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JANINE HÄRDTER RECOMMENDS: BAGEL, COFFEE & CULTURE

JANINE HÄRDTER RECOMMENDS: BAGEL, COFFEE & CULTURE

Living just around the corner from your favorite café must be one of the best things in life. My café love affair? Bagel, Coffee & Culture. I could spend hours sitting in their reclaimed wooden theatre seats, watching busy life go by on Mehringdamm. Apart from the usual breakfast classics, such as croissants and granola, what really matters here is – of course – the bagels. You can choose from seventeen (!) toppings and, from time to time, additional specials like the “Eilaska” with homemade guacamole and a fried egg. My personal highlights? The “Londoner” (cream cheese, smoked salmon and a fried egg) and the “Veggie” (cream cheese or hummus with grilled vegetables). Fresh smoothies and juices complement the food, and great coffee is also taken care of. However, food and drink aside, the owners are one of the best parts about this place. They make you feel welcome even if you’re just walking by on the street, and special wishes are fulfilled without hesitation. That unsolicited friendliness reminds me of home, and anyone who visits Bagel, Coffee & Culture will undoubtedly feel the same way. (Text & Photos: Janine Härdter)

Bagel, Coffee & Culture, Mehringdamm 66, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Mon-Fri 8-20h, Sat 9-20h, Sun 10-20h

Janine Härdter has been living in Berlin since 2014 and recently left the agency life to freelance in field of social media. She’s on the move all over Berlin, but calls Kreuzberg 61 her home and favorite Kiez.

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MIRAGE — LIGHT-FILLED BISTRO IS OUR NEW WEDDING OASIS

MIRAGE — LIGHT-FILLED BISTRO IS OUR NEW WEDDING OASIS

Opened a few short months ago in June 2017, Mirage is a bright and beautiful French and Mediterranean-influenced bistro in Wedding. Longtime supporters of the perpetually up-and-coming neighborhood, four friends joined forces to create a place where all members of the community could come together over food, drinks, music, and art. Just a short walk from S+U Wedding, a lovely vision from the opposite end of Nettelbeckplatz shimmers like a fata morgana in the light, and once you reach duly-named Mirage, you’ll see it’s even lovelier inside – with an airy atmosphere, perfect pastel accents and an aesthetically pleasing but not pretentious design by Kreuzberg-based, Studio Vos. As for the food, you can expect house made renditions of French classics like quiche, fluffy butter croissants, baguette sandwiches, and what might be the king of all French café sandwiches: the croque-monsieur. At Mirage, the mornings flow easily through afternoons and pour themselves into long-stemmed glasses by night — more than one good reason to venture north. Check out their Facebook page for upcoming events, like tonight’s (26.10.17) Oasis Jam Sessionfeaturing atmospheric grooves, wine, tapas, and special cocktails. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson)

Mirage, Reinickendorfer Str.110, 13347 Berlin-Wedding; map
Tue-Wed 10-20h, Thu-Fri 10-22h, Sat 13-22h, Sun 11-20h

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HERMANN’S — A NEW CAFÉ FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE OF FOOD

HERMANN’S — A NEW CAFÉ FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE OF FOOD

You’ve probably never heard of tigernut flour or treated yourself with a deliciously rich black bean brownie, but Rosenthaler Platz’ newest café is here to change that. Through its daily-changing menu and unique event program, Hermann’s is set up to become a hub for holistic, approachable conversations around the global future of food. Airy, spacious, and outfitted with fine Scandinavian furniture, vibrant plants, and plenty of varied seating options for working, meeting, or eating — the menu focuses on sustainable ingredients used in unique ways and the curious will be satiated by not only the food, but the accessible information around said ingredients. Named after Hermann Bahlsen — the grandfather of co-owner Verena Bahlsen — who founded the Bahlsen food company in 1889, Hermann’s has the history that will surely only help them inform the future. This Sunday (22.10.17), the café is playing host to The Sustainable Brunch — Berlin Edition with Abi and Sadbhd, the minds behind London’s supperclub: The Sustainable Food Story. See the menu and get your ticket to enjoy a sustainable English breakfast in conversation and interaction with like-minds, or keep your eyes on their Facebook page for upcoming events that are sure to be as tasty as they are intriguing. (Text & Photos: Devan Grimsrud)

Hermann’s, Torstr.116-118, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map
Mon-Fri 8:30-20h, Sat 10-20h

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FUNDAMENTAL BERLIN: DISCOVER PLAYFUL & SOPHISTICATED PIECES

FUNDAMENTAL BERLIN: DISCOVER PLAYFUL & SOPHISTICATED PIECES

Sharp lines, stunning patterns, and unique textures come together seamlessly in everything Fundamental Berlin creates, and with one glance it’s obvious that the minds behind these designs started out in architecture. Since 2011, Gunnar Rönsch and Stephen Molloy have been producing mathematically inspired pieces – from tables to shelves, frames to vases. Their bespoke brick-and-mortar shop and café gives you the chance to see, feel and try out their whimsical products. After grabbing a bite from the Italian and Portuguese bistro Octo, sip on a shot of Italian espresso or a glass of wine from the bar and browse freely — perhaps picking out new pieces for home or as gifts. As for us: we fell in love with their recent “Benzin“ series and the “Switch” wire baskets that we think of as a “Berlin classic“. If you need more time, take home a catalog which Cee Cee Creative (the agency behind this newsletter) recently designed. Not merely meant for showcasing their product range, the catalog aims to inspire you to add a pop of playfulness to your home, and features testimonials and glimpses into the lives of Fundamental Berlin fans, like Tutia Schaad — amongst others. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Devan Grimsrud)

Fundamental Berlin & Octo, Ackerstr.1A, 10115 Berlin-Mitte; map

Mon-Fri 11-20h, Sat 14-22h

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REFINERY HIGH END: A SPECIALTY COFFEE STORE FOR EVERYONE

REFINERY HIGH END: A SPECIALTY COFFEE STORE FOR EVERYONE

Down one of the busiest streets in Kreuzberg, across from Gorlitzer Bahnhof, sits the second branch of one of our favorite coffee shops for a mid-afternoon or early morning sip ‑ Refinery Coffee. While their original location in Mitte is a bustling hub for great food made in house and delicious high end coffees (of course), their new concept store hopes to break the barrier between baristas and coffee lovers by serving as a specialty “try before you buy” shop – where the team can prepare free individual mini-cuppings on the spot to help you learn more about the beans, where they come from, and what they taste like. With specialty coffees from leading international multi-roasters like London’s Caravan Coffee Roasters, Copenhagen’s April Coffee Roasters,  and Oslo’s Tim Wendelboe (exclusively at Refinery in Berlin) plus a selection of tempting pastries — the store stands out, acting like a gallery for coffee beans. It’s about time to learn more about your favorite beverage, and Refinery presents the perfect place for you to do it. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Auste Skrupskyte)

Refinery Specialty Coffee Store, Skalitzer Str.104, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Mon-Fri 9-17h

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