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Category: Guides

Guide: Fair Fashion in Berlin

– Supported by the German federal ministry for economic cooperation and development –

Fair Fashion is something we like to think doesn’t have to be explained anymore. We all know that the main high and fast fashion brands’ production systems do tremendous, often irretrievable harm to the environment, and are based on the abuse and exploitation of workers in the producing countries, don’t we? However, was that on your mind when you paid a very low price for fast fashion items on your last shopping spree? Probably – maybe even understandably – not. Raising awareness for the plights of the majority of seamstresses working in unbearable conditions to create the trendy garments we all like to show-off on the streets is what a new campaign of the German federal ministry for economic cooperation and development is all about: the story of Vero & Selvie puts one of the workers in the spotlight, and her portrait on the t-shirt I’m wearing on the above photo.

Dogs in Berlin: Shops

There’s no reason to deny it: my mixed breed Nico is a spoiled dog. I adopted her from an Italian shelter, where she lived for 1,5 years after being rescued from a flood at the age of one. So why shouldn’t she be spoiled? She has multiple beds, cushions and blankets (in the office, at home, in the car), eats fine raw food, and I always have an assortment of snacks ready. Spoiling her is one of my favorite things, not because she needs it, but deserves it for being the best dog ever. Where do I get all that treats for her, you ask? At my favorite shops for dogs in Berlin! This is the third part of my series on dogs, part one tackled the basics of dog owning in Berlin, and part two suggested loads of places to have fun with your pup.

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Berlin’s Best: Coffee Guide 2016

The very first version of this guide on Berlin’s best coffee, published four years ago, featured nine places, the updated version from two years ago had fifteen. And this one? Twentynine! When everyone thought the Berlin coffee scene had reached its climax and was saturated, coffee enthusiasts actually took another leap and made the scene here bigger, better and especially more beautiful. And while it seems like the whole city is covered in speciality coffee places, a look on the map (choose coffee from the drop-down menu on the left) makes it very clear how much spaces are still left untouched by syphons, speciality roasts and the never-ending discussion whether one should or shouldn’t use sugar.
In this guide, I collected all coffee places I enjoy in Berlin, from the chic caffeine chapels to the homey neighborhood joints, from the ones who’ve been here before you even thought about moving to Berlin, to those who literally just opened. Just to make sure you’ll get a good coffee wherever you are.

Dogs in Berlin: Fun & Play

Berlin is a dog-friendly city, and this is proven once more by the many possibilities to let your pup run free, play with its pals and get dirty. After the first part of my Dogs in Berlin guide was all about the rules of dog owning, this one’s all about the fun and play: a selection of the nicest dog parks in Berlin and my favorite forests and lakes. Get your play on!

Seriously: 10 New Food Places You Have To Try This Summer

On this particularly pretty July day, I’m sharing with you a new list of places I wanna try in the next weeks, when finally summer is rolling in again. Some exciting locations opened their doors in the past weeks, manifesting Berlin’s spot on the international list of culinary destinations – from long awaited ice cream parlors, to even more local and seasonal dishes, Berlin is by now offering something for almost all flavor profiles. As usual, I’ve not eaten at these places yet, but what I know of them is promising enough to put them on my list. If you want more or just make sure you checked all on the previous lists, here’s the spring edition. Can’t wait to hear your reviews and thoughts, and maybe even loads more recommendations? Until then, happy eating!