Places

Mehrwert – A Colorful Concept Diner against Food Waste

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photos: Tabea Mathern

Let’s start with an incredible and really shocking fact: about 18 million tons of edible food are thrown away every year in Germany. And with the large number of restaurants and supermarket in Berlin, I guess our beloved city is not doing any better. The impact of the food waste on our economy and environment is huge, affecting people’s and animal’s lives all over the planet.

To understand from where waste comes from, how this affects your life and our lives in general, and to get input for changing this horrible food waste the Guerilla Architects, the Entretempo Kitchen Gallery and the visual artist Tabea Mathern decided to created a unique project together.

Right in the middle of Prenzlauer Berg inside a gallery space near Senefelder Platz they started the project Mehrwert, a fast food diner completely made of recycled materials and only serving responsibly sourced food. But this place is not only an artistic pop-up restaurant. The aim is to create awareness and to share opinions and ideas to make our food consumption a bit less harmful for our world and our future. This happened for instance during several workshops and events during the last weeks.

If you want to check out this place, it’s open during the week from 10h to 16h and sometimes for special dinner events on the weekend (such as this Sunday). The closing party is going to take place on March 18th 2017.

Claudio by Claudio
on March 10th, 2017
in Art, Prenzlauer Berg, Restaurants

A Guide to Berlin Bike Shops

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photo: Standert Bicycles Pop Up Week

A lot of things that are popular in Berlin are fun, but some of them are probably not the kind of thing your doctor would advise you to do. With one exception. We love biking! Although the basic biking know-how in Berlin is comprised not only of beautiful routes, nice places to hang out with fellow riders, but also a bunch of rules to keep your bike safe from being stolen, it’s the favorite pastime for a lot of us. With the Berliner Fahrradschau coming up this weekend, we wanted to give you a little heads-up in terms of the great bike shops that continue to promote this healthy hobby all year round.

Michalina by Michalina
on February 28th, 2017
in Cafés, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Shops

Konditorei Damaskus – a Syrian pastry shop on Sonnenallee

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Photo: Ellen Munro / cc

You know us at iHeartBerlin – we love discovering all kinds of delicious food in Berlin and then sharing the locations with you in our guides. The only thing we enjoy more than that is sharing our common vision of Berlin as a safe space for everyone, regardless of their religious beliefs, skin colour, or gender. So we couldn’t be more stoked to present you the story of yet another shop selling delicious sweets and at the same time run by Syrian refugees.

Michalina by Michalina
on February 23rd, 2017
in Cafés, Misc.

Benedict Berlin – A Breakfast Paradise

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The idea of a place that offers breakfast around the clock already sounds pretty amazing considering I love breakfast and I tend to start the day quite late. But combine this with an unbelievable diverse and extensive selection of breakfast dishes that are typical in different countries, this makes it pretty much a paradise to me.

Benedict Berlin offers exactly that and has pretty much hit a nerve not only with me, but with a lot of people in Berlin. Only a few months old the place is already super popular and that even despite its unusual location in Wilmersdorf. But the commute to this place is absolutely worth it, because nowhere else will you get a variety and especially with such good quality here in Berlin.

The concept hails all the way from Israel where it is already a huge success with several stores. Benedict Berlin is their first branch in a different country and, oh my, are we lucky that they try different waters first here with us. Well, I guess the reputation of the Berliners to be crazy for new things reaches quite far.

Frank by Frank
on February 18th, 2017
in Cafés, Charlottenburg

Best Coffee Places in Berlin

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photo: Blogfabrik/ Sophia Halamoda

When the days are still drab, but nevertheless long, there’s only one thing that helps against this state of listlessness in the morning: Damn good coffee. For its sake, it becomes worthwhile to wake up even a little earlier, just so one can truly enjoy this quality cup and slowly get your mind ready for the day while soaking it up. That’s why true coffee experts would never take a cup to go. However, even when things have to go quick in the morning, a sweet coffee cup in your hand already makes everything better. We put together the best coffee places in Berlin for you, and we assure you that in some cases it even pays off to travel through the entire city.

Alicia by Alicia
on February 7th, 2017
in Cafés, City Guide, Misc.

Awesome Breakfast Places in Neukölln

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Once upon a time in a borough in the southeastern part of one of the world’s most magical and mind-blowing capitals there was a constant hustle and bustle resulting not from cars or any other kind of pestering noise but from people heading somewhere driven by hope and creativity. This would be my personal definition of Neukölln. What a better neighborhood to enjoy the first meal of the day. Here is the latest edition of our breakfast guide. Make sure you let us know about your favorite places ;-)

Nikos by Nikos
on January 27th, 2017
in Cafés, Neukölln

Where to Shop Berlin Designers

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photo: VEKTOR

A great way to express your identity to the outside world is definitely clothing. Berlin’s community is extraordinarily supportive of people sporting clothes that are anything but appropriate, genuinely individual and often mocking the standards of what’s considered trendy. That’s why the capital is all excited for the Berlin Fashion Week starting on the 17th of January. Before you set out on what may become a crazy marathon between different shows and sales, get a little heads-up on where to shop the real Berlin Designers in our latest guide.

Apart from the permanent shops in our list we also recommend the Projekt Galerie designer sample sale that happens only during this special week and features a lot of local design treasures.

Michalina by Michalina
on January 16th, 2017
in Charlottenburg, Fashion, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Neukölln, Shops

A Guide to Berlin curated by Esther Perbandt

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Esther Perbandt is Berlin’s number one avant-garde designer and with her label operating way over 10 years now she leads one of the most established fashion brands in Berlin. The sophisticated, androgynous style of her designs is unique – worldwide – and has gained her a fanbase that includes not only international avant-garde lovers but also the local creatives from the worlds of theater, cinema, art and music.

In anticipation for her next big show that will happen in the coming week at the impressive Volksbühne theater we met with Esther to speak with her about her favorite places in Berlin. If you want to be part of the big celebration of her 13th collection on January 17th you should join us for drinks (kindly supplied by World Class and Belsazar Vermouth) at the official after show party that starts at 21h in the Sternenfoyer of Volksbühne.

Frank by Frank
on January 13th, 2017
in Bars, Cafés, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Museums, Restaurants, Shops

A Taste of Iran in Berlin: Sabzi & Coucou

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Berlin is blessed with culinary delights of lands near and far. A mélange de tout, the Hauptstadt has something to offer to everyone. While the influence of Middle Eastern flavors is felt on every corner in form of Döners, Falafel, and kebabs, the Iranian cuisine is still heavily underrepresented. Few restaurants are trying to inject some of the exotic East into Germany’s beating heart and few people too. Among such people is Anahita, an Iranian girl whose  Sabzi and Coucou are bringing in the Persian flavors with an added twist.

by Guest Author
on January 12th, 2017
in Mitte, Restaurants

A Sweet Tooth Guide to Berlin

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photo: Brammibal’s Donuts

I’ve always had a sweet tooth. Ever since I was a little kid hanging in my parents’ grocery shop, I’d covertly fill up my pockets with candy. Not much changed. I mean, luckily I started financing the addiction on my own and the only thing I may occasionally steal is the show, but, despite strong human competition, my love affair with confectionery is still at the top of my most toxic relationships list. Basically, when I first saw the phrase “death by chocolate”, I felt like that’s what my gravestone is going to read. If you’re like me, or want to really impress a boy or girl with a tendency for sweet self-indulgence (there are many of us around here!), take them to one of those places:

Michalina by Michalina
on January 11th, 2017
in Cafés, Charlottenburg, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Neukölln, Prenzlauer Berg, Schöneberg