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A.P. BOOKSHOP — A WELCOMING SPACE FOR ART AND DESIGN FANS IN WEDDING

A.P. BOOKSHOP — A WELCOMING SPACE FOR ART AND DESIGN FANS IN WEDDING

Books are windows to the world, which in times of restrictions and closed spaces makes them all the more valuable. If you are looking to escape with a new read, you can do worse than head to Wedding S-Bahn station, where you will find the a.p. bookshop that opened in autumn 2020. The store’s wide window front offers a view into a bright interior home to sofas, high wooden shelves and display cabinets. Head inside and you are greeted with a well-curated selection of picture books, poetry collections and catalogs sorted not alphabetically, but by theme: “Road Trip”, “Mourning” and “Protest” are just some of categories ready to explore.

Launched in collaboration with Callie’s, a non-profit art institution that runs multidisciplinary residency programs in the same complex, the bookshop has a strong focus on multilingual art titles. In addition to the latest monographs, you will also find novels by the likes of French writer Annie Ernaux and poetry by Harryette Mullen. Manager Elijah Jackson and his team strive to maintain a balance between international releases and works from Berlin publishers such as Zero sharp. Their enthusiasm for books and design is felt with every title you browse through: instead of the usual suspects, you come across clever finds like Kapsel, a magazine which presents a Chinese science fiction short story (in German) in every issue. The selection of literature is complemented by artworks and accessories, including Byzantine necklaces by Georgian designer Sopho Gongliashvili and hammocks by Mexican artist Don Agustín Caamal Chimal. The shop is intended as much for inspiration and exchange as for consumption, with regular readings, workshops and lectures planned for when conditions allow. With all this coming up, a.p. will be the one to watch on the Wedding lit scene.

Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson

a.p., Lindower Str.20, 13347 Berlin–Wedding; map
Thu–Fri 13–19h, Sat 12–19h (to be extended soon)
 
@a.p.berlin

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MYCONBINI: BERLIN-BASED ONLINE SHOP FOR HIGH-QUALITY JAPANESE GROCERIES, DRINKS AND MORE DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

MYCONBINI: BERLIN-BASED ONLINE SHOP FOR HIGH-QUALITY JAPANESE GROCERIES, DRINKS AND MORE DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

Ramen is the perfect lockdown food: culinarily far removed from Berlin and yet warming, hearty and (if you like) vegan. And while the city offers countless killer ramen dishes to take away, if you do fancy trying your hand at making it yourself you’ll find everything you need at MyConbini, the online shop for all things Japanese. Founder and self-described Japan fan Fabian Weingart modelled the Berlin-based website on the country’s all-hours convenience stores (konbini) that bring together a variety of everyday groceries in one place. Fabian’s thoughtfully-curated selection includes staples like Kewpie mayonnaise and bonito flakes as well as tofu, soy sauce and umeboshi, with sake and Japanese whisky for liquid accompaniment. Stylish ceramics and high-quality chopsticks complete the experience. Amongst this huge range of products are high-quality ingredients for homemade ramen: organic vegan or meat-based broth, roasted sesame seeds, seaweed, miso paste and, yes, noodles. The latter come frozen directly from Japan – perfect for a special ramen night in.

Text: Eva Biringer / Photos: Luka Marshall Johnson

MyConbini delivers throughout Germany.

@myconbinishop

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TINMAN — THE MITTE STOP FOR FRESH BREWS, GOURMET SANDWICHES AND REGIONAL PANTRY PRODUCE TO TAKE HOME

TINMAN — THE MITTE STOP FOR FRESH BREWS, GOURMET SANDWICHES AND REGIONAL PANTRY PRODUCE TO TAKE HOME

The area around Torstraße and Alte Schönhauser Straße is always full of busy people. So it’s a good job that this corner is also home to Tinman, the friendly stop-off that has it all: fresh coffee from 19 grams, lunchtime bites made from regional ingredients and a whole range of pantry goods from Berlin’s best local suppliers. Step into the airy, plant-filled cafe and you are hit with the delicious aromas of what founders Miriam, Harry and Justin are serving up: a breakfast brioche filled with gourmet meats from Markthalle Neun regulars The Sausage Man Never Sleeps and Kumpel & Keule, sourdough sandwiches made fresh daily and delicious baked goodies from Albatross.

Every weekend the team creates specials that feature ingredients from the city’s most progressive gastro players, like the focaccia tuna melt which is made with bread from Estelle dining and Emmentaler cheese from Alte Milch. As for the pantry goods, the section ranges from carefully curated, imported natural Spanish wines to fresh Berlin-made peanut & almond butter and caponata from Ada’s Deli. Since opening in June 2017 the Tinman team have been taking their commitment to local sourcing further and further, and from this summer they will even grow their own fruits and vegetables on the roof of the building. Tasty treats that are also pro-planet – what more could you want?

Text: Lottie Mac / Photos: Merle Büttner

Tinman, Alte Schönhauser Str.2, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map 
Tue–Fri: 8h30–15h, Sat & Sun: 9–16h

@tinmanberlin

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GIVN: SUSTAINABLE–FAIR FASHION DESIGNED IN BERLIN AND MADE IN EUROPE

GIVN: SUSTAINABLE–FAIR FASHION DESIGNED IN BERLIN AND MADE IN EUROPE

We hear a lot about sustainability and fairness in fashion, but how can you really be sure your clothes are ethically made? Browsing the garments at Givn, you are left with no doubt. The fashion label’s co-founder and CEO Moritz Biel and his team have made it their goal to make the fashion world better. Key to this is transparency: the brand’s website explains all the production methods and sourcing of the raw materials and even has pictures of the production sites (in Poland, among others). Givn’s sourcing doesn’t end with organic cotton – although they do use that – but also features fabrics specifically picked for their reduced water footprint. 

Founded in 2010 under the name Stoffbruch, the label commissioned our agency Cee Cee Creative in 2019 to rename and rebrand the business to help reach overseas markets. The new name Givn reflects the label’s goal: that sustainability and fairness should be a given. And while these concepts have yet to become the norm, Givn is making big strides forward, selling fashion in numerous outlets at home and abroad. To discover how you can make your look a little more sustainable and fair, check out the styles online and at the flagship store in Friedrichshain when conditions allow. As for the garments themselves, the philosophy is one of understated essentials, with well-designed fits and cuts made with select materials whose quality you can feel. The Aria pullover and the Tyler half-zip sweater are two of our favourite styles. If you are already looking ahead to warmer months, Givn’s collection of floral prints and light jackets are ideal additions for your spring wardrobe.

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Givn & Nicolas Oswald

Givn is offering click and collect from their Berlin store

Wühlischstr.15 10245 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Mon–Fri 12–19h, Sat 11–18h

@givn_berlin

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THE GOOD TASTE — FINE FOOD AND DRINK FROM THE VIRTUAL PANTRY DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

THE GOOD TASTE — FINE FOOD AND DRINK FROM THE VIRTUAL PANTRY DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

In normal times, restaurateur Jonathan Kartenberg is responsible for two kitchens: Irma la Douce on Potsdamer Straße and the stylish Neukölln Eins44. But with restaurants closed, the 28-year-old has used the break to set up The Good Taste, a “virtual pantry” delivering products from select Berlin fine-dining restaurants and regional producers. The selection is impressive: there’s the brilliantly intense bouillabaisse stew from Irma La Douce which immediately transports you to the harbor promenade of Marseille. Or, for more tropical tastes, there’s the mango-coconut jam from Bob & Thoms. Other specialties include preserved golden beetroot from Charlottenburg restaurant Lubitsch and a versatile vegetable salt from the brewers at BRLO. Meanwhile, Eins44 restaurant is offering preserved pears and a kale gremolata, while for drinks the team at gastro venue The Noname have created a ready-to-enjoy dirty martini. Over the coming weeks even more treats from the leading lights of Berlin’s restaurant scene will be added. We can’t wait!

Valentine’s Day special: choose from one of three multi-course meals for you and your favorite person, with drinks courtesy of the Bonvivant drinks box that includes the Valentine’s Spritz – a mixture of grapefruit, orange, Sekt, Chartreuse and St. Germain. Order by 20h tonight (11.02).

Text: Eva Biringer / Photos: Inteamsphaere & Florian Kottlewski für The Good Taste

The Good Taste offers delivery within Berlin and will post items nationwide for a fee.

@thegoodtaste.de

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