Author: Mary Scherpe

Coming up: Berlin Coffee Festival

Berliners are crazy about coffee, that’s obvious while the reasons might be manifold. It was clearly about time the many coffee nerds of the city get a festival to gather and share knowledge and intense coffee discussions, to celebrate the black brew in all its varieties: The Berlin Coffee festival is happening in all of Berlin with plenty of workshops, tastings, challenges, lectures, tours and much more. I met initiator Philipp Reichel of Café Neun at Markthalle Neun to talk about the exploding scene, the program, the challenges of uniting Berlins coffee makers and why you should get the sweet sauce at Big Stuff. Additionally, we’re giving away tickets for the Berlin coffee tours on Friday and Saturday! Read on… (and check our guide to the best coffee in Berlin later.)

Vintage in Berlin: Chrome Store

This is not your regular vintage store: no shaky old racks, no smelly piles of crackling fabrics, no need to navigate endless heaps of rummage, instead: clean chrome racks with carefully selected designer pieces, mirror cabinets presenting chunky jewelry and chic swimming attire, and lines of clean shoes. As well as a selection of the best Berlin based designers: welcome to Chrome Store.

Nordic in Berlin: dóttir

Aside from the fact that dóttir’s interior is stunning, and the place had loads of buzz thanks to their super talented female head chef (and name giver) Victoria Eliasdóttir, and is quite certainly becoming a success anyway because every project of it owners, Stefan Landwehr and Boris Radczun (of Grill Royal and Pauly Saal fame), will be successful eventually, there’s the food: nordic cooking made with local ingredients, like a Berlin view on Scandinavian dishes, light, beautifully colored and very delicious.

How to make it in Berlin: Zwei Dicke Bären

I am beyond happy that so many young entrepreneurs in Berlin are making it, bringing an idea to life, creating new enterprises for us to enjoy, and turning innovative concepts into working businesses. And I’m not the only one! Justine Simonson and Marcus Lehmann from New York came to Berlin to film a series on how those creative geniuses not only have the guts to start a business, but also the brains to sustain it. And here’s a new web series celebrating them.