Berlin’s food culture has been given new nourishment by Khao Taan, an authentic Thai restaurant that opened in February 2019. Nestled in a quiet street in Friedrichshain, it resembles a dining room and your experience there is akin to a laid-back dinner with a Thai grandmother. After several stints at food markets like Bite club and Markthalle Neun, Gaan, a lawyer turned cook, decided to open up his own restaurant. The concept is based on successive courses, including dishes you select from categories including canapés and relishes. Each guest takes samples from plates and no one gets their own individual portion; everything is shared. Don’t expect to see Pad Thai on the menu, rather be ready for novel items such as guinea fowl, young green chilli and Chinese plum. Expect succulent flavours that will dazzle you while you converse with friends and family over hand-picked wine. Khao Taan merges contrasting flavours that turn complementary, and implements distinct textures that stimulate your taste buds, showcasing the extent of Thai cuisine. The abundance of love is evident, and with Gaan’s family style offering, you are guaranteed a complete culinary journey. (Text: Marwan Fakhereddin / Photos: Khao Taan)
The first time I wore a Kemp Gadegaard dress was in early 2017, just months after their official launch. Ever since, it has been my go-to brand for sleek and minimal design. Kemp Gadegaard is a Berlin design studio founded by Maya B. Gadegaard and Eilis Kemp focused on functional and beautiful garments. They produce small, limited editions at their atelier in Spain, weaving environmental and socially responsible production into the core. Their latest collection, Chuparosa, will be launched with a four-day presentation starting 25.04.2019 at the Weserhalle. Collaborator and ceramicist Lucy Olivia Ambrosecchiahas hand-crafted unique pieces for this presentation as an homage to the desert, to sand and to vast open spaces. If you love clean design with attention to detail that doesn’t compromise on quality, you’ve found your home. They will also be serving up desert tunes and crisp drinks to go with their stunning pieces. (Text: Helen Amiri / Photos: Kemp Gadegaard)
Helen Amiri is a freelance project manager specializing in events, and is an active member of the Feminist Food Club. She has lived in Kreuzberg since 2015 and made it her personal mission to eat her way through the Berlin food scene.
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.
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.
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.