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MILENA HÖHL RECOMMENDS: CALIFORNIA DREAMING

MILENA HÖHL RECOMMENDS: CALIFORNIA DREAMING

For those that love macramés as much as I do, a visit to California Dreaming, the design studio of Dörte Bundt, is a must. Her new store just opened in December, located in the heart of Berlin-Neukölln. Always in high spirits, her good mood radiates through the space: Almost like entering another world, the walls are decked out in impressively-woven carpets, hand-knitted macramés filled with leafy plants, and eye-catching decorations. If you’re craving to get creative, you can sign up for a private workshop with Dörte and learn about weaving technique while making your very own macramé. (Text: Milena Höhl)

California Dreaming, Tellstr.7, 12045 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Tue-Fri 12-19h, Sat 13-18h

Born and raised in Berlin, Milena previously worked at PR agency Bold for four years before enrolling in a Communication Design program.

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KATHARINA FRONIUS RECOMMENDS: SING BLACKBIRD

KATHARINA FRONIUS RECOMMENDS: SING BLACKBIRD

When I first stepped into this vintage store one thing was clear: It was love at first sight. What awaited was a large selection of secondhand wares presented in a very charming and uncluttered space. Here, you can purchase out-of-the-ordinary one-offs but also vintage bargains. But that’s not all. If you’ve been out shopping, or feel like a creative break, take a seat at Sing Blackbird’s tiny café. The lovingly-designed and well-kept shop has three owners running the show – although they prefer to stay on the sidelines and let the store speak for itself. After all, it’s about fashion and accessories: from shoes to shades, tops and trousers, as well as jackets, coats, hats, and bags. Certain to be dressed in retro: The Sing Blackbird ladies are there to help with any style questions. (Text & photos: Katharina Fronius)

Sing Blackbird, Sanderstr.11,12047 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Mon-Sat 13-19h

Katharina Fronius is the founder of the online-magazine Bird’s Never Bored. She has been in Berlin since April 2015, working as a creative consultant and stylist.

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ANNA DOROTHEA KER RECOMMENDS: THEPANDANOODLE

ANNA DOROTHEA KER RECOMMENDS: THEPANDANOODLE

Strolling through Lausitzer Platz lately, you may have been winked at by a friendly neon panda. Next time you pass by hungry, step into the shop it fronts. Inside, you’ll find a modular menu full of textures and flavors from far across Asia. Welcome to ThePandaNoodle: the restaurant inviting you to leave your noodle-eating preconceptions behind. Start with the “basic set”: a bowl of freshly-made ramen noodles, croutons, lime and cilantro, and homemade pickled delights, such as cubed kohlrabi kimchi or cucumber, lightly pickled in soy. Top it off with a sauce and a side: The combination of tofu and avocado with vinaigrette gives a new meaning to the word silky. Owner Daeng and Head Chef Jar create their mostly-vegan offerings fresh from scratch in an open kitchen. The cozy interior is illuminated by neon installations and flickering candles. With the cold coming in, round up your friends, pick up a pair of chopsticks, and let ThePandanoodle warm your belly. (Text / Photos: Anna Dorothea Ker)

ThePandaNoodle, Lausitzer Platz 12, Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Mon-Fri 12-21h, Sun 12-20h

Anna Dorothea Ker is a freelance writer, editor, and digital media consultant living in Neukölln.

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LUDWIG CRAMER-KLETT RECOMMENDS: ROBERT VOGDT

LUDWIG CRAMER-KLETT RECOMMENDS: ROBERT VOGDT

While the fast-fashion industry is stocking up wardrobes and clothing racks the world over, and poor working conditions are being pushed into the depths of bad conscience – thankfully – there are people that like to do it another way. One such individual is Robert Vogdt. Beneath the roof of a former lightbulb factory he has established a bespoke menswear studio. Here, garments of old-school charm are awarded new flair. Thanks to the owner’s distinguished and original taste, customers will not only find the finest materials of reputable textile weavers, but also out-of-the-ordinary items, including Japanese kimono fabrics, organic linen, or colorfully-printed fabrics by textile manufacturer Vlisco, which Nelson Mandela adored. The centerpiece, however, is certainly the suit – though the fabrics can be worked into jackets, coats, pants, and shirts, as well as shorts and pajamas. Find also exquisite accessories, such as in-house designed meteoroid cuff links, and vintage Italian silk. There are countless reasons not to pass up on a visit to Robert Vogdt – and the many unique finds are not even the best part. What makes the store unique is its aura, put together with great care, giving every visitor valuable inspiration. (Text: Ludwig Cramer-Klett)

Robert Vogdt Atelier, Möckernstr.68, 10965 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Ludwig Cramer-Klett is the owner of Katz Orange, the Contemporary Food Lab, and Panama. He moved to Berlin 15 years ago and lives in Mitte.

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NOÉMIE CAUSSE RECOMMENDS: SARDINEN BAR

NOÉMIE CAUSSE RECOMMENDS: SARDINEN BAR

If you’ve been to Portugal, you might be familiar with the concept of a sardine bar, where fresh fish and other seafood arrive on your plate straight out of a tin. Some slices of bread and a glass of wine – so easy, so good. Owner Thomas Vetter was inspired to run with the idea while on holiday, where he fell in love with the simplicity of tinned delights. While being the first of its kind in Germany, the Sardinen Bar offers over 100 delicacies from Brittany, Portugal, and Spain. From sardines in olive oil, to ones prepared with tomatoes and Bayonne ham, or in white wine instead of oil. You’ll also find smoked and spiced mackerel, seasonal salads, and matching wines. If fish is not your thing, then you will appreciate the selection of charcuterie and cheese. Here, retro, rough, and new influences come together, incorporating plenty of wood into the design with colorful tins decorating the walls. Even with the dreary Berlin weather, these fishy delights will transport you to the sunny coast of Lisbon or Porto. (Text: Noémie Causse / Photos: Marla Studio)

Sardinen Bar, Grunewaldstr.79, 10823 Berlin-Schöneberg; map

Together with her sister and father, Noémie Causse runs the delicatessen shop Maître Philippe & Filles in Wilmersdorf.

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