Not even a year has passed since our last new Berlin restaurants round-up of 2018. But my list of interesting new openings has already surpassed 10 so it’s about time for another one for 2019!
The last couple of months have brought us quite an interesting wave of new gastronomic projects. Some hail from already established entrepreneurs while others are complete newbies in the food scene of the city. While recent years showed a slight tendency towards more exquisite places I feel this year it’s quite balanced including something for everyone.
In our selection, you’ll find some creative fine dining, Asian delights from China, Korea, and Japan, a new Syrian place, of course, another cool new pizza joint, and also some hearty down-to-earth kitchen.
In this day and age, we are constantly exposed to countless impressions and digital distractions that leave us exhausted. Many apps try to reach us with their push messages, while social media is making it easy to compare ourselves to our high-achieving colleagues at work. And if that isn’t enough stress, living in a big city like Berlin, life is loud and busy. In need of good wellness tips, I reached out to the amazing Michaela Aue, who has got detoxing and balanced living down, like no other. Michaela works as a yoga teacher and consultant and has recently launched a very powerful podcast, The Kyōō (Engl. The Cue), that discusses everything we need for a balanced and healthy life.
I guess everyone has a few very personal routines in their daily life, that they are very particular about. Little details that just spark a little bit of happiness. May it be the joy of using the same colorful little teacup every morning, wearing your favorite shoes to work or listening to the right song while sitting on your favorite spot by the door. I personally am very particular where I go to enjoy my coffee. Mostly before work or at lunch. The place has to be friendly, cozy, unpretentious and yet unique – topped by a tasty cappuccino!
The other day I was walking on Hermanstraße when I discovered a beautiful brick stone building, that had a sign next to it saying “21 Gramm”. It pointed toward a cozy courtyard, away from the busy street. Following that sign, little did I know that I was about to discover the most unusual café on Hermannstraße. Pushing the curtains at the entrance aside, you unexpectedly uncover a spacious room, with beautiful high ceilings and large columns that are connected by graceful bows. This unusual space has got all the atmosphere you could possibly wish for in a café. I knew immediately: This was the place I would sit down and enjoy my coffee!
photo: Martina Trovato
With all the cool and cozy cafes in Neukölln, O.A.K. definitely stands out as one of the most delightful. It’s not only the ideal place to sip a cup of a well-brewed Italian cappuccino while chatting with your friends, but also a nice spot to get some work done on your laptop and fill your belly with homemade delicacies.
O.A.K. Cafè is run by a joyful Italian couple: Giulia and Martino (plus the cute glasses-wearing koala in a Hawaii shirt enjoying a coffee, the symbol of O.A.K.). I am personally a loyal customer and it’s always a pleasure to have a word with them.
The beloved cozy Christmas atmosphere with all its lights, markets and holiday feels are gone, even the excitement and glitter of New Year’s Eve has faded. The new year leaves us longing for more happy celebrations, but instead, gloomy January has taken their place to spread his dreaded winter blues. I can’t tell you how bad it gets to me, every time. Since I was very quickly over Netflix and couch after the fourth night in the row, I thought about what other activities in Berlin could brighten up this dark January. So this list goes out to everyone suffering from the January blues – let’s get off the couch and have some fun!
I am a huge fan of creatively wrapped Christmas presents as I have previously proven with our Christmas wrapping guide. Of course, I was super excited to hear about the new Christmas special by Bikini Berlin that is all about artfully decorated presents. Following their tradition of previous seasons, they have once again installed a beautiful big wrapping station in the middle of the concept shopping mall where you can have your presents wrapped or get crafty and wrap them yourselves.
But it wouldn’t be Bikini Berlin if this would be some ordinary type of wrapping station. Once again they invited a local artist to not only design the special edition wrapping papers but also create an entire photo set that transforms the designs from the papers into a big colorful world to step into and take pictures in.
Gendarmenmarkt, photo: Michael Setzpfandt
December is upon us, degrees are dropping down and Berlin winter has come. Even if we haven’t had any snow yet, we can feel it in the air: it’s almost Christmas markets season!
Even when it comes to Christmas events, Berlin has style and originality. If you were thinking that Christmas markets in this city are just about drinking smoking hot glühwein, eating “ich-liebe-dich”- gingerbread hearts or thousand different chocolate delicacies, you are wrong. The Berlin Christmas events have so much more to offer! To help you experience the Berlin Christmas season, we have created a 2018 Christmas Markets’ guide of the best and unconventional markets to visit in December. Berlin’s just as versatile as you might have expected – you’ll find a few traditional markets, some really design-oriented events, and even a Christmas film festival. Have a look! Finding the perfect Christmas gift it is not going to be demanding and boring anymore.
photo: Kinga Cichewicz
We all know how special Berlin is: this city has an incredible history, an amazing culture, an exciting nightlife, a distinctive architecture and so much more.
But when it is about describing its weather, it is not possible to lie: it can be bad for half of the year.
Moreover, winter is coming, namely the time of the year in which the greyness of the city reaches its high and we can easily get moody and gloomy. I do not exaggerate when I say that I would prefer to hibernate in my WG awaiting the next cheerful season, instead of strolling around the city with the freezing Berlin cold.
25hours, photo: Stephan Lemke
Over the years, we have given you plenty of tips on how to do Berlin on a budget – we’ve even provided you with this handy guide to our city’s most awesome hostels. But Berlin has more to offer than that – and we’ve got you covered when you feel like splashing some cash on your accommodation. Whether it’s your NYC friend asking you for advice on some fancy lodgings, or you’re searching for an apartment that’d be an escape from the city’s hustle and bustle without the need of hopping on a plane, check out this guide for Berlin’s coolest design and boutique hotels and holiday homes!
Berlin’s vibrant life is obviously powered by its colorful characters, but it really wouldn’t the same without some of the unique event locations that can be found all around town. An erstwhile power plant, the former State Mint, or old industrial buildings are just a few examples of the spaces available to event organizers in our city. Read about the 10 most amazing Berlin venues that will add an exceptional flair to any party or other forms of gathering.