Author: Mary Scherpe

Shopping Guide: Mulackstraße

When someone asks me where to go shopping in Berlin if you only have very little time, I usually send them to the most fashionable street in Mitte: Mulackstraße. This side-street of Alte Schönhauser Straße in the middle of Mitte is home to many young and independent boutiques, selling everything from rather cray-cray street-wear, to French boutique-dresses and highly conceptual avantgarde-clothing.

Best of: La Biennale di Venezia 2013

I went to Venice to attend the opening of the 2013 Biennale last week, and despite the dreary weather and the long lines in front of everything of interest, I’m already planning to go again in two years. Nevertheless, the exhibition “Il Palazzo Enciclopedico” in the Arsenale and the Central Pavillon, that was curated by Massimiliano Gioni, and the more than 80 participating countries with exhibitions in the Giardini and in spaces spread all over the city, is still on view until November and should be a must-see for everyone interested in contemporary art. See my personal best-of here:

Chocolate in Berlin: Bonvodou – closed –

Chocolate oh chocolate, many odes have been sung about the sweet seduction and this is another one about a certain kind of chocolate, produced by a chocolate expert in Berlin. Holger in’t Veld will be known to many who’ve been looking for high quality chocolate in Berlin in the past years. After closing his highly popular chocolate store in 2010, he’s now returned with a brand new chocolate called Bonvodou, that’s just too good to be true.

Art in Berlin: Michel Majerus

First, I have to tell you that you won’t actually be able to visit this location just anytime. I’m still telling you about it, because I want you to know about this place and be aware of how good it is just so next time they open, you’ll be the first to get there. It’s the studio of artist Michel Majerus, who died in 2002 in the Luxembourg plane crash, and left a stunning oeuvre telling a lot of stories about Berlin, the 90ies and even today.