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.
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.
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:
photo: Finding Berlin
Among the many benefits Berlin hast to offer, the endless torrents of culture and centuries of history coming through its endless museums are breathtaking. From the largest ones to the most unknown, the history enthusiasts find it hard to visit each and every one of them; there are, also, many who most probably do not feel like spending their time in museums upon visiting Berlin. We have picked the ones we can guarantee that they are worth your time no matter which category you belong to. We will be happy to know your favorite ones
Tucholsky, photo: Klaus Lange
The holidays are coming up and those of you who will spend them here in Berlin might wonder: What restaurants should I go to for Christmas, New Year’s Eve or other festive holidays? Because obviously your typical burger joint or sushi place does not really fit the atmosphere here. And of course: Since these are all official holidays which places are even open, or offer a special menu for those special days? We compiled a list of our favorite restaurants – newbies and classics – that will serve you delicious food in the perfect holiday spirit. (Make sure to make your reservations early though as they might be booked out soon and keep in mind that some places will have set menus and special prices during the holidays.)
illustrations: Johanna Dumet
For some people it might be shoes, for others clothes or “high tech stuff” – a term that does not exactly prove my awareness in this area. For me it has always been food, especially the process of purchasing it. There have always been two things that could make me happy no matter what: a beautiful, sunny weather and a huge supermarket full of quality products. The Turkish market combines both these elements into one fascinating extravaganza of color, scent and lively sounds. On top of that, the market is situated at the river bank known as Maybachufer offering people the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing lunch break while gazing at the playful swans in front of them. When the sky is cloud free and the sun shines, it feels like walking into an oasis, where a highly convenient trade-off takes place: you walk into the market as if you are walking into a safe haven, which will suck all your stress and negative energy and replace it with tranquility and a sense of relief.
Having studied at another culturally forgettable -yet very beautiful in the summer – German town, I always thought that the main difference between living in the capital and living in a place, where breathing large amounts of non-polluted air almost didn’t feel right, was the night life. What differentiates Berlin from other smaller cities is not just its numerous wild parties, where the right drug combination can bring you to euphoric levels of happiness despite the insufferably monotonous beats and pull you into a life crisis the next day, while wondering how you managed to look like you already had a divorce and a few heart-attacks. Luckily, Berlin is so much more than that.
The main difference lies in the possibilities awaiting when the sunlight starts to dim and the city puts on a new outfit, less fancy but always stylish; not the let’s-have-a-reunion-at-the-cemetery-kind, but in a far more original way.
Blame it on your insomnia, your constantly unsatisfied desire to explore as many as layers of this city as possible, your biological needs, or simply your Fear Of Missing Out, Berlin is here to keep you company through the sleepless nights, when doing anything other than “sleeping, because I am working tomorrow” could feel just a little bit abnormal; to be your remedy.
photo: Hara Katsiki
As mundane as it may sound, Berlin is the very definition of a melting pot. It has always reminded me of an immense theater stage, where all countries take their position and as soon as the lights start to dim, they begin interacting with each other; they fight, they love, they live, but most of all they constantly try to make their stories get heard as loud as possible. There is one thing they have always in common: they are fully in sync with their multicultural environment and in the case of Greece miles away from the picture drawn by Nia Vardalos’ Big Fat – filled with stereotypes, yet utterly entertaining – Greek Wedding.
Several Greek places around the world – cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, concerts etc. – have always made me feel like Alice in Wonderland, but to a more twisted and disturbing extent than Lewis Carroll’s bizarre universe. It is mostly the image of people being lost in their Greek microcosm, fully ignorant of the overwhelming benefits life abroad has to offer, that brings discontent to me. And it is then, when you realize that for some coming from the same place has developed into the one and only criterion of socializing with people.
However, this story is about those who have become citizens of the world and their Greek identity represents a part of it and not vice versa. Here a few examples of Greek businesses and artists active in Berlin who choose to work and live through the aforementioned identity.
Berlin never seizes to surprise me with new amazing things. In a city so full of cultural influences, new ideas, an ever changing population, and so much diversity it’s practically impossible to know it all. So whenever you go out you will likely learn something new.
This is exactly what happened to me at the Fashion Kitchen event of Priceless® Berlin. The event hosted by MasterCard during Berlin Fashion Week brought together the genres of food and fashion with a colorful program including a live cooking and flying buffet by two all-round talents and Priceless Berlin Partners – celebrity chef Kolja Kleeberg and star coiffeur Shan Rahimkhan – and a fashion show of Berlin-based design favorite Michael Sontag who presented his brand new collection. But even though these two elements were already big highlights there was quite a bit more going on. So let me tell you a bit more about these culinary wonders of the Priceless Berlin world that I discovered at the event…
Whether you’re in the mood for romance, showing friends around from out of town, or just collecting your own thoughts outdoors, it’s always a good idea to take a stroll through Berlin’s cosmopolitan wonder. And with the lovely sun shining, can you think of anything better?
Kreuzberg’s Schlesisches Tor might be the hardest U-Bahn station for non-natives to pronounce. It also happens to serve as a junction between three districts, all straddling the eastern intersection of the Spree and Landwehrkanal. This area is full of vibrant activity – how about a stroll around it?