I thought I knew Kreuzberg around Kotti pretty well, but somehow I’d let this one slip by. Core is run by Eui-Ok Shu and Soonim Kim-Morris, the owner-chefs of this little gem of a Korean restaurant. With only three tables, it really feels like you’re eating in someone’s private kitchen. Both come from Korea and were nurses before starting their own restaurant. Choose from homemade Korean classics like bibimbap, mandu or ramen soup. I really enjoyed the food – light enough for a lunch, yet hearty enough to call it comfort food. Keep this place in mind during the summer too, as their outdoor dining area is quite nice. Just a few minute walk from Kottbusser Damm, they are located on a quiet street with a nice view facing a small park. If you want your Korean experience to last a bit longer, you can get some grocery shopping done at Core after the meal. A lovely place for a quick bite. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Benjamin Lindenkreuz)
The new German film ”Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark“, released today, chronicles the riots that took place against asylum seekers in Rostock-Lichtenhagen in August of 1992. Directed by Burhan Qurbani, the visually stunning film features an excellent cast. The story is told from of the perspective of a bored adolescent posse surrounding Stefan, Robbie, and a Vietnamese refugee girl Lien who share their hometown. Qurbani captures the disorientation and hopelessness of youth in the newly unified Germany and shows a chain of political misunderstandings and wrong decision-making. As a result, lost hope and low self-esteem turn into aggression against weak people. This film beautifully depicts how a society degenerates and makes a moral shipwreck. (Text: Anna-Lena Charbonnier)
For those who feel at home in boutiques on Torstrasse and at menswear shops in Charlottenburg, this men’s concept store in the Scheunen district will fill in the gaps. Mark McGuire found the charming shop A Good Man about a year ago with his partner Angelika Grammozi. You can feel their British and Mediterranean roots in the air as you walk in. The two find their selection by networking and exchanging dialogue with like-minded people rather than visiting trade shows. It’s for the man in the street – but smart, modern and with an attitude. Corduroy pants? Yes, but not the kind worn by theater members sitting in the first row. A gentleman revisited. The shop’s affordable yet timeless and durable pieces mostly come from small manufactures in England and Italy, all handmade. When McGuire tells the history behind labels such as KnowledgeCotton Apparel and Menil, it is always informative and entertaining. In the end you get the feeling that he loves a good conversation just as much as selling you a good shirt – and this alone will keep you coming back for more. (Text: Antje Drinkuth / Photo top: Johanna Juni)
A Good Man, Kleine Hamburger Str.3, 10115 Berlin-Mitte; map
Tue&Fri 12-19h, Sat 12-17h
Antje Drinkuth is Professor of Fashion Design and has worked in the fields of design, editing, styling, and consulting for twenty years. She has lived in Berlin since 1987.
I love the recent steady growth of local craft beer productions in Berlin. BRLO is one of the latest additions. A few months ago, three friends, Katharina, Christian and Michael presented their first two beers, a “Helles” and a “Pale Ale”. While the Helles (blonde) has the more familiar beer flavor, the pale ale is definitely my choice. Its fruity and refreshing taste is perfect after a long day at work; unwind and enjoy the beer to its fullest potential. They are not available at every corner store, but here’s amap that shows you where they can be found. Alternatively, you can order them online. PS: Brlo is the Slavic origin of the name Berlin. (Text: Sven Hausherr)
If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes stories or enjoy playing the murder-mystery board game Clue, you will love real-life room escape games. The mystery fever caught me as soon as I entered the room of “Mr. Nobody” with my team members searching for clues and trails. Getting into the story was easy, thanks to the attention given to the game and space by the creators of Team Escape Berlin. The participants play in groups of up to twelve people, and may choose between two cases. It’s important to communicate, think logically, and combine the clues you discover together. It’s only possible to leave the room when the mystery is solved within one hour. A fun and unusual experience perfect for colleagues or a group of friends looking for adventure in the city. Surprises come with the package! (Text & photos: Julia Michaelsen)