Without question, Berlin is one of the largest hubs of the international electronic music scene. As well as the many clubs and DJs that call Berlin home, there are countless indie labels here whose tracks get heard around the world. One of the most influential record labels in the past decade and a half has been Innervisions, run by Dixon and Âme (their Ambient compilation, which features tracks by Klaus Schulze, Terre Thaemlitz and Mark Pritchard, is still among my favorite records of all time.) Every Thursday, their shop Muting the Noise opens its backyard doors in Kreuzberg, and you can come in and find vinyl records from about 30 house and techno labels, as well as t-shirts, headphones from Japanese manufacturer Phonon, prints, and books like Tobias Rapp’s “Lost and Sound”. Co-owner Kristian Beyer (DJ moniker: Âme) offers record selections from the crates that he uses in his own sets. (Text: Heiko Hoffmann / Photos: Tobias Basel)
TROEDELMARKT ARKONAPLATZ: THE OUTDOOR CONCEPT STORE — RECOMMENDED BY ANNIKA ROGGE
The second-hand market at Arkonaplatz is neither an over-crowded, piled up flea market nor an overrated Kreuzberg cliché. On the contrary, it has grown in recent years into an increasingly superior treasure-trove for all kinds of vintage designs, be it interior, fashion or crafts. I have my grandmother to thank for my love of flea markets. When I was a child, she brought me along to numerous markets and taught me the three golden rules: Always go in the mornings, keep expanding your design expertise so you can find the pearls, and always keep in touch with the sellers to discover their sources. The market at Arkonaplatz is perfect for a relaxing Sunday walk. Before my visit I buy a cup of coffee and a croissant at Hermann Eicke on Brunnenstraße, before walking the three minutes to the flea market. Most of my furniture comes from Arkona and has gradually replaced all of my Ikea furniture. I often stream my visits to show my Instagram followers my “hand-picked” finds. And most of the time I just have to bring the goods home. (Text: Annika Rogge / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)
Annika Rogge is a social media manager with a great love for interior design. She shares her Arkona finds here. Her best score? A white Bertoia Side Chair.
Troedelmarkt Arkonaplatz, 10435 Berlin–Mitte; map
“Hast du Heimweh?” might be a familiar phrase for many foreigners in Berlin. Nestled opposite Gorlitzer Bahnhof, the word takes on a deeper meaning in the form of a family-owned Turkish restaurant. Heimweh, which literally means homesick, has been serving traditional Turkish kumpir, manti dumplings and tiramisu since 2016. The restaurant puts you in control of your kumpir and for this reason, it’s comfort food at its finest. Your potato can be dressed up as a hearty carnivore’s dream or dressed down with lighter varieties. From fiery jalapeños to fresh guacamole, you’re encouraged to build until bursting point. Come after 14h to avoid the lunch rush and enjoy a cup of complimentary Turkish tea, sit by the large, golden samovar and watch the world go by. Glowing with authenticity, love and care, Heimweh was the first place I came to eat when I moved to Kreuzberg. Now, since leaving Berlin, I have “heimweh” for Heimweh. (Text: Leah Dolan / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)
Leah Dolan is a freelance writer and copywriter. Formerly based in Berlin, she has returned to London to study for her Masters in Arts Journalism.
Heimweh, Skalitzer Str.100, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
BUTTERHANDLUNG: RELAXED CUISINE FROM AROUND THE WORLD — RECOMMENDED BY LENA GERECKE
When I moved to Berlin in the summer of 2018, the Butterhandlung was the first restaurant I visited as an official Friedrichshain resident. A year later, I still regularly meet friends here to feast on the truffle tagliatelle (the big portion!), sip white wine and enjoy the three butter variations with the best bread. As the name suggests, the Butterhandlung was once a place solely for the preparation and selling of butter. The name suggests something familiar yet joyous – the classic 250g knob of butter. Simple, yet indispensable (in its vegan form too!). It’s thus understandable that the restaurant simply adopted the former shop’s name. The menu has a lot to offer. From pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese balls) and homemade pasta, to beef ragout and grilled octopus, everyone gets their culinary money’s worth here. The restaurant also includes the neighboring Bar BoBu, into which you can stumble after dinner and end the evening with cocktails and live jazz. (Text: Lena Gerecke / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)
Lena Gerecke has been working in the music and media industry for over ten years. She moved from her hometown of Munich to Berlin in 2018.
Korean BBQ, but make it Turkish. In making Fes the first Turkish BBQ restaurant of its kind, owner Cem Tanriverdi is relying on people readily queuing up for some grill-it-yourself-at-the-table action. And with the choice cuts of meats to pick from (the delightful Angus beef is a personal favorite), it certainly lives up to its BBQ promises. But it’s the side dishes where the kitchen truly shines. Served tapas-style, they’re classically Turkish with distinctly modern twists: Yesil Humus (with a fun basil-almond pesto), Yogurtlu Pancar (where earthy beetroot meets a bright, tart yogurt), Patlican Kabak Ezme (featuring a perfectly smoked aubergine puree) and Rokali Haydari (possibly the creamiest Schafskäse in Berlin). The rice is buttery perfection, and the fresh bread is the ideal vessel for all your dips. Top it all off with some frothy homemade ayran or a glass of rosé — and then ask for seconds. Pro tip: make a reservation as tables fill up fast and you won’t want to miss out. (Text & Photos: Jaclyn Siu)
Jaclyn Siu is a New Yorker (by way of Hong Kong), who has been lucky enough to eat her way around the world, exploring different cultures through their palates and flavors. She’s lived in Berlin since 2017.