Nom Nom is the sound you make when your food tastes really good. And Nom Nom the restaurant, near U–Bahnhof Eberswalder Strasse, lives up to its moniker. Founders Julian Holland and Oliver Thiel, two foodies formally in the advertising and marketing sector, have now turned their passion into reality, though cuisine is left to head chef Ranchi, who previously worked at the Michelin-starred Weinbar Rutz. The menu itself combines amazingly good and affordable food in three styles. First are the Itsy Bits, small tapas including the addictive corn tempura with soy mayo and the ceviche with mango in maple-lime juice. Then, there’s the unique NomNoms: slightly sweet brioche roasted in butter, sliced and packed with diverse fillings: tender pork belly, peanuts and hoisin mayo, sous-vide flank steak with pickled onions, rocket and cheese sauce, or silky tofu with hazelnut vinaigrette. And lastly, if you’re really hungry, there are bowls such as “Beets ‘n’ Cheese”, with fresh beetroot, grated feta, pomelo, veggie chips and crema di balsamico. You can enjoy all of this among Tom Dixon lamps and abstract photographs by Berlin artist Marius Glauer, ideally among enough friends to try a little of everything. (Text: Julian Trautwein / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)
Walking into Krista Elfinger’s shop feels a little bit like traveling. It definitely doesn’t feel like Berlin, at least. Maybe it’s the black awnings, which remind me of London, or it’s the courage to mix styles, patterns and colors that you’re more likely to find in Amsterdam. Or maybe it’s the lightness, the attention to detail, which is hard to find in Mitte these days, and which I really miss. Here at Maisinger, there’s a real collector at work, the kind who says, “I imported an ancient door from Marrakesh, because it just seemed to fit this room so perfectly”. Krista has a story for every product. She celebrates small manufacturers and local handiwork, and puts the same care in buying stationery as she does in buying lamps, art prints or porcelain. In other words: what Instagram or Pinterest is for most, Maisinger is for me. An inspiration. And when you leave the shop, see Weinbergspark and reflect on how beautiful the lemon yellow terrace furniture would probably look in your imaginary summer home and whether it’s possible to have too many pillows (it’s not), a little holiday mood starts to set in. Promise.
Anne Postrach lives in Mitte with her family and had her own store for four years. She now has a child, which she finds much less stressful.
Walking along bustling Weserstrasse, you might easily overlook Jungbusch. But once you’ve discovered this gem, hidden behind two knocked-down windows and a graffiti-tagged wall, you’ll never miss it again. The bar, which Mertol Akinci and Alfonso D’Angelo opened in 2013, scores points with its seasonal cocktail menu that currently features the “Cardamom Collins”, a creation of Darjeeling cordial, honey, Amaro, blood orange and lime juice. In addition to classics such as Boston Sour and Sazarac, you can also enjoy a selection of Amaro and red vermouth, as well as port-based long drinks topped with soda, tonic water or bitters. Beyond the drinks, the atmosphere in Jungbusch is just plain fun, with friendly bartenders playing consistently good playlists and a backdrop of exposed walls, minimalist wooden furniture, and plants. What’s more the owners often give a platform to new artists and their work, so it’s always well worth a visit. (Text: Karin Zweidler / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)
Growing up in a small town in Switzerland, author Karin Zweidler now lives in Berlin. Here she does what she’s been doing since her journalism studies: writing for various print and digital outlets.
When I arrived in Berlin, my first thought was to find a regular workout crew in the city. At Runbase Berlin I found it. Here you’ll find a mix of cardio and strength workouts, group runs and lower intensity yoga and Pilates classes. The indoor studios, outside training space, running trails, locker room, showers and the Lab Kitchen in-house cafe mean everything is under one roof. I love the total resistance exercise (trx) classes with Kaya and Dani. Some are high intensity while others are more strength-based – both leave me feeling sore but strong. Often the same people come to sessions, so you quickly feel part of the group. My favourite time to go is in summer for outdoor training: there’s nothing like having a healthy lunch from the Lab Kitchen in the sun post workout before swinging by the canal for a day party. Special workshops and events are held on weekends for those curious to go deeper with training. The next time you’re feeling unmotivated, head to Runbase Berlin to soak up the community vibes and feel the burn in class. (Text: Sophie Heywood / Photos: Runbase Berlin)
Sophie Heywood is the founder of Double Shot, a newsletter and magazine that reviews Berlin fitness classes and matches them to food, drink or party places nearby.
I discovered Café Botanico last summer when strolling around Neukölln. As with anything great in Berlin, the outside frontage of the cafe doesn’t look like anything special. But inside lies a 1000 sq. m magical wild garden where herbs, fruits and vegetables are grown and a beautiful cafe which cooks up the ingredients into homemade, Italian-inspired plates. The garden there is said to be the only one in the city with an organic certification. With over 200 edible plants, there’s plenty of room for creativity in the kitchen. Dishes change with the seasons and are mostly plant-based, vegetarian or vegan. The fresh pasta with wild herb salad is one of the best meals I’ve had in Berlin. Guided tours of the garden can be arranged too, if you want to deepen your botanical knowledge. When you visit, make sure to drop in on the bee colonies which feed on the flowering herbs. Their mild and sweet honey is used in the kitchen and is available to buy in the cafe. Sustainable, seasonal and local food doesn’t get much better than this. (Text: Chanyu Xu / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)