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KAPELLE BAR – WHERE ART, GOOD COCKTAILS AND MUSIC COME TOGETHER

KAPELLE BAR – WHERE ART, GOOD COCKTAILS AND MUSIC COME TOGETHER

Anyone who knew Berlin in the 90s knows about the small Kiezcafé Kapelle on Zionskirchplatz. Breakfast, brunch, café lattes – there was no end to the weekends here. The café was a legendary meeting place for artists, students and neighbors. In the spring of 2023, the chapel passed into the hands of Katya and Thomas – both work in the Berlin art scene and so the chapel – which will now continue as a bar – will remain a meeting place for those with an affinity for art. Since the hardships of the last pandemic years, they both wish for the same thing: to get back out among people. Since July, they have been taking the plunge and heralding a new beginning with the Kapelle. The vision is clear: to create an inspiring place with good drinks and a varying musical program on Fridays (DJs and concerts). The small bar room is bathed in pleasant black and gold light, the music invites you to stay. On the walls hang works by Berlin artist friends: Above the chapel-like bar area, Anselm Reyle’s light installation of neon tubes shines and watches over the guests, who make themselves comfortable in armchairs next to design magazines and card games.

The menu is impressive – an illustrious selection of white and red natural wines from Italy and France, as well as classic long drinks and cocktails await you: espresso martinis, gin and tonics, whiskey sours, smoked Negronis – one drink after the other leaves the bar counter. And even those who don’t drink alcohol are well catered for here: for example, the Marseille Spritz. The scenery is reminiscent of a large living room. The first guests fill the room. One immediately wants to join them. The music gets louder. Memories of past Berlin nights and famous bars in Paris and New York are awakened. The feeling that one is in good hands here quickly sets in. We stay and I predict: the Kapelle Bar will certainly become a legendary meeting place for artists, creatives and neighbors again.

Text: Milena Kalojanov / Photos: Robyn Steffen

Kapelle, Zionskirchstr.22–24, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map
Wed–Sat 19–01h

@kapelleberlin

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BISTRO SPUMANTE – VACATION FEELING IN THE MIDDLE OF KREUZBERG

BISTRO SPUMANTE – VACATION FEELING IN THE MIDDLE OF KREUZBERG

Has it been too long since your last trip to the Mediterranean – or are you dreaming of one? No problem! Perhaps the solution is a visit to Bistro Spumante in Kreuzberg. Opened by sisters Helene and Emma in March 2023, the bistro immediately makes you feel like a passenger on the ferry to the Mediterranean. Because everything is just right: from the white Monobloc chairs and the azure-blue painted floor, to the warmly glowing fairy lights, to the seaside snacks served in red baskets. The mood is one of relaxed chatter, accompanied by pleasant Italo-pop music. The fellow travelers to the bistro are friends of the family business, neighbors from the neighborhood, the curious, and vacationers like me. The destination of the trip might not be clear: Italy, Portugal or Greece? But at Bistro Spumante you don’t have to decide. There are rotating drinks and corresponding dishes from the different countries around the Mediterranean. Sometimes there is Strangolapreti (spinach dumplings with sage butter and parmesan) on the menu, sometimes Parmigiana or Tosta Mista (ham and cheese toast) – right underneath the onion bread. Or would you prefer fresh, salty olives, a portion of French fries or calamari with aioli? I just tried a little bit of everything, because I could quickly switch to vacation mode.

The decision on drinks is easy, as the menu is full of vacation gems. I start my getaway with a personal favorite: sparkling wine on tap – yes, that’s right! – Spumante on tap, delightful. Along with Mediterranean classics like Campari, Ouzo and Pastis, there’s Cynar Spritz, Averna Sour and Frangelico. The vacation mood is picking up. Those who prefer non-alcoholic drinks will be delighted with lemonades, Chinotto Spritz or Peroni 0.0%. Inspired by the warm atmosphere, my ferry heads for Mallorca and I order a Cortado leche y leche, a Spanish espresso variation with condensed milk. And as it usually does, this successful vacation goes by far too quickly. This one only lasted a few hours, but I’m not sad, because I know: I can always come back on deck at Bistro Spumante when my longing for a Mediterranean escape becomes too great. The ferry Spumante leaves on time every day – you only have to be patient on Mondays. Ahoy & a presto!

Hanna Jensen is an architect and a native of South Baden. Berlin has been her home since 2020. She especially loves the summer months, when the days never want to end.

Text: Hanna Jensen / Photos: Sophie Döring

Bistro Spumante, Reichenberger Str.73, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tue-Wed 12–23h, Thu 16–23h, Fri 16–02h, Sat 13–02h, Sun 13–20h

@bistro.spumante

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FISH KLUB’S NEXT DESTINATION: THE CANTEEN AT ST. OBERHOLZ WITH SEAFOOD, VEGETARIAN BAR SNACKS AND COCKTAILS

FISH KLUB’S NEXT DESTINATION: THE CANTEEN AT ST. OBERHOLZ WITH SEAFOOD, VEGETARIAN BAR SNACKS AND COCKTAILS

If you only eat seasonal and fresh fish, you should be familiar with the Fish Klub: founded in 2017 by Margaux Friocourt, the club sold seasonal fish and seafood from the coast of Brittany and the Atlantic Ocean, caught and imported using sustainable fishing methods. But now the Fish Klub is also known for its legendary residencies, where you can look forward not only to seafood prepared to perfection, but the complete package: Good drinks, cool locations and a menu that will truly make anyone happy. After Fish Klub visited Lütt for several weeks, the journey now continues towards Rosenthaler Platz – to be more precise: to St. Oberholz. Together they started their very own project at the beginning of September 2023 – The Canteen – and will offer you the perfect location for casual evenings with cocktails and bar snacks for the next few months. In addition to classics like moules frites and oysters, there are also new additions: fritto misto and carpaccio go vegetarian here, and they do it damn well – along with the most delicious dips. A night out is only casual if you don’t have to compromise: here you can order as much or as little as you like, you can share or order your own shrimp roll (which you definitely don’t want to share), you can drink wine or cocktails or both, and even for those who don’t drink alcohol, they offer more than just the usual standbys. It’s loud, it’s crowded and it can be quite annoying – yes, it’s Rosi. But that’s what’s so great about visiting The Canteen for the first time: it’s loud because people are looking forward to the evening, it’s crowded because the food tastes so good and, it can be quite a pain that not every evening can be so beautifully informal.

Text: Robyn Steffen / Photos: Robyn Steffen & St. Oberholz

Fish Klub x St. Oberholz: The Canteen, Rosenthaler Str.72A, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map
Tue–Sat from 18h. No reservations.

@fishklub_berlin
@st.oberholz

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TEMPELHOF SUNDOWNER AT BLAUE STUNDE: APERITIVO, ICE CREAM, SNACKS & MUSIC

TEMPELHOF SUNDOWNER AT BLAUE STUNDE: APERITIVO, ICE CREAM, SNACKS & MUSIC

Good (and bad) ideas start over takeaway food late in the evening. Blaue Stunde is the former – co-owners Michal and Eric, who were eating burgers in -1-degree weather when they first had the idea for what is now this day bar cornering Tempelhof. Their first thought was to sell mulled wine from a cargo bike, but when the opportunity came to apply for ideas for the red-and-white tiled shack at Berlin’s much-loved former airfield, they put their heads together once again: Eric and Michal co-own Blaue Stunde with Tobi. The three met through the electronic music world, curating festivals, DJing, and organizing food. Having lived locally for quite some time, they knew well that nothing says summer like a sundowner at Tempelhof, so they formulated a perfect location to have just that. (read more)What used to be an electrical signal building for the airport is now a cafe/bar/bistro. Inspired by Italian day bars, you can stop by for a coffee and snack in the morning or spend the afternoon lounging with your aperitivo. Choose from a short and reliable menu. For drinks: spritz, schorle, coffee, beers, the classics. For food: snack on (the most delicious) olives, nuts, waffles, and rosti for something a little heartier. There’s an ice cream cart with a selection of flavors from Zagara for scoops or affogatos and plenty of scattered seating in the sun, sporting white tables and on-theme cobalt blue chairs. There’s music curated to fit the mood, like ambient world jazz or a selection by manager Katzi from record label Malka Tuti. Blaue Stunde is where, as the name suggests, you’ll find yourself until Blue Hour settles in, and it’s time to go home.

Text & Photos: Savannah van der Niet

Blaue Stunde, Oderstr. 22, 12051 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Mon–Fri 11–22h, Sat & Sun 10–22h

@blauestundeberlin

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DOTORI — THE ANJU BAR WHERE KOREAN TAPAS MEET NATURAL WINES, CASUAL AMBIENCE INCLUDED

DOTORI — THE ANJU BAR WHERE KOREAN TAPAS MEET NATURAL WINES, CASUAL AMBIENCE INCLUDED

The Korean Anju Bar Dotori is one of my latest favorites, not only because the wine and food are great, but also because Chi and Dax are the most welcoming hosts around. You may already know Chi from Personal Chef Berlin catering and her kimchi workshops, Dax from the supper clubs and pop-ups the two have been hosting together since last year. Far from crowded restaurant corners, past a music bar that promises the best of punk and rock in Weißensee, you probably only come this way purposefully. Dax stands at the blue counter and pours us natural wine and soju – Chi brings filled plates from the kitchen, because: “In Korea, you don’t drink without anju on the table!”. Anju are small dishes that you share with friends and family at the table alongside your drinks – similar to tapas. Korean pancakes with kimchi and scallions, Dotori Jelly, a traditional jelly made from acorn flour, along with sides like kimchi, roasted seaweed and a bowl of rice – at Dotori, the two have put together a “menu for two” of their anju favorites.

In addition, there are other dishes depending on the season: Dakgalbi, Korean Fried Chicken, Gimbap – the list goes on. And then there’s this insanely great wine list: here, wine doesn’t just taste mineral or dry, but is also “fun & glouglou,” “uplifting,” or just “really spectacular.” For non-wine drinkers, there’s also craft beer and lemonades. And of course: lots of soju. Dotori feels new, familiar, open and light. It’s the little things – as is often the case – that make this place so special: the wine list with its fun yet fitting descriptions, the two tipsy acorns on the menu that give you an inkling of how the evening might end, and the interior design you’ll want in your own home. If you’re looking for an alternative to your usual aperitivo evenings – far from crowded restaurant corners – then I highly recommend Dotori.

Text & Photos: Robyn Steffen

Dotori, Gustav-Adolf-Str.159, 13086 Berlin–Weißensee; map
Thur–Sat 17h30–23h

@dotori.berlin

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