The area around Berlin is a treasure trove of fresh produce, from happy-cow dairy to vivid root veggies. These regional riches serve as inspiration for Hinterland, a great new bistro bringing the best of the countryside to inner-city Berlin. This starts with the interior, which founder and Colorado-native Madeline McLean has decorated in the style of a Landhaus, with farmhouse chairs and wood paneling painted in muted Farrow & Ball-style colors. The dinner menu consists of small “picnic” plates, with our highlight the delicate, salty preserved pike sourced from the crystal clear Stechlinsee and served with garden herbs, rye and butter. Bigger options include the summer peas with poached egg, mussels and brown butter-miso foam for a creamy combo of salt, sweet and savory. Drinks-wise, there are 90+ wines including a solid orange selection plus a pine cone-steeped gin homemade by inhouse master Martin. As with the food, just one mouthful and we were sold. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh, Savannah van der Niet & Hinterland)
Looking to try a new sport this summer? Here’s one you might not have heard of: Disc Golf, which Lichterfelde sports club TuSli has been offering since June 2020. As with golf, the aim is to reach each of the nine holes in as few goes as possible, but instead of a ball you have a frisbee, and your task is to throw it into a metal basket. World champion disc golfer Stephen Defty from TuSli brought the sport with him when he came to Germany from America in the 80s. And now his club hosts regular practice sessions at the Disc Golf Park located in lush greenery by the Bäke canal. Unusual for a sport, this game is open to all, from retirees to youngsters and wheelchair users – all in the relaxed outdoors a stone’s throw from the Otto Lilienthal monument. Time to pick up a disc at the next beginners practice session and get throwing! (Text & Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh)
Disc Golf is run by the Turn- und Sportverein Lichterfelde in the park between Krahmer- and Bäkestraße, 12207 Berlin-Lichterfelde; map. Free practice sessions usually take place on Friday at 18h30 – exact dates and registration can be found on the website.
As you enter the industrial courtyard on Potsdamer Straße it’s easy to miss Brillenschatz at first glance. But when you do locate this sunglasses shop, you will discover a treasure trove of shades. The shop is the passion project of Abdullah Demir, who’s been collecting vintage glasses for years. After running a stand on Sundays at the Mauerpark market, Abdullah decided to find a permanent location and opened his place in 2015. Among his collection of eyeglasses, you’ll find extravagant mens and womens frames including custom-made creations and unique pieces from the best fashion designers. Brands including Porsche, Christian Dior, Versace, Casanova, Chanel and Ray-Ban are all represented with exclusive vintage pieces. In 2017 Brillenschatz was named by The New York Times as one of Berlin’s “Five Places to go” though the shop is still very much an insider tip – not least because there is only one place in town with such a collection. (Text: Cem Sari / Photos: Brillenschatz, Erdem Akkaya & @pak_369)
Cem Sari, who came to Berlin from Istanbul at a young age, works as a sound engineer and is the owner of Sariton Records.
Balmy summer nights call for a bottle of something cool to enjoy with friends and we’ve found just the tipple with Oui-Schorle, a wine spritzer that combines German wines from the Palatinate with light bright sparkling water. The Kreuzberg-based company was founded in 2019 by Lukas von Rantzau, who after years travelling the world as a photographer and management consultant decided to give the drinks world some fizz. The spritzers he’s created – available in rosé and riesling varieties – are refreshingly dry and bubbly, with just the right ratio of wine to water. Both the pink and white varieties are in fact green: their manufacture is compensated to cut the climate impact. Another reason to say “Oui” to these summer bottles. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh)
The book burning of 1933 is one of the darkest chapters in German history: on Bebelplatz in Berlin, the Nazis destroyed works they considered “un-German” including books by key writers of the 19th and 20th centuries such as Kurt Tucholsky, Rosa Luxemburg and Alfred Döblin. In her exhibition “Annette Kelm: Die Bücher” at the Museum Frieder Burda’s Salon Berlin, the Berlin-based photographer focuses on those writings, which embody the liberal, urban zeitgeist of the 1920s and 1930s. For Kelm, they are not just artefacts, but the works of a burgeoning avant-garde. The cover to Döblin’s “Berlin Alexanderplatz” mixes typography with comic elements, while Tucholsky’s “Learn to laugh without crying” plays with the images and colors used by propaganda that went on to be redeployed by the advertising industry. The covers of these works, published between 1913 and 1944, show the humor and ingenuity of an entire generation that defied the totalitarian regime to the end. Their overarching question of what is German – and how art and expression can remain free – remains pertinent today. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Thomas Bruns & Museum Frieder Burda, Salon Berlin, flyer & view of “Annette Kelm. Die Bücher”, courtesy of the artist und König)