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There’s no doubt Gendarmenmarkt is one of Berlin’s most beautiful places. But the square is home not just to historic architecture but a great cup of coffee too since Bonanza set up shop here in May 2020. The newest of the coffee roaster’s three locations, the cafe has an elegant feel, from the small, sunny terrace out front to its marbled interior complete with leather seating and a shiny chrome coffee bar. As you would expect from Bonanza, the star of the show is the coffee: a choice of five roasts awaits, including the Sasaba from Guji in Ethiopia with notes of chocolate, berry and biscuit for a fruity-smooth brew. The must-have for the summer is the iced cappuccino, which is unique to this shop and made with delicate, cold foam. Pair it with a croissant or Kouign-amann cake courtesy of Albatross (Mon-Wed) or Salon Sucré (Thu-Sun) and you’ve got the perfect quick bite – though with views of the Konzerthaus and sounds from the Hanns Eisler music school as your backdrop you might want to stay just that bit longer… (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh)
This weekend is going to be a hot one – the perfect time then to hit the water with friends. Groß Glienicker See is one of the purest lakes around and offers both official bathing areas and numerous smaller places with access to the water – just wander around the shores and you are bound to find a sweet spot. The Berlin–Brandenburg boundary (and previously the East-West German border) lies in the middle of the water, which at eleven meters at its deepest is well suited to swimming. The water itself is so clear and pure that you can see small shoals of fish as you swim. In the middle of the water sit two small islands which you can reach in comfort in a rental boat or, if you are feeling brave, by swimming. For a more relaxed afternoon there is a sunbathing lawn on the western side that offers sun loungers but also numerous trees offering shade from the sun. If you need refueling, the nearby Seeperle kiosk will gladly keep you cool with an iced coffee and a portion of fries (“Rot” and/or “Weiß” of course). Time to pack you swimwear, sun cream and camera and head west. (Text & Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh)
Since 2015, Nobelhart & Schmutzig has been serving lucky diners with regional food cooked to Michelin-starred standards in their Friedrichstraße restaurant. Now it’s time for head chef Micha Schäfer’s kitchen team to go on tour with a new dinner series called Überall that brings their exquisite cuisine to new and surprising settings. Whether at Mitte’s industrial Alte Münze or the dreamy halls of Kulturschloss Roskow in Brandenburg, each dinner is inspired by its location. This is truer than ever at the next in the series: a multi-course food and art experience hosted in the gardens of the Wehrmühle house as part of this year’s Art Biesenthal in Brandenburg (15.08–05.09). At each of the four separate evenings, you will be treated to an alfresco dinner with extensive wine selections accompanied by art performances by a Biesenthal resident artist for an exquisite blend of food and visual culture. The idyllic countryside setting combined with trademark N&S creative cuisine (expect a powerful blend of local ingredients) make these dinners the highlight of the gastronomic summer. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Marko Seifert, Alte Münze & Art Biesenthal)
Überall series from Nobelhart & Schmutzig
Dinner at Art Biesenthal: Friday 14.08.2010, Saturday 15.08.2020, Friday 21.08.2010 & Saturday 22.08.2010, start 19h. Tickets can be reserved online and include a multi-course dinner and drinks. A shuttle service to and from Biesenthal railway station can be reserved.
My motto in life is quality over quantity, but when it comes to clothes even second-hand garments are often beyond my student budget. Luckily the founders of Yummy Vintage Carolina and Aron have heard my call. They opened their Graefekiez second-hand shop in March 2020 and with it provide an oasis of good taste, made even more tranquil by the weekly yoga classes they hold in the store. Carolina selects each garment individually for its style when she sources the clothes and gives absolute priority to material quality. From designer labels to simple well-finished pieces, you can find everything here – even beautiful jewelry! Carolina often adjusts and alters the garments, making them truly unique buys, which best of all are well within even a student’s budget. (Text: Elena Zurbuch / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)
German-Italian Elena Zurbuch grew up in Berlin. She studies film production and wishes the world looked like an Antonioni film.
This year’s pandemic has not just brought dramatic change; it has also forced us to stop and take stock. But what effects will this imposed break have on us, now and beyond? That’s the question guiding Gropius Bau’s summer program Down to Earth, which runs for a month starting 13.08 as part of the Berliner Festspiele’s ongoing Immersion series. For four weeks, the museum’s ground floor and southern square are being transformed into a space that is part exhibition part alternative campus. Performances, lectures, musical interventions, workshops and discussions ask how we can eat, work and travel to the good of the environment. The permanent exhibition features art, research projects and installations on the subject of the environment presented across 14 rooms, with works by Agnes Denes, Alicja Kwade, Yngve Holen, Tomás Saraceno and Tino Sehgal. Also in the program is practical guidance, including Joschka Härdtner and Kay Andrees’s workshop on Tiny Houses and the Repair Café which lets you breathe new life into your electricals. The Roof Water Farm laboratory is open for tours, while lectures on holistic farming and green club culture provide great food for thought. Almost all the performances are shown without electricity, indicating the show’s commitment to radical rethinking. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Agnes Denes, Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York & Imker Norman Linke, Umweltforum Auferstehungskirche, Berlin)
We are offering readers five pairs of tickets for the exhibition, redeemable for any day during the month-long program. To win, send us an email. Good luck!
Immersion – Down to Earth: 13.08.–13.09.2020
Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstr.7, 10963 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Sat–Wed 10–19h, Thu–Fri 10–21h, Tues closed
You can view the full program and buy tickets online.
Tip: on 13.08 you can visit free of charge with a pre-booked ticket.