With three long winter months ahead of us, there’s no better time to stock up your pantry with some tasty treats from Kreuzberg-based Archipel. Delivering groceries from some of the city’s finest food purveyors, the platform is a descendent of Apocalypse Delivery founded by the Albatross bakery team during the 2020 lockdown. The latest service features an even wider selection of regional food and drink, with Kombucha from Roy, biodynamic eggs from Weide Ei, and Malaysian-inspired jam and sambal from Ma-Makan. In-house bakery favorites from Albatross are of course available (we love the sourdough baguette) with fresh beans from Kreuzberg neighbors Populus Coffee to accompany. Besides fresh food and pantry supplies, Archipel also sells a range of cute handmade mugs and egg cups for an extra special brunch. All this can be delivered to your door Monday to Saturday – just order by 14h the day before and one of the friendly cargo bike couriers will come by with your goodies. We can’t wait for our next basketful! (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Archipel)
Looking to kit out the kids room this Christmas? Head over to Filipok for well-designed, sturdy children’s furniture delivered to your door. The Berlin-based online retailer was founded in 2018 by parents Arne und Irina Zwenger who were looking for the perfect multifunctional furniture for their son Nils. The result: innovative designs such as the Kubik reversible stool that is inspired by educationist Maria Montessori. The chair is robust, multifunctional and contributes to the child’s independence, serving equally well as a seat or a doll’s house. Filipok’s self-designed range has now been expanded to include a reversible bench, a play table and a sweet house-shaped bed – all with wooden construction, making the different pieces super easy to combine. In addition to in-house designs, the shop features a selection of other brands that subscribe to Filipok’s distinctive design philosophy, with playful, dimmable nightlights by Mr Maria and fluffy rugs and cuddly animals by Oyoy Living. There are also wooden toys such as Bena building blocks and a delightful learning clock from the renowned toymakers of Germany’s Erzgebirge region. And while these objects will suit the children’s room perfectly, their elegant, soothing designs mean they will fit any part of the house – for inspiration check out Instagram. (Text: Annika Hillig / Photos: Anna Cor für Filipok)
Filipok furniture, toys and accessories can be ordered online.
Natural wine is something special, offering a quite different experience than a conventional glass of red or white. But isn’t all wine natural? It’s fermented grape juice after all. Turns out it’s not, since before it reaches our glass, wine typically undergoes numerous industrial processes and additions. The natural wines from Neukölln shop Treat are anything but typical: free of pesticides, artificial chemicals and pesticides, these wines are made with natural yeast and contain no added sulphites. Nature and sustainability are part of founder couple Ann and Julia Böning’s everyday vocabulary. The idea originated in Hamburg, where Julia created a small wine cellar for herself and her neighbors, ordering a selection of unusual wines every month. Those who wanted to could help themselves, leaving money in an envelope. This communal experience motivated and inspired the pair, and the idea of wine selling was born. Now, Treat imports wines from producers in France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Austria, typically working with small, family-run vineyards. Their attention to detail is visible on the wine bottles themselves, which are delightfully designed and can be ordered directly online. Treat supplies numerous restaurants but will also gladly help you build your own home collection. If you are enthusiastic about the selection, you can also arrange a monthly subscription with boxes that are individually tailored to you. Cheers! (Text: Olga Potschernina / Photos: Nina Trippel, Treat Berlin & Oysterclub)
Treat, Okerstr.35, 12049 Berlin–Neukölln; map
For latest opening times check Instagram or phone 0179 7447827.
FONDUE AND RACLETTE FOR FESTIVE FEASTS — SWISS CHEESE MIXTURES DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR BY FONDUELIVERY
Sat around a candlelit dinner table with some wine and a bowl of steaming cheese fondue in the middle – it’s the ultimate festive indulgence. And now you can enjoy your cheesy feast without any of the hard work courtesy of fondue delivery service Fonduelivery. The Berlin-based cheese experts offer a perfectly-balanced fondue mixture delivered right to your door. All you have to do is heat up your pack (enough for 3–4 people), add your own side dishes for dipping (we recommend the classic potatoes and gherkins) and your communal meal is ready. Founded in November 2020 by “Cheese God” Martin Agosti of Cheesus fame, Fonduelivery’s emphasis is on authenticity: only Vacherin Fribourgeois AOP and Gruyère AOP hard milk cheeses from Switzerland are used for the blend, giving a smell and a taste that transports you to the snowy Alps. Besides the cheese, Martin will also supply you with expertly-matched accompaniments including Silenus white wine cuvée, fresh baguettes from Le Brot and even a fondue base with burner to keep your pot warm. And if that wasn’t enough cheese, the site also offers raclette for classically fresh, intense flavors. It’s all you need for the perfect Christmas or New Year’s Eve feast – though if we’re honest every night can be a fondue night. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Sven Hausherr, Nina Trippel & Charlotte L.)
Fonduelivery deliver on Friday or Saturday depending on your location, with most areas within the Ring are covered (check your address online). Order by end of Wednesday – minimum is €21.50.
Have you been wanting to get into photography but are unsure where to start? Now is a good time to finally go for it with the help of the team at Foto Meyer, who can find you the equipment that suits your needs. Under the management of Vincent Meyer, this Schöneberg family business has been specializing in cameras and lenses for 50 years, and there is even a photo lab onsite. They’re a great resource not just for professional photographers but for hobbyists and video enthusiasts too. The expert team are familiar with all the major manufacturers and are happy to guide absolute beginners, answering any camera questions you might have be it film or digital! And if you want to take your shooter for a test drive you can also hire photo equipment, with the rental fees deducted from the purchase price if you decide to buy. With on-site technical specialists, professional cleaning and repairs, owners can get peace of mind too. If you can’t make it to the physical store – a photographer’s treasure trove located on Viktoria-Luise-Platz – you can also find all the equipment and advice you need online. You’ll be supporting a local company – and if you’re eager to get snapping, you can even get orders delivered the same day in Berlin and Potsdam and overnight in the rest of Germany! (Text: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen / Photos: Foto Meyer)
Foto Meyer GmbH, Welserstr.1, 10777 Berlin–Schöneberg; map
Mon–Sat 10–19h, on Sun 20.12. 13–18h