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RUBY GOSS RECOMMENDS: MOTIF WEIN

RUBY GOSS RECOMMENDS: MOTIF WEIN

My local, Motif Wein, is more than its name suggests, housing – in addition to a funkadelic selection of natural wine – vinyl, concerts, and coffee in one candlelit premises. As well as retailing by the bottle, on any given day you’ll find a rotation of uncorked wines ready for generous tastings that give the Weserstraße space an almost speakeasy slant. A place for music as much as wine (try my favorite orange, the “drier than garlic” Vinyes Singulars 2016 Macabeu), take the opportunity to peruse the LPs for sale in the back room and check in on the weekly program of intimate concerts — listed on Facebook. With each visit to the young location there’s something new – cheese, mezcal or the new daylight collaboration with Evie’s Beans. And for all these efforts, we must credit the man who makes Motif the place of good times that it is – perennially cheerful owner Oscar Bernal, who assures me all this activity is “only the beginning.” I’ll cheers to that.

Motif Wein, Weserstr.189, 12045 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Tue-Thu 13-21h, Fri-Sat 14-22h

Ruby Goss is a foodie writer and editor for publications like Saveur, Gather Journal and Suitcase Magazine. Originally from Melbourne, she’s been based in Berlin since 2014 and conveniently lives in Motif’s neighborhood, Neukölln.

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ILKA BAUERMANN RECOMMENDS: 19GRAMS CHAUSSEE

ILKA BAUERMANN RECOMMENDS: 19GRAMS CHAUSSEE

Upon opening the door to 19grams Chaussee, the beautiful design unmistakably stands out. The opulent, elongated wooden counter is reminiscent of a self-service coffee shop at first, but the café actually offers table service. In an area covering three whole stories, seating options are plentiful. Once seated comfortably at a table, the server will hand out the regularly changing brunch menu. There is something for everyone’s palate: vegan, gluten-free and even nut-free dishes are on the menu. The poached eggs have been a real hit from the very beginning. Those who have a sweet tooth can enjoy sensational cakes from the in-house bakery. A good cup of coffee is instrumental to a successful brunch – that is where 19grams excels, of course, being the youngest child of the Tres Cabezas family, which was founded more than 15 years ago by Robert Stock and Sascha Spittel. The coffee comes from their private roastery. In addition to their own label, they offer a rotating selection of filtered coffees and espressos every month – all of which are very fine specialty coffees indeed. (Text: Ilka Bauermann / Photos: Emilie Wade, 19grams Chaussee)

19grams Chaussee, Chausseestr.36, 10115 Berlin-Mitte; map

Ilka Bauermann was born and raised in Berlin and currently lives in Friedrichshain. She works as a freelance online marketing manager and loves the Berlin restaurant scene.

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LISA KOSAK RECOMMENDS: M|A FEINE KOST

LISA KOSAK RECOMMENDS: M|A FEINE KOST

Tucked in a quiet side street off of Tempelhofer Feld and a new addition to the Kiez scene, m|a Feine Kost is the perfect conclusion (or start) to a walk in the park. The place offers nice coffee, sweet treats and baked goods, but it is above all my go-to when I am looking to share a cheese and cold-cuts board with friends around a bottle of wine (I have a soft spot for the pleasant combination of Morbier cheese, rosemary ham, and Portuguese wine). The counters are filled with well-curated specialties mostly from France and Italy and the host is always happy to help you make the finest selection to fit your mood. The best part about this place? You can take your favorites home! All goods are available to stock your fridge with – a dangerously delicious game of try and buy. They also host bimonthly backgammon tournaments and cocktail nights, of which I recommend for those who find themselves competitively inclined. (Text: Lisa Kosak / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson)

m|a Feine Kost, Kienitzer Str.93, 12049 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Mon-Wed 9-16h, Thu-Fri 9-23h, every second Saturday of the month 11-23h

Lisa Kosak is a translator for artistic, cultural and creative matters who has been living in Berlin-Neukölln since 2014.

 

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MISHA FRAHM RECOMMENDS: MONOM SPATIAL SOUND

MISHA FRAHM RECOMMENDS: MONOM SPATIAL SOUND

I’ve been suspicious about spatial sound systems since I had a bad experience first with WFS (Wave Field Synthesis), and more recently with Dolby Atmos. However, Monom’s installation of the bespoke omnidirectional 4D sound system is different — sound literally flies around the space. In fact, whilst listening to the performance on their opening night, I lost sense of the speakers completely. Entering into the Monom sound studio felt like crossing a threshold from the Funkhaus’s urban industrial aesthetic into a science fiction film. The space entices audiences to become active listeners, to explore a shifting sonic landscape made up of dynamic sound arrangements that play with the laws of perception, and entirely subvert them. The experimental performance venue and spatial sound studio founded by Gratia Napier, William Russell and Zak Khutoretsky — aka Berghain resident DJ, DVS1. At the heart of Monom is the 4D sound system that doubles as an instrument of creation. It’s made up of 48 omnidirectional speakers suspended throughout the venue, extending to 9 subs submerged beneath an acoustically transparent floor. This weekend, Monom’s futuristic temple of sound is hosting the perfect foray into spatial sound alongside the Spatial Sound Institute, titled “4D sound: A Retrospective.” Whether you make it this weekend or not, anyone who enjoys music should watch this space. (Text: Misha Frahm / Photos: Becca Crawford)

Monom, Nalepastr.18, 12459 Berlin-Oberschöneweide; map
Check their website for event times and tickets

Misha Frahm is a musician, electronic music enthusiast and producer. He has lived in Berlin since 2011 and calls Wedding home.

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KATHARINA BÖHLER RECOMMENDS: MORPHIN BAR

KATHARINA BÖHLER RECOMMENDS: MORPHIN BAR

Come Friday afternoon, some of us start craving the weekend’s first proper craft cocktail — or, I do at least. Berlin has quite a few fantastic bars that satisfy, but my favorite is Morphin Bar. Created as a temporary concept space by co-owners Marlon and Silvan, the idea is to combine a cultivated drinking culture with tasteful evening entertainment. They designed the menu together with mixologist Tony Galea, and Silvan is constantly creating something tasty — even inviting guest bartenders from time to time. Marlon plans the events, which is why you can find yourself sipping on a “Darjeeling Cooler” whilst enjoying an intimate performance from an amazing band. My favorite drink is “The Morphin” — which combines bourbon, fruit brandy from Lake Constance, Cointreau, and vermouth straight up. Only open on weekends in the sacred halls of Urban Industrial on Hasenheide (the opulent factory hall filled with high-quality, restored vintage items already a recommendation in itself), Morphin Bar will remain open for an undetermined time, so don’t wait to check it out. Upon request, the bar is also available as an event space. Check out their Facebook page for updates, and cut through the Conrad parking lot to find the hidden, and only, entrance. (Text: Katharina Böhler / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson)

Morphin Bar, Hasenheide 13, 10967 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Fri-Sat 20-5h

Katharina Böhler is a competitive eater and a project manager at Bite Club. Originally from Lake Constance, she has been living in Friedrichshain for the past year by way of Charlottenburg.

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