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Markthalle, Berlin

34 Pücklerstrasse
Tel: 49 30 617 5502's insider take:

The setting for the modern Berlin film classic Herr Lehmann, a nostalgic look at scruffy Kreuzberg in the 1980s, Markthalle has served as a prime slow-Saturday-afternoon spot for decades. With its glass pie-plate lights suspended on metal stems from a high ceiling, wood paneling, and thick wood tables, it's relaxed and engaging, with a similarly easygoing menu. Breakfast is served until 5 p.m., reflecting the area's longtime status as a slacker's paradise, and the long bar here is a great place to discuss the fate of the universe over a beer, a fruit brandy, or a glass of wine. For dinner, try the excellent homemade mushroom-and-barley soup in season; meal-size salads; light-as-a-feather pork schnitzels; a wurst; or roast pork with prunes and sauerkraut. Downstairs, there's the mellow Privatklub with DJs and occasional live music (try the very popular indie-pop night).

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