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HANDCRAFTED COCKTAILS AND FINE BREWS AT OMEGA BAR — RECOMMENDED BY MARIE SPRINGER

HANDCRAFTED COCKTAILS AND FINE BREWS AT OMEGA BAR — RECOMMENDED BY MARIE SPRINGER

Where should we head tonight: a pub or a cocktail bar? Here, hidden in the heart of Neukölln, you can do both. At Omega Bar, opened by the Krass Bösen Wolf team in 2013 you can get good draught beer and excellent cocktails all under one roof. The pub’s charm and relaxed industrial style makes it great for after work drinks and weekend meetups too. Omega’s patrons are mainly neighbors and regulars, and you can be sure you will be welcomed like a local. With names like Cornelius and Donald, the ten cocktails are playful and distinctive. Popcorn, cornflakes and mango ayran may not be classic cocktail ingredients, but they are combined here with true mixological sophistication. My favorite: the Vivien, a twist on the Pornstar Martini with vodka, passion fruit and vanilla, mixed with soy milk and a splash of champagne. The homemade shots are also a must. (Text: Marie Springer / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Marie Springer is a freelance graphic and concept designer working with clients like Lamm Bar.

Omega Bar, Wipperstr.18, 12055 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Mon–Sat from 19h
@omegabar

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PLAIN: THE SUBSCRIPTION FOR MONTHLY NATURAL WINES — RECOMMENDED BY LINA KÜNZLER

PLAIN: THE SUBSCRIPTION FOR MONTHLY NATURAL WINES — RECOMMENDED BY LINA KÜNZLER

Love natural wines, but get overwhelmed by the huge variety? Plain are here to help. With their subscription, you get three natural wines (one red, one white and one sparkling) from producers far and wide brought directly to your door every month. Founder Marcus Hauer is a product designer who first encountered natural wines and their unmistakable aromas of nuts, overripe oranges and kombucha in 2008. Since then he has sought out master winemakers from all over the world for his bottles. Each selection is accompanied by a detailed profile of the product and the vineyard – Marcus appreciates how the different origins of wines enhance their distinctive character. The bottles themselves are designed by gifted wine label specialist Anna Vu, making them as visually pleasing as they are quaffable. So if you are ready to dive into the world of natural wines and get a doorstop surprise every month, you’re in the right hands with Plain. (Text: Lina Künzler / Photos: Sophie Döring & Savannah van der Niet)

Lina Künzler is an agronomist through and through. At home in Switzerland, she cultivates a vineyard and develops and promotes regional products like Rheintaler Ribelmais.

Plain
@plain.wine

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MARIA: COMFORT FOOD FOR HUNGRY HERBIVORES — RECOMMENDED BY STEFAN KEHL

MARIA: COMFORT FOOD FOR HUNGRY HERBIVORES — RECOMMENDED BY STEFAN KEHL

In late 2019, New Deli Yoga in Wrangelkiez transformed into Maria, and since then the restaurant has been delighting its guests with delicious, fresh cuisine. Owner Maria Koimtzoglou playfully conjures up tasty vegetarian and vegan combinations from all corners of the culinary world, like “The Stack” – a tower of potato rösti harmoniously layered with oriental aubergine and served on a homemade hummus spread. Also on the menu: Swedish Köttbullar with a creamy sauce and cranberries served with mashed potato. The carefully selected wines are an excellent accompaniment to Maria’s dishes, ranging from spicy, intense whites that bring out the roasted aromas of the dishes to milder more mineral bottles that are enjoyable on their own. By the way: There is also a lunch menu, as well as breakfast on weekends. Maria is the perfect place to enjoy comfort food that’s a little bit special. (Text: Stefan Kehl / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Stefan Kehl is co-founder of Berlin perfumer Aer Scents.

Maria, Falckensteinstr.37, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map 
Tue–Fri 12–22h, Sat 10–22h, Sun 10–18h
@maria.restaurant.berlin

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CRAZY KIMS: TRADITIONAL KOREAN CUISINE MEETS CUTTING-EDGE SEOUL FOOD CULTURE — RECOMMENDED BY HIEN LE

CRAZY KIMS: TRADITIONAL KOREAN CUISINE MEETS CUTTING-EDGE SEOUL FOOD CULTURE — RECOMMENDED BY HIEN LE

Amidst the hype of Korean Barbecue, bi bim bab and kimchi, Hae-Jung Kim, one of my favorite Kreuzberg locals, opened the doors of Crazy Kims in summer 2019, steps away from Lausitzer Platz and Markthalle Neun. It had been a longtime dream of Hae-Jung’s to open her own Korean restaurant infused with creativity, a love of good food and a real passion for showing Berliners how much the cuisine has to offer. She and her kitchen team combine traditional specialties from her childhood with the latest culinary trends straight from Seoul. One of my favorite dishes is Hae-Jung’s Mandus (Korean dumplings), which are covered in a thin, crispy rice flour crust. Biting into one is like breaking through the crust of a perfect crème brûlée. And while every stew is rich and delicious, the Galbitang (beef broth) is a truly special, yet simple delight. A wide range of tasty meat-free options mean the vegans and vegetarians don’t miss out either. Tip: reserve your table at the weekend – Kim’s fills up quick! (Text: Hien Le / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Hien Le is a true Berliner and a fashion designer based in Kreuzberg @studiohienle.

Crazy Kims, Muskauer Str.12, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tue–Sat 17–0h, Sun 16–23h
@crazykims

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MAKING YOUR OWN FINE PORCELAIN JEWELRY: WORKSHOPS AT GOLDEN SPLEEN — RECOMMENDED BY SOPHIE HERZBERG

MAKING YOUR OWN FINE PORCELAIN JEWELRY: WORKSHOPS AT GOLDEN SPLEEN — RECOMMENDED BY SOPHIE HERZBERG

Always wanted to turn your ideas into reality and design your own jewelry? Time to meet Katharina Zink, founder of Golden Spleen, the jewelry studio where you can let your creativity run free. Joining this trained graphic artist for a four-week workshop, we were able to draw on her vast expertise and discover the entire process of making porcelain jewelry. After introductions over tea and biscuits, we tried our hand at ceramic moulding, and by the second attempt we were able to implement our own designs with some confidence. After the porcelain hardened slightly (leather-hard, in the lingo) we were able to cut, shape and emboss it into jewelry pieces. By the third week we were glazing and painting the moulds and, after a final firing in the kiln, the individual pieces were ready to be combined and completed to form an earring, ring or pendant. The pieces make great gifts, while for your more creative loved ones, the workshops themselves are a perfect present. (Text: Sophie Herzberg / Photos: Sophie Döring)

Sophie Herzberg works as a project manager at our partner agency Cee Cee Creative.

Golden Spleen (at Bender Keramik), Reuterstr.90, 12053 Berlin–Neukölln; map 
Workshops are available again from February 2020 and you can book online.

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