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Author: Alissa Ugolini

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Shop in Berlin: Soeur

Do you remember those moments as a child when you stepped into the forbidden realm of your mother’s wardrobe when she wasn’t home? I used to love trying on her shoes and running my hands over all the different textures and fabrics, in awe of her collection of silk, fur, and tweed that spanned multiple fashion decades. My mother (bless her soul) always kept designer pieces from her twenties and thirties that she couldn’t bear to throw away. Much to my dismay, my waistline and my feet turned out to be two sizes bigger than hers, rendering it impossible to inherit her treasures. Despite this crushing adult realisation, it is this whimsical childhood memory that swept over me when I entered Soeur. The charming décor, the colour-coordinated hangers of clothing, and the rows of perfectly aligned shoes brought me back to a time when I wished that I could wear it all.

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Cake in Berlin: Martin’s Place

On an unprecedentedly warm and sunny day for early March, I found my way into Martin’s Place by the scent of freshly baked cakes that filled the air on Pannierstrasse. It was as though the pied piper himself was there, luring me in to satisfy my sugar addiction.

Once inside, I found myself in a state of distress, unable to decide what to try first. I was pressed up against the glass cabinet, ogling all the cakes, tarts, and jars on display. Luckily, Joseph and his wife sensed my dilemma (a problem they must be well accustomed to dealing with) and came to my aid.

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Coffee in Berlin: Bonanza Coffee Heroes

A few years ago I stumbled on the quote “Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with” on one of those dorky inspiration pages on the internet. As cheesy as it sounds, it has stuck with me, since, as a caffeine devotee, there really is no feeling that compares to that first sip of coffee to pass through my lips first thing in the morning. Without it, I simply cannot function. Thankfully, my fix is within arm’s reach as I pass Bonanza Coffee Heroes on my way to work every day.

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Shop in Berlin: Temporary Showroom

Temporary Showroom is not your typical designer clothing store. In fact, there is much more going on behind the scenes than its modern, floor-to-ceiling glass shopfront would have you believe. Aside from selling fresh fashion by Y-3, MM6, United Nude, Opening Ceremony, or A.D. Deertz, the store also operates as a press and sales agency that showcases selected brands during Fashion Weeks around the world.

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Coffee in Berlin: 19grams

Tucked away on Schlesische Strasse, 19grams is a strong contender in Berlin’s growing coffee scene. Though it only opened its doors late last year, but this little cafe will only continue to grow in popularity when word of their ‘Bloody good coffee!’ gets out. Despite its passive hole-in-the-wall exterior, it’s a welcome breath of fresh air on a largely unremarkable stretch of road home to numerous tacky late-night takeaway places. As a result, the shop front can be quite easy to miss, but their small chalkboard sign should point your way in.