Nestled between galleries, the newly-opened café and restaurant Oliv Eat is serious about high-quality food and good-looking dishes. With a keen eye for detail and a background in interior design, co-owner Oliver Mahne’s personal style is reflected in the space: He designed the furniture, the floor, and feature wall, while the crockery is from a ceramicist he discovered in Cape Town. It is difficult to choose a favorite from their main menu, as all the food served here is mouth-watering: From the soups, to the baked goat cheese served on a delicious salad, to the beautifully-presented fish. On weekends you can find a special menu, with a variety of breakfast options served all day. After searching for the perfect carrot cake in Berlin for a while now, I finally found it at Oliv Eat. When this divine, fluffy cake is baked in their beautiful kitchen, the smell fills up the restaurant, wonderfully complementing the autumn season. With its relaxed atmosphere, Oliv Eat is a place to enjoy all day and meet friends after work for a glass of wine. (Text: Nicolene van der Walt / Photos: Sven Hausherr)
They still exist — those abandoned places transporting you straight back to the Berlin of the early 90s. Your Space, located in the backyard of an old factory is such a place. It is peaceful and it smells of dust, concrete and paint — time has stopped here and that is a good thing. Your Space is — as the name suggests — YOUR space. More than teaching yoga and meditation, the emphasis is on creating room for mindful creativity, inspiration, and on sharing knowledge with like-minded individuals. Classes in yoga, meditation, and kundalini are taught in a spacious concrete-floor studio, equipped with a set of 30 cacti and huge windows. Rotating programs on mindfulness take place here — boosting both body and soul. Berlin air and New York spirit combine — Your Space is spiritual but not esoteric. Welcome to the neighborhood, you cheery little studio. (Text: Olga Schlosser)
Neither fox, nor wolf, nor hound, Koyote restaurant at Admiralbrücke truly separates itself from the pack. And with culinary influences taken from South American, German, and French cuisines, it’s not surprising that this little gem falls into a category of its own. The occasionally-changing menu features highlights such as cod ceviche, packing a punch with lime, chili, sweet potato puree, and pomegranate. Try the white tiger shrimp with aioli dip, the deconstructed “Koyote-style” steak tartar speckled with crispy anchovies and peppercorns, and smothered ribs paired with spicy coleslaw. Service is warm and cordial, and homemade bread sets a good foundation for the list of excellent wines available. Who said fine dining requires a hefty price tag? All dishes, both starters and mains, are available in both small and main portions. Sample away – this spot has countless culinary delights, taking your taste buds around the world.
Koyote, Admiralstr.20, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Tue-Sat 8-24h, Sun 8-19h
Victoria Pease is an Editor at Gestalten and has contributed to various travel and food-focused publications. She has been living in Kreuzberg for the past year.
You only have until this Saturday to check out this beautiful little pop-up shop in Mitte, brought together by two Berlin-based brands. At Pop It Up, you are invited to try out the beautifully handmade jewelry pieces by Jukserei and feel the texture of the new water-resistant bags, handcrafted by the twins from Marin et Marine. My favorite: the small Bucket bag in Nude, one I can easily throw over one shoulder, and perfect for a day trip exploring outside the city. Swing by to view both brands’ new collections. (Text: Nicolene van der Walt)
Water treatment systems aren’t sexy? The ones designed by Thomas Hartwig, founder of Leogant, might just be the exception. For the past seven years Thomas has been getting up close with the topic, and can easily get his listeners excited about it, too. In an airy loft on Linienstrasse, Thomas and his team describe the various systems available for the home, which are not only easy on the eyes, but also incredibly simple to use. Several tastings and a coaching on the physical and chemical composition of this liquid gold later, we now know: water doesn’t always equal water. We can only ask you to take this to heart and pay Leogant a friendly visit. (Text: Stephanie Johne)
Leogant, Linienstr.56, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map
Mon-Fri 10-13h, 14-19h; Sat 12-18h