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COMMUNITY, CREATIVITY AND REALLY GOOD COFFEE — JOIN US TOMORROW FOR THE OPENING OF THE CEE CEE (POP-UP) CAFE
Cee Cee has some exciting news: we are opening a (pop-up) cafe! And not only is it just around the corner from our new studio, but it is probably in the sunniest corner of the city – the perfect location for sipping on a flat white, an iced matcha latte or a cheeky glass of wine. For six months, Cee Cee will take over what you might know as Akkurat cafe, one of our most beloved neighborhood spots. The opportunity came to us by surprise, but how could we resist creating a place to compliment our only-online existence. We want Cee Cee Cafe to be a playground – a friendly space for our community to meet, to realize collaborative projects and discover even more of the people, food, drink and creativity that our city has to offer. The cafe’s great coffee and pastries will stay the same, but from now on you can look forward to brunch (this weekend and in the future), pop-up events and much more!
To kick things off, this Friday (09.06.2023 17–22h) we will have an opening party and we’d love to see you there. Join us for drinks from some of our favorite Berlin providers: cold beers from our good friends at BRLO, fun wines from Nature’s Calling, kombucha from a former Cee Cee designer and now co-founder of Bouche, cooling beverages from LemonAid, non-alcoholic cocktails and wine from The Mindful Drinking Club, and last but not least some spritzes (is it even a summer party if there isn’t spritz?). Hot from the grill, the guys from Munchies will be selling Birria Beef and Veggy Birria Tacos while Crane’s Canteen will be serving up Elotes (Mexican corn) – a delicious cheesy dish the Cee Cee team can’t get enough of right now. Besides cheese (-y corn) we will be serving tunes, sunshine and good vibes. We can’t wait to see you there!
If you want to run your own brunch month, hold a pop-up evening or just want to tell us your thoughts, we’d love to hear from you. The cafe is about community, curiosity and co-creating a summer of delicious fun.
Text: Chloe Galea / Photos: Robyn Steffen / Graphic: Chloe Galea
Cee Cee Cafe, Besselstr.13, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Mon–Fri 8h30–17h, Sat & Sun 10–16h. Opening 09.06.2023 from 17h.
HEAD SOUTH FOR A NIGHT — GREAT EUROPEAN WINES FESTIVAL WITH VINHO VERDE AND FINGER FOOD AT THE ARMINIUSMARKTHALLE IN MOABIT
They’ve finally arrived. The balmy summer evenings, when there’s nothing to do but enjoy a refreshing drink in one of Berlin’s wonderful locales as you await your summer vacation. One such place is Moabit’s Arminiusmarkthalle. If this were a wine, it would probably be a Vinho Verde. This Portuguese tipple is made exclusively in the hilly hinterland of Porto between the Douro and Minho rivers. There, its flavors thrive with citrus, stone fruit and lush flowers. The Arminiusmarkthalle has been located in the hinterland of Moabit’s Turmstrasse for 132 years. It’s an architectural and culinary gem full of charm, warmth, authenticity and tradition. There are few other places in the city where you can stroll around, people-watch and try new things – like the regular foodie events. A special one takes place next Thursday (06.15.2023): Great European Wines Festival where you can taste, discover and enjoy diverse tipples. Winegrowers from Portugal and Italy will present their wines accompanied by Mediterranean finger food and music by Justin Leone, considered a rock star among sommeliers. What could be better on a wistful summer Thursday? Tickets for your mini-holiday in Moabit are available here.
Text: Alina Herbel / Photos: Great European Wines Festival & Dorien Beernink
Arminiusmarkthalle, Arminiusstr.2-4, 10551 Berlin–Moabit, map
Great European Wines Festival (15.06.2023). Tickets are available here.
We’ve revisited one of our tips – because there’s news at Layla: not only can you eat at this elegant restaurant vis-à-vis Tempodrom, but now you can also take a little taste of summer with you on the new terrace. Here you’ll find everything Berlin’s summer has to offer: balmy temperatures, a gentle breeze and, of course, the best of the Mediterranean cuisine that Layla stands for – in its very own “Meir” style. By “the best” we mean the incomparable mix of spices, flavors and ingredients from the Mediterranean region, with which the renowned Israeli chef Meir Adoni impresses his visitors time and again. In addition to signature dishes such as lamb chops cooked on the grill and seasoned with a “secret” pepper (that’s all we were told!) and the distinctive kubana (a traditional Shabbat bread) Layla is now a nice destination for sophisticated sunset drinks. At the beginning of May 2023, the new terrace opened with over 50 seats where you can enjoy summery drink creations by bar manager Valery Lela Shargorodsky.
One such drink is the Gamba: a fancy cocktail with a tequila bell pepper infusion, apricot and guava. It’s accompanied by sharing plates. Additional items on the menu include Middle Eastern Tacos and the Lima Beans Masabacha. Our tip: secure seats outside by the window, where you can enjoy the open air and take a peek through the window at the open kitchen, which can be seen from all sides and is one of our personal highlights. So, if you’re in the mood for summer and fancy a relaxed, discovery-filled evening, come on over. The terrace offers enough space to end the evening in a large group – something the sharing plates are ideal for. P.S. Meir himself will be in town for a few days (13-17.06.2023) cooking in the open kitchen – adding an extra portion of good vibes to the evening.
Text & Photos: Robyn Steffen
Layla, Hallesche Str.10, 10963 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tue–Sat from 18h, bar open daily from 18h. You can make reservation here.
DISCOVER CONTEMPORARY ART FOR CHILDREN: HAUS KUNST MITTE —RECOMMENDED BY MARIANNA HILLMER
At Gedanken spielen Verstecken (“Thoughts Play Hide and Seek”), an exhibition curated by non-profit organization Ephra, all questions are allowed. Getting up close to the works in a playful way, children, young people and adults alike are able to experience contemporary art. Twenty works are presented from artists including Paula Anke, Olafur Eliasson, Ali Kaaf, Wie-yi T. Lauw, Dafna Maimon, Wolfgang Karl May, Ayumi Paul, Yorgos Sapountzis, Tomás Saraceno, Nadine Schemmann and Vlado Velkov. Visitors can experience art in very different ways: there are spaces to play loudly, but also areas of rest. Jeppe Hein, for example, asks visitors to paint their current emotional mood as a self-portrait on the wall. At the “Limelight” installation by Ulrich Vogl, it’s party time and you can perform your favorite songs with your children and friends. There are many hands-on stations and the children’s own works become part of the exhibition, which grows and increases in diversity with each visitor. The exhibition runs until 11.6.2023 and is recommended for everyone who wants to explore contemporary art with little ones.
Text: Marianna Hillmer / Credit: Bernd Borchardt; Christian Jankowski; Claudia Hill; HKM; Jeppe Hein
Marianna Hillmer lives with her family in Schöneberg. A native of Hamburg with Greek roots, she is the publisher of the independent travel book imprint Reisedepeschen.
Haus Kunst Mitte, Heidestr.54, 10557 Berlin–Moabit; map
Thu–Sun 12–18 Uhr (Tue–Fri mornings for student groups by appointment)
A GLIMPSE BEHIND THE HEDGE — DISCOVER BERLIN’S ALLOTMENT GARDENS WITH PAINTING WORKSHOPS BY ELENA AND ELENIA
You’ve no doubt peeked through the fences of Berlin’s garden houses. The “Schrebergarten” allotments often express the personality and gardening skills of their owners: a freshly painted red cabin, spinning trinkets in the garden, homemade sculptures or random tulips blooming across the whole space. To delve deeper into these spaces (and flex your creative muscles while doing it!) urbanist and landscape designer Elena Ferrari has teamed up with illustrator Elenia Beretta for a workshop series called Drawing In-Between Gardens. Elena’s work is interested in the interconnection between humans and nature in cities, which she addresses through different methodological approaches in her research as an urbanist, especially focusing on hybrid urban landscapes in Berlin. Elenia is a freelance illustrator and co-founder of Drawing Nights Berlin, a monthly drawing event where creatives play and practice.
The pair started the series to combine their skills and use drawing and learning as a means of cultural and creative exchange. It gives Berliners the chance to explore garden pathways and even meet some of the gardeners behind these allotments. There are three workshops as part of the series. In May, a group headed to the Potsdamer Güterbahnhof allotment to observe where wild and tended nature meet, creating sketches of their findings. We joined that first workshop, which had a casual, familial atmosphere allowing people to meet and share their creations in a welcoming atmosphere. On 17.06, the workshop will have attendees stroll through Kolonie am Flughafen allotment and choose natural elements to make their own brushes, such as leaves and branches, and then paint with water-based inks with the help of Eleina’s skillful eye. The last workshop will focus on anthropic and natural aspects that characterize the Harztal-Wilde Rose allotment, meeting the gardeners and taking visual notes about this space that once sat along the Berlin Wall. Whichever workshop you pick, you’ll leave with a little more knowledge and your own unique artistic interpretations of these iconic gardens.
Text & Photos: Savannah van der Niet
Workshop 2: Stroll & Harvest, Handmade brushes with natural elements
Allotment Kolonie am Flughafen, Golßener Str.8, 10965 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Workshop 3: Gardens and Gardeners, Sketching across gardens
Allotment Harztal-Wilde Rose, Harzer Str.79, 12435 Berlin–Neukölln; map
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