Most restaurants have now reopened just in time for summer, but few will beat the experience at Kink Bar & Restaurant, a culinary joy that opened in June 2020 in the peaceful, tree-lined grounds of Pfefferberg, a former brewery in Prenzlauer Berg. Sat there it’s hard to believe you are in the middle of the city, but when the menus arrive and you get your first taste of Kink’s surprising blend of worldly spices and ingredients – with a beautiful glass of wine on the side – you know you’re in Berlin. Chef Ivano Pirolo has Michelin star experience, and it shows in his dishes: elegantly arranged Beelitzer asparagus with miso, guinea fowl with a rosemary jus, and a wild garlic risotto – all served in tapas size and price. While the outdoor seating area enchants, the two-level interior created by owners Oliver Mansaray and Daniel Scheppan is a moody, cozy place to dine and drink, with upcycled materials and contemporary artworks revealing the pair’s great attention to detail. Inside or out, dinner at Kink is a sensory and cultural delight. (Text: Rei Matsuoka / Photos: Lee Edward für Kink Bar & Restaurant)
The Rollerfusion Club led by the wonderful Oumi is your ticket to an hour-long session of music and dance on wheels. Every Wednesday evening, she teaches jamskating – a combination of roller skating, gymnastics and dancing – for a high-energy throwback to the colorful 1970s. People of all shapes and sizes gather for the sessions on the Neukölln side of Tempelhofer Feld, perfecting their skate and dance skills. The classes teach you the basics as well as a few tricks with the park’s resident acrobats, musicians and hula-hoopers as a backdrop. The sessions bring people from all over the world together, with everyone welcomed with open arms, from beginners to experts. All you need to do is move to the music and let the groove drive you. Sound like your gig? Put on some glitter, get your skates on and head to the Feld. And if you don’t have your own skates, just write to Oumi and she will gladly lend you some. (Text & Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh)
Rollerfusion Club, Tempelhofer Feld (see map for meeting point), 12049 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Every Wednesday in good weather, 18h15–19h15, no registration required.
You can get in touch with Oumi by email
FLEA MARKET AT BOXHAGENER PLATZ FOR THE PERFECT SUNDAY — RECOMMENDED BY MARIE WEZ
What makes the perfect Sunday? Apart from a good cup of coffee, for me it’s my weekly visit to the Flea Market at Boxhagener Platz. The “Boxi” market is a bit like your somewhat disheveled but charming aunt, in whose house you can rifle through knick-knacks and antique treasures. Pro vendors join private sellers with mountains of boxes filled with all kinds of gems and curiosities. Fans of interior design are particularly well catered for, with varied furniture pieces as well as beautiful mid-century vases, pictures and lamps. A pearl of the flea market is the book stall on the corner of Krossener Straße / Gabriel-Max-Straße, where you can sift through dozens of art books and dusty novels. A little tip: clever negotiators can score a real bargain and use the money saved for some good food or a coffee at a nearby restaurant or cafe. (Text: Marie Wez / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)
Marie Wez has her own vintage label, Auguste Vintage, and is co-founder of fashion and interior pop-up store Zora Auguste.
We tend to think of soy as just another dairy alternative alongside almonds, oats and rice. But pay a visit to Huadou, the soy concept store that opened in 2019 in the Linienstraße, and you will discover just what this humble bean offers. Greeting you are rows of traditional stone mills for grinding the soybeans into milk, as well as little bamboo boxes which you use to press tofu at one of the workshops. For soy self-sufficiency you can take one of these beautiful machines home, but the in-house cafe’s soy creations – made from Bavarian-grown organic beans – are not to be missed either. Served in a hot coffee or iced matcha latte, their delicate, smooth milk is a world away from shop-bought soy, while the radical triple-soy ice cream is an umami-sweet treat combining soy milk, soy sauce and roasted soy meal. Chinese-born founders Mengya Huang and Sibo Peng love to experiment, but they also cherish soy’s 5000-year role in East Asian culture and cooking, and it shows. Whether it’s curd, sauce or milk, this is the place to discover, create and enjoy traditionally-made soy. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh)
You can’t miss Katharina Grosse’s works: the painter sprays her shimmering bold colors onto everything, from sculptures and objects to the urban expanses of walls, streets and parks. Grosse occupies empty space with a sensitive emotionality. Her installations place you in the centre and absorb you, almost in defiance of the room itself as the expanses of color dissemble walls and floors. Now reopened, the Hamburger Bahnhof is dedicating a comprehensive solo show to these works – Katharina Grosse. It Wasn’t Us – making its own interior and exterior walls available as canvases for Grosse’s work. Multi-dimensional, unpredictable and boundless, the exhibition touches numerous social issues and offers an innovative example of how colorful art can be. If you want a taster, next week (02.07.) Grosse herself will be taking you through the exhibition in a video walk. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Artworks by Katharina Grosse, Photo by Jens Ziehe, Courtesy König Galerie, © Katharina Grosse / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020)
Katharina Grosse. It Wasn’t Us, running until 10.01.2021
Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstr.50–51, 10557 Berlin–Moabit; map
Tue–Fri 10–18h, Sat–Sun 11–18h
The Art4All podcast and video walk with Katharina Grosse (02.07.2020, 10h) can be viewed here.