The Best Ice Cream Shops in Berlin

During the cold dark Berlin winter, everybody longs for the sun and the warmth. And when the longed-for summer finally arrives the sunshine makes suddenly everybody smiley and more friendly. You can chill in the parks, swim in the lakes, go on an excursion with your bike. But there is nothing that screams out summer like a cold sweet ice cream. Whether you like it in a “Waffel” or “Becher”, with cream on top, vegan, on a sandwich, we’ve got you covered. Here is our selection of the greatest ice cream places in Berlin. Enjoy!

Amanda Artiaga by
on August 16th, 2018
in Kreuzberg, Mitte, Neukölln, Prenzlauer Berg, Schöneberg

To be an Artist is to Fail: A Comedy Show about Berlin’s Creative Expats

To be an artist is to fail. These famous words by Marcel Proust introduce the Berlin-based web series “Big Heads”.  As much appreciation as there is for Berlin’s international creative community, plenty of well-known stereotypes of artists have formed over the years. They persistently keep poking fun at those dreamful expats who come to Berlin to fulfill their desires of becoming an artist.

Producer and author Marlene Melchior and Alex Forge quickly picked up on this joke that is going around town on behalf of Berlin’s creative expat community and decided to start a mini web series about the dark hassle in the life of an aspiring artist in Berlin. The award-winning show is called Big Heads and documents the life of Anjuna Pashnani, a British girl in her quarter-life crises who moved to Berlin to become a writer of any kind, in search of a writing career she wants to pursue, the artsy characters she meets along the way and the typical challenges she faces to feel accomplished and arrived in Berlin.

Franziska by
on August 15th, 2018
in Videos

The Berlin Family Next Door – Depending on your Neighborhood

Sometimes getting along with your neighbors could be more difficult than releasing your childhood traumas. So, in order to smooth this process, we squeezed through your future neighbors’ windows to chronicle their lives, and give you a sneak peek at how they might look like.

From the family that “incubates” their hardcore-punk band in their apartment to the friendly gay couple that is obsessed with their visits to the psychotherapist — here is a short guide to the family next door depending on your neighborhood.

Disclaimer: No stereotypes were harmed in the writing of this text.

by
on August 14th, 2018
in People, Stories

A Declaration of Love to Garbicz Festival

photo: Ole Ukena

For the past three years, my friend Anahita kept doting about Garbicz Festival. She kept telling me about its magical atmosphere, the friendly and open-hearted people, the heartfelt and detailed Katerblau-like decoration and colorfully dressed people. So, after all the gushing, this turned out to be her third year of Garbicz and, eventually, I called it my first!

The Garbicz Festival exists for 5 years now and is a communal project brought to life by the party creators Bachstelzen and Katerblau/Holzmarkt. These guys joined forces and bought the serene nature reserve bordering at the small village called Garbicz in Poland, where each year, the Festival is brought to life and in the end is taken down almost completely again. The area is an absolute gift to the festival, with a big lake to swim in or chill at and lots of trees, to camp in the shadows, protected by rain. The talented photographer Ole Ukena kept his camera close during those exciting 5 days, to distinctively capture the vibe of Garbicz Festival for you. 

Franziska by
on August 12th, 2018
in Clubs, Party

Fierce Makeup Looks Inspired by Berlins most Iconic Clubs

I know that Berliners don’t like to try hard when it comes to their party attire. It is sort of Berlin-cool to not care much! But for me, it is a lot of fun to create a special alter ego at night.

When I first started to explore Berlin’s nightlife, I used to cluelessly ask around “What makeup do people wear at Berghain?” or “Is there a dress code at Kater Blau?”. I had absolutely no idea and felt a bit lost. So, inspired by what I have seen in Berlin’s club scene, this little guide hopes to inspire you in terms of what your makeup could look like when heading out to different clubs in Berlin.

Franziska by
on August 9th, 2018
in Misc.

This Gay Rugby Team from Berlin Knows How to Defeat Stereotypes

photo: Slawomir Urban – URBANKAMERA

Straight men like football, basketball, and rugby. Gay men like gymnastics, ice-skating and yoga. These stereotypes can be right 60ish% of the time (this number is made up). But in some cases, they are so, so wrong and harmful. Stereotypes are a tricky thing. Of course, they help our silly human brains process information quicker and make faster decisions (though not necessarily better decisions). But when it comes to human interactions, your easy stereotypes can feel like a cage to the person you apply it too.

With the mission to show the world that stereotypes should be second-guessed in the case of sports and sexual preferences, the Berlin Bruisers take a strong stand on the field. The gay rugby team’s recent campaign – with the slogan “Fight For Being You” – was published on Facebook, Instagram and in print. When it came out, it caused quite some controversy (especially with straight men), which made me notice it.

Claudio by
on August 7th, 2018
in Stories

A love letter to my Berlin Friends who left the City!

I find it really hard to believe it, but November will mark my third year of living in Berlin. The whole thing started as an innocent fling, and then somehow turned into this pretty serious business including university exams and tax declarations. I’m still quite stunned as to when did this all happen.

I’ve always aspired to a particular image of myself, carved out mostly by rock’n’roll lyrics, and when I came to Berlin, I decided to live that out loud. Accordingly, I have made my share of bizarre memories. But as I’m walking along the now familiar streets, without the need to consult every next step with a map, I look back and what really stands out are the dear faces of my friends. Some of whom aren’t in Berlin anymore.

Michalina by
on August 6th, 2018
in Stories

Berliners – We Have to Save our Trees From the Heat!

photo: Matthias Arlund

The recent heat wave continues to be a living hell for all of Berlin. We can attempt to escape it by chilling by the lake or even getting out of town, but the merciless sun is not going anywhere. Although we humans might feel constantly drowning in sweat, the real ecological problem concerns the drought that is deeply affecting our trees. How can we save them?

Michalina by
on August 3rd, 2018
in Charlottenburg, Dahlem, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Neukölln, Prenzlauer Berg, Schöneberg, Tempelhof, Tiergarten, Wannsee, Wedding, Weißensee, Zehlendorf

The iHeartBerlin Show #01 with Daniel-Ryan Spaulding

As iHeartBerlin grows and spreads its metaphorical wings to encompass more platforms, we are delighted to present you with the iHeartBerlin Show, our new online video show where we’ll have the chance to talk all about Berlin with prominent figures of this amazing city.

And our project couldn’t have started stronger, as the first episode hosts the magnificent Daniel Ryan Spaulding, the Canadian standup comedian who became viral through his series “It’s Berlin!” where he satirizes Berlin’s techno and hipster culture in a way we all find relatable.

Our excitement to have him was big, and we didn’t miss the opportunity to ask him as many things as possible: what inspires him, his favorite spots in Berlin, how his sexuality connects to his comedy, and lots more.

Watch the full episode to learn more about this gifted human, and come out to watch his stand-up show on August 11th at the English Theatre Berlin; the venue is almost sold out, so hurry to secure a seat! It’s a guaranteed blast and of course, we’ll be there too!

Stella by
on August 2nd, 2018
in People, Videos

The Unique Documentary About the History of Fusion Festival

Photo: Ole Ukena – Eye of Ole

Good old Fusion turned incredible 20 years old last year! And is now looking back on 20 wild years of building the alternative festival dream that we know today. You have never been to the famous Fusion Festival? Then let us explain the magic shortly: The Fusion grew out of the idea to create a space for all free-spirited individuals, to be what they want and create a society they feel comfortable in. So instead of only focussing on great music and filling big stages, Fusion is famous for creating its alternate reality that fosters love, sustainable living, and compassion. Who do we have to thank for all these years of intense festival partying? Kudos goes out to Kulturkosmos e.V.!

Franziska by
on August 1st, 2018
in Events, Music, Party