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SEVERINE NAEVE RECOMMENDS: DIE BAR

SEVERINE NAEVE RECOMMENDS: DIE BAR

There are some things you just can’t keep to yourself, as it would be downright heartless to do so. I’m referring to a gem of a bar, picturesquely located on one of the most beautiful squares in Prenzlauer Berg, right next to the historic Gethsemane Church, and surrounded by ornate stucco facades. As unpretentious as its name — Die Bar — sounds, its interior is charming; its guests spirited. Even if actors, artists, entrepreneurs or charming self-promoters come and go, by the end of the night, a mixed crowd ends up sitting together at the bar, discussing the meaning of life and sharing their favorite tunes. The delightful owner, Nina Traiser, has an eye for interior design, which explains the special allure of this small establishment. Apart from its unique style, the bar offers a very small but fine selection of cocktails and an outstanding assortment of gins that will satisfy even the most discerning connoisseur. It is Nina’s love for the details and the bartenders’ passion that make this place so enticing. If I didn’t already have a living room at home, this is the one I’d choose for myself. (Text: Severine Naeve / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Die Bar, Greifenhagener Str.54, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map
Mon-Fri from 19h, Sat-Sun from 20h

Severine Naeve is a freelance journalist and has resided in Berlin for the past six years. She works for NDR and MDR and has fallen in love with the soundscape of her adopted home: nothing inspires her writing more than the conversations she hears on the streets of Berlin.

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LAURA BOX RECOMMENDS: HOME COFFEE & FOOD

LAURA BOX RECOMMENDS: HOME COFFEE & FOOD

Bathed in sunlight, Home Coffee & Food may be one of the brightest additions to Berlin’s growing specialty coffee scene in recent years. Established by New Zealand native Sarah Flanagan, the sunlit café on Jonasstraße is known for its friendly neighborhood feel. Inside, lush plants accent the polished concrete floors and high white walls, and a variety of freshly baked treats and cakes sit temptingly along the counter. The coffee is the true star though, with Home rotating a variety of international coffee beans, such as Entre Rios beans from Costa Rica, supplied by Barcelona’s Nomad Coffee, and Gatare beans from Rwanda, supplied by Bratislava’s Goriffee. The menu matches the refinement of the coffee selection, with a small, seasonal brunch menu of beautifully presented items. The majority of the menu is made up from local, ethically sourced ingredients, with a focus on zero wastage and minimal environmental impact. “Home”-made batches of marmalades, cakes, and fermented vegetables are for sale, and their kimchi makes a welcome appearance on the menu. Through the meticulous presentation and care that goes into each coffee and meal, it is clear that Sarah Flanagan and her staff share a great love for the space, and this effortless warmth is imparted on each customer who visits. (Text: Laura Box / Photos: Laura Box, c/o Home Coffee & Food)

Home Coffee & Food, Jonasstr.23, 12053 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Mon-Fri 9-18h, Sat-Sun 10-18h

Laura Box is a Neukölln resident who recently relocated from Sydney, Australia. A freelance writer and content creator, she is interested in great coffee, art, and design.

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CHARLOTTE RAUSCH RECOMMENDS: NEUZWEI VINTAGE STORE

CHARLOTTE RAUSCH RECOMMENDS: NEUZWEI VINTAGE STORE

The vintage store Neuzwei in the heart of Weserkiez is an exceptionally beautiful place for showcasing clothing. The concept was realized by owner Barbara Molnar, who started the business in 2016 with hand-picked vintage pieces in a near-new condition. The clothes and accessories are of impeccably high quality and the selection is a testament to Barbara’s sophisticated taste — with a focus on classics that are easily combined, such as a pair of 501 Levis or a white silk blouse. Her offering of timeless pieces contributes to sustainable consumption, the driving aspect behind her approach to valuing both fashion and the environment. Barbara exudes warmth and her innate feel for design has given rise to a store with a feel-good atmosphere. The pieces on display are thoughtfully selected, and the wooden furniture embellishing the space was designed by the owner herself. Every visit is an aesthetic enrichment for the senses, and it is thanks to Barbara’s unique touch that Neuzwei is a local treasure. (Text: Charlotte Rausch / Photos: Neuzwei)

Neuzwei Vintage Store, Weserstr.53, 12045 Berlin-Neukölln; map

Tue-Sat 13-19h

Charlotte Rausch was born and raised in Berlin, and lives in Neukölln. She is currently completing her master’s degree in Art History at Freie Universität, and spends her spare time writing articles, eating out and visiting museums.

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BARBARA RUSS RECOMMENDS: KIOSKO IL CALICE

BARBARA RUSS RECOMMENDS: KIOSKO IL CALICE

On the eastern edge of Walter Benjamin Platz stands a single chestnut tree, underneath which Enoteca Il Calice has set up a kiosk. Resembling a Parisian newspaper stand, it in fact offers Italian wines and cuisine. Placed around the “kiosko” are wine crate tables and wooden folding chairs. Gazing over the somewhat atypical yet peacefully quiet square, a symmetrical fountain on the west side catches my eye. Following the construction of the colonnades, architect Wolfgang Kil criticised their creators for having “built with great effort nothing more than “industrialized apartment blocks” from living stone”. I’m no specialist, but I do think this hidden part of Berlin provides space for contemplation. That’s why I like to come to Il Calice, read, have a glass of wine and enjoy the sun that bathes the square in light well into the evening. The philosopher Walter Benjamin, alas, had no affiliation to the square, as his family lived further south in Wilmersdorf. But I think he would have liked it. (Text: Barbara Russ / Photos: Il Calice)

Kiosko Il Calice, Walter-Benjamin-Platz 4, 10629 Berlin-Charlottenburg; map
Mon-Sat 12-1h

Barbara Russ is a freelance journalist and translator. After having lived in Paris, New York and most recently in Düsseldorf, she has (finally) moved back to Berlin and is busy exploring her new Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf neighborhood.

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MARIELLE KREIENBORG RECOMMENDS: ŠLJIVA

MARIELLE KREIENBORG RECOMMENDS: ŠLJIVA

Šljiva [pronounced "Shleeva"], a promising new addition to the Arminius Markthalle in Moabit, has what many (Berlin) restaurants still miss: the power of women fuelling it. Owner and Chef, Cathleen Potter left behind the security of her job in project management to devote herself to her passion project, a Balkan bistro which brings together the best of the region’s culinary culture on one menu. There’s “Karadjordjeva Schnitzel” filled with bacon & kajmak, homemade Serbian pasta (“Miinci”) and “Krempita” for dessert: a refreshing blend of baklava-like puff pastry and vanilla cream. When contemplating Balkan cuisine, mountains of meat may come to mind. That’s not the case at Šljiva, where Potter wants to do things differently: More enjoyment, less belly. Of course, the legendary “Ćevapčići” (grilled minced meat) is a menu mainstay, but here it comes served with vegetables, grilled octopus and my personal highlight: the specially-created Šljiva salad with celery, apple, walnuts, dried plums, mayonnaise and the delicious Duvan Čvarci (pork scratchings). To top it all off, the plum brandy “Šljivovica” — the namesake of this culinary journey through the Balkans — was offered as a digestif on the house. (Text: Marielle Kreienborg / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Restaurant Šljiva, Arminiusmarkthalle, Arminiusstr.2-4 10551 Berlin-Moabit; map

Mon 18-22h, Tue-Fri 12-15h & 18-22h, Sat 12-23h

Having studied languages at Humboldt University, Marielle Kreienborg has been living in Neukölln for six years and working as a freelance writer reporting on Berlin and beyond.

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