When it comes to cafés on a sunny day, Lois is my first choice. Off the noisy Torstrasse in a quiet corner, you’ll find the café nestled snugly in a building covered with wild ivy. If you’re lucky enough to find a spot outside, you can surrender yourself to sunbeams all day long, drinking one of the finest coffees in town, while people watching in front of the old Garnison cemetery. The menu offers fresh croissants, delicious homemade quiches, cakes and paninis. If you are still not ready to leave when the sun starts to set, just stay. Order an aperitif and a bowl of salted almonds, hand-roasted using the owner’s dad’s secret recipe, and enjoy the evening twilight on Linienstrasse. A perfect start to a long night in Berlin. (Text: Milena Kalojanov / photos: Carlito Schilirò)
Remember when you were young, you took a gym bag with you everywhere? All your necessities would fit inside – especially when all you needed was a pool, friends and a towel to have a perfect summer day. Contrary to your belief, not so much has changed since then. Potipoti, a Berlin and Madrid based design duo, has created a grown-up version in fun colors just in time for the summer season. In apple green or bright pink, their easy and soft bag made of fine knitted quality, is a perfect travel companion for your trip to a lake or a pool, yes even now, and will conveniently convert into a nice pillow for your power nap in Mauerpark. Their store in Mitte stocks other Spanish designers such as the lovely “Eva vs. Maria” shoes from Barcelona as well as off-season pieces by Berlin designers like “Franzius”. (Text & styling: Nina Trippel / photo: Briony Ridley)
It happened almost simultaneously. We moved to Graefekiez and Hannes Mitterhofer opened his Wirtshaus in Fichtestrasse. It only took a few months for the host to become famous throughout the neighborhood and gain many regulars at his Wirtshaus. The cozy interior decorated with deer antlers and the proper and heartwarming food from South Tyrol definitely helped to tide us over the cold Berlin winter. Guests can dine outside on the wide sidewalk when warm, facing the beautiful façades and the old gasometer. We love their goat cheese salad, Andechser beer and Tris (a variation of three dumplings made of porcini, spinach and cheese), though their Wiener Schnitzel is being lauded by many guests; and don’t miss out on their excellent asparagus risotto before the season is over. You might get to know Hannes himself as well, who is always up for a little chat, even when the place is packed!
(Photos: Rachel Israela)
I love the Touch & Travel App. Just hop on any public Berlin transport and pay for the ride via your smartphone. You don’t need to worry whether you should buy a daily ticket or not, since the app automatically calculates the best rate at the end of the day for you. This is how it works: select “start” upon entering the transit vehicle of your choice and press “end” when you leave – it’s that simple. Fares are automatically withdrawn from your bank account at the end of the month along with a clean invoice, listing all your trips. So you can kiss goodbye to the messy piles of tickets saved for your tax accountant. The only downside is that you MUST end your trip manually – otherwise the app may think you’re on the train forever… (Text: Sven Hausherr / photos: Loris Haller)
Students of the “System-Design” class from the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst) are exhibiting their works in Potsdam. The pavilion on “Freundschaftsinsel” will be turned into “Solid & Liquid“, a graphic design show featuring talks, presentations and discussions for two months. Using both conceptual and speculative approaches, contradictions and overlaps in design are being questioned in the exhibition, as well as reflections and research in our daily visual culture. Altogether a great reason to go for an inspiring trip to Berlin’s sister city and discover emerging graphic talents. (Text: Nina Trippel)
BKV Potsdam e.V., Ausstellungspavillon auf der Freundschaftsinsel, 14467 Potsdam; map
Private View: Sat 18.5.2013; exhibition: 19.5.-22.7.2013 Tue-Sun 12-18h