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My Perfect Berlin Weekend: Maud Cassagne

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Architect Maud Cassagne owns the gallery and bar systM on Torstraße.


19:00 The weekend starts at systM (Torstraße 68, Mitte), most likely with an opening and/or the first glass of red wine at the bar – which has the best view on Torstraße!

21-23:00 I head in the direction of Kreuzberg for Bar Hopping Part1: Luzia (Oranienstraße 34), Das Hotel (Mariannenstraße 30).

23:00 Delicious food and atmosphere at Tin Tin (Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39/40). The spring chicken with sweet corn and apricots is amazing.

24-3:00 Bar Hopping Part 2: Madame Claude (Lübbener Str. 19) – feeling upside down, not only because of the drinks – follows Kirk Bar (Skalitzer Straße 75). One for the road, most likely a mixed vodka drink.


13:00 Grab a quesadilla with extra hot sauce at W – Der Imbiss (Kastanienallee 49, Mitte).

14-17:00 I wander around Torstraße, checking in on my staff and shopping (at my neighbours stores, paul’s Boutique at Oderberger Straße 47 and Stue Moebler at Torstraße 70).

17-20:00 Opening at KW (Auguststraße 69, Mitte) and other galleries nearby.

20:00 Dinner at Goldenen Hahn (Pücklerstraße 20, Kreuzberg), a classy, nonpretentious Italian place with nice music. I order an octopus carpaccio or one of the seasonal meals with fish and a good glass wine.

23:00 Concert at West Germany (Skalitzer Straße 133, Kreuzberg) – always a discovery.


10-12:00 I drive with friends to Lübars and jog along the Tegeler Fließ in the morning dew.

13-15:00 A light brunch at “Der Koppe” a.k.a. Kohlenquelle (Kopenhagener Straße 16, Prenzlauer Berg), an inexpensive place to tuck into a Sunday buffet, either out on a sunny terrace or inside, surrounded by GDR-style furniture.

16-19:00 Hanging out at Arkonaplatz: lots of coffees and some ‘fleamarketing’, ping-pong and sandcastles.

21:00 The best night to check out Themroc (Torstraße 183, Mitte) – cosy and warm, with a French touch…