photos: Julia Luka Lila Nitzschke
Summer is in full bloom, and finally you can enjoy the weekends in the warm sun. What could be better than to get yourself an aperitif after a stressful week and experience the Italian feeling?
Traditionally in Italy, wonderful late afternoons are spent with friends in a bar, drinking a cold Negroni and eating delicious snacks. For such offerings we already introduced you to the Bar Milano in Berlin Mitte and now we want to expand on our recommendations and share a way for a sparkling start to Saturdays.
The event series Aperitivo a Berlino ties in with the beloved Italian tradition. It all started with two boys from Berlin who invited some friends and acquaintances to Sale e Tabacchi and had a great evening of drinking various aperitifs and eating small Italian appetizers. Now as the Italian afternoon is becoming increasingly popular, the Aperitivo has been moving around to several places such as Bar Milano (on vacation till September) and currently takes place on a wonderful rooftop on Linienstrasse in Berlin Mitte. See more details and have a look at the pictures from last time after the jump.
A.D.Deertz, photo: Fergus Padel
Even though the fashion world is currently trying to rush this trend out of the door as fast as they can, you can’t deny that the reality is quite a different one: Beards are still going strong! With the rise of the bearded hipster and the “Lumbersexual” the beard has become the subject of trends in the past decade, and of course trends come and go. But to be honest, beards have been there before these trends, not just in the hip metropolises of the world, but also in many other cities and cultures. And I think they will survive the passing of trends and will hopefully remain in many men’s faces!
In Berlin apparently 53% of men are wearing some kind of beard. 33,5% are sporting a full beard which is my personal favorite, not only for my own face, but also for other men. In fact I believe that every man looks better with a beard, only few men actually look good without one. The grooming brand Braun has now released the results of a survey they conveyed in major cities of Europe. They show similarly high numbers for beards in London, Milan, and Barcelona. With 63% beards Istanbul is actually the most beardy city and with 48% beards Paris makes the end of the ranking.
So, Berlin is not the winner of the beard race, as I would have guessed, but we are still a big player in the field. Of course a beard alone is not enough for a good style. While nicely groomed and trimmed facial hair is a good start we also need some clothes, design and other items that go along with it. To celebrate a little bit the ongoing appreciation of beards in Berlin we selected some of the nicest shops and places that we think somehow relate to the lifestyle of bearded men. Dive in and enjoy our Bearded Gentleman Guide for Berlin after the jump.
When I moved from Denmark to Berlin in October 2014 I had no intentions of starting a food blog but of course I have always enjoyed eating burgers of any kind. Then I quit my call-center job in January and was thinking about starting this burger blog and so I did in February.
Denmark does not give you the chance to focus on for example burgers, it needs to be wider to survive. Because where I come from we do not have these magnificent burger places. The cliental is very limited and therefor only suitable for a franchise food chain. Copenhagen is the only place in Denmark where you can have a decent burger!
In Berlin I am totally ecstatic – there are literally burger joints “überall”. Some better than others of course but the standard is more than often high and the prices low. You can eat burgers from different cultures, Asian burgers and American burgers – big burgers and small burgers – expensive burgers and cheap burgers. Whatever you are searching for Berlin will provide food and shelter to your hunger!
For iHeartBerlin I created a list of 10 amazing burger places that include some of my favorites in town including brand new places and old beloved classics. I will not rank these burger joints but recommend every single one because to me they have something extra to offer. More burger reviews will follow on my blog Chessy Burger, but for now let’s enjoy these 10 amazing places.
Every day should start with a good breakfast and luckily Berlin is a city so versatile in terms of breakfast that every tastebud should find some satisfaction here. For our latest big city guide feature we have compiled a list of 12 places in 5 districts of Berlin with a variety of breakfast and brunch options that will leave you craving for more. Enjoy your meal!
You know how it is: Every time you need to dress for a special occasion, or maybe just for the next work day and you stand in front your completely overfilled closet yet still you feel like you have nothing to wear. Well, you have A LOT to wear, only you don’t feel like wearing anything you own and then you end up putting on that neutral black shirt and pair of pants because it’s the only outfit that does not completely bother you.
So we have two issues here: a) you need new clothes because obviously you kind of over most of the stuff you own and b) you need to get rid of a lot of clothes to make more space in your closet. Only one tiny problem: Hell will freeze over before you get up at 7 a.m. in the morning on a holy Sunday to set up a booth at Mauerpark. And you kind of don’t want to bother with taking pictures of every single item and putting it up online, let alone packing it up and sending it out to its new owner.
We might have a solution here: The Concierge Service by eBay in cooperation with Mädchenflohmarkt and the eBay Fashion Shop & Sell Boutique. As if by magic they will take care of all the complicated stuff in the process of getting rid of your old wardrobe so it can finally find its happy new wearer. I have been waiting forever for a service like this because I too have an overfilled closet and no time to sell the stuff myself so I better get going with this before my pieces are completely out of fashion.
To introduce the whole concept eBay and Mädchenflohmarkt are hosting a pop-up shop from June 11-16 here in Berlin. Find out more about it after the jump.
Since our recent trip to Milan Claudio and I have been totally into the concept of the Aperitivo. And by that we don’t mean just the regular old Aperol Spritz, but the entire ritual of an Aperitivo that includes not only a drink but also some delicious snacks that come either as a buffet or as a platter. In Berlin we are blessed with many Italian restaurants and delis, also wine bars. But we haven’t come across a place that offers a real Aperitivo like in Italy. Well, until now at least.
Recently the new Bar Milano opened at Brunnenstraße near Rosenthaler Platz finally bringing the Aperitivo to Berlin. And how gorgeous it is! They serve the most gigantic Aperol Spritz I’ve had so far and with the passion and love for good food and drinks the owners Eya and Kappa also know how to mix it to perfection. Of course this is not the only drink they serve, as there are so many other exquisite variations of this drink as well as other classics such as the Negroni or Prosecco. Every drink is served with a platter of delicious Italian snacks with the best ingredients like Bruschetti and small Parma ham sandwiches. But there is also a variety of other dishes that you can order such as a Carpaccio of the finest Prosciutto and Parmigiano. We’ve had a little tasting of a few things from the menu and it was all absolutely amazing! Of course everything comes straight from Italy and is served in authentic Italian tradition. We definitely recommend this great new bar and can’t wait to have our next half-liter glass of Spritz. Some impressions after the jump.
Berlin has a new paradise for magazine lovers: Soda Books. Perfectly located right at Rosenthaler Platz at Weinbergsweg the elegant and minimalistic store opened earlier this year with an exquisite selection of the best magazines and books in the genres of design, fashion, lifestyle, art, travel, interior, food and so much more. You’ll find international classics such as The Gentlewoman, Dazed & Confused, Metal, Purple Fashion and Another Magazine, but also new and more rare titles such as the travel and lifestyle magazine Cereal, Le Petite Voyeur, Toilet Paper and Das Wetter, and of course also local publications such as OE Magazines, Sleek and 032c. You can tell that the people behind this place have an admiration for magazines already by the store design as the titles are presented like pieces of art in a gallery. Some impressions and the details after the jump.
I’ve always loved good food, but only since I’ve recently had dinner at Bandol Sur Mer I know what an experience food can be and what it feels like when your taste buds go cold turkey. Read all about the best dinner of my life at, what is said to be Brad Pitt’s favorite Berlin restaurant after the jump…
Restaurant Neni, photo: 25hours Hotel
Berliners like new things. It’s part of the appeal of living in this city. It changes all the time, some things come, some things go. The city is in constant motion. This also applies to the restaurant scene in Berlin. We’ve seen a lot of places come and go here so every once in a while it’s good to give ourselves an update of the current state of cuisine. We have compiled a list of 12 new and new-ish restaurants in Berlin that we really like and that come with concepts and ideas that enrich this city. Enjoy our new restaurant guide. Guten Appetit!
Considering the average lunch or dinner of the modern Berliner is probably something between a Döner and a Kimchi soup it’s becoming more and more unlikely to come across a German-style meal these days! But why? I do realize German Cuisine is maybe not the most famous one in the world, but living here you should have at least tried! And to be honest, as much as I like Asian food, to have a really traditional German dish is just the best and now that I am writing about it my craving for it is becoming unbearable. I might have to go to one of our 8 best German restaurants that we have compiled for you after the jump. Enjoy!