What I loved about Mitte in Berlin were all the artisans. The newly formed-concrete stores were filled with kooky designer goods with ateliers or courtyards out the back. The designers were only too happy to emerge from their studios and away from their stitching or jewellery crafting to chat about their beautiful handmade goods and the inspirations behind them. My fave artisan of all was the oh so sweet (and amazingly talented) Esther Perbandt - I wish I bought one of her gold tooth necklaces.
Vintage furniture shops had little vignettes set up on the streets and cafes spilled onto the side walk with vintage furniture. And yes, I hugged an ice cream.