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Coco et Lui
Establishing a dance club in Europe’s techno capital is not an easy task, but Coco et Lui, which opened in February 2015, has earned the respect of the demanding local clubgoers. This tiny spot, which is located under the train tracks right near Berlin’s Tiergarten, features live music (no techno!) and a more mixed crowd than the hardcore purists that usually populate nightclubs in the German capital.
Exhibit: Best Actress, Deutsche Kinemathek
Potsdamer Strasse 2
If you’ve got an hour or two to kill between screenings, check out this homage to the 73 winners of the best actress Oscar. The exhibit at the German film and TV museum, located smack in the middle of Potsdamer Platz, features photos, video clips, costumes and red-carpet gowns from the 88-year history of the Academy Awards.
The Grace Bar
West Berlin is back, and this high-class cocktail bar off the main Ku’Damm shopping street will be a big hit with festgoers. The Berlinale’s new VIP hangout has a style somewhere between 1920s elegance and ’50s comfort. Dress sharp and skip the beer — this is a cocktail and champagne joint.
Raw vegan cuisine finally has arrived in Teutonic Berlin to compete with the upscale burger joints that seem to sprout up daily. Everything on the Rawtastic menu is 100 percent raw (heated to a maximum of 40 C/104 F), gluten free and delicious (especially the dairy-free vegan chocolate cake).
The 3,700-square-foot Versace store was designed by British architect Jamie Fobert and Donatella Versace.
The wait is over! Versace opened its first Berlin boutique in November in the heart of West Berlin. The timing couldn’t be better for fashion-forward Americans: The euro’s weak and the dollar’s rising, so it’s an opportune moment to pick up something warm and stylish during the fest. — S.R.
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