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KØNIGLICHE BACKSTUBE — BACK TO THE BASICS OF GOOD BREAD

KØNIGLICHE BACKSTUBE — BACK TO THE BASICS OF GOOD BREAD

A little shop that’s been supplying Rixdorfers with their daily bread since June 2016 has been flying under the radar for too long. Micha Köser’s Kønigliche Backstube lives up to its royal name — the passion for craftsmanship is palpable here. From the shopfront, where stacked loaves are ready to be sold, you have an excellent view into the kitchen, and can watch bakers make and knead the dough, taking in the feeling of old-school coziness and delicious scents. Kønigliche Backstube’s selection includes classics such as pane rustico, crusty French breads and artisan walnut loaves. Cakes aren’t to be found amongst the array of baked goods; here, fluffy raisin buns and juicy cinnamon rolls are the quintessence of a guilty pleasure. Micha, formerly of Beumer & Lutum, pays close attention to the quality of the preparation processes, striving to create dough that’s soft and a pleasure to eat, but also lasts for a few days. Little wonder, then, that this pint-sized bakery has such a loyal customer base. The atmosphere is welcoming and familiar, and commitment to the community extends to the walls: As part of the project “Einszueins - Kunst in der Køniglichen Backstube”, artists receive a daily loaf of bread in exchange for their work. (Text: Jennifer Prietzel / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Kønigliche Backstube, Zwiestädter Str.10, 12055 Berlin-Neukölln; map

Mon-Fri 9-19h, Sat 8-14h. Bread baking schedule here.

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DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE: CLICHÉ BASHING #4 WITH DANDY DIARY

DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE: CLICHÉ BASHING #4 WITH DANDY DIARY

The swoosh or the stripes? Let’s face it: From sneakers to supermarkets, we’re all hype beasts in one way or another. The power brands wield over modern life will be the hot topic at cultural debate event Cliché Bashing #4, on tonight (17.5.2018) at Drive. Volkswagen Group Forum. Amongst the panel members this round will be David Roth and Carl Jakob Haupt of the fashion blog Dandy Diary and Britta Heidemann, Olympic champion in fencing. Moderated by Sissy Metzschke and Volker Wieprecht, industry insiders and experts will be split between “hype beasts” and “no logo” to tease out questions of brand power in conversation with the audience. Register here and prepare for an entertaining and thought-provoking evening spent deconstructing the clichés surrounding the logos competing for our attention, our wallets and our loyalty. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Drive., Dandy Diary)

Drive. Volkswagen Group Forum, Friedrichstr.84/Ecke Unter den Linden, 10117 Berlin-Mitte; map

Cliché Bashing #4, 17.5.2018, doors open 18.30h, event begins 19h. Facebook event; register here for free.

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SUSANNA GLITSCHER RECOMMENDS: TISK SPEISEKNEIPE

SUSANNA GLITSCHER RECOMMENDS: TISK SPEISEKNEIPE

Since March 2018, Kristof Mulack and Martin Müller have been bringing new German cuisine and drink culture to the plates and glasses of their guests at Tisk Speisekneipe. While Mulack, known for his supper clubs, came under the spotlight when he took home the winning prize on TV show “The Taste”, Müller worked in upscale establishments like Tim Raue for years. When the two Berliners met, it became abundantly clear that they had to start their own project. Tisk is done in the style of a modern local pub, where, between terracotta tiles and a central bar, the duo serves the best the region has to offer. The fixed menu ranges from blood sausage croquettes, sauerkraut soup and cucumber salad to traditional milk rice pudding: All excellently executed and fairly priced. This concept continues through to jars of preserves which contain, for example, the Spreewald cucumber pickle “Tisk Fizz”. Seated at the counter, foodies have a direct view into the open kitchen, and the tables were made for friends to share plates over — like the mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes and Polish-style cauliflower. At Tisk, everything is as down-to-earth here as its surrounding kiez. (Text: Susanna Glitscher / Photos: Tisk)

Tisk Speisekenipe, Neckarstr.12, 12053 Berlin-Neukölln; map

Tue-Sat 18-24h, book online.

Susanna Glitscher is a born and raised Berliner who lives in Kreuzberg. Since having completed her studies, she’s worked in the food industry, curating events, writing and advising restaurants on their communications strategy.

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YOGA NOW — REPLENISH YOUR ENERGY IN A HIDDEN OASIS

YOGA NOW — REPLENISH YOUR ENERGY IN A HIDDEN OASIS

When we do yoga, we want to escape from the fast pace of everyday life and make more time for ourselves — at least for the length of a course. Yoga Now wants your time out to extend beyond Shavasana, and into your daily life under the slogan: ”What’s your yoga?” Jan Herzberg founded the studio in July 2017 to offer yoga for everyone, with styles ranging from Jivamukti and Ashtanga to Yin Yoga, and teachers taking a free approach to designing their classes. I attended a morning Ashtanga course and really enjoyed the light-flooded room and the unexpected tranquility before the Asanas commenced — after walking through two rear courtyards and up several flights of stairs, the hustle and bustle of Kreuzberg is quickly forgotten. Most courses at Yoga Now are designed for both beginners and advanced students, with the exercises are adapted to the level of individual participants. You will be challenged, but not overwhelmed, and you will definitely feel rested after. Plans to extend the attic into a kitchen and roof terrace made for meditation whilst overlooking the rooftops of Kreuzberg are currently in the works — in the meantime, you can find a view to your inner self during a free meditation session on Sundays. Namaste. (Text: Jennifer Prietzel / Photos: Yoga Now)

Yoga Now, Mehringdamm 61, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Want to try Yoga Now for a month? Cee Cee is giving away two monthly passes. Write to us at win@ceecee.cc.

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BERLIN STORIES: THE CITY UNFILTERED IN FOUR VOLUMES

BERLIN STORIES: THE CITY UNFILTERED IN FOUR VOLUMES

Hatje Cantz‘s new photo book series “Berlin Stories” shows snapshots as raw as the city it pays tribute to. Yet it’s precisely in its raw edges where Berlin’s charm and unique beauty is to be found. In “Hundekopf” (vol.1) Ama Split and Riky Kiwy take us on a trip around the Ringbahn; the immediate surroundings of the stations revealing the everyday cityscape between buildings, courtyards and kiosks. The photographs in Ed Broner’s “Vagabondage Diary” (vol.2) dare to give us an intimate look through the keyhole at Berlin’s notorious nightlife and club culture, in an autobiographical collection of the former bouncer at the club “90 Grad.” The first volume was published in April 2018, and two more will follow this fall, also depicting works by artists whose careers have been shaped by the city. This series was made for lovers of Berlin at its unembellished finest. (Text: Jennifer Prietzel / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Berlin Stories vol.1+2 (Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2018), available online.

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