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JULIA BOOS RECOMMENDS: WOODBOOM

JULIA BOOS RECOMMENDS: WOODBOOM

A love for nature and craftsmanship gave rise to Woodboom in 2015. Founded by Mischa-Amadeus Olma, Woodboom is today located in a historically listed hall in Lichtenberg. The atelier of the creative four-person team is much more than a classic workshop — it is a hub for product development, furniture production, and interior design, from where the team brings to life new ideas, fabricating unique pieces of wood and steel for private homes as well as for restaurants, offices, and hotels. What’s more, Woodboom brings together and fosters a diverse array of craftspeople small artisanal businesses, creating a nurturing and experimental space for their novel concepts. Intrigued? Get in touch and make an appointment to stop by. (Text: Julia Boos / Photos: Woodboom)

Woodboom, Josef-Orlopp-Str.92, 10365 Berlin-Lichtenberg; map
By appointment only. Online ShopInstagram

Julia Boos was born in Hamburg and has Polish roots. Since the summer of 2015, she’s been splitting her time between Berlin and the west coast of California, working as a freelance creative director and set designer.

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NADINE BINIAS RECOMMENDS: ELEMENT YOGA

NADINE BINIAS RECOMMENDS: ELEMENT YOGA

Yoga has been a part of my life ever since I moved to Berlin. My favorite studio here is Element Yoga, located where east meets west at Schlesisches Tor. Their rooms are on the 5th floor across from the FluxFM offices, which gives the experience a touch of urban flair. Element Yoga follows the Goldilocks principle, ensuring the concept neither too hip, nor too esoteric. Rather, this studio is intended for clever, warm-hearted people who value community and want to practice anatomically precise, “healthy” yoga. Three types of classes combining these elements are offered: Vinyasa for those who want to sweat, Yin for relaxation and Alignment for learning how the body works. Element Yoga was founded over 10 years ago by Alexander Kröker, who also gives courses to train yoga instructors. He does so with empathy and passion. All rooms can be rented, which is helpful for bodyworkers, coaches and therapists alike who don’t have their own studio. (Text: Nadine Binias / Photos: Element Yoga)

Element Yoga, Pfuelstr.5, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg, map

Daily 10-22h

Nadine Binias has been living in Berlin since 2006. Currently residing in Prenzlauer Berg, she has previously called Kreuzberg, Neukölln and Friedrichshain home.

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MARKUS ROLL RECOMMENDS: HACKBARTH’S

MARKUS ROLL RECOMMENDS: HACKBARTH’S

There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to explore all the cafés and bars that Berlin has to offer. It’s all too easy to lose track of the options. So when you need to make a decision, it’s advisable to have a true third place alternative up your sleeve — a so-called “plan C”, somewhere you can depend on. One such spot is the legendary Hackbarth’s, which has been around since the fall of the Wall. Here, I can find a quiet corner to sit and read my newspaper in peace in the mornings over a cup of coffee. Or hold a meeting further in the back with a slice of cake (topped with whipped cream, old school-style) or enjoy a pint of beer at the massive brass counter until the early hours — and all that, seven days a week. No need to look up the opening hours beforehand. The whole thing feels honest, reliable and rooted in tradition, partly due to the timeless and minimalist yet homey furnishings. When the world seems to be turning too fast, Hackbarth’s is here to help you unwind. (Text: Markus Roll / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Hackbarth’s, Auguststr.49a, 10119 Berlin-Mitte, map
Mon-Sat 10-4h, Sun 10-24h

Markus Roll worked as a pastor for twelve years. He’s a fan of Fuckup Nights, an event series which sees startup founders share their failures, and co-hosts ABC, an event featuring music, talks, and networking. The next round takes place on 6.9.2018.

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LEITHA MATZ RECOMMENDS: KURHAUS PONTE ROSA

LEITHA MATZ RECOMMENDS: KURHAUS PONTE ROSA

You could easily walk right past Kurhaus Ponte Rosa. Fair enough — why would you look for something enchanting along a railway embankment? Yet like so many Berlin treasures, there’s more here than meets the eye. Venture past the gate and down the tree-lined path. You’ll hear chortles of laughter in the afternoon breeze. You’ll breathe in the scent of pizza crusts lightly charring over hot stone. Kids hustle between long tables and benches. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. It’s self-service, so bring a few friends to stake out your seats while someone puts in a pizza order. Relax in the evening light. Remember why we put up with the endless months of wintery gray. We are taking in the cure. Just don’t let your bliss fool you into a false sense of permanence. Life is short and the summer will soon be gone. So, too, will Ponte Rosa. Despite grumbling by neighborhood supporters, the city has plans for residential development here. Now’s the time to drink in these slowly fading summer evenings. (Text: Leitha Matz / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Kurhaus Ponte Rosa, Kreuzbergstr.42b, 10965 Berlin-Kreuzberg, map

Mon-Sat 16-2h, Sun 15-2h

Leitha Matz fell in love with Berlin and moved 4 years ago from the Lower East Side in NYC to Kreuzberg. She’s a co-founder of the German startup Zuper.

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MONICA SALAZAR RECOMMENDS: ISOBEL GOWDIE

MONICA SALAZAR RECOMMENDS: ISOBEL GOWDIE

Isobel Gowdie, the Mitte-based shop founded by Dutch artist Iris Van Dongen in 2011, was named after a Scottish woman who famously confessed to witchcraft in the 17th century. In the tradition of ladies behaving badly, Van Dongen embraces the stylistic prowess of women’s couture in her self-owned store where you immediately feel the presence of the stylish and daring painter who passionately sources the pieces on offer. Isobel Gowdie presents a fantastic selection of designer vintage and resale clothing, while its new sister shop, Hotel Paris, promises to offer plenty of new selections from brands like Bellerose, Mes Demoiselles, Vanessa Bruno, and Les Coyotes de Paris, as well as designer objects and beauty products from La Brucket, Korres, Richard Hutten, and more. Check out the store’s Instagram for the newest items. (Text: Monica Salazar / Photos: Iris Van Dongen)

Isobel Gowdie, Mulackstr.28 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map
Hotel Paris, Mulackstr.4, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map
Mon–Sat 12–19h

Originally from Texas, Monica Salazar has lived in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg since 2009. She is co-founder of Berlin Art Link online magazine, as well as BAL Productions, an arts-focused media and events agency.

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