The Hot Tub Cinema hasn’t made it from London to Berlin yet, but the times of watching movies in a theatre with red velvet seats or cuddled up in bed are over none the less. We want to get out, sit in a deckchair or a blanket underneath the stars while the films flicker on an outside screen. Summer has finally come and it’s time for some Open Air film fun! Recommendations after the jump.
I’ve been hearing lots of good things about the Mogg & Melzer deli at the former Jewish girls school at Auguststraße since it opened and always wanted to check it out. Last night I finally made that happen. Even though this place is probably mostly frequented for breakfast and lunch by all the agency folks in its Mitte neighborhood I actually went there for dinner. As it’s a deli they mostly offers simple dishes like sandwiches, salades, soups and platters. But if you are looking for a light meal, this also works quite well in the evening. On a quest for a low-carb experience me and my friend both opted for two different variations of goat cheese salade with a side of Pastrami. Both were really delicious and starting at 6 EUR not even that expensive. I also couldn’t resist to try out the NY cheesecake and I was stunned as it’s the best one I’ve had here in Berlin for a long time. We were also a fan of the wines they offered - and that comes from someone who normally doesn’t drink wine. On top of that the service was really good and super charming. You should definately check this out if you can! More after the jump.
We’ve been following the pop-up restaurant Pret A Diner now for a few years already. They have been opening up in Berlin during Berlin Fashion Week for the last couple of seasons, but also had pop-ups in other cities all over the world. I always liked their interesting set-ups and creative menues, but I must say, this time, they have out-done themselves. The location, the old Opera workshop at Zinnowitzer Str. in Mitte is absolutely stunning and the set-up is especially nice this time. They teamed up with Circle Culture Gallery who have a very good urban and contemporary art exhibition going on there. They also have cute little thrift-store-esque shop that features items from all the places in the world they have opened up in. It’s really charming.
And now to the food. Wow! They offer a 3 course menue for 55 EUR with lots of options. They seperate courses start are 15-20 EUR which is really fair considering the style and quality of the dishes. The US filet steak is the best steak I had in Berlin so far, it’s so good you will be out of words. I also enjoyed the ox cheeks and the cod, they are amazing (and I normally don’t eat fish!). The best dessert is the “Zimtblüte”, at the opening I ate like 4 of them, so good.
In addition to the amazing location, exhibition, shop and food they also offer an entertainment program with live music on Thursdays and special events and parties on the weekend. Next week they will host the 1st anniversary of the Berlin Film Society with a special screening and dinner. More on that in our eventguide.
If you like good food and want to enjoy it in a very unique and impressive set-up you should definately make a reservation at the current edition of Pret A Diner. You will love it! It’s still going on until the end of Febuary. Enjoy my impressions after the jump.
Mark your calendars, kids, on January 24th 2013 Berlin will get a new playground for experimental and excentric ideas and events. The Aktionsforum Shift will officially open its doors at the Kraftwerk Mitte, the same building that is also home to the Tresor Club and the big event space where the Show And Order fashion trade show takes place during Berlin Fashion Week. Shift will not just be another random club, it will be a space for performances and theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops, film screenings and much more. The preview event of the space during NYE already presented a very eclectic event with a live performance by Aerea Negrot (former vocalist of Hercules & Love Affair) and an experimental video installation which you can see part of after the jump. Stay tuned to our event guide for everything going on at Shift!
In their latest episode of the web-tv show Recreate Berlin the guys from Vice have finally arrived in my favorite dictrict of Berlin: Mitte. This time the task of the Galaxy Note Lab was to repaint Mitte. I really enjoyed how workshop leader Clé gives some insights about the development of district that are beyond the typical touristic and commercial hotspots while the participants get creative with the photos they have captured at places such as the Circle Culture Gallery at Gipsstraße. Have a look at the video after the jump.
People love to compete and some would do anything to win. In movies people entering competition usually believe winning will change their life, but the way to success is long and rocky. This week I’ll take a look at what great films deal with various topics of racing toward a seemingly unreachable goal.
As I’m sure you’ve already heard iheartBerlin.de and Mobile Kino are hosting the very first Berlin Film Night, a one-night screening film festival on the topic of Berlin. Next week we will show you a selection of films visually or through it’s narration related to our beautiful city. And we are still looking for films. More after the jump.
photos: Nils Krüger
On Wednesday evening Patrick Mohr opened his own pop-up store at Münzstraße 20 with a party with music by his buddy DJ Hell. In the shop you can get his previous seasons on sale as well as the current summer season. Have a look at the impressions of the opening night after the jump on 2 pages.
Whenever I see some new business setting itself up in my neighborhood I think: pleeease let it be something practical for me and of good quality. So once I noticed a group of young people starting to fiddle around the empty shop a few doors down from my house at Brunnenstraße I was all too curious of what they would be working on. In an almost stalkerish manner I pressed my nose against the glass window when they weren’t looking – excited that it would not be another agency office or gallery but definately something to eat.
A week ago it finally opened and I must say, I’m very pleased. Joris a.k.a. Jonas and Flori sell freshly made salads, soups and baked potatoes, as well as coffee and freshly pressed juices made of local ingredients and lots of love. The soups, sauces and the big selection of toppings are always changing depending on what’s in season at the moment so you can always expect something new when you come here in your lunchbreak or after work. For the early birds you might be lucky to grab one of their freshly baked muffins. So far I’ve tried a soup and a baked potatoe with bolognese and goat cheese and I really enjoyed both – very natural and pure in taste, no fancy experiments, but real food. I’ll definately be here more often! Get a preview of the place and the details after the jump.
While I was gone it seems the city has already regenerated itself in some ways, closing a bunch of places and opening new ones somewhere else. You never get bored and it never stops to entertain you with new things.
One of Berlin’s new pearls is the restaurant Katz Orange. I went there on the first night after the return from my trip and what a great choice it turned out to be to welcome me back! The restaurant is located in a stunning old villa in a backyard of Bergstraße in Mitte. The barnyard-meets-vintage-factory interior is perfectly cosy and interesting to observe and there are a lot of charming details to keep you occupied while waiting for your meals to arrive such as the beautiful mixed-up vintage silverware. From the menue we tried out the venison burger, the beef tar tar and the petit fours, all of which were absolutely delicious. Have a look after the jump for some impressions of the place and the food, as well as the details.
Monoqi is a brand new online shop for selected design products and accessories. Each item is only available for a limited time and quantity but for a special reduced price. To celebrate the launch of the shop they are also opening a pop-up store and exhibition at the Apple Design Gallery here in Mitte. The pop-up store starts on Friday and will be open until next week Sunday, daily from 10-20h. Have a look after the jump for more photos and the details.