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Exploring Berlin: A Guide To Schöneberg

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photo: Urban Nation / Nika Kramer

Schöneberg, oh Schöneberg. You are underestimated. Although you have so much to offer! The late and beloved David Bowie wasn’t the only one to notice your charm, but also numerous artists such as Iggy Pop and Klaus Kinski lived in your hemisphere. There’s something about you, something mature and unagitated but still exciting. Something that feels like home yet still comes up with surprises of the unknown.

Founded as a tiny village and first documented in 1264 (that’s… a long time ago), Schöneberg was merged in 2001 with the adjacent district Tempelhof and is now called: Tempelhof-Schöneberg. We will focus on the Schöneberg-part of the district today, presenting you the best options to eat & drink, see some art, spend some leisure time in the most beautiful spots and learn something about the history of the ‘beautiful mountain’ aka Schöneberg.

FYI: Even though the district is located at a quite elevated spot, the name ‘Schöneberg’ that includes the ‘mountain-theme’ is rather a wishful-thinking-name than a geographically correct one. But who cares, right? Let’s start with our guide to Schöneberg!

Yasmin by Yasmin
on January 20th, 2016
in Bars, Cafés, Galleries, Market, Restaurants, Schöneberg, Shops

The Future Arriving: A Guide to Mobile Payment in Berlin

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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.

Frank by Frank
on January 19th, 2016
in Bars, Cafés, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Neukölln, Prenzlauer Berg, Restaurants, Shops

A Parents Guide To Berlin

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photo: Petteri Sulonen

Oh, the bliss. Your parents are in town, visiting you, worrying about your hygiene at home and the number of emptied out wine bottles in the hallway. Since you don’t want them to also see your questionable choice of clothes it’s time to get them out of your place into the world.
But what to do?

Your usual hangouts are not exactly what you want them to see, probably. Although the Späti around the corner has a very nice owner, and KitKat Club has really good drinks – it’s not really SFP (safe for parents). There must be other things to do with your parents that both parties – you and them – will enjoy. Luckily, we picked 10 things to do with your parents! Here are 10 spots and places to experience beyond Brandenburger Tor and Siegessäule that close the generation gap.

We arranged them in parts – daytime, evening and nightlife, so you have experiences for pretty much every part of the day. Get some inspiration after the jump.

Yasmin by Yasmin
on November 25th, 2015
in Bars, City Guide, Market, Restaurants

Exploring Berlin: The Hottest New Places in Neukölln

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Neukölln is constantly evolving and has been the place to be for a while now. Today we want to update you guys on the newest hotspots in the area. We talked to Laura, who is organizing the regular Neukölln Shopping Night, about her ideas and of course the new spots you can’t miss in Neukölln.

Laura grew up in Paris, but has been living in Berlin for the past three years. A period during which she’s been more involved in organizing the unique city life than a lot of us Berliners. She co-manages the Bass Cadet Recordstore / Down by Retro on Weserstraße and has brought the Neukölln Shopping Night to life. The idea of the shopping night is to bring cool people into the unique neighborhood, to share the good vibe, delicious food, drinks and to find the hidden treasures.

When they first opened up their record store in 2013 the area was still young, so Laura and her friends picked up the idea of getting all the independent shops together to create this fabulous night of party and shopping – after all: sharing is caring. What she loves most about the nights is the dynamic and interaction of shop owners and the many guests. People value and appreciate the idea, so the nights are always a lot of fun.

Get ready and check out the best new places in Neukölln after the jump…

Kate by Kate
on November 2nd, 2015
in Bars, Cafés, Neukölln, Restaurants, Shops

Exploring Berlin: Hanging Out in Kreuzberg

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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.

Frank by Frank
on September 4th, 2015
in Bars, Cafés, Clubs, Galleries, Kreuzberg, Restaurants

Exploring Berlin: A Stroll down Kantstraße

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photos: Alicia Kassebohm

Have you already tired yourself out following all summer events and hints and tips of the season? Maybe it’s time for a relaxed, yet not boring, weekend for you?

If this is you, we have assembled the highlights for culture lovers off the beaten path in the city for you – starting with a few spots in the versatile district Charlottenburg, where time seems to be running a bit slow to the beautiful facades and quiet parks in which you can meet original Berliners.

Attending a theater play, going to the movies or a gallery or meeting someone in one of the sometimes almost historical cafés – follow into the footsteps of Berlin’s artistic legends.

Alicia by Alicia
on August 27th, 2015
in Bars, Cafés, Charlottenburg, Galleries, Restaurants, Shops

An Aperitivo a Berlino on the Roof

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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.

Olga by Olga
on August 5th, 2015
in Bars, Mitte

The friendly Monster: Ungeheuer Neukölln

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Even though the German term Ungeheuer (which translates to “monster”) does not sound particularly inviting the cafe/restaurant/bar of the same name in Neukölln is actually a really warm, comfortable and welcoming place. Located at the border of the ring at Emser Strasse it is a little bit off the beaten tracks of the busy areas of the hip district. But in its 5 year run the Ungeheuer has made quite the name for itself and it does get quite busy especially on the weekends for breakfast. Once you step inside you will understand why, it’s just one of those charming Neukölln places with vintage furniture, granny lamps and flowers on the tables. But that’s not what makes this place special to us: It’s the food! The serve breakfast, lunch, cake and dinner, and after that a nice cocktail for the night. But apart from the variety of meals, they just put so much love into the detail that yours eyes will widen once your plates are served. The cakes, the breakfast platters, the lunch and dinner dishes, they do not only taste delicious but also look so lovely that you hardly want to destroy the ensemble with your forks and knifes. For us the most amazing things they have their are their variety of cheesecakes and the amazing breakfast dishes. Have look at the photos after the jump to get an idea of what we’re talking about.

Frank by Frank
on July 22nd, 2015
in Bars, Cafés, Restaurants

A Brunch with a Ghost in the Glass

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Geist im Glas, which translates to Ghost in the Glass, is actually a cosy little bar in a side street just off Kottbusser Damm in Neukölln that specializes in infusing spirits with fruits, herbs, nuts and spices to create unique flavors for their long drinks and cocktails. But apart from their nightly business they also open up the place on the weekends during the day from 12-16h to serve an exquisite brunch with some really yummy American-style dishes such as Huevos Rancheros, Biscuits and Gravy and extra fluffy pancakes and some elaborate brunch cocktails that will get you right into the mood for the weekend. To wet your appetite we present you some juicy photos of the brunch after the jump. You know where you can find us on the weekend…

Frank by Frank
on July 17th, 2015
in Bars, Cafés, Neukölln

A Summer Night at Jackie O

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Last night we had the pleasure to spend a wonderful summer evening and night at the Jackie O bar at the Spree a bit outside of the city center. Considering the destruction of the club culture and the monopolization of some clubs it comes to no surprise that the number of locations far from the center are growing and becoming more popular. Beyond the S-Bahn ring you are a bit more save from neighbors complaining about noise, impossibly high location rents and also the mainstream party tourism that has sadly dissolved the coolness of a lot of clubs and parties in the past couple of years.

Jackie O is one of these locations that has remained a well kept secret for a few summer seasons now. It’s a short bike ride from Ostkreuz down Köpenicker Chaussee across from Sisyphos and next to Hafenküche. It’s charming outdoor area is right at the river bank of the Spree and in case of bad weather they also have a nice indoor bar and dancefloor. The audience here is not as young, more like 30 plus and definitely more local than it’s neighboring Sisyphos.

Last night they celebrated a summer party with some food stalls, an awesome live concert with Noah Becker’s band Bakery, the first (and golden) edition of the Absolut Art Bar, and the opening reception of the artwork Diagint by Ian Stell. For some impressions have a look after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on July 12th, 2015
in Art, Bars, Party, Photos