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CECILE VADAS RECOMMENDS: LOSE YOURSELF IN THE BAROQUE GARDENS OF GUTSPARK BRITZ

CECILE VADAS RECOMMENDS: LOSE YOURSELF IN THE BAROQUE GARDENS OF GUTSPARK BRITZ

We all know about the Britzer Gardens, but have you ever heard of Gutspark Britz? Let me show you the traditional Baroque style garden and it’s little oasis that requires nothing more than family and friends for a free Easter weekend activity. The Gutspark was built initially as a flower garden in the traditional Baroque style. It’s home to Germany’s first Robina tree and still remains a monumental attraction today. To entertain family, friends and those energetic kids, look no further than the park’s farm yard. Home to a selection of animals including horses, black sheep, goats, cows, chickens and geese, there’s practically a small zoo waiting for you. The best part of the park? Picking up the slightly tattered brushes hanging from the black sheep’s enclosure fence. The sheep go crazy when you rub their backs and brush their heavily knotted coats. The park’s history goes back to the 1600s, as does the manor house’s. There is certainly a lot awaiting you at the park, only 10 minutes from Hermannstraße. (Text: Cecile Vadas / Photos: Johanna Rademacher–Flesland)

Cecile Vadas is from Sydney, Australia and has lived in Berlin since 2015. She is a freelance food photographer, writer and social media consultant. Her hobby is creating unique recipes manageable by the average cook.

Gutspark Britz, Alt Britz 73, 12359 Berlin-Britzer Damm; map
Mon–Fri 7–21h, Sat–Sun 8–21h

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ANA S. PAREJA RECOMMENDS: BOATFARM FOR BIODYNAMIC WINES

ANA S. PAREJA RECOMMENDS: BOATFARM FOR BIODYNAMIC WINES

A charming new restaurant opened its doors in June 2018 in Kreuzberg. Boatfarm‘s concept revolves around an impressive selection of bio-dynamic wines with unexpected tastes and a good deal of creativity. Inspired by the drinks, a European-style menu includes stand-out dishes such as arctic salmon, fine ravioli and delicious mussels, all prepared from scratch and sourced sustainably. Founders Benni Bräuninger and Patrick Kilborn combine many years of experience in the world of gastronomy. Benni, the chef, used to run the kitchen at the excellent Lavanderia Vecchia. They have painstakingly refurbished a small space, miraculously making it look twice as big. It is luminous and welcoming: most of the furniture was handmade by them, each detail elegantly chosen. As the icing on the cake, a record player hides in the corner where the record-collecting owners draw on old genres to create the perfect atmosphere. The special dinner nights are a real treat, featuring six courses paired with wine, allowing Chef Benni to show off his skills. (Text: Ana S. Pareja / Photos: Johanna Rademacher–Flesland)

Ana S. Pareja is a publisher and bookseller. She runs a Spanish bookshop based in Kreuzberg, Bartleby & co.

Boatfarm, Boppstr.5, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Tue–Sat 16–22h
@boatfarm_berlin

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DARYA HADI RECOMMENDS: THE ART OF RISOGRAPH AT COLORAMA

DARYA HADI RECOMMENDS: THE ART OF RISOGRAPH AT COLORAMA

When I first got a hold of one of Colorama‘s books, it was clear to me that it was more than just your average comic. Colorama, founded in 2015 by Johanna Maierski, publishes comics, posters, magazines, and any other kind of print you can imagine. More than just a publishing house, Colorama is also a Risograph studio. Risograph is a special cylinder printing process developed by the Japanese firm Riso in the ’80s. The method is eco-friendly and inexpensive, and is used by Colorama to print the comics of Min Pin, Marie Weber and Melek Zerta amongst others. Colorama’s books can be found online, in the studio at Kunsthaus Acud and at the Kreuzberg book shop Zabriskie. Their extraordinary, retro colors and entertaining content are sure to delight. Comic book fans and those simply fascinated by beautiful prints will find Colorama worth their while. (Text: Darya Hadi / Fotos: Colorama Studio, Sara Perovic & Ruohan Wang Studio)

After working as an editorial assistant at ZDF in Mainz and Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Darya Hadi is now headed to Buenos Aires. After her travels, she plans to make Berlin her new home.

Colorama, Kunsthaus Acud, Veteranenstr.21, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map
Open by appointment. Email for more information on Risograph workshops.
Purchase comics, prints, and posters from Colorama on their online shop, Colorama Bookshelf.
@coloramaprint

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NINA LEMM RECOMMENDS: COROTO — A SHOP FOR FURNITURE AND DESIGN CLASSICS

NINA LEMM RECOMMENDS: COROTO — A SHOP FOR FURNITURE AND DESIGN CLASSICS

Smoothly curved mid-century wood, nostalgic colors. Here, beauty comes in the form of furniture. On the outside, there is the unmistakable geometry of socialist architecture, but from the inside comes a haptic warmth from a time when concept and craft went hand in hand. In 2015, Deubel and D’Aubeterre opened Coroto, their shop for curated furniture and home accessories. Their specialty, in addition to Scandinavian objects, is creative, original pieces from warmer, southern parts of the globe. The Gran Captain, for example, is a lounge chair straight out of vibrant ’60s Brazil. The seat hangs on ropes – all that’s missing is a drink. Or fall in love with the sturdy but slender Italian Canada Lounge Chair, whose wooden buttons are reminiscent of the Mole Chair from grandmaster designer Sergio Rodrigues. I love the bold shapes of tropical modernism. The team around Brazilian designer Oscar Niemeyer worked according to the motto “move forward, never imitate,” doing so with elegance and class. How I would love to design a hotel with this philosophy in mind! This truly is furniture full of life. (Text: Nina Lemm / Photos: Attila Hartwig)

Nina Lemm moved to Kreuzberg from London in 2001. She is an interior stylist and furniture designer, and has recently produced a collection influenced by Brazilian design.
Coroto, Strausberger Platz 8, 10243 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Sat 12–18h or by appointment
@coroto.de

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RACHAEL JENNINGS RECOMMENDS: COMMONGROUND

RACHAEL JENNINGS RECOMMENDS: COMMONGROUND

Looking for delicious brunch in Berlin? These days it couldn’t be easier thanks to the founders of Commonground, cousins Morgan Love and James Maguire who brought high-quality coffee and a lively brunch culture from Australia to Berlin. Starting with Silo in Friedrichshain in 2013, they expanded a few years later with a bar, restaurant and lobby space at the buzzy Circus Hotel at Rosenthaler Platz. Familiar comfort food is given an innovative twist. Smoked salmon is perched on perfectly crunchy Sironi toast and complemented with a light and creamy smoked egg mousse. The staple avocado toast is topped with thin slices of crunchy apple and a hint of wasabi. A cauliflower and lentil salad is tossed with spicy radicchio and an intriguing, addictive sunflower seed dressing. Of course you’d be remiss not to pair this with a Bloody Mary, citrusy and balanced – it’s one of the best Berlin has to offer. The interior is modern yet layered and inviting. After the brunch rush is over you may be tempted to retire to a leafy corner and linger over a brunch cocktail like the Jungle Bird, a little slice of tropical, bitter sweet perfection. The next time you’re hungover on a rainy day at Rosenthaler Platz, step into Commonground and kick back. (Text: Rachael Jennings / Photos: Commonground)

Rachael Jennings is an Irish architect and designer who returned to Berlin after a four year hiatus in New York. She enjoys cycling around Berlin in search of delicious food, drinks and outdoor adventures. She is also the founder of Cohort Design.

Commonground, Rosenthalerstr.1, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map

Mon–Thu 7.30–24h, Fri 7.30–2h, Sat 8.30–2h, Sun 8.30–24h

@commonground.bln

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