Since summer 2019 this cocktail bar has been the talk of the town, or at least Kreuzkölln. Brutal 54 was a previously hidden speakeasy, but its space in the Hobrechtstrasse is now open for all. Co-owners Silvan and Maarten transformed the former Raumfahrer bar into a sleek and concept-strong interior with beautiful lighting. Here, less is more, and the surroundings ooze with as much taste as the cocktail list. As a firm lover of both whisky and sake, one of my favorite concoctions brings these together with real panache, topping it off with a garnish of frozen kaffir lime leaves. Come to Brutal at the weekend and you’ll find the space absolutely buzzing. You can definitely arrive unaccompanied and find a space inside to call your own, settling down with a fresh and potent negroni. If it’s a casual weeknight beer you prefer, the bar seats provide the perfect perch. (Text: Georgie Pope / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)
I have a big sweet tooth, so it’s lucky for me that I get to report on one of the tastiest spots in Berlin: Canal. Having started this compact cafe as an ice cream shop in 2015, co-founders and pastry masters Daniella Barriobero Canal und Guadalupe Eichner decided to move into eclairs to keep customers happy during the winter months. The pair worked intensively to create the best eclairs possible, and if you want to get your hands on one of the nine deliciously indulgent varieties they’ve developed, my tip is to get there early. You won’t want to miss out on the likes of the pistachio and raspberry eclair, with Sicilian nut pastry cream, whipped ganache and fresh berries; or the matcha sesame, which features the best Valrhona Opalys white chocolate. Sneak a couple of these delights home with you in a box when you next stop by for a coffee. (Text: Liza Kovalova / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)
Liza Kovalova works as a PR manager and was based in Berlin until 2019. Now back in Ukraine, she’s still addicted to passionately prepared food.
Canal, Rosenthaler Str.41, Hackesche Höfe, 10178 Berlin–Mitte, map
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