The entrepreneurs, executives and experts in Berlin's most central neighborhood increase their aspirations daily — both when it comes to their work and what to eat when they're not at work. As for the latter Mitte is packed with options. Too many options, even. You're busy building your career and don't have time for decision paralysis. So whether you're meeting a client for lunch, celebrating with a fancy dinner or kicking back with an after-work drink, here are some of our favorite spots in Mitte to eat, drink and be merry with the business crowd.


Colorful Korean

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An ideal lunch or dinner spot for traditional dishes in a setting that’s neither too elite nor too laid-back, Yamyam offers delicious Korean bowls (try the bulgogi) and sensational rolls (gimbap is good for kimchi fans) in a modern setting. It's better suited to intimate chats than big-group conversations, and a short wait is not unheard of. But we’ll be the first to tell you it's well worth it. 
Where: Alte Schönhauser Straße 6, 10119 Berlin
When: Mon.-Thurs., noon-11 p.m.; Fri., noon-midnight; Sun., 1-11 p.m.
More Info: 030 24632485;



Real ramen

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Literally just a stone’s throw from Yamyam is Makoto, a beloved urban enclave for mouthwatering pot stickers and perfectly textured ramen. As any aficionado will tell you, Japanese noodles are the envy of the world, and Makoto serves ramen in the same style as you would expect to enjoy in Tokyo.   
Where: Alte Schönhauser Straße 13, 10119 Berlin
When: Mon.-Sat., noon-11 p.m.
More info: 030 97893857;


Exquisitely upscale

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Whether it’s a client, a colleague or a close friend, all will be happy when you take them to Oxymoron. Located within the brilliantly designed Rosenhöfe, Oxymoron occupies an idyllic courtyard and boasts a beautiful restaurant-bar with loads of art nouveau and art deco charm. The international wine list, fine assortment of cocktails and well-crafted business lunch specials make Oxymoron the go-to when you want to impress.
Where: Rosenthaler Straße 40-41, 10178 Berlin
When: Mon.-Weds., Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-1 a.m.; Thurs. & Fri., 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
More info: 03028391886;


Café 4You

Russian hospitality

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If the name feels a bit cute or quaint for a business meal, rest assured the cozy space is perfect for a friendly lunch. Café 4You offers some of the most lovingly made solyanka soup and Russian dumplings (both with and without meat) in all of Berlin. A business lunch is served from noon to 3:30. Unassumingly situated near the Czech and North Korean embassies, it’s an easily missed restaurant where anyone who enjoys Slavic specialties will feel at home. 
Where: Mohrenstraße 12, 10117 Berlin
When: Mon.-Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m.
More Info: 030 48825509;



Mediterranean gone Mitte

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Simon is simply a classically nice experience along one of Mitte’s slightly less traversed streets. Using fresh Mediterranean ingredients and serving up excellent cuts of meat, it’s a quiet and calm setting where conversations can flow. Lunch and dinner are both guaranteed to be wise bets.
Where: Auguststraße 53, 10119 Berlin
When: Daily, noon-midnight
More info: 030 27890300;



Bring the whole office

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After a long day (or after delivering a major pitch), gather up the crew and head to Rosenthaler Platz. This space is made for celebrating and letting loose, with its gorgeous industrial-chic interior and fine Scottish craft beer. Here you'll find the young, ambitious and energetic crowd playing as hard as they work.
Where: Ackerstraße 29, 10115 Berlin
When: Mon.-Thurs., noon-midnight; Fri., noon-2 a.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-midnight
More info: 030 48477770;

By Jesse Van Mouwerik

Berlin-based illustrator and columnist Jesse Van Mouwerik is an avid fan of art, whisky sours and being alive. When the aliens land, he will draw them a picture.