Berlin is a modern, contemporary city like any other, but in one respect it has an awfully bad reputation: Credit cards – let alone any other modern-day form of payment – not accepted! You will read this as a warning in any guide book or hear this from any visitor of the city who complains that they had to pay in cash in the restaurant, couldn’t pay with credit cards in a big electronic stores or with any card whatsoever at the cinema. Germans really seem to value cold hard cash…
But this is changing right now, we just haven’t noticed it yet! With my last visits to the IFA consumer electronics fair I have come across new forms of digital payment multiple times and I wondered, how these are already implemented in Berlin so far. I investigated a bit and made some practical tests.
One of the technologies that I found especially intriguing is the so called mobile wallet that you have on your smartphone. They exist on multiple platforms, the one being interesting for me as an Android user is called MyWallet and it’s available for free at the play app store. What it is is a digital version of your wallet that includes your credit cards, right on your smartphone. Another technology that I tested is the mobile app of Paypal that let’s you use your Paypal credit to pay in stores. More about that and my favorite stores, cafes and restaurants that offer mobile payment after the jump.
The Hallesches Haus, located inside a former post office at Hallesches Tor, is one of the most exciting new concepts stores in Berlin that opened this year. There has not been that much going on in terms of individualistic interior design in Berlin, but the guys behind Hallesches Haus were determined to change it. With their beautiful store they do not only offer a well curated selection of design products ranging from industrial chic, nostalgic retro classics, “cabin porn” to cute hipster items, they also have a lovely canteen and cafe attached to the store that offers contemporary breakfast and excellent coffee.
It all started as a pop-up Christmas design market in the middle of the store renovations last year, and now they are going back to their beginnings with a new Hallesches Haus Holiday Market with the best of local and international design. We already took a sneak peak last night to give you a preview of what you can expect in the coming two days. The market will be open this weekend Saturday and Sunday (December 12 & 13, 2015) from 12-20h. Have a look after the jump to get a preview.
In the last couple of months Berlin has been lucky to get a few new shops dedicated to interior design and home accessories that feel quite excited about. For the longest time the problem with interior design was that you had to choose between that big Swedish chain, vintage or super expensive designer products. Gladly this has changed and you have more options now of cutting-edge contemporary design that is actually affordable and still unique. The five new stores that we chose for our latest city guide have all opened up only a couple of months ago so they are as fresh as they get. Enjoy our selection after the jump.
Today we have a bit of a premiere here for you: Our first Berlin video. I made it last week and it was quite spontaneous. I was inspired by the video that we posted recently of a ride through Friedrichshain in the 90s. I thought it would be nice to create something as simple as that that people will be able to look back to in 20 years and feel nostalgic about.
To make the video I just jumped on my bike, held my smartphone in hand and drove through Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg filming all the people that I passed by. It was a beautifully sunny and warm day and the atmosphere was super relaxed and peaceful and it perfectly captures the laid-back attitude of Berlin. Come join me on my ride through Görli in the video after the jump.
Following the spirit of our Exploring Berlin series we want to look at another district today and show you our favorite places there. This time we chose the one that we are surrounded by the most as our office at Blogfabrik is located right in the middle of it. I’m talking about Kreuzberg of course, probably one of the most popular districts of Berlin at the moment.
People who come to Berlin just love it here. It’s buzzing and it’s relaxed at the same time. It offers everything from delicious food, compelling art, pulsating nightlife and cultural entertainment. But apart from all of that Kreuzberg is particularly good for one thing: Just hanging out and having a good time. So we drove around in the past days dropping by the most beloved hang-out spots of the Berliners and snapping some photos for you. By the way all of the photos in this feature have been taken with the new Sony Xperia Z5 smartphone (versus the Z1 or my SLR that I normally use) which is being presented at the IFA these days. But now let’s dive into our favorite places in Kreuzberg.
California Pops couldn’t have opened at any better time riding the craze-wave of ice popsicles right at the top as this trend is coming to Berlin. And just to set record right: we won’t complain! A delicious and beautiful way to cool us down on these hot summer days.
With this storefront in Kreuzberg, no need to wait around for a street food event anymore. Read and see more about it after the jump.
Berlin never ceases to surprise with unusual places and repurposed locations. Everything deserves the chance for a second life, may it be a former swimming pool, a cultural institute or an old post office. The old pharmacy at Oranienplatz has been empty for quite a while now. It’s one of the really old cool looking ones with the wooden counters and shelves and all the little jars and glasses. Obviously this stunning place needed to find a new purpose and so it did a few weeks ago with the opening of the cafe and bistro ORA. Most of the old pharmacy charm has been preserved and refurbished which easily makes this cafe the best looking one in Kreuzberg. While you can still see all the little drawers and jars in the shelves obviously the medicine has been replaces with coffee and liquor. And instead of ointments and pills they serve small bistro-sized dishes such as pulled pork, roasted chicken, mild rice and polenta. Their specialty is their freshly baked sour dough bread that you can order with a variety of toppings. The cafe offers a lot of space inside and a few seats outside and is currently really one of the nicest places in the area. Check out our impressions 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!
The season of skulking through the dark nightclubs and dirty bars of Berlin is over, guys! It’s time to go outside and enjoy the sun. Well, we might not have a very long and intense summer here in Berlin (sadly). But those golden days that we get, we like to use as much as we can. And where do we like to go? Every where we can have a drink without a roof over a head. Preferably something with a view, or inside the green, or at the water. Well, luckily we have plenty of places in Berlin that fulfill these criteria and we’ve selected 10 of our favorite ones including some old classics and some brand new hotspots. Enjoy our list of awesome outdoor locations!