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LAWRENCE berlin mitte

Cultural forum in the heart of the government and art district – gallery, event spaces, café and restaurant serving Oriental food

In 2014, when the so-called „Wave of Refugees” reached Germany, we helped. In every way we could. And we visited theaters and museums with refugees, had concerts for and increasingly organize concerts with them, presented exhibitions with them.

Then we traveled to their countries and began to reflect. Our conclusion: a mindset of cooperation must be developed to appropriately face the worldwide phenomenon of flight and migration in this century.

And so we founded FREEARTUS artists + refugees united for freedom at the end of 2015 as a non-profit organization.

We draft and develop new concepts for acceptance, integration and communication – and this, at every step, mutually with our partners in crisis regions or with the Newcomers here in Europe.

LAWRENCE is a further, important step on this path of success. The combination of café and restaurant, gallery, studio, events and cultural centre considers itself a small melting pot of cultures, especially the Arabic, German and European. Everyone – Berliners, tourists, Newcomers – is welcome here to experience enrichment through cultural exchange!

We found a cool location for LAWRENCE in an old apartment and business building originally built in 1906, in the heart of the former Jewish Quarter in Berlin. Tolerance has always, and continues to be, the connecting attitude towards life here. LAWRENCE wants to contribute to this tradition in a modern way.


For his work with LAWRENCE, the Berlin Senate honored Bachar Hassoun with the #farbenbekennen Jury Award 2019.

Praise for LAWRENCE

"Seldom were I in a restaurant in which everything felt so human and right."

Berliner Zeitung

"In addition to oriental specialties and good Syrian and Lebanese wines, there are exhibitions and events here in separate rooms."

Nacht in Berlin

"If you were to describe the atmosphere in "Lawrence" at Oranienburger Straße 69 on the corner of Tucholskystraße with one adjective, it would probably be "open"."


"If you enjoy honest, simple and really delicious Arabic food ... you should not miss this great "cultural center". Beautiful!"


"Even old standbys like hummus and baba ghanoush are fresh and balanced enough that you’ll be scraping your plate at the end."


...and on the radio: RadioEins and Berliner Rundfunk

"Whether for breakfast or dinner on a Mazzateller - in the beautiful restaurant with brick walls, white wooden furniture and oriental fabric you can satisfy your hunger for Syrian and Arabic food from morning to night."


"Everything tastes amazing! Will come again."


LAWRENCE Berlin Mitte - Arabic Restaurant & Catering

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