Der Goldene Hahn was featured in our Cee Cee No.2 Book, which is available for purchase here.
This Kreuzberg classic is the local go-to for simple but delicious Italian cuisine. The seasonal menu, scrawled on a blackboard that the waiter brings to the table, changes daily. The Caponata Siciliana: simply magnificent, the house speciality. During our visit we spotted an Italian nonna in the kitchen, dishing out pasta and bread – made from scratch, of course: a dream come true. The interior ranges from from simple and quaint to somewhat cracked, but the ambiance, candlelight, red-checked tablecloths and brick walls are totally charming! (Text: Nella Beljan / Photos: Daniel Farò)
An integral part of the Schaubühne’s repertoire since 1999/2000, the Festival of International New Drama (FIND) has evolved from a presentation of dramatic texts by young writers into a large-scale festival for visiting drama productions, uniting theatre makers, directors, writers and actors. This year, the festival centers around the theme of “democracy and tragedy”, exploring the current volatility of international politics and interrogating the concepts of community and citizenship so as to propose suggestions for living together in the future. The varied and vibrant program includes plays, monologues, panel discussions and workshops, as well as an interactive dinner party. We’re particularly looking forward to ”Tristesses“ — a dark political comedy by Anne-Cécile Vandalem and Das Fräulein Kompanie. Also on our radar is Richard Nelson’s “The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of one Family“, a production that unfolded in real-time during the 2016 US election, addressing the hopes and fears of the American middle class. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos (clockwise): Torsten Elger / Christophe Engels / Rachel Lang)
Schaubühne, Kurfürstendamm 153, 10709 Berlin-Wilmersdorf; map Festival of International New Drama (FIND) 2017, 30.3-9.4.17, see program for showing times.
I love beautiful things. I don’t mean trinkets, but rather good quality, long-lasting products that make everyday work and life easier and more beautiful. Those who share this passion should pay a visit to Schwesterherz und Küchenliebe: two of Berlin’s finest stores for paper and gifts, as well as cooking utensils. Owner Ellen Teschendorf founded the pint-sized shops at Boxhagener Platz, following her heart’s desire to create a space for beautiful objects and gifts in Friedrichshain. Further outposts have since followed across town. To this day, love, passion and attention to detail characterize the selection, which includes classics as well as emerging brands and designers. Both shops allow you to browse in peace, but don’t hesitate to request a recommendation for to the perfect gift for your loved one — or even just for yourself. (Text & Photos: Anika Paulus)
As early Spring temperatures rise, so do the number of friends coming to visit. Feeling ready to play tour guide? You don’t have to be a history buff to introduce guests to Berlin — you just have to know who to call. Thanks to the brand new walking tour provider Berlins Taiga, you can let the experts do the hard work whilst learning something new about the history of your city. Founder Holger Raschke, who grew up near Potsdam surrounded by a strong Soviet military presence, has harboured a fascination with the region’s background since childhood. Now he’s sharing his passion with the public, in the form of tours that trace the Soviet past of Berlin and Brandenburg from 1945 to 1994: from the final battle for Berlin to urban development in the eastern sector. Whichever focus you choose, expect a friendly, flexible guide, a relaxed pace and fascinating conversation material for your post-tour coffee. It won’t only be your guests who see the city’s Soviet story in a whole new light. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Holger Raschke)
Berlins Taiga — Guided Tours about Soviet History in Berlin & Brandenburg. Various locations, dates and times. Check the website for details.
Broken your favorite piece of pottery? Think twice before you throw it away: Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese craft of fixing ceramics using gold- or silver- dusted lacquer. Gather your shards and learn how to transform an accident into an art piece in a workshop early this April at our favorite “senses salon”, Ryoko. Part-wellness oasis, part-boutique, the tranquil space hosts regular workshops centered around Japanese art forms. Shihoko Komamura leads the Kintsugi sessions, showing participants how to repair cracks with cashew resin or epoxy putty before finishing them in brass gold or tin silver powder. The three-hour class is run at a meditative pace, and is as therapeutic for the soul as it is for the object you’ll repair. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Daniel Kula)