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CHRISTIANE HUMMEL RECOMMENDS: BUCHHAFEN

CHRISTIANE HUMMEL RECOMMENDS: BUCHHAFEN

When I stumbled across a bookshop tucked between Hermannstraße and Tempelhofer Feld, I was immediately drawn to its inviting entrance: a comfy-looking bench amidst two small trees. A closer look at their window display revealed a number of intriguing titles. The front part of the book shop is filled with works of fiction in German, from the classics to the most recently published nominated authors of the German Book Prize but also a vast array of books on political theory, philosophy, and cultural and social sciences. Making my way to the back, I walked into a cozy room furnished with a piano and an antique grandfather clock where I found a large selection of English and Turkish literature along with children’s books and second-hand books. It is easy to let yourself be inspired by the carefully selected books and trust the recommendations of the knowledgeable owners, a cultural scientist and a Turkologist. You are encouraged to stay and relax for a cup of coffee or tea, and readings take place on occasion. More information can be found on their website and in their newsletters. (Text: Christiane Hummel / Photos: Emilie Wade)

Buchhafen, Okerstr.1, 12049 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Mon-Fri 11–19h, Sat 12-18h

Christiane Hummel is a student living in Berlin since 2014. She loves films, botanical gardens and cycling in the surroundings of the city.

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DANDY HORSE: ENCOURAGING CONSCIOUS CONSUMERISM

DANDY HORSE: ENCOURAGING CONSCIOUS CONSUMERISM

Sifting through flea market tables for hidden gems on a sunny afternoon is one of my personal favorite pastimes, but when the weather turns colder I shift inside to one of the many vintage shops in Berlin. Dandy Horse is one of my new favorites with curated finds for both men and women. Brands range from Levi’s to Champion, Adidas to Tommy Hilfiger — with the hand-picked selection focusing on pieces from the 80’s and 90’s. In addition to promoting conscious consumerism when it comes to clothes, the shop also does so with bikes – featuring vintage steel road bikes and second hand Dutch bikes. Take a test ride if you’ve got your eye on a new cycle, or simply shop through pristine flea market finds – no matter the season. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Dandy Horse Berlin)

Dandy Horse Berlin, Glogauer Str.4, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Mon-Fri 12-20h, Sat 12-19h

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ARGOT LIFE STORE’S VISION — A SHOP THAT CONNECTS

ARGOT LIFE STORE’S VISION — A SHOP THAT CONNECTS

With independent brands from across Europe, Argot Life Store is a tiny new shop that we’ve fallen head over heels for. Landing in Berlin in April 2017 from Edinburgh, owners Alli and Jarred wanted to make their dream of owning a retail store come true and knew that Berlin was the perfect place to make their new business, and home. With a range of carefully selected products, from London’s Fellowstead hand poured candles to Ocelot Chocolate from Edinburgh, every piece found in Argot is there for a reason. Allie and Jarred curated the store’s offerings together, mixing classic items they knew and loved with more recent finds from their travels. While it’s highly thought out, it’s accessible, with products that appeal to both men and women. As you walk through the small shop you’re filled with an understanding — connecting with the store and owners through the pieces you see. This unspoken awareness feels like a secret you share with Alli and Jarred — that’s what they love about their shop, and it’s what why we love it, too. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Argot Life Store)

Argot Life Store, Brunnenstr.25B, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map

Mon, Wed-Sat 11-19h

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CAMILLE DARROUX RECOMMENDS: ISLA BERLIN

CAMILLE DARROUX RECOMMENDS: ISLA BERLIN

The newly opened concept shop Isla Berlin, is putting the area between the Heinrich-Heine-Straße and Märkisches Museum U-Bahn stations back on the map. The space, which was created by women for women, boasts an excellent selection of streetwear by brands like Fila and Daily Paper, a premium nail salon, and an exhibition space equipped with brand new DJ equipment where various workshops and events are held. Their talented, multilingual nail artists are able to bring your wildest design ideas to life, and their clothing selection is affordable and perfectly on-trend. However, what really sets Isla apart from most other shops is that it is, first and foremost, a great space to just hang out in. No snobbery here! Whether you’re coming to get your nails done, to hone your skills on the decks or to find your next party outfit, you well might end up with a drink in your hands and a couple of new friends. (Text: Camille Darroux / Photos: Isla Berlin)

Isla Berlin, Inselstr.13, 10179 Berlin-Mitte; map
Mon-Sat 10-20h

Camille Darroux is a digital consultant, freelance writer, DJ and the co-founder of Mimosa Agency. She currently calls Neukölln her home and has been living in Berlin since 2014.

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PLANT CIRCLE: EXOTIC PLANTS & GREEN THUMB ENHANCING EVENTS

PLANT CIRCLE: EXOTIC PLANTS & GREEN THUMB ENHANCING EVENTS

When Berlin settles in and turns to the darkness of winter, it’s always the plant lovers that stay positive – surrounding themselves with verdant green leaves in their indoor oases to escape from all that’s cold, wet and gray. Here to help you not only add to your plant collection, but to learn more about how to best take care of your leafy babies, is the new Berlin-based online shop, Plant Circle. With a curated selection of exotic plants — like the lesser known but equally Instagrammable cousin of the ever-popular Monstera delicosa, the Monstera adansonii — founder and fellow plant fanatic Monika Kalinowska is also hosting plenty of events ranging from “How Not To Kill Your Plants” sessions to make-your-own closed terrarium workshops, even community oriented plant swap parties (the next one will take place on 12.11.17, check Facebook for details). Plant Circle’s one of a kind monthly plant subscription box will launch soon, but in the meantime we’ll be browsing their exotic offers and getting to know other Berlin plant parents at events and online in Plant Circle’s “What’s wrong with my plant? Berlin” Facebook group. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Plant Circle)

Plant Circle’s websiteFacebook & Instagram

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