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KANULIEBE: SUMMER VIBES ON THE INSEL DER JUGEND — RECOMMENDED BY SOPHIA HUMMLER

KANULIEBE: SUMMER VIBES ON THE INSEL DER JUGEND — RECOMMENDED BY SOPHIA HUMMLER

The Kanuliebe boat rental shop could not have chosen a more beautiful location: the Insel der Jugend. Amongst shimmering water, boats and a beer garden, the summertime atmosphere is strong here. Kanuliebe rents the most chic pedal boats I have ever seen, with originals dating from the 60s and 70s. We got the “Penguin”, a sleek black beauty unsurpassed in its style and elegance, despite the odd squeak. For an hour we sailed around the Spree and saw the city from a new side. You see the small, charming houseboats tucked away on the banks, and from the water you can get a glimpse at the ferris wheel in the abandoned GDR amusement park Spreepark Berlin. Shortly before sunset we brought Penguin safely back to the jetty and ended the evening with a cool pint in the neighbouring beer garden. If you are looking for a little more action than relaxation on the water, Kanuliebe rents out canoes, kayaks and SUP boards in addition to pedalos. (Text: Sophia Hummler / Photos: Kanuliebe & Carola Eichstaedt)

Originally from Konstanz, designer Sophia Hummler has lived in Charlottenburg since March 2019. She works at our sister agency Cee Cee Creative

Kanuliebe, Insel der Jugend, Alt-Treptow 6, 12435 Berlin–Treptow; map
Mon-Fri from 12h, Sat-Sun from 10h
@kanuliebe

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CAREFULLY CURATED COLORFUL STREETWEAR AT SPORADIC — RECOMMENDED BY CLAIRE MOUCHEMORE

CAREFULLY CURATED COLORFUL STREETWEAR AT SPORADIC — RECOMMENDED BY CLAIRE MOUCHEMORE

In spring 2018 concept store Sporadic opened in Kreuzberg’s charismatic Reichenberger Kiez, escaping Mitte’s saturated retail pocket. Blake Foster and Robert Francisco met through a previous retail venture and bonded over their vision to curate garments and niche lifestyle products from brands run by friends, old and new. From art to clothing to skateboarding, innovative design and first-rate tailoring combine in high-end pieces from labels like Brain Dead and Know Wave. Color, luminosity and texture are prominent: the team longed for a shop that countered the darkness that engulfs Berlin half the year. On entering the space, notes of cedarwood and jasmine wash over you from the store’s own incense. Exploring the space shows you what the team is all about: cassette tapes, art, intricate knick-knacks and functional attire. Drop by to peruse the assortment of magazines, pick up an essential piece from the collection or simply bask in Antwan Horfee’s vibrant artwork. (Text: Claire Mouchemore / Photos: Sporadic)

Claire Mouchemore is a cultural writer and researcher with a zeal for design, electronic music, and natural wine. From the west coast of Australia, she now calls Schöneberg home.

Sporadic, Reichenberger Str.53, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Mon–Fri 12–18h, Sat 12–19h
@_sporadic_

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FOOD FOR THE EYES: AFTER-WORK TOURS & DRINKS AT C/O BERLIN

FOOD FOR THE EYES: AFTER-WORK TOURS & DRINKS AT C/O BERLIN

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)

Tickets are available here and at the box office 30 minutes before the event starts.

C/O Berlin, Amerika Haus, Hardenbergstr.22–24, 10623 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Daily 11–20h
@coberlin

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WILKE: COFFEE & FRESHLY BAKED CAKES IN A FRIENDLY SPACE — RECOMMENDED BY JO FRASER

WILKE: COFFEE & FRESHLY BAKED CAKES IN A FRIENDLY SPACE — RECOMMENDED BY JO FRASER

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.

Wilke, Boddinstr.10, 12053 Berlin–Neukölln; map|
Tues–Fri, 8–18h, Sat–Sun  9h30–18h
@wilkeberlin

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EDWARD BELLEVILLE RECOMMENDS: BRAMMIBAL’S DONUTS FOR AN INDULGENT VEGAN SNACK

EDWARD BELLEVILLE RECOMMENDS: BRAMMIBAL’S DONUTS FOR AN INDULGENT VEGAN SNACK

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.

Brammibal’s Donuts
Maybachufer 8, 12047 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Mon–Thu 10–18h, Fri–Sun 10–20h
Danziger Str.65 10435, Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Daily 10–18h
Alte Potsdamer Str.7, 10785 Berlin–Tiergarten; map
Mon–Fri 9–20h, Sat 10–20h, Sun 10–18h
@brammibalsdonuts

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