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LISA KRÜGER RECOMMENDS: HOTEL ULTRA

LISA KRÜGER RECOMMENDS: HOTEL ULTRA

“Is this a real hotel?” If you want the answer to this, you have to question the obvious. Because upon entering, it soon becomes apparent that Hotel Ultra is, in fact, not an actual hotel but a concept store. The clever idea was implemented in the heart of Berlin at Torstr.155 in 2014. The interior has all the makings of a real hotel: a reception, a lobby and the obligatory bar. Even so, no one will be checking into their room here, but rather browsing design products from (un)known designers and (inter)national brands. The small café tucked away in the back of the shop serves freshly baked cakes and coffee. The unusually provocative concept was created by Mo Ghandehari, a fan of design and Depeche Mode. He conceived the store as an homage to the album “Ultra”, and more specifically to the song “It’s No Good”. Hotel Ultra is a captivating place to discover exceptional design products and to be inspired by unconventionality. (Text: Lisa Krüger / Photos: Hotel Ultra)

Hotel Ultra, Torstr.155, 10115 Berlin-Mitte; map
Mon-Sat 11.30-19.30h

Berlin native Lisa Krüger currently lives in Pankow, and is a trained product design assistant who studied marketing communications and public relations.

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CLAUDIA ZENK RECOMMENDS: 1213BST

CLAUDIA ZENK RECOMMENDS: 1213BST

Caitlin and Bryan Sanderson wanted to create something meaningful. Upon moving to Berlin from Los Angeles, they immediately opened their store 1213bst on Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße in 2017 with the aim of establishing a platform for diversity and sustainability. The idea behind the store is both persuasive and simple: The duo buys clothes, shoes and accessories from trading customers. But unlike the typical second-hand store, the seller can choose to receive either cash in hand or an in-store trade credit. The newest addition to their concept is the online shop 1213bst.com. Their brick-and-mortar location’s interior is tastefully designed with subtle details. Generous amounts of white space and light woods create a positive and carefree atmosphere that makes everyone feel welcome. For Caitlin, who has worked for various non-profits such as ACLU for the past 15 years, openness and diversity are central to her identity. Bryan, who ran the Weltenbuerger concept store for cosmopolitans in LA, remarks: “A truly diverse crowd of people shop here. And bringing them all together gives me more pleasure than making a statement with an exclusive fashion label.” (Text: Claudia Zenk / Photos: Emilie Wade)

1213bst, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str.19, 10178 Berlin-Mitte; map

Mon-Sat 12–20h

Claudia Zenk studies the history of art at Humboldt University Berlin while working at Softspace and David Chipperfield Architecture, among other places. Besides digital issues, she is interested in people, houses and books as well as the interaction between them all.

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JUSTYNA BURZYNSKI RECOMMENDS: NO WÓDKA

JUSTYNA BURZYNSKI RECOMMENDS: NO WÓDKA

As indicated by its name, don’t expect to find vodka or other Polish clichés at No Wódka, a concept store in Prenzlauer Berg. Instead, be prepared for a slightly different image of Poland, corresponding to the aesthetic preferences of Aleksandra Kozlowska, who opened the shop in 2014. From furniture, home accessories, through clothes to jewellery – all sorts of high quality products that reflect current trends in Polish design are selected by the owner. The whole assortment is made in Poland: pieces by smaller and bigger brands, but no mass-produced articles. For the store’s look and feel, Kozlowska teamed up with Studio Kontent in Warsaw. Handpicked items are showcased within the minimalist store interior, dominated by white and neutral shades, mixed with scaffolding beams. The space can be easily transformed and rearranged for various purposes such as occasional art exhibitions, workshops and other events. This very consistent strive to charm away stereotypes about Poland makes No Wódka something more than just a shop. It’s somewhat a cultural institution and therefore my personal favorite when it comes to Polish spots in Berlin. (Text: Justyna Burzynski / Photos: Baba Wie, No Wódka)

No Wódka, Pappelallee 10, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map

Mon-Wed 12-19h, Thu-Sat 11-19h

Justyna Burzynski runs Berlinsko, a blog dedicated to Berlin’s Polish community, spends most of her free time at bouldering gyms, likes exploring Berlin and writing about it. She’s lived in Neukölln since 2012.

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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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MARC HOLZENBECHER RECOMMENDS: LA BOLOGNINA

MARC HOLZENBECHER RECOMMENDS: LA BOLOGNINA

Martin Scorsese once said: “If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant?” For those of us who had to grow up without an Italian mother, La Bologninais the place to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine. The small shop is really more of a kitchen table with a large counter that makes up the heart of the space. Two to three types of fresh pasta are prepared anew every day: Tagliatelle, strozzapreti (which literally translates as ”priest strangler”) and filled varieties such as tortellini and ravioli, which are also offered to take away. La Bolognina was opened in December 2014 in the shadow of the Neukölln town hall and derives its name from Bologna’s train station district. The liveliness of the area is what reminded owner Luca Spinogatti of Neukölln. He wants his food to be inexpensive and simple, and knows that the right ingredients, sourced directly from their producers, are the decisive factor when it comes to quality – his olive oil and wines are imported from Abruzzo, for example. Summery dishes like tagliolini with lemon, parsley and colatura di alici di Cetara, an anchovy sauce from the Amalfi coast, evoke – at least in me – childhood memories of days spent under pine trees and an azure blue sky – despite never having had the experience myself. (Text: Marc Holzenbecher / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

La Bolognina, Donaustr.107, 12043 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Tue-Sat 12-23h

Marc Holzenbecher is the founder and executive editor of Still Magazine. After having worked in Paris, New York and Santiago de Chile, he is currently back in Berlin.

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