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HACKER UND PRESTING: BOOKSHOP WHERE MONTMARTRE MEETS CHARLOTTENBURG — RECOMMENDED BY KIKI ALBRECHT

HACKER UND PRESTING: BOOKSHOP WHERE MONTMARTRE MEETS CHARLOTTENBURG — RECOMMENDED BY KIKI ALBRECHT

I always feel a bit like I’m in Paris when I turn into Leonhardtstrasse, with its street-side cafés and old trees. It’s also home to Hacker und Presting, my favorite bookshop. Amidst the store’s stuccoed ceilings and striking coral-red shelves is where the West Berlin bohemian scene meets, as shop owner Julia Hacker’s stories reveal. Like how the small pane of blue glass in the shop window is actually a souvenir from a 1965 Rolling Stones concert. Or how the iconic greyhound in the store’s logo came into being. Besides taking the time to advise you, Julia’s staff have a knack for beautiful things: I often leave the shop not only with some recommended reads, but with some fragrant soap or a handmade ceramic bowl too. Be it fiction, non-fiction, children’s books or English-language literature, there are reading selections for all, and any book you can’t find can be ordered on the web shop or Instagram for easy pickup or delivery – ideal in the current climate. For literature lovers, this is a truly beautiful address out west. (Text: Kiki Albrecht / Photos: Hacker und Presting)

Berliner Kiki Albrecht works as a communication consultant for fashion labels, designers and artists. She is the founder of Fountain Berlin.

Hacker und Presting, Leonhardtstr.22, 14057 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Mon–Fri 9h30–18h, Sat 9h30–14h
@hackerpresting

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OONA GALLERY CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF JEWELLERY — RECOMMENDED BY MILENA KALOJANOV

OONA GALLERY CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF JEWELLERY — RECOMMENDED BY MILENA KALOJANOV


Editor’s note: please check Oona’s Instagram for the latest updates relating to Covid-19.

If you take a stroll through Auguststraße you can’t miss Oona: the jewellery gallery’s windows are amongst the most beautiful in Berlin. For 20 years now, this “Jewellery Universe” has been home to both timeless and contemporary designs, including rings, necklaces and brooches as well as more unorthodox wearable works from German and international artists. Owner Anna Schetelich is focused not on the beautiful or pretty, but rather creative power and craftsmanship. With the motto “It’s not only gold that shines”, Anna and her artists specialize in unusual materials: borosilicate glass gives Christian Metzner’s surreal bubble necklaces an almost cuddly appearance; Benedikt Fischer’s toothed shell shapes turn found objects into art; and Karin Johansson’s acrylic bracelets remind you of the seaside with every jangle. That’s not to forget the earrings and hoops from Marc Monzó, which are so delicate as to “melt” on the skin. This year marks Oona’s twentieth anniversary – the perfect time to get acquainted with these design wonders. (Text: Milena Kalojanov / Photos: Oona Gallery & 한동령 DR Han)

Milena Kalojanov is a landscape architect who lives in Berlin and works at Zanderrotharchitekten and Smarthoming.

Oona Gallery, Auguststr.26, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
Tue–Fri 14–18h, Sat 13–18h
@oonagalerie

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JULES GEISBERG: SPECIALITY COFFEE AND CAKE SERVED IN A HISTORIC POST OFFICE — RECOMMENDED BY LUCIE EON

JULES GEISBERG: SPECIALITY COFFEE AND CAKE SERVED IN A HISTORIC POST OFFICE — RECOMMENDED BY LUCIE EON

After the success of their cafe at Gleisdreieck, Jules opened a new spot – Jules Geisberg – near Schöneberg’s Viktoria-Luise-Platz in September 2020 and what a beautiful space it is to sit in! The building is the former neighborhood post office, above which hangs a life-size statue who seems to wonder where all the postmen have gone. The interior design is minimalist with elegant marble details – a perfect complement to the warmth and friendliness of the team. Funny story: the cafe’s barista crew were actually friends before they started to work there together. They were attracted by a gastro business that cares about its people and the ethics behind the products they offer, including the coffee which comes from the likes of North Star and Vote. If you’re strolling around the area, do yourself a favor and take a moment to savor a piece of their fluffy banana bread, cheesecake – or both – along with one of their gorgeous drip coffees in my fave seat: the cozy corner bench. (Text: Lucie Eon / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen)

Lucie Eon is a coffee nerd and ex-barista studying horticulture and focusing on her photography project.

Jules Geisberg, Geisbergstr.9, 10777, Berlin–Schöneberg; map
Mon–Fri 7h30–18h, Sat–Sun 10–18h
 @jules_cafe_berlin

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KONG: A FIVE-COURSE TASTE JOURNEY THROUGH SICHUAN — RECOMMENDED BY CARINA SCHMITZ

KONG: A FIVE-COURSE TASTE JOURNEY THROUGH SICHUAN — RECOMMENDED BY CARINA SCHMITZ

“Jetzt bitte schütteln!” says Tong Liu, founder of Chinese restaurant Kong, as he serves us each a plate with a paper bag on it. We shake, and are amazed, for the resulting culinary artwork is not just highly Instagram-worthy, but the most intense taste experience: tofu balls marinated with Ma pepper (a type of Sichuan pepper) with notes of cooling basil entwined with delicate rice noodles. The first of five courses, the dish is a triumph of careful design – no doubt thanks to chef and co-founder Ling Ma’s architecture training, which she has also put to work on the lovingly handcrafted Chinese urban-chic interior. Kong attaches particular importance to authentic ingredients and genuine spice rarities, such as the hard-to-find “Fish Mint”, which the team grow themselves. The menus change every month, with vegan or meat options available. Select teas and rice wines complete what is a memorable dinner. (Text: Carina Schmitz / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Carina Schmitz is a digital marketing specialist and hobby beekeeper and calls Friedrichshain her home.

Kong, Niederbarnimstr.4, 10247 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Wed–Sun 19–22h, booking required.
@kong.berlin 

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DISCOVER DESIGN UP CLOSE: AEDES ARCHITECTURE FORUM — RECOMMENDED BY MENGYA HUANG

DISCOVER DESIGN UP CLOSE: AEDES ARCHITECTURE FORUM — RECOMMENDED BY MENGYA HUANG

We often find that our daily pleasures derive from the environment we find ourselves in. But we are rarely given the chance to know why such places are designed to look a certain way or how they can be improved. The Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin shines a spotlight on these questions, bringing us closer to architecture in both a professional and genial way. Located in a beautifully renovated brick factory at Prenzlauer Berg’s Pfefferberg, the space consists of two exhibition halls, a lecture hall and a café. Throughout the year, you can find exhibitions and lectures celebrating the world’s most distinguished architects and designers, such as the current exhibition Architectural Experiments in Material and Form from Vancouver-based Omer Arbel featuring sculptures, models and drawings (until 22.10.2020). All activities and events are free for visitors, making the Aedes a paradise for lovers of architecture. For the architects and designers, it is a unique platform to share their work with an engaged public, representing an important stage in the growth of contemporary architecture. (Text: Mengya Huang / Photos: Rene Riller & Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk)

Mengya Huang is founder of the Huadou Soy Concept Store. A Mitte resident, she has lived in Berlin since 2017.

Aedes Architecture Forum, Christinenstr.18-19, 10119 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Tue–Fri 11–18h30, Sun–Mon 13–17h

Omer Arbel – Architectural Experiments in Material and Form runs until 22.10.2020

@aedesberlin

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