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MARIELLE KREIENBORG RECOMMENDS: ŠLJIVA

MARIELLE KREIENBORG RECOMMENDS: ŠLJIVA

Šljiva [pronounced "Shleeva"], a promising new addition to the Arminius Markthalle in Moabit, has what many (Berlin) restaurants still miss: the power of women fuelling it. Owner and Chef, Cathleen Potter left behind the security of her job in project management to devote herself to her passion project, a Balkan bistro which brings together the best of the region’s culinary culture on one menu. There’s “Karadjordjeva Schnitzel” filled with bacon & kajmak, homemade Serbian pasta (“Miinci”) and “Krempita” for dessert: a refreshing blend of baklava-like puff pastry and vanilla cream. When contemplating Balkan cuisine, mountains of meat may come to mind. That’s not the case at Šljiva, where Potter wants to do things differently: More enjoyment, less belly. Of course, the legendary “Ćevapčići” (grilled minced meat) is a menu mainstay, but here it comes served with vegetables, grilled octopus and my personal highlight: the specially-created Šljiva salad with celery, apple, walnuts, dried plums, mayonnaise and the delicious Duvan Čvarci (pork scratchings). To top it all off, the plum brandy “Šljivovica” — the namesake of this culinary journey through the Balkans — was offered as a digestif on the house. (Text: Marielle Kreienborg / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Restaurant Šljiva, Arminiusmarkthalle, Arminiusstr.2-4 10551 Berlin-Moabit; map

Mon 18-22h, Tue-Fri 12-15h & 18-22h, Sat 12-23h

Having studied languages at Humboldt University, Marielle Kreienborg has been living in Neukölln for six years and working as a freelance writer reporting on Berlin and beyond.

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MATHIAS WOLF RECOMMENDS: BANJA LUKA

MATHIAS WOLF RECOMMENDS: BANJA LUKA

There’s plenty of hustle and bustle at the corner of Schlesische Straße and Oberbaumbrücke day and night – but not at Banja Luka nearby. If you slip through the small gate next to the photo booth on Falckensteinstraße, you enter a cozy beer garden with leisurely backyard flair. Surrounded by old walls and trees, the space resonates a laid-back ambiance and lends itself to enjoying a draught beer and a side of hand-cut French fries. Should it be too chilly outside, the interior provides a cheery alternative for a nightcap. On weekends, the bar turns into a DJ booth from 22h onwards. Incidentally, the Bosnian city of Banja Luka is not this bar’s direct namesake. It was an old sign reading “Station Banja Luka” that Keyfo Temur found propped up beside the entrance when he opened the place in 2012. “Station” was promptly omitted and so the bar was christened. (Text: Mathias Wolf / Photos: Banja Luka)

Banja Luka, Falckensteinstr.1, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Mon-Thu from 16h, Fri-Sun from 15h

Mathias Wolf has lived in Berlin since 2000 and works as a freelance copywriter in Kreuzberg. Together with his partner, Elvir Osmanković, he runs the design project handsofgod.football.

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PIERA WOLF RECOMMENDS: DAN THAI FOOD

PIERA WOLF RECOMMENDS: DAN THAI FOOD

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ANN-KATRIN SEIBEL RECOMMENDS: HAUS SILKE AM SEE

ANN-KATRIN SEIBEL RECOMMENDS: HAUS SILKE AM SEE

A small cottage, a lake and a pier. That’s all you need for a relaxing getaway to Brandenburg. I’d long had my eye on Haus Silke am See, a Scandinavian-style vacation home painted in a soft red and located lakeside at Zemminsee. This summer, the wait was finally over and we arrived at the property in Groß Köris with great excitement. We were delighted by the variety of activities available — you can explore all the nature Dahme-Spreewald has to offer with the house’s very own bikes, the fishing boat down by the water or one of the kayaks. Silke Kettelhake, who lovingly renovated the house in 2008, recommends the lakes Tonsee and Groß Rosskardtsee with its crystal-clear water. Unwind after a day of activities on the wooden pier among billowing reeds and buzzing dragonflies, dipping your toes into the water before heating up the barbecue at sunset and lounging on the garden swing. The terrace in front of the house is an inviting spot for taking an aperitif while enjoying a view of the lake and listening to owls hooting. The cottage accommodates up to four people; a baby cot is available upon request. My advice is: Book early! (Text: Ann-Katrin Seibel / Photos: Ann-Katrin Seibel, Haus Silke am See)

Haus Silke am See, Zemminerseestr.22, 15746 Groß Köris; map

Ann-Katrin Seibel came to Berlin in 2011 and now lives in Friedenau with her husband and son. On her blog, she writes about life as a mom and introduces her favorite Berlin breakfast spots, great travel destinations, and interior styling ideas.

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JULIA BOOS RECOMMENDS: WOODBOOM

JULIA BOOS RECOMMENDS: WOODBOOM

A love for nature and craftsmanship gave rise to Woodboom in 2015. Founded by Mischa-Amadeus Olma, Woodboom is today located in a historically listed hall in Lichtenberg. The atelier of the creative four-person team is much more than a classic workshop — it is a hub for product development, furniture production, and interior design, from where the team brings to life new ideas, fabricating unique pieces of wood and steel for private homes as well as for restaurants, offices, and hotels. What’s more, Woodboom brings together and fosters a diverse array of craftspeople small artisanal businesses, creating a nurturing and experimental space for their novel concepts. Intrigued? Get in touch and make an appointment to stop by. (Text: Julia Boos / Photos: Woodboom)

Woodboom, Josef-Orlopp-Str.92, 10365 Berlin-Lichtenberg; map
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Julia Boos was born in Hamburg and has Polish roots. Since the summer of 2015, she’s been splitting her time between Berlin and the west coast of California, working as a freelance creative director and set designer.

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