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ANIKA PAULUS RECOMMENDS: SCHWESTERHERZ & KÜCHENLIEBE

ANIKA PAULUS RECOMMENDS: SCHWESTERHERZ & KÜCHENLIEBE

I love beautiful things. I don’t mean trinkets, but rather good quality, long-lasting products that make everyday work and life easier and more beautiful. Those who share this passion should pay a visit to Schwesterherz und Küchenliebe: two of Berlin’s finest stores for paper and gifts, as well as cooking utensils. Owner Ellen Teschendorf founded the pint-sized shops at Boxhagener Platz, following her heart’s desire to create a space for beautiful objects and gifts in Friedrichshain. Further outposts have since followed across town. To this day, love, passion and attention to detail characterize the selection, which includes classics as well as emerging brands and designers. Both shops allow you to browse in peace, but don’t hesitate to request a recommendation for to the perfect gift for your loved one — or even just for yourself. (Text & Photos: Anika Paulus)

Schwesterherz & Küchenliebe
Gärtnerstr.28, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain; map
Mon–Fri 11–20h, Sat 10.30–19h

Anika Paulus works as a freelance PR & brand consultant for fashion and lifestyle in Berlin. She has lived in Berlin-Friedrichshain since March 2010.

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CLAUDIA SCHOEMIG RECOMMENDS: MERCEARIA AUS PORTUGAL

CLAUDIA SCHOEMIG RECOMMENDS: MERCEARIA AUS PORTUGAL

“In Portugal’s restaurants and cafés, the question asked by waiters after the meal isn’t whether you’ve had enough to eat, but instead whether you’re satisfied.” And satisfaction is just the feeling you’re left with after eating at the family-run Mercearia aus Portugal. Owner Júlia has managed to carve out a name for herself amongst Prenzlauer Berg’s many cafés, thanks to her fine coffee and an array of charming homemade tartlets and speciality cakes. The classic pastel de nata makes an appearance, and for more peckish guests, at least one warm lunch dish — such as Portuguese stockfish — is offered every day. Comfortably furnished with a view over Helmholzplatz, Mercearia is the perfect feel-good spot for a relaxing afternoon. (Text: Claudia Schoemig)

Mercearia aus Portugal, Dunckerstr.12, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, map
Mon-Fri 9-20h, Sat-Sun 10-20h

Claudia Schoemig has lived in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg since 1998. In 2010, she founded her atelier Schoemig Porzellan.

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NINA BLEIBER RECOMMENDS: KANTINE KOHLMANN

NINA BLEIBER RECOMMENDS: KANTINE KOHLMANN

Berlin cuisine — it’s officially making a comeback. But this time around, the good old ingredients are being reinvented in exciting new forms. At Kantine Kohlmann, small sharing plates and bites are delivered to wooden tables — modern, seasoned and flavorful. Owner Ulrike Kabyl recommends the beetroot and coriander tartare. It’s fresh, creamy and spicy. The concept of Kantine Kohlmann is to allow several small bites to make up one dish, making for a very sociable way to enjoy a meal. For dessert, I pick the pistachio parfait. It arrives accompanied by a chocolate tart and quince caramel, making it the best possible conclusion to a meal — hot-cold, crunchy-creamy and salty-sweet. But it’s not over yet: your nightcap awaits nearby. Head down a dark corridor towards a heavy, leather-clad door to enter the restaurant’s in-house bar. There you’ll find a blazing fireplace surrounded by generous green leather armchairs. Sink into one with a cocktail or a digestif. And yes, you can smoke. (Text: Nina Bleiber)

Kantine Kohlmann, Skalitzer Str.64, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Mon-Sun 18-24h

Nina Bleiber was born in Berlin in 1981, lives in Prenzlauer Berg and works as a journalist and stylist.

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INES LAUBER RECOMMENDS: WINTER WANDERING IN PRIGNITZ

INES LAUBER RECOMMENDS: WINTER WANDERING IN PRIGNITZ

It’s great to live in a city like Berlin, where cultural offerings are in constant competition and where culinary adventures thrive. But it’s exactly this overdrive of things, people and events that awakens a desire for silence and forest air. The perfect escape is a day trip to the Prignitz district, located two hours northwest of Berlin by train. In the village of Pritzwalk, we stroll past harvested fields towards the nature park Hainholz, home to woodpeckers and deer. In the neighboring town, Heiligengrabe, you can visit a monastery built in the 13th century, which is today inhabited by nuns. And you won’t go hungry out here either: the beautiful Hotel Klosterhof Heiligengrabe, offers a menu based around seasonal, regional ingredients. It’s worth driving out to Prignitz any time of year, but you must come back in the summer to make use of the plentiful cycle paths and walking trails. I can’t wait. (Text & photos : Inés Lauber)

Waldpark Hainholz, Hainholz 4, 16928 Pritzwalk; map

Inés Lauber is a designer specialising in food concepts. Her work traverses the worlds of gastronomy, experimental cuisine, design, art, and education. She founded Studio Inés Lauber in 2012 and since 2016 has also been running Vital Forces – Food in Context, a Satellite Berlin project.

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JASMIN TOMSCHI RECOMMENDS: BEETS & ROOTS

JASMIN TOMSCHI RECOMMENDS: BEETS & ROOTS

Granted, I haven’t worked in Mitte for a while, at least not on a regular basis. But I distinctly remember the endless search for a healthy lunch spot. If you’re looking for something quick and fresh, Beets & Roots could be your new go-to. Opened in November 2016 by young gastronome Maximilian Kochen and Andreas Tuffentsammer, the youngest German chef to receive a Michelin star in 2011, the fast-casual restaurant centres their menu around bowls in a variety of enticing flavors, ranging from Italian to Japanese. The latter include sesame noodles, edamame, miso eggplant and toppings of your choice. Fitted out with sleek cement walls, black-and-pink tiles and neon installations, with nineties hits playing on loop, lunch at Beets & Roots will taste just as good as the next time you take it to go. Oh, and by the way: a pre-order app is in the works. (Text: Jasmin Tomschi)

Beets & Roots, Große Hamburger Str.38, 10115 Berlin-Mitte; map

Mon-Sat 11-21.30, Sun 12.30-21.30

Jasmin Tomschi is a freelance journalist and copywriter. She moved to Berlin-Friedrichshain from Vienna in 2012.

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