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A vegetarian-vegan-Afro-Italian café in Prenzlauer Berg? You better believe it! For just over one year, Atayacaffe has been serving the underserved kiez just north of the Prenzlauer Allee S Bahn station. After just one bite of their “African Bowl” — a generous serving of couscous served with two vegetable stews that taste of tradition and love — we knew we had to spread the word. From traditional Italian pasta dishes — think lasagna or ravioli — to Senegalese specialties like yassa “Dakar”, savory vegetables in a light, tangy mustard sauce, plus refreshing hibiscus iced teas and freshly made smoothies, Atayacaffe is a colorful and homey place owned by husband and wife team, Elisabetta and Bachir. Dishes representing both of their childhoods appear on the menu, and ingredients from Senegal and Sardinia are used to recreate the taste of home. Any way you slice it, this is a hidden gem not just for vegans and vegetarians, but anyone who values quality food, made fresh, with love. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photo: Matteo Avanzi (top right), Devan Grimsrud)
Berlin is great, but a warm summer’s day is calling for a trip to the countryside. Of all the lovely lakes in the vicinity, Schwielowsee is my favorite. You can take a swim, rent a boat, or use a stand-up paddle in the clear blue water of the shallow glacier snout lake. A great detour to take on this daytrip is to visit the scenic Caputh, which belongs to the city of Schwielowsee. The area was a favorite of Elector Friedrich Wilhelm von Brandenburg, who had a palace built here in 1662 as a present to his wife, Dorothea. The electress had the palace revamped in the Baroque style and made it her summer escape. In the basement, there’s a cross vault grotto with approximately 7,500 Dutch tiles. The perfect place to chill when it gets too hot outside — and fun to look at as well. The industrially painted tiles were hand finished, so some of the templates are colored incorrectly — a shepherd becomes a “snail-herd,” while a bunny appears to be a naughty fellow. Once you’re ready to get back to the real world, take a stroll in the beautiful garden designed by Peter Joseph Lenné. (Text & Photos: Helen von der Höden)
Shio is a small clothing shop that has been flying under the Neukölln radar for about six years now, providing a welcome contrast to the local topography. The shop’s owner, Kate Pinkstone, has run the place by herself since the beginning, which shows in the considered, warm details to be found throughout. Kate’s approach initially spoke to me because of her heavy use of upcycling — where she takes clothes found at flea markets, alters them in ways that are almost alien to their original form, and gives them new life by combining them with unique fabrics. The results are fresh pieces with a timeless quality and simple silhouettes that allow the fabrics to speak for themselves. I became such a big fan of her approach, and am sure that at least half of my shirts are from Shio. Since 2012, the shop has grown to include a studio space and workshop housing four local designers and makers. (Text: Peter Duran / Photos: Kate Pinkstone)
The dog days of summer are no match for a perfectly chilled coffee drink like that of Nitro Coffee by Brewbox. The simple combination of naturally sweet Kenyan coffee, mineralized water, and a touch of nitrogen melds in a deliciously smooth, clean coffee with a creamy finish. Best served chilled, you can pick up a bottle to stay or go at some of our favorites cafés around the city including Father Carpenter, Isla Berlin, and Companion Coffee. Founded by baristas, Brewbox celebrates coffee by focusing on relationships with great farmers around the world for select beans that they sell whole in addition to their nitro bottles and kegs. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Devan Grimsrud, Brewbox)
We love our city, but there is just one major downside — it’s nowhere near the ocean. Well, dive into some celluloid waves by watching surf movies instead thanks to the Nord / Nordost Surf Film Fest. Travel back in time to the 1980s with the “Biarritz Surf Gang“, whose wild lifestyle of Sex, Drugs, and Big Waves is a stunning story set around Le Grande Plage. A lot has changed since the early years of surf culture in Europe. One thing, however, is still the same: If you surf, you get off (or get carried away). Escape society or everyday life and experience adventure in the hollow of a wave — at least until it crashes in on itself and wipes you out. Heading to Iceland for a surf? Why not! Impressive shots from that trip and others like it can be seen this Friday and Saturday. The crew organizing the festival is bringing their best to the finale: not just the movie highlights from the previous program, but also premiere screenings, a photo exhibition, and a party with music by Chatburn and Thomas Andersen — and then DJ Team Freezing takes over the speakers. If you can’t surf in Berlin, you can always dance at least.(Text: Verena Schwarz / Photo: Dylan Gordon)
Nord/Nordost Surf Film Fest at Zwei Drei Raum, Gitschiner Str. 20, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Fri 11.8.2017 & Sat 12.8.2017, 18-3h
Tickets for Friday are available at Été Clothing and Langbrett or at the box office. Tickets for Saturday are also available online.