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CALIFORNIA POPS — ICED AMERICAN SPIRIT NEAR SCHLESI

CALIFORNIA POPS — ICED AMERICAN SPIRIT NEAR SCHLESI

New since early July: popsicles near Schesisches Tor! The idea for the store came to Elma and Tom on a trip to South America. Their goal was to combine the presence, range of colors and shapes with the quality of Italian ice cream – and they’ve definitely succeeded. The store’s design is inspired by Cali lifestyle: with its striped awning and wood paneling, hand-painted by SuperBlast, California Pops is extremely inviting, even from afar; and, of course, a little bit American – but in a good way. The lovely counter is filled with beautifully arranged rows of flavors like Cheesecake, Dark Chocolate Cashew, Mango and Plum. We tried Mint Cantaloupe and White Chocolate Matcha and were delighted. Not too sweet, very fruity and pretty darn refreshing. Also not too shabby: every pop is homemade using only organic ingredients, and sorbets are vegan. (Text: Helen von der Höden)

California Pops, Falckensteinstr.4, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Mon-Fri 11-23h; Sat&Sun 12-24h

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FAVORITE SUMMERTIME BLOG: BADESTELLEN-BRANDENBURG.DE

FAVORITE SUMMERTIME BLOG: BADESTELLEN-BRANDENBURG.DE

On these scorching hot summer days, it seems that every one is in on the secret: heading to Brandenburg, coveted as one of Germany’s most aquatic states. The tricky part, though, is finding the right lake for you and yours, perhaps away from the stampede of Berliners looking to do the same. Check out Badestellen Brandenburg (Brandenburg Swim Spots). Here you’ll find everything you need for a successful lake excursion – to Sacrower See, for example, or Werbelinsee, Lanker Obersee, Schwielowsee among many others. The site’s creators have tested each and every one of them and are happy to provide maps with exact coordinates and a compass rose for the cardinal directions. Off you go! For more details, check out the individual listings where you’ll find information on water quality, sunbathing lawns, sand beaches, food options, toilets, showers, playgrounds, accessibility and, most important, how to get there. I myself will add only this: pack your bathing suit and have fun exploring! (Text: Milena Kalojanov / Photo: Peter Gäbelein)

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ANNA ROSE RECOMMENDS: ORA

ANNA ROSE RECOMMENDS: ORA

When I heard that two old friends of mine were opening a bistro/bar at Oranienplatz, my expectations were high. Working just around the corner, I was craving for a new lunch spot and after-hour bar. The newly opened Ora happens to be both, and more. Once a pharmacy (for 150 years), Christoph and Lukas — a fellow photographer and filmmaker, did a beautiful job restoring the place. Amidst gorgeous chairs and tables for dining, pretty food displayed atop the bar, old wooden cabinets, medicinal bottles and jars remain mostly intact. When I glance at the beautiful bouquets, held in place by old pharmaceutical jars labeled “herbs” and “trickets”, I am reminded of my grandmother who lived nearby as a young woman. I can so easily picture her there, still today. But now Ora is a stylish hub, one that has not lost its long-acquired magic and has not gained any pretension; it feels cozy and effortless, easy to sink into. Now, as for the food, my absolute highlight is Christoph’s homemade bread, served with various spreads. It is a natural sourdough, made simply with flour, water and salt. As for the spreads, you can choose between cashew cream, cottage cheese and smoked paprika hummus. Rumor has it that the cakes and cinnamon buns are out of this world, but as of now I can’t get enough of that bread. All in all the food shares qualities of the space: colorful, tasteful, rich with love and precision. (Text & photo: Anna Rose)

Ora, Oranienplatz 14. 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Mon-Sun 10-24h

Anna Rose is a photographer born and raised in Berlin. After spending 10 years abroad, in Brooklyn, she is happy to be back, working and living in Neukölln.

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FRESH VEGGIES FROM BERLIN’S FIRST AQUAPONIK FARM

FRESH VEGGIES FROM BERLIN’S FIRST AQUAPONIK FARM

Vegetables and herbs grown in Berlin? Yes, it’s possible even without your own garden. Bonus, you can get them in Tempelhof. Here at the ECF Farmer’s Market, find a greenhouse-and-fish-farm, shop included. The idea is based on the so-called aquaponik system and works like this: the water used to breed fish is also used to water the plants as it is high in nutrients, and thus the perfect natural fertilizer free of pesticides. You may shop on site or subscribe to their veggie box packed with goodies like tomatoes, eggplant, pepper, salad, cucumber and one of five types of basil, plus another herb pot, such as shiso cress or amaranth. The on-site store offers additional Berlin products such as honey, jam and organic meat specialities. Future plans may include a café, where customers can enjoy the fresh greens after a run or bike-ride around the abandoned air port. From October, the Berlin rosé bass will be for sale as well. (Text: Marianne Rennella)

ECF Farmer‘s Market, Bessemerstr.16, 12103 Berlin-Tempelhof; map

Tue & Thu 9-19h, Sat 10-14h

Veggie box for 15€/week; currently there is a waiting list

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WATER ACTIVITY — PADDLING ON THE SPREE

WATER ACTIVITY — PADDLING ON THE SPREE

You don’t have to be in a boat to cruise the Spree’s waters. With Stand Up Club (SUP), a paddleboarding company, you can navigate the river independently or in small groups. Under the shadows of our cityscape and the open sky, I entered the water on a paddleboard at Badeschiff. With the guidance of my teacher, Severine, I learnt how to land, use the paddle, and actually get up on the board. Because I’m a beginner, I booked a starter tour through Osthafen where the water is quite still — perfect for practice. We paddled towards Oberbaum Brücke and, upon our return to Badeschiff, I dipped right into the refreshing pool. Fun fact: it’s popular to practice Yoga on the board. Refreshing, fun and stimulating. (Text: Helen v d Höden, Photo: StandUpClub Berlin)

StandUpClub, Arena Badeschiff, Eichenstrasse. 4, 12435 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Tue-Sun 11-21h

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