Unlike in London or New York, good stand-up comedy is quite a rarity to be found in Berlin. Thankfully, for those who are after an authentic, genuine small-theatre experience the Comedy Café Berlin in Neukölln, not only has that low-key, friendly atmosphere you just can’t get in big venues but offer a selection of shows in German & English which make them attractive for expats too. Set up by comedian Noah Telson and siblings Nina & Dino Spiri in 2015, the venue doesn’t focus solely on stand-up, but hosts improv shows & comedy workshops too… and even dubs Tatort into English! We caught up with Noah to find out how the venue came to be and what we can expect from the place this year…
Consistently an amazing source of great places to check out in Berlin, we’ve been big fans of Awesome Berlin‘s website.. even before we moved to the city! Also boasting an incredible Instagram account bursting with lovely shots each perfectly capturing what makes Berlin so special, the charming man behind the site Tulio Edrera is just as interesting in person as his account suggests! We sent a few questions his way to learn a little more about him…and some tips for you fellow instagrammers to build a large audience too!
Okay folks… we ABSOLUTELY LOVE The Pit! Setup by a real Texan, so passionate about bringing PROPER smoked meat to Berlin that he converted two huge gas tanks into a smoker himself, we spoke to owner Adam Ramirez about how he gets his smoked meat so juicy, the differences of authentic Texas BBQ and his exciting second location that just opened up on Skalitzer Strasse!
Considered almost an institution in Prenzlauer Berg, An Einem Sonntag im August is a casual hangout operating as a cafe and bar… however, in addition to their laid back vibes its their INCREDIBLE veggies burgers that get us really excited every time we’re by Eberswalder Strasse! We popped a few questions to owner Claudia-Maria Humeniuk to find out how the place came to be..
Located in Neukölln’s Schillerkiez, English Traders is a small boutique specialising in practical & well-designed homeware, such as balcony garden kits, quality pocketknives, enamel plates, shaving brushes, traditional razors, colourful tea-towels, fine wrapping paper and much more. Established by British expat & ex film set-constructor John Masters, the shop is well known in the Schillerkiez , which has seen a lot of development lately. We wanted to get to know more about it all…
Being huge fans of Italy we naturally fell right in love with the Amore store and friendly owner Kerstin Finger, who carefully sources Italian products with exceptional branding & packaging design. Focusing mostly on food produce in the first room, her second room features eccentric umbrellas, quirky beach towels and wonderful tableware. What we adore about the Amore Store is how each of the food products from retro boxed salt & colourful tinned tomatoes to eye-catching pastas & Panettone boxes look soooooo pretty in their packaging, that they’re worth buying if only just to decorate your kitchen with if not to actually enjoy eating! Of course, we had a few questions to learn more!
Prenzlauer Berg’s Bekarei is so much more than a neighborhood bakery, it’s one of the finest in the city! With a heavy Portuguese influence helping them differentiate themselves from elsewhere, and brioche buns in demand from the best burger joints in the city, we wanted to find out more about how husband & wife owners George & Paula Gouveia set it up…
Discovering new speciality coffeeshop HOME in Neukölln was a delight for us, especially because in addition to truly wonderful coffees, passionate owner Sarah Flanigan from New Zealand is serious about her fantastic food. Pretty much everything is completely homemade, from beautiful, crumbly scones & lemon curd to other cakes and regularly changing warm dishes. We popped a few questions over to her to find out a little more…
Complete with a full bar and speciality coffee, Nomad Barber is by far the coolest barbershop in town. Not just adding a hangout space to stand out, the team of skilled barbers here really know their stuff, and both the service and style of cut you’ll get is far from what you might find elsewhere in the city. Founded by Miguel Gutierrez and having first set up shop in London’s Shoreditch, what’s also fascinating is his background in travel and his popular barber-travel videography that has gained a loyal following online. We popped a few questions to Nomad Barber’s Ailish Trimble to find out more.
Barbershops are everywhere… but Berlin’s Nomad Barber is undeniably different. What aspects are you most proud of with it so far?
Opening a shop in Berlin was a big step for us as a company. From starting out as just one person exploring the ways in which barbering culture connects people around the world, to having a dedicated team of 10 people spread over two countries.
Since the opening of our shop in Berlin last May, we are most proud of the dedicated hard work displayed by our team every day. There have of course been challenges setting up shop in a new country, especially with a different language and new culture, but almost a year in, and we’re proud to be constantly growing and developing our space.
In the last couple of months we have been fortunate to re-build our cafe and bar spaces and have also installed new workstations in our barber area in order to expand this aspect of our business. Nomad Barber is different because we don’t just value an impeccable service, but we are also open to exploring different methods of creative outputs in regards to barbering, travelling and culture. Our aim is to combine all these different avenues and give our clients a distinct experience.
Miguel travelled the world learning about different barber traditions and styles, captured in his documentaries HERE. Has much of this influenced the Nomad Barber cutting style and what surprised him the most during this travel?
The Nomad Barber brand really took off when Miguel begun his year of travelling and filming the documentary series. Really one of the main ideas of the webseries was to show the connections between barbering cultures across the world, representing it as a skill which bridges cultures, people and countries and this has definitely had an impact on the styles and techniques used in our shops.
For example, in Turkey the barbers complete their shaves using lemon cologne and in India they do head massages using navratna oil which leaves a cooling sensation on the skin. We take an assortment of these techniques and try to combine them to create our unique service.
Surprising aspect of travel? Miguel says for him it was probably the similarities between people the world over and the ways that they value their trade.
Whilst many stylists focus on pampering & prosecco to make clients feel at home, you’ve opted for a more contemporary approach with craft beers and flat whites. How important is this to the customer experience?
We want our customers to feel comfortable to come by (with appointment or without!), to relax, have a chat, a great cup of coffee or beer and watch the guys in action. It’s also a chilled and friendly atmosphere to just sit and get on with some work.
We recently moved our cafe upstairs and so it’s now more accessible than ever! We use coffee beans roasted locally by the lovely folk over at Bonanza, and have finally got a licence to set up some chairs and tables outside! Our bar is undergoing a re-development and we are looking forward to opening again for more evening events and workshops!
In terms of the service we offer, it is definitely a more luxurious service, all our haircuts, beard-trims and shaves are accompanied by a hot towel and a head or neck massage using special blends of oils and techniques. We want our clients to leave feeling great about themselves as well as refreshed, relaxed and ready to tackle the day, evening, weekend, meeting, wedding, whatever it may be!
What made you choose Berlin to set up the second outlet over other cities?
In some (though, not all…) ways, Berlin is reminiscent of the East End of London where our first shop is located. There is a similar creative, welcoming and buzzing energy to Berlin, and especially here in the Graefekiez where we are located.
It feels exciting to be part of a kind of collaboration of creative people here in Berlin and we hope to be able to bring our own distinct style to join the growing scene in this wonderful city.
We also felt Berlin was lacking a really great barbering scene and we want to help shape and grow this industry over here in a creative, dedicated and forward thinking manner.
What were the main challenges in launching Nomad Barber in Berlin compared to London?
There were many challenges that came about setting up Nomad Barber BLN. Especially in regards to bureaucracy and all.that.paperwork! However, it has allowed us to learn a lot about running a business in Germany, how to deal with repetitive and grumpy officials in charge of licences and official documents – and it must be said, we are definitely glad to have come out the other side of most of those challenges!
Germany doesn’t quite have the same emphasis on barbering as a trade in the way we do in the UK. Therefore finding qualified and passionate barbers from Germany has been a bit more tricky. That being said, we have managed to build up a fantastic team of people over here and we are looking forward to expanding our team even more in the coming months!
And how do the hairstyles differ in Berlin differ to the ones in London?
In Berlin we tend to get a lot more guys in for beard trims and shaves than we do in London. We’ve heard that typically in Germany you go to see a barber for beard care or shaves rather than a haircut or full treatment. This means sometimes people are surprised when they realise we also offer high quality haircuts and styling alongside our beard care and shave services.
You also have a great selection of high quality barber products, people can purchase. What do you look for when picking what to showcase in the shop?
We only take on products that we use ourselves in the barbershop and believe to be of the best quality.
We stock a variety of products to suit every budget and style, starting with the classic, cheap and (very) cheerful Turkish shaving soap, Arko, which many clients say takes them right back to their grandfather’s shaving rituals.
The products then range through to brands like Mühle, supplying high quality shaving brushes and razors as well as luxurious shave and skin care products.
We also love brands like OAK, a local Berlin-based beard care brand producing beautiful organic products. In the shop the barbers use the Kevin Murphy shampoos and conditioners as well as their styling products which cater to lots of different looks and are of fantastic quality.
Our barbers are very knowledgeable on all the products we stock and are available to help clients find the right products for them!
Are you planning to open more Nomad Barbers around Berlin or even the world?
Good question… simple answer, yes… cryptic answer… where and when?!
Where do you like to eat, drink and play in Berlin?
As a team, we love all the wee bars along and around Weserstraße. We haven’t quite caught all their names but ‘Jungle Bar’ is a good one! We are also fans of Cocolo Ramen, Zola Pizza and Le Bon – just down the road!
When we’re missing East London too much , Chutnify is a great option for authentic South Indian dosas and we also love us a bit of Angry Chicken! A local shout out has to go to Olivio across the road from us who keep us going with delicious (and filling!) pasta dishes for lunch!
Coffee from Bonanza is our favourite, but we also love many other great coffee places like Five Elephant and The Barn! There’s so many amazing places in Berlin, we could keep going…
Complete the following sentence, ‘” For me, Berlin is…”
the most vibrant and welcoming city in the world!
Are you in need of a haircut, beard trim, some grooming products or just want to stop for a cup of coffee? Then make sure to head to Nomad Barber in Kreuzberg soon!
One of our favourite small shop discoveries in Kreuzberg is Koko Schultz & Freunde , because EVERYTHING there is upcycled, making for intrigue and curiosity, but unlike other objects the whole selection is done in a much more stylish way than what you might see mass-produced on the flea-markets! Wonderful olive oil can furniture, pretty tea-set cake tiers, cool crystal lightshades and unique suitcase coffeetables are just a few items sure to impress, so we really wanted to find out more from creative co-owner Petra Schultz…and who her Freunde are too!
Okay time for a big secret – the best porridge in town is without a doubt definitely found at Haferkater. Believe us, this is more than a concept-cafe… the oats here are incredible! From crunchy nut mixes to soft, fruity delights and of course seasonal varieties all using only superb vegetarian & vegan ingredients, their creations are gonna change your whole opinion to what a bowl of porridge can be! They’ve got an adorable shack-like cafe in Friedrichshain serving a whole host of loyal admirers sitting either inside or out on the go from their window. We caught up with the three owners, Anna Schubert, Levin Siert & Leandro Burguete to find out how they make them taste soooooo good…
Located just off Sonnenallee & Weserstrasse, SHIO may seem like another Neukölln fashion shop from the outside… but investigate & venture inside and you’ll discover exactly why this space is so unique. Most of the incredible clothes hung here have actually been creatively upcycled from unwanted garments into stylish and modern designs – which you would likely never guess if you didn’t know! Run by very talented Australian seamstress Kate Pinkstone alongside three other designers (who showcase their excellent jewellery & objects, streetwear and Japanese stationary there too), this place is really rather special, and being big fans we wanted to discover a little more …
As soon as we walked into newly opened, French daytime-bistro Bichou we knew it was love at first sight! Once warmly greeted by passionate friendly owner-couple Marion Coulondre & Thomas Giese, your eyes can’t help but gaze around at the sheer simplistic beauty of the small foodie-haven they’ve created, where they offer a brilliantly-concise menu, with just one hot dish changing weekly – a sign of quality, freshness and making it truly perfect. As for the food, you can always find one of the best quiches of your life, incredible Tarte Tatin, excellent homemade jams and freshly baked breakfast Brioche buns amongst other delights. We sent a few questions to the experienced duo to find out more about the way they work…
As soon as we walked into Victoria met Albert’s adorable shop in Friedrichshain, we instantly fell in love with it. Bursting with a wide range of carefully chosen items we hadn’t seen elsewhere from home accessories to selected fashion to decorations amongst other delights, it was clear this would be a shop we’d be returning to again and again… and that became even easier on discovering their second store in Prenzlauer Berg!
We simply adore Fenster Coffee over in the Wrangelkiez of Kreuzberg! Besides their aesthetic, simplistic approach to interior design, their passion for getting the best from every roast they buy is evident just from watching the way they brilliantly work your coffee, whether a flat white or filter coffee – the care & attention they give to each cup is higher than a lot of other speciality coffeeshops in Berlin, and always tastes AMAZING too! We spoke to very coffee-experienced Dutch co-owner Jasper Springeling about the way his coffeeshop works and how it came to be…
We’ve conducted proper pizza research-trips over in Naples and honestly, we know Standard Serious Pizza can easily compete with the very best even over there! Their sourdough is so brilliantly chewy, their imported quality ingredients so flavoursome and their passion for perfection is truly admirable in every possible way. This is mainly due to their excellent and highly-driven owner Florian Schramm who has carefully built up his vision and team to bring PROPER Neapolitan Pizza to Berlin. In all honesty, we wish all restaurants would have the same attitude Standard Serious Pizza has to gastronomy, because it’s very admirable. We popped a few questions over to the young boss to find out more about the way he works…
One of our favourite spots for an amazing scoop of gelato, Süsse Sünde has locations on both Mitte’s Weinbergsweg & Friedrichshain’s Niederbarnimstrasse, as well as at their production kitchen on the outskirts of Berlin in Schöneiche. With vegan sorbets and interesting flavours like pistachio & pumpkinseed oil, elderflower & minted lime and pear & candied walnuts separating them from many others, it’s not surprising there is ALWAYS a queue outside! We spoke to husband & wife owners Hans-Jörg & Kathrin Ritter to learn more about exactly how they’ve accomplished such a brilliant & successful ice cream parlour.
One of the very first cafes we first completely fell in love with in Berlin was the marvellous Aunt Benny in Friedrichshain.
Set up by siblings Kyla & Alexander Boyle, and later joined by Jeremy Caulfield, their ethos has always been about providing top quality comfort food; from delicious breakfasts & lunches to divine cakes & treats…. and now superb drinks too!
The small, stylish boutique Konk has become legendary in the Berlin fashion scene over the past few years for exclusively stocking Berlin-based designers and labels, and their finger is seriously on the pulse of what people want to wear – their range is fantastic! We popped a few questions over to passionate owner Edda Mann to hear about her favourite brands, labels and more…
Fleischhandlung is firmly established as one of the best meat shops in Berlin (if not all of Germany) to get less mainstream cuts of high quality meat & exceptional imported beef. So naturally, WE LOVE IT! We dropped a few questions via email to manager Gesa Simons & owner Marcus Baumgart to ask about their excellent meat and the customers that buy it…
The Michelberger Hotel is a hip, Berlin institution with an adjoining restaurant popular not just with staying guests, but to a huge amount of us local Berliners too! From affordable & quick lunches to more refined & elegant dinners, head chef Alan Micks continues to wow the Berlin food scene with his team’s innovative, contemporary dishes always with a strong focus on quality local produce. We borrowed a few minutes of his time to find out a bit more…
NO WÓDKA is a wonderful concept store in Prenzlauer Berg, sourcing incredible products exclusively from Polish designers! We fell in love with it at first sight and wanted to know what inspired passionate owner Aleksandra Kozlowska to set it up..
Kaschk is a regular destination for us, whether for a great coffee break or a night out tasting some amazing craft beer – most of which come from Scandinavia and therefore are rare to find here in Berlin!
What surprised us even more on our first visit though are the two HUGE Shuffleboards downstairs, which are great fun for groups on a night out. We spoke with awesome manager Katrine Finsand to find out a bit more about what makes Kaschk different to other bars…
A foodies’ paradise in every sense of the word, Goldhahn & Sampson in Prenzlauer Berg (and now Charlottenburg too!) is not only a specialist food store sourcing fine international produce, quality cookbooks and fine wines, but an incredible space for a whole range of unique cooking lessons as well as a superb cafe to meet like-minded folk too. We were thrilled to be able to find out a bit more about this exceptional and very respected Berlin food business directly from the owners Sascha Rimkus & Andreas Klöckner themselves…
We absolutely adore HOME, a new British pub-styled bar in Friedrichshain offering excellent international beers, comfy chairs, intimate acoustic concerts and Berlin’s very best pub quiz! British owners James Andrews and Kate Jones are as lovely to know as their regulars, so we sent them a few questions to find out how HOME came about…
Walking through Friedrichshain one sunny day we were thrilled to stumble into FRENC, who sell amazing craft beer and crêpes – what a concept!!! We were totally blown away and it’s still one of our favourite bars in Berlin. We thought we better ask owners Michael Arndt & Stefan Schröer a few questions before they get too busy with an exciting launch of their very own self-brewed beer…
Located in Friedrichshain, St Mauli is in our opinion one of the best new eateries in Berlin serving their truly excellent Maultaschen in a slick, cool interior with DJs often found spinning awesome tunes there too! We absolutely love everything from the design to the music to (of course!) the incredible food! The concept, vision and business was set up by passionate owner Nico Bulla, and we were keen to find out a bit more…
With one of the best restaurant locations in town offering an incredible menu full of affordable Swiss delights both inside and on their huge terrace, Nola’s am Weinberg has naturally become a local’s favourite. We tracked down Stefan Schneck to ask him a few questions about how the restaurant came about…
Lunettes Selection is a remarkable store for exceptional vintage eyewear, and renowned as one of the best in the world….yet vintage glasses are in many ways quite a niche product and perhaps quite a risky choice to start a shop in. So we wanted to discuss the business with respected owner, Uta Geyer, who has turned her wonderful, specialist boutique into a fantastic success with both locals and critics.
Breaking new ground in both cuisine and ethos, critically-acclaimed & beautifully designed Katz Orange is certainly one of the most exciting restaurants in Berlin right now. We tracked down owner Ludwig Cramer-Klett to dig a little deeper..
One of our favourite home-style restaurants in Mitte, Roberta Kocht features chef Petra Kowalenko cooking her South German / Austrian cuisine passionately for each & every guest herself! Open just three days a week, being able to see Petra put some much love into your dish from the open kitchen feels like an incredibly personal experience. We caught Petra on a break to ask her some super quick questions here…
One of Berlin’s best casual-steak restaurants, Ruben & Carla not only have a brilliantly-beefy concept to appeal to the differing needs of lunch & dinner customers, but they also specialise in steaks served the Italian way… We caught up with owner Sebastiano Caraccia to find out more.
Paper & Tea is undoubtedly one of the very best specialist tea shops not just in Berlin but in the world, and being huge fans of both of their beautiful locations in Mitte & Charlottenburg we decided to ask founder Jens De Gruyter a few questions about the business..
Popping into a Späti on a boiling hot day to spot a refreshing apple & vodka drink called Berliner Sommer was a moment we’ll never forget. The branding was cool, the idea was great…but trying it for the first time was truly INCREDIBLE! We ended up buying another after the first sip! Testing out their hot version too, Berliner Winter (which is equally as delicious) we knew we had to meet creator Benjamin Fischer and having gotten to know him better, we decided to interview him too!
You may well have spotted the superb community-platform WirNachbarn‘s colourful posters on doors around town? We certainly have and absolutely love the initiative behind their cause, so we sent passionate founder Dr Philipp Götting a few questions to get to know a little bit more about the platform…
Die Weinküche is not your average Supperclub – in addition to being friendlier than most, the majority of their popular events are often focused around a particular region’s wine with most paired food choices being based around the wine, rather than vice-versa.