The art of gift giving is beautiful – if it’s done right, it’s a pleasure for the receiver, and a support for the community. So why not skip your plan to order all presents last minute online and have a little spree at local shops, supporting those who are keeping our cities lively and small producers alive. Stil in Berlin’s gift guide wants to lead you to small businesses in our lovely city, starting with the gifts for the people in your life, who love to eat a present as soon as they unwrapped it.
Vom Einfachen Das Gute
Presents are best when kept simple, which is what this store is all about: the best cheese, bread, charcuterie, wine, craft beer and all other kinds of yummy food from trusted sources. Let them tell you what to get.
Fleischwolf und Lotte
To prepare food with joy, one needs the right tools. This place in Kreuzberg offers a selection of kitchen goods with a classic feel: loads of enamel, a knife for every occasion, iron pans and Mason jars in every size.
You’re looking for a very specific baking and cooking tool? Chances are high this store has it: from Japanese knifes, to that Silplat baking mat, and everything Vitamix. Also: loads of cookie cutter styles you never knew existed. Read more here.
Maître Philippe & Filles
Thinking about gifting someone a whole wheel of cheese? You’ll get it at this beautiful and plentiful delicatessen store that’s all about the Savoir Vivre. And yes, I would be happy about a whole wheel of cheese or pounds of that butter from Lyon that tastes like cookie dough.
Paper & Tea
Tea is the new coffee and this place has excellent dried leaves from all around the world, including the proper and pretty cans and pots to prepare and serve it. More here.
Giving alcohol is never a bad idea (except when…), and while there are loads of places to shop a good bottle of booze, this one boasts with great consulting – because I at least really have no idea about wine and would otherwise just go by label design.
Sometimes, it’s the right season to gift a family-sized pot of Sichuan chili bean paste, juicy pink shrimp made from tofu and Taiwanese apple soda. Get it all in this giant store filled with everything “Asian” (including the gorgeously patterned bowls). Read more here.
Brot & Butter
Dried porcini from the Piemont, salt from Göttingen, Pflaumenmus, Swabian lentils and much more artisanal produce is sold here. Everything comes in stunning, vintage looking packaging, so there’s no need to think about additional decoration.
You have a friend who’s constantly complaining that Germany’s spiciness is nowhere near “real spiciness”? Who wants the tongue to go numb when ordering something “scharf”? This is your shop: an incredibly big selection of spiciness with a helpful staff finding a tastebud killing condiment that will make your friend’s eye teary. Read more here.
Liquorice is a quite special flavor, some don’t care at all, but many adore it. If you have one of those liquorice-lovers on your list, this speciality store in Kreuzberg, selling only root candy, is your place to go.
Erich Hamann Schokoladen
Erich Hamann is a chocolate manufacturer with tradition – founded in 1912, the chocolates are still made and sold in Wilmersdorf. They come in a beautiful Bauhaus packaging, and the store is still in its original 1928 design by Johannes Itten.
In case your gift needs even more intensity, this speciality store will give you a huge selection of this enticing alcohol, plus all the tools you need to enjoy it.