Surfacing: Five Places to Go in Berlin


The Victoria Bar in Berlin.
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Potsdamer Strasse, one of the busiest streets in Berlin before World War II, has long been known for its abundance of streetwalkers, sordid sex shops and strip clubs. But in recent years, art galleries have gravitated to this district, abutting a namesake park. And in the last few years, stylish restaurants, cafes and bars have followed. The sex shops are still here, though fading. Now the Potsdamer Strasse crowd has evolved into a hodgepodge of artists, hipsters, older Turks, and the occasional woman sporting stilettoes, fishnet stockings and a come-hither glance.

Victoria Bar

This sophisticated Art Deco cocktail spot began…

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