Restaurateurs tell us how Berlin’s gastro scene is really coping. As the world began locking down to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and my beloved Berliner bars and restaurants began shutting their doors, one of my first questions was ‘how on earth are they going to survive this?’ Rent, wages, health insurance, kitchens stuffed with … Read more Will Berlin Restaurants Survive COVID-19?
How to cook like a Sternekoch using only your local Spätkauf. As supermarkets become hotbeds of paranoia and empty toilet roll shelves, and people all over Berlin are realising that pesto and pasta is boring as fuck, Berlin Loves You comes to the rescue. With a little imagination, Spätkaufs sell all you need to create … Read more 5 Späti-Only Recipes for Corona Haute Cuisine
Greetings from the closing-in walls of my quarantine bedroom. Here we are, together but apart—in the greatest city in the world, a wide metropolis of closed bars, once-great clubs, shuttered cafes, and fenced-off parks. What a bummer, hey? To begin this article, I suppose we have to dip into the reason we liked Berlin in … Read more What’s to Like About Berlin in Quarantine?
They say laughter is the best medicine. It’s not, a vaccine is. If these four walls could talk… well, they probably wouldn’t have much to say right now. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 15 survival guidelines to get us through this period of collective locked-in syndrome. 1. Chairs provide an excellent mid-point … Read more 15 Berlin Bedroom Self-Isolation Survival Guidelines
Fires. Turtles caught in plastic bags. A freakishly mild Berlin winter. Environmental initiatives have never been so trendy – or so necessary. Zero Waste Fashion for Non-Fashionistas is a talk and swap-shop taking place in Kreuzberg on Tuesday the 28th of January. With the fashion industry being one of the most polluting industries in the … Read more Berlin: Finally Taking Zero Waste Fashion Seriously
A guide to Berlin’s authentic best Weihnachtsmärkte – 100% no Alexanderplatz! It’s coming up to that time of year again, when you don your Handschuhe, gather your friends and settle around that Christmas Market fire, rapidly-cooling cups of Glühwein clasped in your hands (with 2 EUR Pfand, don’t forget). Assuming you’ve no intention of going … Read more Berlin’s Lesser-Known But Best Christmas Markets
As the peasants rejoice and the fatcats ball their fists, we ask: is the Mietendeckel real? What does it mean for us? Whilst the idea of reduced rents and five years without rent increases sounds a dream – too good, right? – we ask lawyer, Berlin rent expert and founder of wenigermiete.de, Daniel Halmer, what’s … Read more Mietendeckel: Five Years’ Rent Freeze – What Just Happened?
In a city of eco-activists and bio-bandwagons, should Berliners embrace eating insect protein? In 2016, I interviewed Fernando from Mexican canteen and mezcaleria, Tentacion. He told me that, although he serves meat at his restaurant, he’s actually vegetarian. The only non-vegetarian thing he truly misses eating is: insects. I thought he was completely mad. Now, … Read more Should Berliners Embrace Eating Insects?
Motorwerk – a creative island for freelancers in Weissensee Motorwerk is steeped in some serious Berlin history. Having started off as an electric motor factory more than 100 years ago, it was then repurposed as a concert venue, hosting an impressive array of acts including Motorhead, Tupac and the Velvet Underground back in the early … Read more Motorwerk – Coworking and Creativity in Weißensee
Look out Europe, the Japanese are coming and they’ve brought eye-watering innovation with them. In the West, Japanese inventiveness is not only recognised, but revered. From ridiculous/ingenious Chindōgu-style gadgets, to ideas that have shaped our modern world, there’s always a gasp of anticipation when the Japanese open their metaphorical ideas-briefcase to show what’s inside. At … Read more 5 Mad Japanese Startups IFA 2019 Wasn’t Ready For