Glass is a very special restaurant in all aspects. First, it’s located in a dark, residential area on Uhlandstrasse with zero foot traffic. The interior is uber-modern and quirky. The service is easily one of the best I’ve had in Berlin: not overwhelming or chatty, but attentive, informative and passionate about what was being served, including the wines. But what stands out the most, thankfully, is the food. Gal Ben Moshe is a young chef from Israel with plenty of fine international culinary experience under his belt. His menu offers a seasonal prix fixe seven course dinner with many surprise palate cleansers in-between. I was thoroughly wowed by his ankimo (monkfish liver or foie gras of the sea) served with beautiful homemade ponzu sauce. Simple caramelized onion soup with crispy Gruyère cheese was inspiring. Sea bass falafel and watermelon nigiri, both of which were not on the menu, were fun and tasty. This is a great place for a special occasion dining, like Christmas and New Year’s Eve that are just around the corner – a memorable evening is guaranteed! (Text: Rei Matsuoka / Photos: Sven Hausherr (top))
Housing an enormous gallery showcasing fashion and Art Nouveau masterpieces, the Kunstgewerbemuseum has recently re-opened its doors after a three year hiatus. Dimly lit rooms not only protect the collectibles, but also provide a catwalk atmosphere for the visitors. You will find yourself admiring 150 years of fashion: from heavily embroidered dresses that belonged to the socialite ladies of the 18th century to creations by famous couturiers like Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel and Christian Dior – all of which are presented on mannequins made especially for the exhibition. The elaborate surfaces, colors and lights create a perfect setting for stunning fabrics like tulle and printed silk. What a wonderful experience, not only for fashion victims like me, but for anyone who admires beautiful design, meticulous details, and history of fashion. (Text: Catharina Schick / Photos: Stephanie Pillmann (top), Heidi Blöcher (left), Stephan Klonk (right))
Searching for shops and institutions in Berlin from the pre-Wende days, or before the Fall of the Wall – a.k.a. my childhood, makes me realize that they are few and far between. Friedrichstadt-Palast, Grand Theaters, Kaffee Burger… But wait, one shop has been around for as long as I can remember, actually much longer than that: Jünemann’s Pantoffeleck. Hidden in the semi-basement on Torstrasse, you’ll find the typical German pantoffel (indoor slippers) in various colors, just like the ones grandpa and grandma used to wear. Muted colors, brown, checkered grey. The smell of shoe adhesives linger in the store, the furniture looks retro if not original, as with the language used in the store (you’ll often hear “wa?”, which means “huh?” in Berlin dialect). But it’s also a shop with an international approach, at least in terms of the wide range of shoe sizes being offered here. So in case you’re looking for a gift, warm feet or something from old East Berlin, then this shop is highly recommended. (Photos: Benjamin Lindenkreuz)
Edda Mann was born in Berlin-Mitte in 1980. After living in Potsdam and Frankfurt am Main, where she studied fine arts, she moved back to Berlin in 2005. She is the owner of Konk, a boutique specializing in “made in Berlin fashion”.
Obviously, we know where to go in Berlin. We also know that when traveling to other cities, the best tips always come from the locals, not through guide books. Berlin-based start-up Discavo offers you just that: recommendations by people like you and me from the vicinity of your stay. Next time when I visit Frankfurt, I will definitely follow Fee’stips because she recommends Maxie Eisen, which is one of my favorites too; I think we have similar taste. What makes this city guide interesting and fun, is the fact that the contributors come from all walks of life and age groups. Right now the service is offered only in a few German cities, but the directory is expanding step by step. Cee Cee has made a little contribution too, with a write-up on vegan food in Berlin (in German only). If you’re not only looking for tips but accommodations as well, discavo.de actually compares hotel prices to help you find a great stay for a great price! The city tips are a complementary service. (Text: Nina Trippel)
“I’m Not Interested But I Can’t Prove It” would be a typical title for a song by Frank Spilker. Somehow funny, ironic, and aloof. But this is actually the name of his latest novel. The lead singer of Die Sterne, an indie rock band from Hamburg, and a novelist tells the story of the antihero Thomes Troppelmann and his journey to his past: from the urban precariat to mom’s dining table with re-heated cabbage rolls on top. Spilker’s book reading (in German) will take place at Roter Salon this Sunday (14.12.2014) and will be accompanied by some music. Although the critics were not gushing over his debut novel published in 2013, I think his unique voice and musical background alone make this event worth attending. (Text: Anna-Lena Charbonnier / Photos: Juliane Werner (bottom), Thomas Aurin (top))