 651-7010, http://www.visits-to-germany.com .
— Christopher Knight