Dear Adventurers! While I buy shampoos and lather and rinse for weeks now, Berlin is turning down the returning migrating birds. We live in a goddamn snow globe, ladies and gentlemen.
Nevertheless, you might want to enjoy a bit of Berlin spring winter (clickety-click ’em), coming along with my favourite Berlin addresses.
I promised you a few Berlin insights in March. I must say, I’m rather in the mood for a rant about the weather, the pet peeve of any urban dweller, together with the public transport, and tourists. But then it occured to me that in order to prevent tourist behaviour, we all should share our hidden hot spots!
And while the selection might appear somewhatrandom, what unites all of these addresses, is that all are realBERLINERS. These addresses are all 100% Berlin.
Be it the Graz-born fashion designer Lena Hoschek, whose store in Mitte is a time machine to the 50s and 60s and fits in and blends so well with the careless, inked, vintage-loving Berlin in-crowd. Hip, but real. 100% Berlin.
Be it a hot dog shop where you’ll see an alley cat devour the delicious snack next to language students from Japan, a ballet dancer from Kiev, a local dishevelled matron and a chic gay. No fuss. 100% Berlin.
Be it a shop variety in an old-established neighbourhood that’s changing now; a shop hiding inside another shop; or a high-tech boutique for a new smile. Inventive. Stubborn. 100% Berlin.
So please, when you visit Berlin in spring (in real spring that is) or in summer, don’t do tourist places! Do Berlin and yourself a favour, and skip the beaten track.
(I’ll do more fashion later, too; and the cool bars will be up tomorrow.)