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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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CHARLOTTE HÖLTER RECOMMENDS: LA MAISON ON PAUL-LINCKE-UFER

CHARLOTTE HÖLTER RECOMMENDS: LA MAISON ON PAUL-LINCKE-UFER

To get the holiday feeling on Paul-Lincke-Ufer, you don’t have to lay in the sand by the Landwehr canal bowling alley and wave at the boats passing by. It’s enough to grab a French bite at La Maison and indulge in the artistic specialties of the land of joie de vivre. Here, there are strawberries on the bottom of the cakes, the brioche is covered with cheese, and the rhubarb is served on small tarts. The dark concrete slabs throughout the space serve as works of art in themselves. Once you take a seat in one of the dark wooden chairs, all carefully sourced from flea markets in France, you’ll already feel far away from the noise of the nearby construction. Anyone who wants to savor a little feeling of France simply has to tuck into a fresh croissant, dip it into a little coffee and soak up the sun. (Text: Charlotte Hölter / Photos: Johanna Rademacher–Flesland)

Charlotte Hölter lives and loves beauty. Between sundresses, tomatoes and bare concrete, finding warm words is not only her passion but also her profession.

La Maison, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 17, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Thur–Mon 7–18h
@lamaisonberlin

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ENZIO GILJAM RECOMMENDS: PROJECT RADBAHN — TAKING THE U1 ON TWO WHEELS

ENZIO GILJAM RECOMMENDS: PROJECT RADBAHN — TAKING THE U1 ON TWO WHEELS

Did you know that multiple studies have found that cyclists are happier and healthier than people using other modes of transport? Well the happiness of Berlin cyclists is due to increase with the Radbahn Berlinproject. Started by non-profit organisation Paper Planes e.V, this initiative is set to transform the space under the U1 underground line into one long cycle lane. The dream: a cycle promenade with leisure and cultural amenities giving Berliners a hassle-free route between Kreuzberg and Charlottenburg. The project has already been awarded state funding for a detailed study and an initial 200m test run, so pump up those tires, tighten your brakes and get ready to rediscover the joy of cycling without restrictions. The project team have also released a book “Radbahn: Future Visions for the Ecomobile City” which sets out innovative solutions for a green and safe future of mobility in the city. With projects like this, the future looks bright for those of us born to ride on two wheels. (Text: Enzio Giljam / Photos: Paper Planes e.V., Radbahn Berlin & Reindeer Renderings, Radbahn Berlin)

Enzio Giljam is a Berlin-based DJ and music producer. Originally from the Netherlands, he’s been living in Neukölln via Friedrichshain since 2013.
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@radbahnberlin

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JULIAN TRAUTWEIN RECOMMENDS: NOM NOM — INDULGENT SANDWICHES AND BOWLS

JULIAN TRAUTWEIN RECOMMENDS: NOM NOM — INDULGENT SANDWICHES AND BOWLS

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)

Hamburger Julian Trautwein has been living in Berlin for over 10 years. Previously at Airbnb Germany, he will now join Berlin travel startup Tourlane.

Nom Nom, Schönhauser Allee 44, 10435 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Mon–Fri 12–15h30 & 17h30–21h30, Sat–Sun: 13–21h30
@nomnom.berlin

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ANNE POSTRACH RECOMMENDS: MAISINGER — HAND-PICKED OBJECTS FOR YOUR HOME

ANNE POSTRACH RECOMMENDS: MAISINGER — HAND-PICKED OBJECTS FOR YOUR HOME

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.

Maisinger Berlin, Veteranenstraße 22, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon: 13–19 Uhr, Tue-Fri: 11–19 Uhr, Sat: 11–18 Uhr
@maisinger_berlin

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