2015 is over, my friends, time to take a look back on what this year has accomplished. While the big picture is quite depressing, a smaller, more local picture, maybe one limited to the food-related parts of life, actually makes a good one – Berlin’s food scene has definitely grown beyond all expectations, the number of new openings made it hard to follow, but the old players definitely had something to add to the game as well. 2015 was in fact so packed with food experiences, it makes me almost scared for the coming year, how’s one supposed to keep up?! I don’t expect this food-evolvement to end very soon – Lucky us & Guten Rutsch!
Just a small suggestion for a Christmas walk during the upcoming holidays: Tiefwerder is a small village in between Berlin and Spandau, located inside of a natural reserve of wet meadows called Tiefwerder Wiesen with a plethora of flora and fauna and well managed paths to walk around without disturbing the many beavers, herons, buffalos, and the last remaining spawning grounds for pikes.
Reachable by bus M49 from Bahnhof Zoo, or by car (may I suggest our supporting partner CarUnity, an easy and affordable way to rent private cars).
By now, it’s been four weeks since I finally accepted Billy Wagner’s invitation in what certainly is Berlin’s most regarded new opening of 2015: Nobelhart & Schmutzig. And I am still indulging in memories. Opened in February, the fine dining place on the Southern end of Friedrichstraße made it into the news with its radical concept of local cooking – they don’t even use pepper! But this is certainly not their most impressing feature.
House of Dotcity is a delightful concept store at Graefestraße 2 in Kreuzberg, founded and run by Pete and Verena. They have curated a space that’s warm and inviting, chic yet understated, and able to accommodate wallets of all sizes. They do it all together and still manage to smile, love each other and pay the rent.
Still don’t know what to give for Christmas? Even with the guides for food lovers, interior people, and fashion and beauty addicts? Well, why not go local and bring something from the city we all love the most? But don’t fret, this list doesn’t recommend plush-Currywurst-toys or ombre-Fernsehturm-candles, but original and beautiful products by small and independent brands in Berlin. Husch, Husch, Go shop!