photos: Ailine Lietfeld
Mitte has a fabulous new place for coffee at Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße. But Type Hype is not just about coffee, even tough theirs is really nice. The new concept store by the label of the same name is specialized in typography-related product design, so you will find things such as pillows, posters, wine bottles, mugs and stationary with big letters in different styles on it. Such a simple idea, but the design is so contemporary and clever that you just want to stack up on the A, B and Cs and decorate your home with it. By the way, you can only see a small selection of the width of products and letters in the shop. On the Type Hype website you can get much more as well as order sets of products with your own letter combinations. Get some first impressions of the beautiful shop after the jump along with the details.
Have you already been to the Holzmarkt? It’s the new cultural and social space that has been built on top of the former, legendary Bar 25 directly at the shore of the Spree. The Bar 25 is probably one of the most notable clubs of the post-millenium era and even though it has been closed down for years the legand never died with films and books coming out and new places opening up of people from the previous group of owners. The Kater Holzig across the Spree was one of them that was also open for a few years, and the Chalet at former Heinz Minki beer garden is yet another.
It’s pretty much a miracle that the grounds of the old Bar 25 are now back in the hands of the same people even though this area was meant to become one of the construction sites of the city developement catastrophy that is the Mediaspree. Gladly this could be prevented with the efforts of many people getting involved and maybe also some luck and good will of people in high places. The concept was far too tempting: A new cultural and social meeting point with lots of small alternative projects coming together in one place to create a little haven for those who want to escape the commercialized metropolis Berlin is slowly but surely becoming. Here you can grow your own carrots, have your children play on the adventurous playground, eat your vegan burger, watch independant theater productions and performances or simply enjoy the sunset with a view over the river Spree. And what it turned out to be is exactly that. A place that is open to everyone (without the ruthless door policy of the previous Bar 25) to come and feel a little free from everything.
I’m curious what else is going to grow at Holzmarkt as there are still some areas in construction. Right now you can also see the urban farming projects, some food stands and a bar, lots of seating and lounges, the playground, and the amazing looking Ding Dong Dom theater. I hear there are also plans for another club, artist studios and a gallery. I’m sure many events will take place there soon. Go and have a look for yourself. Some impressions after the jump.
Good food is the right thing to do, in any circumstance and in any occasion and for any diet you are going through. Actually, there is no excuse for bad food even if you are vegan or gluten-intollerant. At least if you live in a city with so many options such as Berlin. One of my favourite vegan places in town is called Goodies and it has now several stores all over town. It started as a small cafe at Warschauer Straße just a few years ago. Shortly, Goodies stood out of the hundreds of random pretentious hip coffee places of the area by giving the customer something unique: wonderfully extravagant and special vegan food at a good price and in charming atmosphere. Sounds simple, it is simple and it’s as good as the name of the place. No wonder that more places had to open to have more people in Berlin indulge in their unique treats. More photos and all the adsresses after the jump.
If there is one thing you guys might be interested right now the most in this wonderful weather: it’s places where you can hand out in the sun and enjoy the slow life of Berlin. So I went into my unreleased photo archive of places and found one, that I haven’t even published yet: The café Suicide Sue at Duncker Str. in Prenzlauer Berg. My brunch buddy Katja and me sort of fell into this routine of always meeting at Fleury. While we wanted to find an alternative to mix it up a bit we stumbled upon this wonderful cafe near Helmholtzplatz. Suicide Sue, who is anything but suicidal, offers great breakfast options, beautifuly decorated, and amazing cakes and pies. My favorite (eggs with bacon) even comes in a cute little frying pan and they even have a side of baked beans, something you normally only get in hotels or these (often overrated) American hipster brunch places. But see for yourself with my little photo set after the jump.
Photo: Katy Otto
Sometimes everything depends on the right timing. Marie Antoinette would have probably bit on her own tongue if she would have known that her cake fantasies would have brought a headless future for herself. On my side, I am wondering if writing about decadent little delicious cakes is the right thing to do in a week in which everybody else is blogging about homeless people and the hard winter. Anyhow, I discovered a little cake shop that I just want to share with you. So get more information after the jump, eat cake and then give your old clothes to homeless people.
Two weeks ago a brand new frozen yogurt place opened at Weinbergsweg conveniently located close to Rosenthaler Platz. Considering the frozen yogurt hype first started in the States sometime in the 80s this is one of those trends that took forever to reach good old Germany. But as I am a big fan of yogurt ice cream I say: better late then never! Here in Berlin we have frozen yogurt now for a couple of years all started by Yoli. Since then a few places have opened. But what makes Efa’s Frozen Yogurt so special apart from it’s great location and original interior? Their yogurt is all organic! Some impressions and details after the jump.
You always had naughty fantasies about a certain dress you would like to wear, but you never found it in a store? The do-it-yourself movement has brought up a magic hotspot that can make your dress dreams come true. The Kinkibox situated in Friedrichshain offers you a workspace and sewing machines for your sewing projects. And if you are still in the process of learning you can do it directly in this sweet little sewing cafe. A selection of different sewing courses is offered. Your way to your own Project Runway Experience should bring you to Friedrichshain and if not perhaps you like to get things at the boutique inside. More pictures of the little café shop and the address after the jump.
photos by Glamcanyon
Last Thursday the .HBC invited everyone to the re-opening of their restaurant and bar. I had heard so many good things about their kitchen it was about time for me to try it out. The new interior is really beautiful and makes the whole place even cooler then it was before. New bar, new floor, new rooms for the restaurant and great food! The It Boys threw the after party in the pinkroom that was filled with styrofoam flakes. It was a lot of fun jumping around in it. But not so fun anymore when I lost my bag and sweater in it and had to go under looking for it while everyone else was jumping on top of me. Impressions of the food, the restaurant and the party by Katja after the break.
For people who are either lactose intollerent or vegan such treats as cakes and cookies are mostly a forbidden pleasure. But help is on his way. For those of you who like good vegan food and sweet treats I can recommend a small Prenzlauer Berg establishment ironically called Hans Wurst. The food looks great and tastes quite fantastic. The address and a few photos after the jump.
My absolute favorite ice cream flavor is yogurt. Obviously, a store that only sells only frozen yogurt is totally heaven for me. I have been hearing and reading about frozen yogurt places popping up all over town a lot lately, for instance over at travelettes and sugarhigh. But I do remember that already last year a shop opened up at Invalidenstrasse in Mitte. So I took the afternoon off to find it and give it a try.
Yoli Frozen Yogurt is for starters the first Authentic Nonfat Frozen Yogurt Store in Germany. Hurray! And I can assure you, it is absolutely delicious. The many toppings and sauces are countless but the staff will help you find the smartest and tastiest combination. I had brownie sauce and raspberries and my buddy had physalis (no, not the STD – the FRUIT!) and dulce de leche (that’s South American caramalized milk cream). They also have smoothies and parfait which are yet to be tested by me. More photos and details after the jump.