Joseph Roth Diele
One of Berlin’s popular cafés Joseph Roth Diele is a tribute to the late 19th-century Jewish author Joseph Roth Diele, who wrote his book Radetzkymarsch in this very neighbourhood, and the café is a popular meeting point for literary types and journalists who work nearby. At lunchtime JRD is heaving (when the most expensive meal is a mere €3.95) and similarly for after-work drinks. Worth sampling is the stullen, an open sandwich served on German rye bread and stored in a large glass cabinet. The owner, film director Dieter Funk, is responsible for the curious but wonderfully photogenic interior; quotations from Diele’s books circumnavigate the bar, fashioned from newspaper tears, while the back wall is filled with photographic slides, collected from various flea markets. Weekly events include book readings, jazz recitals and DJ sets courtesy of an antique gramophone. Sadly closed at weekends.