When you first walk into Coréen, the Korean restaurant established in December 2018, the stylish interior is the first thing you’ll notice. The brightness of the space, its pastel-colored tables and the white tiled bar all create a relaxed, inviting atmosphere. Designed by Studio Gizzem Cinar with inspiration from French bistros (hence the name Coréen, which means ‘Korean’ in French) and Asian interiors, the restaurant – with its bistro chairs and Papillon lamps – is a real eye-catcher. But all this is not meant to distract from the food, which is truly excellent: kimchi (of course), homemade Mandu dumplings, savory Korean pajeon pancakes, pak choi, and marinated spare ribs dominate the menu. Of course, there are also classics like ramyun, a Korean noodle soup with egg, and bibimbap, available in a sizzling bowl. Coréen is an offshoot of Charlottenburg’s Hanok, which is a popular spot for classic Korean BBQ, so their take on a BBQ bibimbap is a must. Coréen is well worth the visit, for both the design and the delicious meal. (Text: Katie Burton / Photos: Johanna Rademacher–Flesland & Coreen)
Food is more than nutrition: we are what we eat, after all. No wonder, then, that the genre of “food photography” is as diverse as our lives themselves, dealing with topics ranging from family, culture and consumption to lust and disgust. If you want to explore the idea of food as an image in a broader context, and not just via #Foodporn on Instagram, come to the after-work guided tour of C/O Berlin’s current show, “Food for the Eyes“. In addition to absurd sausage arrangements by the Swiss artist duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss – a humorous reflection of our relationship to food – pictures from British artist Martin Parr show the relationship between a healthy world and an affluent society. Parallel to this show is the “Contradiction” exhibition, a collection of photographs by Elfie Semotan. A former model, Semotan began her career in front of the camera before changing sides and gaining international attention with collaborations with Helmut Lang, her photographs blurring the line between art and commerce. The tours begin today (18.07.2019) at 19h and 19h30, and to help you digest the works, a drink is of course also offered. (Text: Rosa Künzler / Photos (L-R): Elfie Semotan, David von Becker & Martin Parr)
If you bristle at judgy baristas or confusing laptop rules, Wilke cafe will be your safe haven. You could sit there all day adding teaspoons of sugar to your flat white and owner Carolin wouldn’t bat an eye. Started a year ago as a homage to Australian brunch culture, Wilke is a sanctuary in all the best ways: think cosy conversations over a shared piece of carrot cake (it’s freshly baked and really good). And if savoury is more your thing, there’s your classic straight-from-Sydney avocado toast, eggy hangover food and, of course, granola bowls. While the classics remain, the menu is changed often enough to give you a reason to make it your regular spot. The interior is warm and minimal and made sweeter by the knowledge that it was built with love by Carolin’s family. Convinced? You’ll find Wilke on popular Boddinstraße; a nice peaceful detour from the hustle and bustle of Hermannstraße. (Text: Jo Fraser / Photos: Becca Crawford & Savannah van der Niet)
Eschewing clubs and late nights, Jo Fraser has settled on writing about Berlin’s vast cultural offerings, tasty eats and quiet cafes.
If you think that Berlin is grey, barren, and consists mostly of concrete, think again! In fact over 40 percent of Berlin is green space, as biologist and city nature guide Robert Ulrich, Brandenburg native, tells you at the beginning of his bicycle tour in the lively Nikolai quarter. It quickly becomes clear that you don’t always need to leave the city in order to experience nature close up: At our first stop we learned that the Museumsinsel actually sits on marshland, at the second, in front of the North Korean Embassy, we discovered beautiful Chinese trees that blossom in the urban summer heat, concluding at the final stop in Tiergarten that Berlin’s wilderness is much more multifaceted than we thought. Robert showed us in a humorous way that one only has to take a closer look in order to discover hundreds of wild birds, insects and plants – you have to hear his imitation of the hooded crow! And another thing becomes clear during the tour: nature is everywhere and always finds a way – just get on your bike and go on an urban voyage of discovery! (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Johanna Rademacher–Flesland)
Mindfulness and meditation can now be found as remedies to everyday stress in almost any aspect of life – whether exercise or a pre-bedtime ritual. Nico Rönpagel’s approach, however, is relatively new: he has decided to conduct meditation workshops in places that exhibit art. Actually, it’s an obvious choice, because rooms in galleries are usually quiet, large and bright – the perfect places to practice relaxation and gratitude. Nevertheless, on the morning of the first course, I was a bit skeptical about doing it with 20 strangers in just an hour. But Nico, who has been practicing meditation for more than 20 years, explains that this event in the newly renovated Me Collectors Room is intended as an introduction. For the first session, participants directed their focus to a work of art from the current exhibition, “Beyond”. Rönpagel’s partner exercises were also fun and integrated the exhibition at a very relaxed pace. After the session, the participants and the surroundings already felt familiar – and I myself felt collected and connected. Register now for the two follow-up sessions if you are looking for an introduction to meditation – it’s worth it, in no small measure because of the great setting. And naturally, you can stick around to take a closer look at the exhibition afterwards. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Nico Rönpagel & Eric Bell)