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LOTI PANTÓN — PERFECTLY-FORMED MACARONS IN A MYRIAD OF FLAVORS AND COLORS

LOTI PANTÓN — PERFECTLY-FORMED MACARONS IN A MYRIAD OF FLAVORS AND COLORS

If Mitte has a macaron expert, it’s Loti Pantón. This Israeli-born baker – who runs a dessert shop of the same name on Linienstraße – makes some of the most beautiful and mouth-watering mini cakes we’ve seen. If you need a recap: macarons are a sweet treat made from two meringue-based biscuits that surround a flavored ganache, cream or jam filling. Loti began offering them at his first store in Zehlendorf before relocating to this latest shop which offers close-up views of the baking team at work. First popularized in France during the renaissance, macarons now come in every imaginable flavor. Our team had lots of fun trying Loti’s different flavors and were particularly impressed by the “St.Moritz” savory macaron which combines raclette flambée (cheese melted with a blowtorch), salty pecans and bourbon whiskey. The Christmas collection, meanwhile, includes sweeter varieties such as Lebkuchen and Marzipan.

If you are vegan or coeliac, don’t stop reading: the biscuits, which are traditionally made using egg white, are offered in an equally divine plant-based form, a feat which required six months of experimentation. Our vegan pick: the “Birgi”, blends mocha and figs with a decadent hazelnut praline filling. All the creations are completely gluten-free due to the almond flour base. The only drawback with Loti’s macarons is that they look too good to eat – almost!

Text: Rosie Gilmour / Photos: Loti Pantón

Loti Pantón, Linienstr.141, 10115 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon–Fri 12–19h, Sat 12–17h; 23.12.2021 12–19h & 24.12.2021 10–14h (until sold out)

@lotipanton

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WILLA BERLIN — DESIGNER-RUN SHOP FOR HANDMADE HOME PIECES, JEWELRY, FASHION AND MORE

WILLA BERLIN — DESIGNER-RUN SHOP FOR HANDMADE HOME PIECES, JEWELRY, FASHION AND MORE

You’ll find all sorts of things at Willa Berlin, from jewelry and clothing to kitchen utensils and tableware. But there’s one thing that unites the selection in this Kreuzberg shop: a firm focus on good design and craftsmanship. Located just opposite Markthalle Neun, the store was opened by designers Stefanie Hartwig and Sarah Harfmann in November 2021. The intention was simple: the duo wanted to bring together items from their favorite local makers and designers – as well as their own pieces – in one place. Hartwig is the founder of Plietsh, a label for jewelry that since 2009 has been combining silver forms with natural objects found on the streets of Berlin. Harfmann founded her eponymous brand in 2010, creating a range of timeless wool and linen garments which now includes “Harfmann Piccolino”, a super cute kidswear range which includes matching grown-up and children’s garments.

Besides the pair’s own designs, the expertly curated Willa selection includes gorgeous stripey pastel ceramics created by wheel-thrown clay in Berlin by Chris’s Ceramics, unique multi-media mini wall hangings by Studio Hammel and gorgeous beeswax candles in groovy wooden holders by Ovo Things Candles in Lithuania. And: if you’re looking for some little stocking fillers for Christmas, you can also find tasty Lebkuchen from Pfeffer & Frost packed in ultra cute boxes. There’s no excuse not to pay a visit…

Text: Rosie Gilmour / Photos: Jonas Michel

Willa Berlin, Eisenbahnstr.6, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Thur–Sat, 11–18h

@willa.berlin

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A LIMITED EDITION OF “TAKE ME TO THE LAKES” — EXPLORE 30 LAKES ACROSS GERMANY WITH INSIDER TIPS AND BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHY

A LIMITED EDITION OF “TAKE ME TO THE LAKES” — EXPLORE 30 LAKES ACROSS GERMANY WITH INSIDER TIPS AND BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHY

Summer lake days seem like light years away, so here’s a book to get you dreaming about (and planning) next year’s shoreside adventures. Berlin publishers The Gentle Temper are celebrating five years of books with a special edition of their now-legendary lake guide, “Take Me to the Lakes”. The 312-page “Deutschland Edition” includes a beautifully-photographed selection of 30 of the best German lakes collected from different editions in the series. Each section in the book is dedicated to a region or city: Bavaria, Cologne, the Black Forest, Hamburg, Leipzig and of course Berlin. Besides the lakes, for each region the book also includes 12 accommodation tips – from hotels to tiny houses – which is handy if you plan to stay a night or two. Like all the books in the series, this edition is full of hidden places and practical advice that will take you from the mountain lakes of Bavaria to the sand dunes surrounding Berlin. In our opinion it’s worth grabbing a copy just to admire the design and photography – that said, it’d be a shame if it never left the coffee table. As for us: we’re already planning our 2022 lake debut.

Text: Rosie Gilmour / Photos: Josephine Kaatz & Take Me to the Lakes

Take Me to the Lakes – Deutschland Edition (The Gentle Temper, 312 pages, in German)

You can purchase the book online and at stockists in Berlin.

@takemetothelakes
@thegentletemper

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FUN AND FUNKY HOMEWARE DESIGNS AND VINTAGE OBJECTS — PODIUM X FRIENDS CHRISTMAS MARKET AT H&M MITTE GARTEN

FUN AND FUNKY HOMEWARE DESIGNS AND VINTAGE OBJECTS — PODIUM X FRIENDS CHRISTMAS MARKET AT H&M MITTE GARTEN

It’s the Christmas shopping classic: you go out to buy gifts for your loved ones and end up with a bag of goodies for yourself. But don’t feel bad – just get yourself down to the Podium X Friends Christmas Market this weekend (18 & 19.12.2021) where we’re pretty certain you’ll find the perfect pressies for your besties. The event is hosted by vintage collectors Luisa and Sonja at Podium who, besides showing off their own retro homewares, are inviting a bunch of their designer friends to bring their creations. The location for the market is the outdoor area at H&M Mitte Garten, a shop and event space that occupies the ground floor of a beautiful Altbau just off Hackescher Markt. The designs on show are fresh and unconventional – not least the plates, vases and cups from Studio Roi, whose mission is to celebrate the female anatomy.

Other highlights for the home include the wavy mirrors and candleholders from Lisa Land or, if you want to give the gift of a new hobby, the candle making and needlepoint kits from The Good Kit. Foodies meanwhile should check out the otherworldly cakes from Eliza Mozer and the Aussie wines from Pét Shop. But it’s not just about the shopping: you’ll also want to soak up the festive vibes with mulled wine, vegan hot dogs and a music line-up that includes daily DJ sets by Catelle and an acoustic gig on Saturday night from Jonny Mahoro. And once you’ve got your gifts sorted, you can head inside Mitte Garden: a high-concept H&M flagship where you can browse curated womenswear, third-party brands and vintage pieces. So treat yourself – we won’t tell anyone…

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: H&M & Marco Krueger

Podium X Friends Christmas Market at H&M Mitte Garten
Neue Schönhauser Str.13, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
18.12.2021 11–20h & 19.12 13–18h

@podium.vintage
@hmmittegarden

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HAFERKORN & SAUERBREY — CUTE CHRISTMAS CARDS, ELEGANT WRAPPING AND DESIGN-FORWARD STATIONERY

HAFERKORN & SAUERBREY — CUTE CHRISTMAS CARDS, ELEGANT WRAPPING AND DESIGN-FORWARD STATIONERY

Need some finishing touches to match your carefully-chosen Christmas gifts? Berlin-based brand Haferkorn & Sauerbrey offer a tasteful solution with their seasonal cardspapersribbons and gift tags. Designed in-house, the online collection was founded in 2008 by designers Romy Haferkorn and Miriam Sauerbrey, who found they couldn’t connect with the stationery styles on the market. Having previously designed for brands and magazines, the pair joined forces to create their own stationery and greeting card designs. As well as papers, the ever-growing collection includes some great gifts: vibrant notebooks, Bauhaus-inspired prints and even silk blend scarves. And if you know a friend who needs help organizing – or if that person is you – the brand’s beautiful calendars and planners will help make 2022 run smoothly. You can browse the full range online.

Text: Rosie Gilmour / Photos: Haferkorn & Sauerbrey

Haferkorn & Sauerbrey designs are available online and at various stockists

@haferkornsauerbrey

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