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THOMAS BULLOCK RECOMMENDS: SOUND METAPHORS

THOMAS BULLOCK RECOMMENDS: SOUND METAPHORS

More than just a place to buy music, a great record shop functions as a neighbourhood hub. Sound Metaphors, a dance music shop on the border of Neukölln/Kreuzberg offers this local service. Along with fresh new sounds – I often walk out with white label test pressings – or freshly unearthed sounds – they have bins full of seriously rare 12”s – you will find welcoming community-minded people plotting parties, launching labels and enjoying the chill atmosphere. Somewhere between a bright and breezy nightclub, a barber shop and a scholarly symposium, it’s a pleasant place to spend time. There’s a lazy disco ball, quality sound (hand-built by Moritz von Oswald is the rumour) and a fridge full of drinks to keep you digging through the extensive though discerning music selection – all killer no filler must be the curatorial mantra here. Quality this consistent is hard to come by – it’s not often I walk into a shop and realise that, actually, I would like one of everything. Just make sure to get a copy of the in-house edits on H.A.N.D., an acronym for Have A Nice Day. Sums up the spot, nicely. (Text: Thomas Bullock / Photos: Anna Rose)

Sound Metaphors, Reichenberger Str.152, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Mon-Sat 13-20h

Thomas Bullock, a DJ and frequent wordsmith, has been record shopping in Berlin for 15 years and now, finally, calls it home.

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EUGENIA GÜETO GÓMEZ RECOMMENDS: NORN

EUGENIA GÜETO GÓMEZ RECOMMENDS: NORN

You know the feeling you get after you have a good conversation? When common understanding is reached in a matter of seconds, words flow effortlessly and a certain kind of magic happens. This is what I experienced over the course of an evening at Norn, a space and members club for coming together regularly for intimate salons and conversation dinners (members can also stay on residencies at the apartments in Berlin, London and Barcelona.) Back in September, I joined a dinner titled “On Gender Expression,” led by Jared Weiss from Touchpoint. The gathering was hosted at Norn’s Kreuzberg apartment where we enjoyed a delicious three course meal while discussing how we psychologically embody our own and other genders. I was sharing such intimate and stimulating discussion with strangers and somehow felt like I belonged to a tribe with whom I shared the same sense of curiosity and aspirations in life. Norn’s gatherings allow time to discuss beauty in all its forms and to approach topics that are rarely broached. The secret to its openness is the respectful and trust-filled atmosphere they create. Mental note: Culture does not make people. People make culture. (Text: Eugenia Güeto Gómez / Photos: Doro Zinn, Norn Berlin)

Norn Berlin: websiteInstagram

Eugenia Güeto Gómez was born in Spain and is based in Berlin. An art director in the making and a nomad by choice, her next stop is Japan.

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SERGE ROMPZA RECOMMENDS: NANUM

SERGE ROMPZA RECOMMENDS: NANUM

It’s hard to imagine that Korean cuisine was unchartered territory in Berlin only a few years ago. The now-burgeoning scene welcomed its latest addition in July 2018: NaNum. After her successful career as an alto singer, chef Jinok drew upon her love for cooking to create a homey café in a sleek, modern building, offering sophisticated, high-caliber South Korean cuisine. On the weekends, the authentic, seasonally-changing classics like cold buckwheat noodles, refined soups and traditional bibimbap are just as popular as the surprisingly experimental and beautifully-presented desserts ”FlowerPop” and “Man Dzu.” Everything here is homemade — even the plateware, which are molded, baked and exhibited on site. The restaurant is worth visiting on a regular basis in order to absorb each element of Jinok’s passions: cooking, ceramics and singing. (Text: Serge Rompza / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

NaNum, Lindenstr.90, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Café and ceramics gallery: Mon-Fri 12h-19h, Sat 3-2

Restaurant: Fri 12-22.30h, Sat 15-22.30h

Serge Rompza has lived in Berlin since 2003. He is the co-founder of the design studio Node Berlin Oslo.

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SHANE O’REILLY RECOMMENDS: ROCKET WINE

SHANE O’REILLY RECOMMENDS: ROCKET WINE

There’s a minimalist, almost cavern-esque feel to the bottle shop and tasting room Rocket Wine, with carefully arranged rows of wooden shelving holding up the precious goods. Behind the scenes is a team of three wine lovers: Jeff, Elisa and Daisy. Each has natural wine in their blood, whether they grew up around it, worked with it or fell in love with it later on. Natural wine bars may be bit of a trend right now, but the concept looks set to stay. Rocket Wine’s selection is all free of additives, organic and full of vision. This is their criteria for wine that’s ‘living’, and has a story to tell. When pressed, Jeff couldn’t pick a favorite wine, but suggested that people drop in and talk to the staff: ”People need to be curious when it come to natural wine, because there are a whole lot of different textures, aromas and tastes.” The careful selection process allows the team to foster close connections to the winemakers they stock, and to transfer this energy into creating a warm, welcoming shop atmosphere. (Text: Shane O’Reilly / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Rocket Wine, Linienstr.114, 10115 Berlin-Mitte, map
Tue-Wed 2-8pm, Thu-Sat 2-9pm

Shane O’Reilly is a freelance writer and editor. After spending most of his life in Dublin, Ireland, and writing ”The 500 Hidden Secrets of Dublin”, he finally recently made his dream move over to Berlin.

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ZEYNEP LOKMANOGLU RECOMMENDS: CHILI & PAPRIKA

ZEYNEP LOKMANOGLU RECOMMENDS: CHILI & PAPRIKA

On a relatively sparse stretch of Danziger Str. is an unassuming flavor heaven — a Mexican and Latin American grocery store called Chili & Paprika. Stepping inside immerses you in a world of products that rarely make an appearance in Berlin. Beautiful bottles of mezcal and tequila line shelves. Various chilies cover an entire wall: serranos, jalapenos, chipotles, in adobo, plain, whatever your heart or recipe desires. There’s a candy section, a tortilla section, and even a Dias de Los Muertos altar. Owner Mathias Jung is a Berliner with no apparent relation to Mexico or anywhere else in Latin America. In fact, he tells me, he’s never even been there. His connection to the region comes from a love of chilies. Initially just a chili shop, Chili & Paprika grew over time with requests from the clientele — mainly Latin Americans living in Berlin. It now holds 600 unique products including specialty items like fresh queso from Oaxaca and fresh poblano and serrano peppers. Check it out to recharge on some color and a lot of heat. (Text & Photos: Zeynep Lokmanoglu)

Chili & Paprika, Danziger Str.118, 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map
Mon-Fri 12-.30-19.30h, Sat 11-18h

Zeynep Lokmanoglu moved to Berlin recently after living in New York for most of her 20s. She has been working on a book of short stories, and enjoying the “Kaffee und Kuchen” lifestyle.

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