Locally-sourced experimental cuisine served on dishes that are themselves pieces of art – that’s what awaits you at Limbo, the pop-up dinner developed by artist and Agora Collective co-founder Caique Tizzi. Held at the Eoin Moylan Studio on an industrial site in Tempelhof, this series is a chance to eat dinner in an artists’ space where food and creativity exist side by side. Amidst high ceilings and charming furniture, you are served an opulent five-course menu accompanied by excellent wines like the delicious Rossanel natural rosé from Italy. Every time Caique serves one of his contemporary-yet-classic dishes, he shares the story behind it. Like the farofa served with pork, black beans, chipotle salsa and orange, which – we learn – comes from Brazil and incorporates cassava flour. Other bold food moves include watermelon with kimchi and cucumber served, like most of the dishes, on ceramics by Berlin artist Jonas Wendelin. It’s this blending of cutting-edge flavor, art and design that makes Limbo really something special. (Text: Ramona Razaghmanesh / Photos: Gabrielė Mišeikytė)
PEACEFUL PADDLING AND A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP AT FREIHAFEN MILDENBERG — RECOMMENDED BY CHRISTOPHER BURROWS
For an easy getaway from the city, it is difficult to tick all of the boxes, but Freihafen Mildenberg pulls it off. Owner Carola Fehn has created a family-friendly campsite that combines natural beauty, comfort, and industrial history. The site is nestled on the Havel and surrounded by a network of waterways known locally as Stiche, remnants of the area’s brickmaking days. Jürgen the harbormaster can provide you with a canoe, kayak or SUP board to visit the nearby Ziegeleipark industrial museum, or to just explore and be alone with the hawks and the herons. The campsite offers glamping tents with surprisingly comfortable mattresses, duvets and electricity, or you can bring your own tent or motorhome. If you don’t feel like cooking on the communal campfire, Lukas and Daniel serve hearty dishes and cold drinks from their onsite food truck. Accessible by train or car, the campsite is also located on the Berlin-Copenhagen bike path, making it perfect for a blissful pitstop. (Text: Christopher Burrows / Photos: Chloe Galea)
Christopher Burrows is a graphic designer and illustrator with a studio in Kreuzberg. His latest work is for Karuna Kompass magazine.Freihafen Mildenberg, Am Welsengraben 5, 16792 Zehdenick; map
You can book accommodation and boat hire online or by phone on 0175 7916779. The site is a 70 km drive from Berlin and can be reached by regional train via Zehdenick (Mark) or Gransee.
Israeli-born John Yonatan Jacoby curates luxury vintage wear. After studying fashion and working in interior design and art direction, John knew he wanted to harness these passions into a project of his own. The result, Malmöer Studios, opened in January 2018. Given the surplus of existing clothing in the world, the shop’s vision is curation rather than creation. With pieces hand-picked from across Europe, Malmöer’s collection comprises pre-owned and archival designer wear for all genders. Brands include Prada, Comme Des Garçons, Fendi and Céline and collections are season-based, with new pieces added fortnightly – photographed in John’s Neukölln apartment, an autumnal-toned haven as considered as his collections. By seeking these pieces out second hand, Malmöer distills the quality of high fashion into a more sustainable vision for the industry. You can browse the clothes online or by arranging a visit to his Neukölln studio. (Text: Scarlett Peeters / Photos: Savannah van der Niet & Malmöer Studios)
As we prepare our bodies for ice cream week, we look to Kiez ice cream spot Eisderix for a trusted scoop. After a spell running Tempelburger on Tempelhofer Feld, friends and foodies Philippe Schröder and Paul Kolek decided they wanted to start something else. So, in 2017, they teamed up with another friend and ice-cream-maker to open Eisderix, the name a play on Asterix and “de Rix”, which is French for “from Rix(dorf)”. The humble storefront makes everything out the back – from the ice cream itself down to each brownie chunk in the peanut butter brownie flavor. They have all the tastes you desire – from pecan maple syrup and pistachio to a coconut-based vegan-friendly lime – with the sorbet packing about 50 percent fruit for a refreshing bite. All these flavors can be taken away as home packs so you can (try to) make them last. For a caffeine kick, you can also turn your ice cream scoop into an affogato with a shot of coffee from adjoining cafe/bar Drei Flaschen, also run by the Eisderix team. (Text: Scarlett Peeters / Photos: Savannah van der Niet & Eisderix)
Not planning to be in Rixdorf? Why not check out one of the 25 ice cream shops participating in Berlin Ice Cream Week (23–29.07.2020) for some special €1 flavors?
Awaiting you at Leseglück, the bright and cozy bookshop on Kreuzberg’s Ohlauer Straße, is the friendly smile of co-owner Eleni Efthimiou and the rich, tempting smell of coffee. The shop’s name translates as “joy in reading”, perfectly capturing its atmosphere, with space for browsing and reading and helpful advice on hand so you can find a book for every occasion. Eleni’s dream of having her own bookshop was realized in 2007 when she met co-founder Susan Pfannstiel by chance. When they first opened the shop their focus was on contemporary fiction and German and English novels, but as the neighborhood became more family orientated, demand for children’s and young people’s literature grew. In addition to keeping young readers supplied, Eleni has been holding regular readings and literary events including at Festsaal Kreuzberg (hosting the likes of entertainer Rocko Schamoni) and Fahimi Bar at Kotti (with Thorsten Nagelschmidt’s “Nagel mit Köpfen”). Most recently she has been offering her book recommendations over the airwaves on Radioeins. (Text: Nike Wilhelms / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)
Leseglück, Ohlauer Str.37, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map