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OSTERBERGER RESTAURANT: A LEAGUE OF ITS OWN — RECOMMENDED BY ANGIE ZIEHMANN

OSTERBERGER RESTAURANT: A LEAGUE OF ITS OWN — RECOMMENDED BY ANGIE ZIEHMANN

The recently opened Osterberger, right next to Schinkel’s St. Elizabeth’s Church in Mitte, is already predestined to become a new favorite restaurant and meeting place for creative spirits. Between classic tables set on the sidewalk and a window facade that can be opened completely, there is a welcoming, casual ambiance here. The curated materials and sophistication with which the interior was designed to prove class and timeless elegance. Also reflected in their seasonal menu: baked eggplant with finely prepared tomato sauce, roasted cod with white wine foam, pea puree and limes, and delicious French rosé. To finish, a chocolate mousse with raspberries and candied ginger. The Osterberger is bistro cuisine at the highest caliber. (Text: Angie Ziehmann / Photos: Nina Trippel, Osterberger Restaurant & Jules Villbrandt)

Angie Ziehmann (Pink Action) is a Berlin and Paris based architect and creative director, working worldwide.

Osterberger, Elisabethkirchstr.2, 10115 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mi–So from 18h, Kitchen 18–23h
@osterberger_mitte

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JULIE FAVREAU “BONDS”: PHYSICALITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE — RECOMMENDED BY JOHANNA YEATS

JULIE FAVREAU “BONDS”: PHYSICALITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE — RECOMMENDED BY JOHANNA YEATS



The best exhibitions leave reverberations long after you leave, and this is true of “Bonds” by Julie Favreau, currently showing at the Schwartzsche Villa in Steglitz. Originally built as a summer residence, the villa now offers space for a café and a municipal gallery that presents solo exhibitions of international contemporary art. For 2020 the focus is on “Human Textures”, and the current show from the Canadian-born, Berlin-based artist brings together a mural, photographs, sculptures and two video installations curated by Christine Nippe. The exhibition deals with the interaction of the human body from a feminist perspective, featuring curious-looking “technoid-organic” objects. Special interest is devoted to the exploration of touch, relationship, togetherness, spirituality and sensuality in these striking encounters between human beings and technology. (Text: Johanna Yeats / Photos: Johanna Yeats, Julie Favreau & Julie Favreau “Bonds” Installationsansichten Schwartzsche Villa, fotografiert von Roman März)

Johanna is an art historian from Berlin. She works at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and since 01.09 at the Neue Nationalgalerie.

Julie Favreau – Bonds
Schwartzsche Villa, Grunewaldstr.55, 12165 Berlin–Steglitz; map
Until 11.10.2020 Mon–Sun 10–18h
Entrance is free of charge.
@julie_favreau

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LITERARY ENCOUNTERS AT BRECHT’S BRANDENBURG SUMMER HOUSE — RECOMMENDED BY DANIELA PENSOLD

LITERARY ENCOUNTERS AT BRECHT’S BRANDENBURG SUMMER HOUSE — RECOMMENDED BY DANIELA PENSOLD

What better place to discover cultural history than Brandenburg’s picturesque Märkische Schweiz – the backdrop to the Brecht-Weigel-Haus, a museum and memorial dedicated to its former residents, playwright Bertolt Brecht and actor Helene Weigel. The house sits in Buckow, a refuge for Berlin individualists and artists since the 1920s and which for Brecht was the ideal place to live and work. The heritage-listed studio and house was nicknamed the “Iron Villa” because of its striking lattice windows, and sits directly on the shore of the turquoise-blue waters of the Schermützelsee. It was here that Brecht wrote the Buckow Elegies, his last great collection of poems published in 1953, and now visitors can view the sun-filled drawing rooms complete with original furnishings, stroll through the large garden and marvel at famous theater props stored in the garden house, including the cart used in the Berliner Ensemble production of “Mother Courage”. Every third Sunday of the month there is a guided walk where you can learn the complete history of the couple’s summer house. (Text & Photos: Daniela Pensold)

Daniela Pensold runs We Cycle Brandenburg, offering guided bike tours in the countryside around Berlin.

Brecht-Weigel-Haus, Bertolt-Brecht-Str.30, 15377 Buckow (Märkische Schweiz); map
For opening times check the website.
The house is 60km from Berlin and can be reached via Müncheberg with the RB26 regional train.

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TWO TRICK PONY: HIGH–END BRUNCH IN BERGMANNKIEZ — RECOMMENDED BY KIM BENJAMIN

TWO TRICK PONY: HIGH–END BRUNCH IN BERGMANNKIEZ — RECOMMENDED BY KIM BENJAMIN

Finding an innovative brunch place in Bergmannkiez can be a challenge, so it’s lucky that Two Trick Pony has come to fill this void exceptionally well. Located near Sudstern, this brunch/lunch cafe offers table service, a well-spaced terrace and a menu focused on local products, with bread from AlbatrossWeide Ei eggs, Alte Milch cheese, and coffee from Vote. After moving to Berlin two years ago, owners Jason Starmer and Gary Young founded the cafe in February 2020 and with it have created a space with a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Menu highlights include the tomato tonnato salad, their full English breakfast, and the three-cheese toasted sandwich (vegan options also available). For smaller bites, there’s lemon drizzle cake and – my favorite – the toasted coconut bread. Those craving something alcoholic can find numerous variations on Aperol Spritz (try the grapefruit prosecco) as well as natural wines from Vinalupa & Vinicultur, which can be enjoyed for weekend afternoon apero. Two Trick Pony has quickly become my new favorite – maybe it will become yours too! (Text: Kim Benjamin / Photos: Comfort Studio for Two Trick Pony)

Kim Benjamin is originally from San Fransico and New York and a born food lover. Now she’s living in Bergmannkiez, a project manager and has a small blog with a friend called Life in A Berlin Minute.

Two Trick Pony, Bergmannstr.52, Berlin–Kreuzberg, map
Tue-Thu 10-18h, Fr 10-19h & Sat-Sun 9h30–19h
@twotrickponyberlin

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PIQUE–NIQUE FOR GOURMET PICNIC EVENTS — RECOMMENDED BY PHUONG ANH NGUYEN LE

PIQUE–NIQUE FOR GOURMET PICNIC EVENTS — RECOMMENDED BY PHUONG ANH NGUYEN LE


A delicious picnic enjoyed with friends out in the park is surely one of the highlights of summer. Since May 2020, chefs and friends Chelsea Turowsky (from Omiomi) and Mélanie Wehrli have developed a new event series called Pique–nique  that brings a perfectly prepared alfresco meal to a different location every time. Guests can expect a ready-made spread served in the middle of green nature, be it a Berlin park or a Brandenburg garden. The lovingly-arranged menus are newly designed for each picnic, which feature sweet finishing touches like bamboo blankets and floral decorations. At the Hasenheide event I joined we ate freshly-smoked fish, potatoes with vegan tahini mayonnaise, buckwheat urfa pita and baked cauliflower, with refreshing kombucha alongside. If you fancy alcohol, you can also opt for natural wines before enjoying the view over tasty desserts. All this is served on fabulous vintage plates personally collected by Chelsea and Melanie. An open-air feast! (Text: Phuong Anh Nguyen Le / Photos: Gabrielė Mišeikytė)

Phuong Anh Nguyen Le studies Fashion & Business Management and lives in Friedrichshain. She spends her free time capturing moments everywhere with her camera.

Pique–nique: the next alfresco event will be held in September – check out Instagram for the latest announcements. You can also arrange a private picnic for your colleagues or friends.
@pique.nique.by.us

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