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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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GREENFINCH FOR POSITIVE VIBES AND GOOD COFFEE — RECOMMENDED BY LISA KIESEWETTER

GREENFINCH FOR POSITIVE VIBES AND GOOD COFFEE — RECOMMENDED BY LISA KIESEWETTER

When I first came across Greenfinch it looked more like a construction site than a cafe. But soon owner Vincent transformed this Bötzowkiez space into a welcoming, cheerful vegan venue whose individual interior really stands out with its fresh, post-modern look. For brunch, pancakes, toasted banana bread with peanut butter & jam and fresh croissants are a top choice, with lunch dishes like the delicious stuffed sweet potato available from 12-15h. “We want to convey a conscious and sustainable lifestyle, without creating the feeling that you have to do without anything,” says Vincent. As part of this, the cafe also offers yoga classes and meditation in the Greenfinch Backyard plus co-working spaces to bring together like-minded people. Positive vibes all round. (Text: Lisa Kiesewetter / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen)

Lisa Kiesewetter is a creative freelancer and yoga teacher focused on wellbeing and mindfulness.

Greenfinch, Käthe-Niederkirchner Str.10, 10407 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Tue–Fri 7h30–17h, Sat & Sun 9–17h

@greenfinch.berlin

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OSTERBERGER RESTAURANT: A LEAGUE OF ITS OWN — RECOMMENDED BY ANGIE ZIEHMANN

OSTERBERGER RESTAURANT: A LEAGUE OF ITS OWN — RECOMMENDED BY ANGIE ZIEHMANN

The recently opened Osterberger, right next to Schinkel’s St. Elizabeth’s Church in Mitte, is already predestined to become a new favorite restaurant and meeting place for creative spirits. Between classic tables set on the sidewalk and a window facade that can be opened completely, there is a welcoming, casual ambiance here. The curated materials and sophistication with which the interior was designed to prove class and timeless elegance. Also reflected in their seasonal menu: baked eggplant with finely prepared tomato sauce, roasted cod with white wine foam, pea puree and limes, and delicious French rosé. To finish, a chocolate mousse with raspberries and candied ginger. The Osterberger is bistro cuisine at the highest caliber. (Text: Angie Ziehmann / Photos: Nina Trippel, Osterberger Restaurant & Jules Villbrandt)

Angie Ziehmann (Pink Action) is a Berlin and Paris based architect and creative director, working worldwide.

Osterberger, Elisabethkirchstr.2, 10115 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mi–So from 18h, Kitchen 18–23h
@osterberger_mitte

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