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SIDE BY SIDE VINTAGE: A FASHION LOVER’S PARADISE — RECOMMENDED BY SANDRA DIANA TRÖGL

SIDE BY SIDE VINTAGE: A FASHION LOVER’S PARADISE — RECOMMENDED BY SANDRA DIANA TRÖGL

For many of us, the post-Corona era offers the chance to change fashion. One challenge is giving old clothes new life in order to break the eternal cycle of fast fashion. But how do you blend vintage pieces with modern styles? When I first entered Side by Side Vintage on Hermannstraße in 2019, this puzzle was solved: owners Lydia and Christina style pieces of clothing from different decades so naturally and casually that you are guaranteed to find something that suits. Faux fur plateau boots, a Jil Sander leather coat, Jean Paul Gaultier mesh tops – I would buy my pink 90s Dior sunglasses again if I had the chance. With their shop, the women have created a setting that does justice to these visionary pieces, giving us the inspiration to reinvent – and rediscover – ourselves. (Text: Sandra Diana Trögl / Photos: Side by Side)

Sandra Diana Trögl has lived in Neukölln since 2010 and has been running Veist since 2011.

Side by Side Vintage, Hermannstr.37, 12049 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Tues–Sat 14–19h 
@sidebysidestore
@independentclothingstoresnk

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TEUFELSBERG FOR HISTORY, STREET ART AND NATURE — RECOMMENDED BY ALICIA FERRER

TEUFELSBERG FOR HISTORY, STREET ART AND NATURE — RECOMMENDED BY ALICIA FERRER

I love the feeling of getting away from the city trap for a few hours by taking a walk across the woods. In the summer months I like to go and have a picnic in the green area that surrounds Teufelsberg – literally “Devil’s Mountain” – a man-made hill built with rubble on top of an unfinished Nazi military college. During the Cold War, it became a U.S. listening station. Nowadays, it remains a public monument where you find many works of graffiti, a photography gallery, and the incredible architecture of the old spy towers. Located in Grunewald out west, the site is the perfect day trip to escape from the city and has become one of my favourite spots, blending art, history and a great view of the Berlin skyline. Teufelsberg can be visited for a small entrance fee, with the option to book a guided tour online. (Text: Alicia Ferrer / Photos: Alicia Ferrer & Helena Ferrer)

Alicia, who has her heart in Spain but feet in Berlin, is co-founder of Grüneo.

Teufelsberg, Teufelsseechaussee, 14055 Berlin–Grunewald; map

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ASBURY PARK COFFEE FOR DOWNTEMPO DONAUSTRAßE VIBES — RECOMMENDED BY CÄCILIE LOTZ

ASBURY PARK COFFEE FOR DOWNTEMPO DONAUSTRAßE VIBES — RECOMMENDED BY CÄCILIE LOTZ

Not far from the vibrant hustle and bustle of Karl-Marx-Strasse sits Asbury Park Coffee, the cafe founded by caffeine fanatic Tanya Barut in 2019. Greeting you inside is an airy, minimal interior perfect for lingering with a cappuccino and a newspaper. With hand-roasted coffee providing a rich aroma as Tanya serves up homemade cookies and cakes (including vegan options), this place has fast become a neighborhood fave. Besides quality espresso, the smoothies and juices are also a solid choice, and can be made with almond or soy milk too. A long black curtain hides the cafe’s main suprise: the custom tattoo studio Sticks & Stones Tattoo, which is run by Tanya’s partner Brian Povak and has just reopened. That this place is run by partners is evident: in the decor, the coffee, the cookies, cakes and the atmosphere. It’s just the place to settle down in after a walk through the Hasenheide or Neukölln’s alleys. And who knows, it might be the place to get your tattoo – handmade in Neukölln. (Text: Cäcilie Lotz / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Cäcilie Lotz comes from Berlin and currently lives in the capital after spending some time away. She is the founder of Berlin Delights.

Asbury Park Coffee, Donaustr.94, 12043 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Mon–Sat 10–17h
@asbury.park.coffee

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UP AND COMING BERLIN: DIVERSE FOOD & DRINKS DELIVERED — RECOMMENDED BY SÖREN ZUPPKE

UP AND COMING BERLIN: DIVERSE FOOD & DRINKS DELIVERED — RECOMMENDED BY SÖREN ZUPPKE

Necessity is the mother of invention. And Up and Coming Berlin, a delivery service founded by Omiomi’s Chelsea Turowsky, shows how with innovation you can make something good out of a crisis. With support from Mark Andre Pennock from Bon Bock, this service brings the best of Berlin’s producers to your front door. The aim is to support small producers in gaining more visibility, and the result is a steadily growing and lovingly composed online market featuring food, drinks and home goods. The great thing about it is that besides products from gastro favorites like OttoMotel and The Panda Noodle you can also find lesser-known (but no less great) offerings including sourdough bread from 100 Brote, tortillas from Cintli or halva sweets from 1777 Confectionery. To get them sent directly to your door, order by Wednesday evening for delivery on Friday. Top tip: add a few bottles of wine and kombucha to your basket and you’ll be set for a perfect picnic. (Text: Sören Zuppke / Photos: Milena Carstens)

Sören Zuppke has lived in Berlin for five years. He is a co-founder of Studio Aperitivo and works at consultancy Bureau N.

Up and Coming Berlin – orders can be placed online
Delivering within Neukölln, Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain, Schöneberg, Charlottenburg, Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg & Wedding (€30 minimum order)
@upandcomingberlin

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G WIE GOULASCH: FEEL GOOD FOOD TO GO — RECOMMENDED BY LILLI LANGENHEIM

G WIE GOULASCH: FEEL GOOD FOOD TO GO — RECOMMENDED BY LILLI LANGENHEIM

Serving food that tastes better warmed up was André Schmermbeck’s idea when he opened G wie Goulasch with a friend in 2009. The main dish served here is clear from the name, and while André has always had jars of goulash to go, at present this is the only way to enjoy it (their full reopening is still tba). There are several options to take home, including Szegediner (pork goulash), beef goulash and for vegans ratatouille. Crucially, every dish is fried: according to André “without frying it’s not goulash”. The jars are available in three sizes and can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three months. You can pair up your chosen dish with bread dumplings or pasta plus seasonal extras like rocket pesto, soups and chutneys. For a liquid accompaniment there is a solid wine selection from Köpenicker Weinladen as well as Belgian Trappist beers and apricot liqueur. The restaurant itself exudes rustic charm and is a lovely place to spend time. But for now, you can still pick up a jar of comfort food that tastes just as good – or better – at home. (Text: Lilli Langenheim / Photos: Lukas Heibges)

Lilli Langenheim lives in her birthplace of Kreuzberg. She works as a freelance art & creative director. Lukas Heibges is a freelance photographer living in Neukölln.

G wie Goulasch, Chamissoplatz 1, 10965 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Current opening hours: Tue–Sun 14–18h
For the latest announcements check Facebook or give them a ring on 030 22439129.

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