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MARKUS ROLL RECOMMENDS: HACKBARTH’S

MARKUS ROLL RECOMMENDS: HACKBARTH’S

There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to explore all the cafés and bars that Berlin has to offer. It’s all too easy to lose track of the options. So when you need to make a decision, it’s advisable to have a true third place alternative up your sleeve — a so-called “plan C”, somewhere you can depend on. One such spot is the legendary Hackbarth’s, which has been around since the fall of the Wall. Here, I can find a quiet corner to sit and read my newspaper in peace in the mornings over a cup of coffee. Or hold a meeting further in the back with a slice of cake (topped with whipped cream, old school-style) or enjoy a pint of beer at the massive brass counter until the early hours — and all that, seven days a week. No need to look up the opening hours beforehand. The whole thing feels honest, reliable and rooted in tradition, partly due to the timeless and minimalist yet homey furnishings. When the world seems to be turning too fast, Hackbarth’s is here to help you unwind. (Text: Markus Roll / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Hackbarth’s, Auguststr.49a, 10119 Berlin-Mitte, map
Mon-Sat 10-4h, Sun 10-24h

Markus Roll worked as a pastor for twelve years. He’s a fan of Fuckup Nights, an event series which sees startup founders share their failures, and co-hosts ABC, an event featuring music, talks, and networking. The next round takes place on 6.9.2018.

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LEITHA MATZ RECOMMENDS: KURHAUS PONTE ROSA

LEITHA MATZ RECOMMENDS: KURHAUS PONTE ROSA

You could easily walk right past Kurhaus Ponte Rosa. Fair enough — why would you look for something enchanting along a railway embankment? Yet like so many Berlin treasures, there’s more here than meets the eye. Venture past the gate and down the tree-lined path. You’ll hear chortles of laughter in the afternoon breeze. You’ll breathe in the scent of pizza crusts lightly charring over hot stone. Kids hustle between long tables and benches. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. It’s self-service, so bring a few friends to stake out your seats while someone puts in a pizza order. Relax in the evening light. Remember why we put up with the endless months of wintery gray. We are taking in the cure. Just don’t let your bliss fool you into a false sense of permanence. Life is short and the summer will soon be gone. So, too, will Ponte Rosa. Despite grumbling by neighborhood supporters, the city has plans for residential development here. Now’s the time to drink in these slowly fading summer evenings. (Text: Leitha Matz / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Kurhaus Ponte Rosa, Kreuzbergstr.42b, 10965 Berlin-Kreuzberg, map

Mon-Sat 16-2h, Sun 15-2h

Leitha Matz fell in love with Berlin and moved 4 years ago from the Lower East Side in NYC to Kreuzberg. She’s a co-founder of the German startup Zuper.

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MONICA SALAZAR RECOMMENDS: ISOBEL GOWDIE

MONICA SALAZAR RECOMMENDS: ISOBEL GOWDIE

Isobel Gowdie, the Mitte-based shop founded by Dutch artist Iris Van Dongen in 2011, was named after a Scottish woman who famously confessed to witchcraft in the 17th century. In the tradition of ladies behaving badly, Van Dongen embraces the stylistic prowess of women’s couture in her self-owned store where you immediately feel the presence of the stylish and daring painter who passionately sources the pieces on offer. Isobel Gowdie presents a fantastic selection of designer vintage and resale clothing, while its new sister shop, Hotel Paris, promises to offer plenty of new selections from brands like Bellerose, Mes Demoiselles, Vanessa Bruno, and Les Coyotes de Paris, as well as designer objects and beauty products from La Brucket, Korres, Richard Hutten, and more. Check out the store’s Instagram for the newest items. (Text: Monica Salazar / Photos: Iris Van Dongen)

Isobel Gowdie, Mulackstr.28 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map
Hotel Paris, Mulackstr.4, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map
Mon–Sat 12–19h

Originally from Texas, Monica Salazar has lived in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg since 2009. She is co-founder of Berlin Art Link online magazine, as well as BAL Productions, an arts-focused media and events agency.

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LISA KRÜGER RECOMMENDS: HOTEL ULTRA

LISA KRÜGER RECOMMENDS: HOTEL ULTRA

“Is this a real hotel?” If you want the answer to this, you have to question the obvious. Because upon entering, it soon becomes apparent that Hotel Ultra is, in fact, not an actual hotel but a concept store. The clever idea was implemented in the heart of Berlin at Torstr.155 in 2014. The interior has all the makings of a real hotel: a reception, a lobby and the obligatory bar. Even so, no one will be checking into their room here, but rather browsing design products from (un)known designers and (inter)national brands. The small café tucked away in the back of the shop serves freshly baked cakes and coffee. The unusually provocative concept was created by Mo Ghandehari, a fan of design and Depeche Mode. He conceived the store as an homage to the album “Ultra”, and more specifically to the song “It’s No Good”. Hotel Ultra is a captivating place to discover exceptional design products and to be inspired by unconventionality. (Text: Lisa Krüger / Photos: Hotel Ultra)

Hotel Ultra, Torstr.155, 10115 Berlin-Mitte; map
Mon-Sat 11.30-19.30h

Berlin native Lisa Krüger currently lives in Pankow, and is a trained product design assistant who studied marketing communications and public relations.

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CLAUDIA ZENK RECOMMENDS: 1213BST

CLAUDIA ZENK RECOMMENDS: 1213BST

Caitlin and Bryan Sanderson wanted to create something meaningful. Upon moving to Berlin from Los Angeles, they immediately opened their store 1213bst on Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße in 2017 with the aim of establishing a platform for diversity and sustainability. The idea behind the store is both persuasive and simple: The duo buys clothes, shoes and accessories from trading customers. But unlike the typical second-hand store, the seller can choose to receive either cash in hand or an in-store trade credit. The newest addition to their concept is the online shop 1213bst.com. Their brick-and-mortar location’s interior is tastefully designed with subtle details. Generous amounts of white space and light woods create a positive and carefree atmosphere that makes everyone feel welcome. For Caitlin, who has worked for various non-profits such as ACLU for the past 15 years, openness and diversity are central to her identity. Bryan, who ran the Weltenbuerger concept store for cosmopolitans in LA, remarks: “A truly diverse crowd of people shop here. And bringing them all together gives me more pleasure than making a statement with an exclusive fashion label.” (Text: Claudia Zenk / Photos: Emilie Wade)

1213bst, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str.19, 10178 Berlin-Mitte; map

Mon-Sat 12–20h

Claudia Zenk studies the history of art at Humboldt University Berlin while working at Softspace and David Chipperfield Architecture, among other places. Besides digital issues, she is interested in people, houses and books as well as the interaction between them all.

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