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CHRISTINA HOMBURG RECOMMENDS: GALERIE 36

CHRISTINA HOMBURG RECOMMENDS: GALERIE 36

Located in the heart of Berlin Mitte, Galerie 36 may appear inconspicuous from the outside. Step inside this old Berlin apartment, however, and you’ll soon see what all the fuss is about. Sumptuously-toned walls and glorious wooden staircases lead you up a floor to the main exhibition space. Founded in 2015, Galerie 36 is a unique location devoted to showcasing contemporary and historical photography. Working together with institutions and collectors, the gallery embraces its stunning environment, presenting a line-up of international artists and young photographers through exhibitions and pop-up events. For me, this is quite simply the perfect space to escape the noise of everyday life and enjoy some remarkable photography, helped along by some softly-playing classical music in the background. Following a winter break, Galerie 36 re-opens this Saturday, 14.4.2018 with “Shapes & Symbols”, the first-ever comprehensive exhibition of campaigns by American Bert Stern, who, through his work, turned advertising photography as art form. (Text: Christina Homburg / Photos: Galerie 36 & Bert Stern Trust)

Galerie 36, Chausseestr.36, 10115 Berlin-Mitte; map
Fri-Sat 13-18h
Bert Stern: Shapes and Symbols — Early Advertising Works 1953-1970. On show 14.4-21.7.2018

Christina Homburg is a finance manager with a passion for writing, photography and travel. She started her own blog, The Fake German, in 2016 following her move to Berlin. Originally from London, Christina now calls Kreuzberg home.

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DORO MÜGGLER RECOMMENDS: SALON BORDEL!

DORO MÜGGLER RECOMMENDS: SALON BORDEL!

“Wow, what a shop!” — That was the thought that crossed my mind when I first entered this hairdressing salon on Luisenstraße, and it’s one I also heard come from the mouths of many other customers that day. After 10 years in Schöneberg, founders Daniela Mezzapesa and Simone Greve opened a second shop in the center of Berlin with a new slogan: “Salon Bordel! Born in Berlin”. Their commitment to dedicated craftsmanship and well as personable yet and professional customer relationships is reflected in the design of their new space — it wouldn’t look out of place in New York, or in Berlin’s golden ‘20s era. Even the quickest of glances through Salon Bordel’s large windows reveals the creativity of this business. The rooms present themselves with playful ease — they’re confident, elegant and quirky all at once. It’s no surprise that Bordel! now also has its own organic product line as well, developed true to the motto: “contains only what it should”. I recommend Salon Bordel! to anyone who values the artistry of Berlin design alongside the highest standards of hairdressing. (Text: Doro Müggler / Photos: Meyer|Ott)

Salon Bordel!, Luisenstr.40, 10117 Berlin-Mitte; map

Mon-Sat 10-19h, appointments online or via +49 30 219 124 80

Doro Müggler lives and works as an actress in Bern, while staying in regular contact with her agency in Berlin. The Swiss native’s latest film, Flitzer, was released in November 2017.

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FLORIAN STORM RECOMMENDS: JONES FISCHLADEN

FLORIAN STORM RECOMMENDS: JONES FISCHLADEN

Just as Bubba could list countless shrimp dishes in Forrest Gump, I’ve recently become skilled at identifying a vast range of fish. That’s thanks to Jones Fischladen, which opened its doors in early 2017 in my neighborhood, Florakiez, with a counter stocked with fresh, regional and sustainably-sourced fish and seafood. The assortment changes weekly, so thanks to the connoisseurship of the staff, I’m always able to find the perfect catch for whichever dish I’m preparing that night. As for owner John Jones, his love of seafood began 10 years ago in a fine London fishmonger. A friend of his uncle taught him everything he needed to know about fish from the North Sea. Jones’ path led him through the fish markets of Leeds to Berlin, where he refined his trade at KaDeWe and later, Rogacki. In his own shop, fish are delivered whole and filleted on site. A beautiful sight for sore eyes is the orange-red Scottish salmon, the freshly caught Dutch herring and delicious sardines — not to mention the oyster bar. Soon to become the specialty of the house is the smoked haddock from London — ideal for preparing an English breakfast or the classic Scottish soup, Cullen Skink — ask for the recipe behind the counter. (Text: Florian Storm / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Jones Fischladen, Florastr.67B, 13187 Berlin-Pankow; map
Tue-Fri 9.30-19h, Sat 9.30-17.30h

Florian Storm has been living in Berlin since 2000 — bar a temporary hiatus in Hamburg — and is a teacher and teacher trainer.

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OLIVER KANN RECOMMENDS: NAUTA

OLIVER KANN RECOMMENDS: NAUTA

My mother, a native Peruvian, heard of Nauta via other expats long before I considered venturing out to Kastanienallee. My expectations were filled with anticipation at the prospect of finally sampling one of my favorite foods — Nikkei. The relaxed atmosphere — subtle lighting and a modular wood-steel interior — is enhanced by the grand hospitality of chef and owner Juan Danilo. He exudes an intoxicating pride and joy at his craft and roots; eager for every guest to taste the three influences he fuses together: traditional Peruvian, clean Japanese, and earthy Amazonian ingredients. It’s worth noting that those ingredients are the barometer of how inventive and rich the dishes become. On the menu — made up of small plates to share — I discovered Peruvian staples with beautiful tropical or spicy twists. The Scallops Tiradito (a Carpaccio-esque form of Ceviche) and the warm Pulpo Ceviche left me wanting to keep on tasting. The evening was topped off by more than one Pisco Sour (lime or mango), and the refreshing Chilcanos are a must try. (Text: Oliver Kann / Photos: Sven Hausherr)

Nauta, Kastanienallee 49, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map

Tue-Sat 18.30-23h, Sun 10-16h

Oliver Kann, a native Berliner, lives in Kreuzberg with his Swedish wife and two kids. He runs his own creative consulting agency, 1kg, and is about to launch Sardin, an ecocentric e-commerce platform that challenges the fashion industry by pushing an eco-agenda to make sustainable products more accessible. He loves music and ceviche.

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ALEXANDRA PEREIRA RECOMMENDS: THE VEGETARIAN BUTCHER

ALEXANDRA PEREIRA RECOMMENDS: THE VEGETARIAN BUTCHER

Currywurst is a freaky delicacy but that’s not to say I’m above it. That being said, the discovery of a vegetarian version was a welcome one to this lil’ carnivore. It’s a comfort to know that what lies beneath that colorful, unmistakable condiment is a trusty soy protein. Because all it’s really about is the sauce, right? At this tiny, open-faced dining room on the shaded side of Bergmannstraße, the guys at the counter are as friendly as the faux meat, which is the brainchild of Jaap Korteweg, a 9th generation Dutch farmer who spent a decade developing meat substitutes with spectacular bite and texture. Together with top global innovators such as concept designer Niko Koffeman and chef Paul Bom, The Vegetarian Butcher is quite the concept. The condiment party continues with their wide selection of sauces to go with their house or sweet potato fries (choose the aioli). The menu rotates but you’ll usually find pulled pork (vegan, wet, faultless) and chilli sin carne (dazzlingly succulent) — plus a handful of imitation chicken dishes and an array of veggie produce on sale to take home. Since January 2018, they’ve also been supplying Friedrichshain locals with their faux meat fix from their Revaler Straße outpost. (Text: Alexandra Pereira / Photos: The Vegetarian Butcher)

The Vegetarian Butcher concept store and restaurant, Bergmannstr.1 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg, map

Mon-Sat 11.30-21h, Sun 13-20h

The Vegetarian Butcher restaurant, Revaler Str.8, 10245 Berlin; map

Wed-Sat 15.30-2h

After having moved to Berlin from the UK, Alexandra Pereirahas lived in Prenzlauer Berg, Neukölln, Schöneberg and now Kreuzberg. She is a writer/editor and quite a big fan of fresh coriander, swimming, and trams.

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