Oyster, sea buckthorn, spirulina, buckwheat koji. Clams, rutabaga, buckwheat, yuzu. Char, rutabaga, lardo, mustard. The nine courses of young Russian chef Evgeny Vikentev’s “Time Steps” menu (and its vegetarian equivalent, “Roots Religion”) on offer at Cell on Uhlandstraße not only read like poetry; they also present as carefully-composed works of edible art that surprise and delight. The concept is neat: each dish — well-portioned, paced and presented — adopts one element from the preceding one. Vikentev (of Hamlet & Jacks in St. Petersburg) and his international kitchen transcend geographical borders to showcase their culinary creativity and dexterity. A pairing of six wines – chosen by sommeliers Pascal Kunert and Henriette Dreger from the extensive list, which focuses on German and French winemakers, is recommended to accompany the evening. The atmosphere — with its plush, warm-toned textiles and linens — sets a chic but laid-back tone that’s elevated by the impeccable service. Come on a special occasion when you have someone to treat. This is fine dining at its relaxed, playful best. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Anna Dorothea Ker)
For all its practicality, the cost of car sharing can rack up fast – especially when crossing Berlin at rush hour. Here to remove the frustration from the equation is Miles, a carsharing scheme that’s priced according to the distance you drive, not the time you spend in traffic. Need to make a spontaneous trip across town? Just download the app, find a Miles car near you, and drive off stress-free. Want to take a Sunday trip out of town? The “Milesroadie” option saves you money on distances up to 100km. Require a vehicle for a move or to pick up furniture at Ikea? Book a Miles Transporter to get your stuff safely from A to B. For every kilometer driven, the company donates one cent to Berlin charities like Fadi Saad, Berliner Tafel or SchutzengelWerk. And in case you needed another reason to get on board – seeing as Cee Cee Creative is behind Miles‘ design, we’re giving our readers 15€ worth of Miles credit on your first ride with the code “MILESxCeeCee”. Register and enter the code in the promotion field of the app. Happy stress-free driving! (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)
Selig (which aptly means ‘blessed’) is a charming café and lunch spot gracing the former brick chapel on Herrfurthplatz in Schillerkiez. Long–time Berliner Christian Birkelbach has created the kind of refreshingly no-nonsense social hub that has something for everyone. For starters, Christian and his team have curated a solid breakfast/brunch menu that boasts everything from a hearty Croque Madame to avocado-topped bagels. It’s international comfort food delivered at a high standard that’s in no way reflected by the prices. Sunlight floods through long windows, and it has a terrace perfect for people watching with a morning coffee, an afternoon wine, or an evening beer. The bright interior and combination of snug tables and plank benches makes Selig a great place to meet friends or do a spot of life-admin, coffee-deep in the glow of your laptop. Selig lacks an agenda, and you can make of the space exactly what you want. (Text: Tom Taylor / Photos: Selig, Philipp Obkircher, Florian Kottlewski)
Tom is a Welsh musician who writes about stuff for Berlin Loves You. Based on the border of his two favorite neighborhoods, Kreuzberg and Schöneberg, you’ll find him either in Lidl or in an eck-kneipe.
A vivid neon green sign illuminates the entrance to Odeon Kino, the neighborhood cinema with a cult following. In true American cinema style, the buttery scent of salted popcorn lingers in the foyer welcoming all inside – especially those who want to see films in their original language. The Schöneberg cinema has a strong following for just that reason: Odeon claims to be Berlin’s ‘pioneer of OV culture’ as the first cinema to show films in their original English version. Opened originally as ‘Sylvie’ in the 1950s, Odeon was taken over by Yorck Kinogruppe — Berlin’s largest cinema association — in the 80s and has retained its stellar reputation ever since. With just one hall of close to 400 comfy red seats, Odeon Kino feels like a step back in time and is well worth a visit the next time you want to see an English movie. But be warned: There are no designated seats, so you’ll need to get there early if you want to nab a good spot. (Text: Laura Box / Photos: Yorck Kinogruppe & Daniel Horn)
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2019 will be marked by functional design and modern architecture: the famous Bauhaus was founded precisely 100 years ago and seems to be more present than ever, not only in Germany but all over the world. Under the motto “Rethink the World,” the Bauhaus Association 2019 is honoring the centenary with a year’s worth of cultural events, kicking it all off with the opening festival at the Akademie der Künste from 16.01 to 24.01. Apart from its focus on architecture, it also offers a rich experimental program on the thresholds between art, film, dance, and music. The virtual reality installation “Das Totale Tanz Theater 360°” blurs the lines between body and space, questioning the relationship between man and machine in true Bauhaus manier. Exclusively for the concert series “Signalraum: Unikate,” artists developed their own musical instruments. Annette Krebs creates electro-acoustic assemblages, while the performance by director Horst Konietzny and experimental musician Marek Choloniewski transforms brain waves into soundscapes. In the final presentation of the workshop “Bauhaus and Me” on 21.01, dance artist and choreographer Jo Parkes with students from Bertolt-Brecht-Oberschule explore the impact that the Bauhaus might have on the lives of young Berliners today. The Bauhaus continues to be a source of inspiration and now you can join in on the celebrations. Check the festival website for the complete program and ticket information. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Bauhaus100, Scott Kaplan)
100 Years Bauhaus Opening Festival: Website
Das Totale Tanz Theater 360°: 17.-24.01.2019
Signalraum: Unikate I: 17.01.2018, 20:30h-22:45h
Bauhaus and me: 21.01.2018, 16 & 17.30h
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten; map