With one summer season under its belt, Lecko’mio came splashing back onto the Berlin ice cream scene with its re-opening on 08.03.2019. The shop was started in 2018 by Nadja Maßmann, a former graphic designer and photographer, and her eye for design shows throughout the space. The interior is awash with a pastel palette, brass accents, and a crown molding ceiling – the type of place you’ll want to linger in after you’re finished eating. If you’re looking for a quick snack, stop in for a scoop of their family-made ice cream or vegan sorbet in decadent flavors like panna cotta raspberry and white chocolate matcha. If you’re ready to indulge a little more, splurge on their signature Mio sundae or “Spaghettieis” – vanilla ice cream extruded like pasta with a delicious strawberry sauce. The shop manages to remain eco friendly too: All the packaging they use is compostable. Stop by early in the season before the line stretches out the door! (Text: Michael Rice / Photos: Mina Aichhorn & Holly Moxham)
SPRING BEAUTY UPDATE AND WELLNESS MOMENTS: OUR FAVORITE SALONS ON TREATWELL
When it’s time to bid farewell to winter skin, leave it to the professionals. And because the world of beauty oases is so vast, the Treatwell app can help you discover new salons 24/7. To make it even easier, we’ve compiled some of our current favorites. A new discovery is Emma, whose minimalist interior relaxes you from the moment you walk in. With their “Augen-Treatment” they’ll shape and tint your eyebrows or eyelashes and even offer an ultrasound facial with hyaluronic acid. One of Cee Cee’s all time favorites is MDC Cosmetics where the facials are approached holistically and always include valuable nutritional tips. Mühle has a different focus: shaving culture. Whether bearded of clean-shaven, all trims are given the royal treatment at this barber. And when it comes to haircuts, we like to go to Wheadon where scalp scrubs and oil therapy are only the start to luxurious self-care. Last but not least, you can’t forget a little primping! At Isla (also a Cee Cee favorite), you can get fresh nail art to polish it all off. Look, book, and go out and enjoy – all on Treatwell!
Looking for delicious brunch in Berlin? These days it couldn’t be easier thanks to the founders of Commonground, cousins Morgan Love and James Maguire who brought high-quality coffee and a lively brunch culture from Australia to Berlin. Starting with Silo in Friedrichshain in 2013, they expanded a few years later with a bar, restaurant and lobby space at the buzzy Circus Hotel at Rosenthaler Platz. Familiar comfort food is given an innovative twist. Smoked salmon is perched on perfectly crunchy Sironi toast and complemented with a light and creamy smoked egg mousse. The staple avocado toast is topped with thin slices of crunchy apple and a hint of wasabi. A cauliflower and lentil salad is tossed with spicy radicchio and an intriguing, addictive sunflower seed dressing. Of course you’d be remiss not to pair this with a Bloody Mary, citrusy and balanced – it’s one of the best Berlin has to offer. The interior is modern yet layered and inviting. After the brunch rush is over you may be tempted to retire to a leafy corner and linger over a brunch cocktail like the Jungle Bird, a little slice of tropical, bitter sweet perfection. The next time you’re hungover on a rainy day at Rosenthaler Platz, step into Commonground and kick back. (Text: Rachael Jennings / Photos: Commonground)
Rachael Jennings is an Irish architect and designer who returned to Berlin after a four year hiatus in New York. She enjoys cycling around Berlin in search of delicious food, drinks and outdoor adventures. She is also the founder of Cohort Design.
We met Stefanie Friese at the Berlin Travel Festival 2019 and instantly fell in love with her minimalist travel books. Since 2017, she’s published four on-the-ground guides to chic hideaways in Cape Town, Reykjavík, Palma de Mallorca, and Berlin under the moniker Travel Colours. As self-proclaimed “city guides for design lovers,” the books offer ideal spots to sleep, eat, drink, shop and explore far from the tourist tracks. Find the best farm to table restaurant in Reykjavík and tastiest tapas bar in Palma de Mallorca. Stefanie recounts working with South African photographer and chef Claire Gunn to produce the beautiful Cape Town edition: “she always knew what would happen next in the kitchen and could capture the perfect shot as they did so.” It’s this type of local insight and expertise that is imbued in every guide they produce. Order a copy online or find them around the city at shops like Do You Read Me?! and Paper & Tea. (Text: Michael Rice / Photos: Travel Colours)
Within the context of the Dingum project, Hannes Schmidt and Dennis Oliver Schroer organized a number of exhibitions in changing locations until 2016. Recently, Schmidt has allowed the formerly nomadic concept to settle down: For two years he has been running Schiefe Zähne (Crooked Teeth), a permanent gallery space tucked away in a Prenzlauer Berg backyard. Currently, artists Charlie Froud and Olga Pedan have transformed the former workshop into a place where coherence is negotiable as both a formal and psychological category. Pedan depicts comic-like characters with ancient painting techniques: egg tempera and rabbit-skin glue render pictures that are radiantly translucent, almost diaphanous. Similarly, Froud’s wooden sculptures, which also function as loudspeakers that churn out a different playlist each week, unveil multiple layers of meaning: What appears to be an artistically crafted surface is in fact the result of wood pest infestation. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: courtesy of Olga Pedan, Charlie Froud, Hannes Schmidt & Schiefe Zähne)