What $500 Buys in Berlin

Bruce Hutchinson

Cinephiles flock to Berlin for its film festival, but the real star is the city’s culinary scene.

One night in a suite, plus breakfast for two, at the four-month-old Dude Hotel in central Berlin. The 27-room boutique inn, housed in a 19th-century mansion, mixes the new with old-world charm. Crystal chandeliers hang in the entryway, and rooms have wrought-iron bed frames alongside acrylic chairs. thedudeberlin.com.

Ten general admission tickets to the 62nd Annual Berlin International Film Festival, running from February 9 to 19, with ten Hugo Boss scarves designed exclusively for the event. Known for its eclectic mix of short and feature-length films from around the globe, the event has had former guests like Werner Herzog and Tilda Swinton. berlinale.de.

Dinner for nine with two rounds of drinks at eight-month-old Sauvage, which has generated much buzz for its gourmet Paleolithic (read: cave man) menu. All dishes are unprocessed, organic, gluten- and grain-free and shockingly delicious. sauvageberlin.com.

One Werkstatt:München Combination ring and one Nymphenburg cup from Andreas Murkudis. The nine-year-old cult store just moved from trendy Mitte into a warehouse-like space in the edgier, emerging area of Potsdamer Strasse. andreasmurkudis.com.

Three rounds of drinks for 14 people, which would fill the tiny Buck & Breck in Mitte to capacity. The one-room speakeasy is Berlin’s newest, best spot for top-flight cocktails, like the bar’s eponymous signature drink using cognac, bitters, absinthe and Champagne. $ buckandbreck.com.

As of November, 1 euro = $1.35.

$ Establishment accepts no charge/credit cards or accepts cards other than the American Express Card.

Compiled by Amanda Friedman and Candice Chan