Author: Mary Scherpe

At home: Nhu Duong

Nhu Duong is one of those Berlin people, actually she’s Swedish (and born in Ho Chi Minh City), anyway– I always wanted to get to know her and was more than happy, to finally have the chance. She invited me into her home in Schöneberg, a big Altbau apartment with a weird layout that makes its bourgeois features (very high ceilings, stucco, old ovens and huge windows) actually a little less intimidating and gives it a very homey feel. But that’s not so much why I wanted to meet her…

The scent of Berlin

Shortly after returning to the dreadful grey of February-Berlin, I received a package from Serge Lutens containing a perfume called La Fille de Berlin – A deep red liquid in the very classic, minimal and elegant Serge Lutens flacon. The french perfumer dared to create a scent dedicated to this complicated yet elating city, centering on a strong rose note with hints of pepper, and states he was inspired by the strength and brave resilience of women during the various struggles Berlin suffered in its younger history. So lucky for me, no smell of dusty vintage cotton or smoky Berghain top notes, but such elegance and pride – La Fille de Berlin evokes a glorious past and demands you to dress up, hold your head up high and strut the city gracefully. A perfect companion to the dress I found at Nightboutique, now I just need an occasion.

Food in Berlin: BullysBakery

Neukölln, the hipster-y part of Berlin south of Kreuzberg, where obviously no one speaks Deutsch anymore*, is the district that’s changing the most: a new third-wave-coffee store opens every day, another second-hand boutique every second. Of course not all of these joints can be successful, and many are indeed rather ill-conceived and quickly assembled, probably not here to stay.

And then there are the others….