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THI PHAM RECOMMENDS: JUWEL

THI PHAM RECOMMENDS: JUWEL

On my trips to Berlin I have noticed many shops selling clothes and handbags which are fashion-forward yet lacking in quality. This trend finally seems to be going in the opposite direction, with conscious consumption catching on. That’s why I’m thrilled to have found the bag label Lamari Berlin, which stands for quality materials and fair manufacturing conditions. The bags are sold at the colorful shop Juwel, owned by Berlin designer Marijana Jähnke. Its name speaks for itself: a hidden gem in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg, tucked in beside the water tower. In addition to her leather bags, Marijana sells select jewelry and lifestyle accessories by other designers. The space ­– a blend of studio and concept store – is lovingly furnished with self-made tables and shelves. The workshop in the back is where the skilled designer imagines and creates each bag from fine Italian leather. During my last visit, I bought a couple of handbags and two wallets — one for myself, the other as a gift. (Text: Thi Pham / Photos: Juwel, Lamari Berlin)

Juwel, Diedenhofer Str.4, 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map

Tue-Fri 11-19h, Sat 11-18h

Thi Pham was born in Berlin and studied in Zurich and Tokyo. An architect at Make since 2015, she lives in London and often returns to visit her secret favorite city.

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BRITTA SMYRAK RECOMMENDS: PASTIFICIO TOSATTI

BRITTA SMYRAK RECOMMENDS: PASTIFICIO TOSATTI

If you think Italy is the only place to find a good bowl of spaghetti, allow the Italian eatery Pastificio Tosatti in Prenzlauer Berg to prove you wrong. A real insider tip among pasta fans, this little restaurant has been making authentic handmade pasta for the past five years. Its name – Pastificio (meaning “pasta manufacture”) — is written across the large shop window through which hungry passersby can watch owner Matteo Tosatti skilfully knead and roll out freshly-made dough, shaping it into the likes of tagliatelle, ravioli or spaghetti. Matteo is passionate about craftsmanship, applying his refined technique to the classic recipes his grandmother taught him. The result is a refined menu with six rotating pasta dishes, plus the classic “Tagliatelle alla Bolognese” as a fixture. For dessert, I highly recommend the Tiramisu, homemade of course, and flavorful to boot. Equally impressive is the espresso, brewed not in a machine, but poured from the typical Italian mokka pot. I wouldn’t have expected anything less from this Italian transplant to Berlin. (Text: Britta Smyrak / Photos: Pastificio Tossati)

Pastificio Tosatti, Schliemannstr.14a, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map
Tue-Sat 17-22.30h

When not on the road, Britta Smyrak lives in Prenzlauer Berg and writes for her travel blog Looping about all things Berlin and her travels around the globe.

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TITO FRITZI RECOMMENDS: TEA·SALON·IKI

TITO FRITZI RECOMMENDS: TEA·SALON·IKI

Coffee, coffee, coffee. First, second, third wave. Stop it already. Coffee is overrated. If I meet people for a coffee, the cup is empty two minutes later. Should I then have to go straight back for a second one, or what? The whole “let’s go for coffee” thing is nothing more than an excuse to blab on at agency interns anyway. Even worse are these digital nomads, who spend the whole day sipping a large cappuccino. I’m much fonder tearooms in general, and especially Tee·Salon·Iki. Alright, word games should remain the domain of hairdressers only. In every other regard, this place comes absolutely recommended. In a nutshell: Tea expertise, including extensive consultations on request, and a wide selection of healthy tea ingredients and herbs. This salon is understated and anything but pretentious. The staff are sensationally friendly and extremely well-versed in what helps when against what (mostly tea from the Macedonia region). The house recommendation is Greek mountain tea, which helps to prevent Alzheimer’s, ADHD and other degenerative disorders. The best thing about tea, however, is that it can be replenished with water almost as often as you want (as the frugal laptop cohort knows well.) (Text: Tito Fritzi / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Tee·Salon·Iki, Böckhstr.50, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Tue-Sun 11-19h

Tito Fritzi edits the weekly newsletter Dingsi-Dongsi, a source for all things interesting and entertaining. He lives right next to the tearoom, and that’s worth its weight in gold.

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JASEMIN UYSAL RECOMMENDS: VOM EINFACHEN DAS GUTE

JASEMIN UYSAL RECOMMENDS: VOM EINFACHEN DAS GUTE

Quality over quantity is the principle embodied in Vom Einfachen Das Gute. The focus of this little deli is excellence — as is evidenced by the variety of meats, cheeses, bread, wine and coffee on offer here. Think rare ripened Nero di Parma, Pecorino wrapped in fig leaves, or locally-brewed beer from Flessa Bräu. Owners Manuela Rehn and Jörg Reuter set out to establish the kind of store they themselves would want to shop in — which also led them to host once-monthly culinary evenings, which see the deli’s doors stay open later than usual. Visitors then have the chance to get to know the stories behind the products they’re sampling. Manuela and Jörg often visit the farms and fields from which their delicacies come, which allows them owners to stay close to, and continually support, the young manufacturers and small businesses they work with. (Text: Jasemin Uysal / Fotos: Vom Einfachen Das Gute)

Vom Einfachen Das Gute, Invalidenstr.155, 10115 Berlin-Mitte; map
Tue-Sat 10-20h

Jasemin Uysal, formerly an intern at Cee Cee, has just returned to Berlin. Alongside studying towards her Masters in linguistics, she’s turning her attention back to the culinary and cultural delights this city has to offer.

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SEVERINE NAEVE RECOMMENDS: DIE BAR

SEVERINE NAEVE RECOMMENDS: DIE BAR

There are some things you just can’t keep to yourself, as it would be downright heartless to do so. I’m referring to a gem of a bar, picturesquely located on one of the most beautiful squares in Prenzlauer Berg, right next to the historic Gethsemane Church, and surrounded by ornate stucco facades. As unpretentious as its name — Die Bar — sounds, its interior is charming; its guests spirited. Even if actors, artists, entrepreneurs or charming self-promoters come and go, by the end of the night, a mixed crowd ends up sitting together at the bar, discussing the meaning of life and sharing their favorite tunes. The delightful owner, Nina Traiser, has an eye for interior design, which explains the special allure of this small establishment. Apart from its unique style, the bar offers a very small but fine selection of cocktails and an outstanding assortment of gins that will satisfy even the most discerning connoisseur. It is Nina’s love for the details and the bartenders’ passion that make this place so enticing. If I didn’t already have a living room at home, this is the one I’d choose for myself. (Text: Severine Naeve / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Die Bar, Greifenhagener Str.54, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map
Mon-Fri from 19h, Sat-Sun from 20h

Severine Naeve is a freelance journalist and has resided in Berlin for the past six years. She works for NDR and MDR and has fallen in love with the soundscape of her adopted home: nothing inspires her writing more than the conversations she hears on the streets of Berlin.

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