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SWAPFIETS: THE BICYCLE SUBSCRIPTION THAT KEEPS YOU ON THE ROAD

SWAPFIETS: THE BICYCLE SUBSCRIPTION THAT KEEPS YOU ON THE ROAD

With their distinctive blue front wheels, you have probably seen the bikes from Dutch startup Swapfietszipping along Berlin’s cycle lanes. The Cee Cee team have been making the leap from U-bahn to bike and are finding Swapfiets perfect for our everyday commute. The concept couldn’t be simpler: a monthly subscription that gives you a sleek seven-speed bicycle of your own with service and maintenance all included. The bikes themselves are quintessentially Dutch, with an understated, classic design available in a range of colors. When you order you can enter your height, so you’re guaranteed the perfect fit. And if you run into problems – be it a broken light or a wonky wheel — just message the team and they’ll come and get you back on two wheels in no time. Planning on moving away? Simply take your Swapfiets with you: the month-long contract is valid in a whole range of cities in Germany and beyond. Our ride into work has never been so free and easy. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)

Buy your subscription online or instore:
Swapfiets Berlin Hackescher Markt, Große Präsidentenstr.10, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon & Fri 10–20h, Tue–Thu 11–20h, Sat 12–18h
Swapfiets Berlin Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Uhlandstr.45, 10719 Berlin–Wilmersdorf; map
Mon & Fri 10–20h, Tue–Thu 11–20h, Sat 12–18h
@swapfietsde

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8GREENBOTTLES: WINE SHOP AND WEBSITE FOR HANDPICKED NATURAL WINES

8GREENBOTTLES: WINE SHOP AND WEBSITE FOR HANDPICKED NATURAL WINES

If you aren’t already a fan of natural wine, a trip to 8greenbottles will definitely make you a believer. With names like SuperglitzerPet-Nat and Raw Rosé their wines are just what we’re after. All the wines are unfiltered and thus vegan, are produced organically, and are sulfur-free yet full of flavor. With backgrounds in philosophy and e-commerce, owners Ramona and Philipp aren’t sommeliers but take a unique approach to finding the perfect wine for your palate. They developed their own criteria for various wines and analyzed flavors and chemical profiles to compare different grape varieties. They’ve created an algorithm for their online shop that detects your preferences to help you find the kind of flavors you’re looking for. You can order your wine online, and after sampling and rating them, you’ll get personalized recommendations. As of April 2019, there’s also an 8greenbottles shop in Prenzlauer Berg’s Helmholtzkiez, where you can also try the wines in-store. Best of all: you can take a glass out on the bench in front of the shop and pet Nelly, the owners’ pug. (Text: Katie Burton / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)

8greenbottles, Senefelderstr.34, 10437 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Tue–Fri 16–20h, Sat 14–20h
@8greenbottles

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FLOWERS WITH A GREEN ETHOS AT BLUMEN GOLDBECK

FLOWERS WITH A GREEN ETHOS AT BLUMEN GOLDBECK

Can you run a flower shop sustainably? The florists behind Wedding flower shop Blumen Goldbeck have shown that you indeed can. In this lovingly furnished oasis – the highlight of which is a colourfully decorated tree that towers over the shop – you will find flowers and plants sourced exclusively from sustainable and/or regional suppliers. From packaging to the cleaning materials, everything here is 100% eco-friendly and sustainable. Owner Lilli Erasin doesn’t use plastic in the shop and flowers are not wrapped in it. They only sell products that support people and nature, such as their edible herbs from organic nurseries. The aim here is for sustainable closed–loop systems where as little as possible is thrown away. Thus, flowers that are not sold during the day are dried and used for wreaths and flower arrangements or pressed into beautiful embroidery frames. It’s clear how much love and thought goes into every detail here. And the best thing: the sustainable flowers don’t cost any more than elsewhere. (Text: Louisa Sodji / Photos: Blumen Goldbeck)

Blumen Goldbeck, Tegelerstr.32, 13353 Berlin-Wedding, map
Tue–Fri 9h30–12h, 13h–19h30; Sat 9h30–17h30
@blumengoldbeck

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THE SAUSAGE MAN NEVER SLEEPS — TASTY FREE-RANGE BARBECUE MEATS

THE SAUSAGE MAN NEVER SLEEPS — TASTY FREE-RANGE BARBECUE MEATS

True to the name, The Sausage Man Never Sleeps has been tirelessly delivering mouthwatering free-range sausages and meats to Berlin restaurants and shops since 2013. You may have already tried The Sausage Man’s wares – currently served on pizzas by Salami Social Club and for lunch at the Michelberger Hotel amongst other places. Fresh sausages are made weekly – including BBQ classics like apple and sage, andouille, chorizo, and Italian salsiccia. Two sure-fire winners are the Barber’s English cheddar and jalapeño sausage, and an emmental-stuffed käsekrainer. And Simon Ellery (The Sausage Man himself) constantly experiments with new flavors. In summer 2019 he’s on a spicy kick, meaning chorizo, salsa verde, and fiery reaper sausage. Spices are sourced from suppliers in Tanzania, India, and Mexico and, on my visit, Simon proudly held up a sack of rare paprika sourced from an elusive supplier in Spain for its unique flavor. Also on offer is thick-cut streaky bacon, hearty bacon jam, and black pudding with gluten-free oats. (Text: Eric James Bain / Photos: Çiya Rädler & The Sausage Man Never Sleeps)

The full range can be ordered online and collected at points including:

Markthalle Neun stand, Eisenbahnstr.42-43, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

Sat 10–18h

Erchinger Fleischerei, Greifswalder Str.205, 10405 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map

Mon–Wed 8h–18h30, Thu–Fri 8–19h, Sat 8–16h

@thesausagemanneversleeps

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CAREFULLY CURATED COLORFUL STREETWEAR AT SPORADIC — RECOMMENDED BY CLAIRE MOUCHEMORE

CAREFULLY CURATED COLORFUL STREETWEAR AT SPORADIC — RECOMMENDED BY CLAIRE MOUCHEMORE

In spring 2018 concept store Sporadic opened in Kreuzberg’s charismatic Reichenberger Kiez, escaping Mitte’s saturated retail pocket. Blake Foster and Robert Francisco met through a previous retail venture and bonded over their vision to curate garments and niche lifestyle products from brands run by friends, old and new. From art to clothing to skateboarding, innovative design and first-rate tailoring combine in high-end pieces from labels like Brain Dead and Know Wave. Color, luminosity and texture are prominent: the team longed for a shop that countered the darkness that engulfs Berlin half the year. On entering the space, notes of cedarwood and jasmine wash over you from the store’s own incense. Exploring the space shows you what the team is all about: cassette tapes, art, intricate knick-knacks and functional attire. Drop by to peruse the assortment of magazines, pick up an essential piece from the collection or simply bask in Antwan Horfee’s vibrant artwork. (Text: Claire Mouchemore / Photos: Sporadic)

Claire Mouchemore is a cultural writer and researcher with a zeal for design, electronic music, and natural wine. From the west coast of Australia, she now calls Schöneberg home.

Sporadic, Reichenberger Str.53, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Mon–Fri 12–18h, Sat 12–19h
@_sporadic_

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