Food is more than nutrition: we are what we eat, after all. No wonder, then, that the genre of “food photography” is as diverse as our lives themselves, dealing with topics ranging from family, culture and consumption to lust and disgust. If you want to explore the idea of food as an image in a broader context, and not just via #Foodporn on Instagram, come to the after-work guided tour of C/O Berlin’s current show, “Food for the Eyes“. In addition to absurd sausage arrangements by the Swiss artist duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss – a humorous reflection of our relationship to food – pictures from British artist Martin Parr show the relationship between a healthy world and an affluent society. Parallel to this show is the “Contradiction” exhibition, a collection of photographs by Elfie Semotan. A former model, Semotan began her career in front of the camera before changing sides and gaining international attention with collaborations with Helmut Lang, her photographs blurring the line between art and commerce. The tours begin today (18.07.2019) at 19h and 19h30, and to help you digest the works, a drink is of course also offered. (Text: Rosa Künzler / Photos (L-R): Elfie Semotan, David von Becker & Martin Parr)
If you bristle at judgy baristas or confusing laptop rules, Wilke cafe will be your safe haven. You could sit there all day adding teaspoons of sugar to your flat white and owner Carolin wouldn’t bat an eye. Started a year ago as a homage to Australian brunch culture, Wilke is a sanctuary in all the best ways: think cosy conversations over a shared piece of carrot cake (it’s freshly baked and really good). And if savoury is more your thing, there’s your classic straight-from-Sydney avocado toast, eggy hangover food and, of course, granola bowls. While the classics remain, the menu is changed often enough to give you a reason to make it your regular spot. The interior is warm and minimal and made sweeter by the knowledge that it was built with love by Carolin’s family. Convinced? You’ll find Wilke on popular Boddinstraße; a nice peaceful detour from the hustle and bustle of Hermannstraße. (Text: Jo Fraser / Photos: Becca Crawford & Savannah van der Niet)
Eschewing clubs and late nights, Jo Fraser has settled on writing about Berlin’s vast cultural offerings, tasty eats and quiet cafes.
Donuts have a bit of an image problem. You might be thinking Homer Simpson, or greasy-fingered coffee breaks in a bleak office. Then there’s a history of local misnomers to contend with (see the JFK/Berliner Pfannkuchen saga.) I’d suggest you revise your opinion by checking out the vegan donuts from Brammibal’s on Maybachufer. Founded in 2015, theirs was Europe’s first all-vegan donut shop and they now have three locations across Berlin. And like Berlin, these vegan creations combine messy indulgence with ethical/live well pretensions and an eye for the unexpected. Each one takes three hours to make but mere minutes to scoff – and once gone, the texture of that chewy dough sticks in the mind. They come in six standard flavors, plus a rotating list of guest toppings that reads like a cocktail menu. A well-placed source (they live next door) swears by the rosemary and brown butter; I’m more partial to earl grey lemon or good old Boston cream. Best enjoyed with a coffee at the water’s edge. (Text: Edward Belleville / Photos: Brammibal’s & Christin Ludwig)
Edward Belleville is a Berlin-based writer and translator. He currently blogs for Spacebase.
Maybachufer 8, 12047 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Mon–Thu 10–18h, Fri–Sun 10–20h
Danziger Str.65 10435, Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Alte Potsdamer Str.7, 10785 Berlin–Tiergarten; map
Mon–Fri 9–20h, Sat 10–20h, Sun 10–18h
To get the holiday feeling on Paul-Lincke-Ufer, you don’t have to lay in the sand by the Landwehr canal bowling alley and wave at the boats passing by. It’s enough to grab a French bite at La Maison and indulge in the artistic specialties of the land of joie de vivre. Here, there are strawberries on the bottom of the cakes, the brioche is covered with cheese, and the rhubarb is served on small tarts. The dark concrete slabs throughout the space serve as works of art in themselves. Once you take a seat in one of the dark wooden chairs, all carefully sourced from flea markets in France, you’ll already feel far away from the noise of the nearby construction. Anyone who wants to savor a little feeling of France simply has to tuck into a fresh croissant, dip it into a little coffee and soak up the sun. (Text: Charlotte Hölter / Photos: Johanna Rademacher–Flesland)
Did you know that multiple studies have found that cyclists are happier and healthier than people using other modes of transport? Well the happiness of Berlin cyclists is due to increase with the Radbahn Berlinproject. Started by non-profit organisation Paper Planes e.V, this initiative is set to transform the space under the U1 underground line into one long cycle lane. The dream: a cycle promenade with leisure and cultural amenities giving Berliners a hassle-free route between Kreuzberg and Charlottenburg. The project has already been awarded state funding for a detailed study and an initial 200m test run, so pump up those tires, tighten your brakes and get ready to rediscover the joy of cycling without restrictions. The project team have also released a book “Radbahn: Future Visions for the Ecomobile City” which sets out innovative solutions for a green and safe future of mobility in the city. With projects like this, the future looks bright for those of us born to ride on two wheels. (Text: Enzio Giljam / Photos: Paper Planes e.V., Radbahn Berlin & Reindeer Renderings, Radbahn Berlin)
Enzio Giljam is a Berlin-based DJ and music producer. Originally from the Netherlands, he’s been living in Neukölln via Friedrichshain since 2013.
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