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BUTTERHANDLUNG: RELAXED CUISINE FROM AROUND THE WORLD — RECOMMENDED BY LENA GERECKE

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.

Butterhandlung, Schwarnweberstr.54, 10247 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map.
Mon–Sat 17–0h, Sun 15–0h
@butterhandlung

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FES: GRILL-IT-YOURSELF TURKISH BARBECUE — RECOMMENDED BY JACLYN SIU

FES: GRILL-IT-YOURSELF TURKISH BARBECUE — RECOMMENDED BY JACLYN SIU

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.

Fes, Hasenheide 58, 10967 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tue–Sun 17–23h
@fes.berlin

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METROPOLIS AT BABYLON: CLASSIC SILENT CINEMA — RECOMMENDED BY CARO EICHSTAEDT

METROPOLIS AT BABYLON: CLASSIC SILENT CINEMA — RECOMMENDED BY CARO EICHSTAEDT

Ever since the Babylon cinema caught my eye, I’ve wanted to experience the glamour and mystery of 1920s Berlin. Opened in 1929, the Babylon brings you instantly back to a golden age of film. This unassuming building, just across from the Volksbühne theatre, comes from a time where movies had no soundtrack and were accompanied by a live orchestra. Now, in 2019, you can relive the old days. This Saturday (24.08.2019) Babylon is presenting a special screening of Fritz Lang’s seminal 1927 science-fiction film, Metropolis. As part of its 90th anniversary celebrations, the cinema has brought together its own in-house ensemble – the Babylon Orchestra Berlin – giving the film’s futuristic dystopia the powerful accompaniment that Lang intended. I couldn’t help but get goosebumps as the orchestra played their climax. If you miss out on this Saturday’s screening, check out one of Babylon’s regular free screenings with organ music – they have the last remaining cinema organ in Germany. (Text: Caro Eichstaedt / Fotos: Babylon Berlin & Michael Schulz @berlinstagram)

After spending the past years studying and working in the Netherlands, Caro Eichstaedt moved to Berlin in January 2019. She works at our sister agency Cee Cee Creative.

Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str.30, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Sat, 24.08.2019, 19h30
Tickets for the screening are available online or at the Babylon box office.
@babylonberlin

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EVENT SPACE FABRIK 23 — RECOMMENDED BY NOEMI DULISCHEWSKI

EVENT SPACE FABRIK 23 — RECOMMENDED BY NOEMI DULISCHEWSKI

When I was invited to peek behind the scenes of Fabrik 23 in January 2019, my heart beat faster – it’s a 100 year old factory hidden in the heart of Wedding. Wandering from room to room, there is so much to discover: meticulously restored workbenches that serve as cooking stations, hand-crafted tables made from old Berlin floorboards, antique church benches and bar tables made from converted gymnastic bars – even a green winter garden with centuries-old terracotta tiles and a fireplace. I could have stayed here forever! It’s not just the beautiful interior that impresses, but also the culinary genius of catering chef Guido Vinci. We were served cremant, fresh oysters on ice and homemade truffle pasta, all at a long table with a DJ in the background. Until now, you could only rent this space for private events, but as of 10.08.2019 a regular Italian Fine Dining event will take place every two months, with changing themes around Italian culinary culture. It’s no doubt the best opportunity to explore this historic building. (Text: Noemi Dulischewski / Photos: Fabrik 23)

After spending 14 years abroad, Noemi Dulischewski returned to Berlin in January 2018. She is the founder of Brünch (see our feature here)

Fabrik 23, Gerichtstr.23, Hof 4, Aufgang 4, 13347 Berlin–Wedding; map
You can register for the dinner event on 10.08.19 online.
@fabrik23

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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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