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7 Awesome Berlin Bars that are Perfect for a First Date

photo: Herr Lindemann

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we came across Zitronenstraße – a project that highlights Berlin’s most romantic spots such as bars, cafes, restaurants and parks on an interactive map. Although the town is full of bars and cafes, sometimes you still end up clueless as to where can you take your date. This is especially common during Winter, when even the most tenacious Berliners have to seek shelter from the cold. We’ve asked Valerio – the creator of the romantic places in Berlin map – to share his 7 favorite bars that he thinks are perfect for a romantic date.

Michalina by
on February 14th, 2018
in Bars, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Neukölln

Being a Mono Girl in a Poly World

photos: Franziska Müller-Degenhardt

When I first came here, I was innocent and inexperienced, clear as a blank page. But it is a truth universally acknowledged that Berlin is a city of creatives, so it’s only natural that after a while, I ended up feeling like someone has scribbled all over me. The once blank page is now covered in chaotic drafts and I am only left with distant memories of love songs, script ideas and DJ sets, all of which turned out to be way less meaningful than I could have (however naively) hoped.

Michalina by
on February 13th, 2018
in Stories

The Story Behind the Iconic Kiss on the Berlin Wall

The Story Behind the Iconic Kiss on the Berlin Wall

When we think of Berlin as a tourist destination, there’s one spot that invariably attracts all kinds of visitors. Whether it’s your grandma or the cool chick you met in London, they’ll want to see the East Side Gallery. And while you’re there, don’t be surprised when your guest (well, maybe not the grandma), will ask you to take a selfie with what’s become the most recognizable graffiti of them all.

Its actual title is ‘’My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love’’, but if that doesn’t ring a bell, you probably know it as something along the lines of ‘’Two Older Guys Sharing an Intense Kiss’’. And guess what? Although the image itself is now widely regarded as something of a symbol for Berlin’s general inclusivity and the city’s welcoming approach towards anything LGBTQ, the history behind it is a bit different.

Michalina by
on February 5th, 2018
in Stories

Quiz: How much of a Berliner are you?

illustrations: Sophia Halamoda

They say every city can be a bittersweet experience, but Berlin has a penchant for taking everything to the absolute extreme; it’s syrupy like Glühwein and pungent like take-away coffee from a Turkish run späti. No mouthwash – not even Pfeffi – could ever make you forget its taste.

How did you feel when you realized Berlin is the World’s Greatest Circus, and upon moving here, you could leave the audience and get on stage? Everything is improvised, it can get ugly – and the only character that’s even trying to be funny is the BVG. But you stayed, watching others, trying to learn the cues, and ultimately you fell in love with the beautiful mess around you.

How well do you know it now? Can you tell the cliches from the truth? Have you been to the wild side? Are you even vegan?! In other words: how much of a Berliner are you, really? Let our quiz be the judge.

Michalina by
on January 24th, 2018
in People

A Berlin Techno Festival in an Abandoned Nuclear Bunker

photos: 5001 Festival

Berliners’ undying affection for techno comes on a par with a fondness for tangible memories of the GDR past. The creators of 5001 Festival (happening on 17th, 18th and 19th August 2018) merged the two into an event that will undoubtedly become the rave highlight of your summer. 

Michalina by
on January 23rd, 2018
in Events, Music

The Best Concept Stores in Berlin

Berlin is this hilarious place where a tacky discounter with a hot Angebot for plastic flip-flops can sometimes be located literally a few steps away from a concept store. This divergence is definitely among top 5 characteristics of this fabulous city – the city that inspires all different kinds of creative thinkers – many brilliant designers among them!

For our new shopping guide we have focussed on those stores with a especially contemporary concept that combines cutting-edge fashion with other products such as interior design, accessories, beauty products and more. Enjoy our selection of concept stores below!

Michalina by
on December 15th, 2017
in Fashion, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Neukölln, Prenzlauer Berg, Schöneberg, Shops

Night Falls on the Berlin of the Roaring 20s

illustrations: Robert Nippoldt

Berlin in the time of the Weimar Republic is one of the city’s most thrilling periods and no wonder many have tried to revive this time – for instance with this Second Life animation. There’s a new illustration book coming out now that will take you on a joyride through that enchanted section of the city’s past – we tell you what you can expect inside.

The German illustrator Robert Nippoldt has been following a brilliant concept while creating his subsequent books. ”Night falls on the Berlin of the Roaring 20s” is already his third work, after ”Hollywood in the 30s” and ”Jazz. New York in the Roaring 20s” that takes the readers on a time travel. Nippoldt’s illustrations are accompanied by stories and anecdotes gradually unraveling the secrets of a particular era.

Michalina by
on December 8th, 2017
in Art, Books

Spooning Cookie Dough: Prenzlauer Berg’s Sweet New Dessert

Berlin is a city of vices and few of them are as innocent as sweet tooth. But the Berlinerin Diana Hildenbrand has elevated her habit of scooping on raw dough into a yummy business idea. Those of you looking for a candy haven where you definitely won’t have to add extra sugar – read on!

Her store in Prenzlauer Berg looks like it was taken out of a Wes Anderson movie – and the fairytale aesthetic is a perfect setting to experience the luscious snack. Raw cookie dough is not yet a very popular concept in Germany, but it has many followers in the US – and that’s how Diana first came across it when during her pregnancy she was googling cake dough recipes that didn’t contain eggs.

She organized a few tastings with friends and after their positive response, she quit her job and devoted herself solely to her two kids and the cookie dough business. Now, you can choose your favorite from a sweet variety of cookie dough sorts jazzed up with delicious extras like hazelnut and chocolate spread, roasted almonds, marshmallows just to mention a few, along several different toppings.

If you like your desserts extra sweet, you just have to check out this place!

Michalina by
on December 7th, 2017
in Cafés, Prenzlauer Berg

Our First Interactive Game: The Flat Roulette

Hello stranger! So you really want to live in Berlin? Getting a room here is such an uphill struggle with high rent, mould, and German bureaucracy that finding the right flatmate is usually left to the workings of fate. Our Flat Roulette game – being a simplified version of this real life scenario – introduces you to some of the most characteristic Berlin personalities and gives you a sneak peak into what you sharing a roof with them will really mean.

The game is a collaboration with illustrator Sophia Halamoda that many of you will know from the Berghain, Real Berliner and Bürgeramt comics. It’s part of our upcoming book “Like A Berliner” that comes out in 2018. Stay tuned for more games!

Click here to play the game!

Michalina by
on November 28th, 2017
in Misc.

Berlin Foodie Guide: Food Experiences that match your Mood

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Last year, our most attentive readers must have already spotted the collaboration with Priceless Berlin – the platform for unique experiences by Mastercard – that we did in the form of culinary, crafty, and adventurous Berlin Guides. This year we’ve come together with Priceless Berlin again, namely for the brand new Berlin Foodie Guide – a new platform devoted to culinary experiences in Berlin. The result of our work stands out amongst other similar ventures – in contrast to any typical guide, the Berlin Foodie Guide is designed to cater to our reader’s various moods and occasions with carefully curated stories.

Michalina by
on November 21st, 2017
in Food