To socialize or talk informally preferably over a drink. Word forms: 3rd person singular present tense hobnobs, present participle hobnobbing, past tense, past participle hobnobbed.
But honestly. Hobnob is a safe space for women who prefer iced coffee over a perfectly curated wardrobe. It’s a daycare center for women who are intrigued by trends, but also don’t care. It is an open bar for those who swear on vintage Chanel and whose pension funds hang in their closets.
Berlin is easily one of the few cities that shows its best side even during the grayer and cooler days of the year. But keep in mind that paying a visit to Berlin – a city where anything is possible –can be a moment of opening a box of chocolates. Compared to other capitals in Europe, the Berlin cultural scene is full of surprises and changes faster than you have time to change your outfit! Lucky us we have resident friends that can help us avoid the ”oh so last season” when we return to the city for some fun and fashion…. and loads of natural wine.
The fashion scene in Berlin is still one of the most vibrant in Europe. It is characterized by a mix of styles and influences, from up-and-coming designers to established labels, with a focus on sustainable production and eco-friendly fabrics. Berliners are known for their individual style, often opting for off-grid, unshowy looks, and we love it!
So, let us present today’s handpicked menu of Berlin – a colourful cocktail made from the very best and fresh from the streets. Starting with a heavy portion of vintage treasure shopping, followed by unique conceptual boutiques with a savoury mix of international and local entries, and finishing up with the best natural wine bars and restaurants. Not to forget a side of places to stay and places to go, for all the Berlin fans out there.
Pineapple Factory Gallery
Pineapple Factory is a curated online and offline vintage shop offering themed collections, celebrating personal style and the art of collecting. And to be honest, Pineapple Factory Gallery is not just a great boutique, it’s a destination thanks to the carefully handpicked assortment and the spot-on store design. No wonder GQ has listed this little Berlin gem as one of the 100 Best Shops in The World. Vintage Vivienne Westwood and Jeremy Scott hanging alongside Prada and Junya Watanabe, will make any fashionista’s heart skip a beat and not leave empty-handed after a visit to this Berlin Mitte must.
Gormannstraße 23, 10119 Berlin
If you are looking for vintage pieces with a story, Garments Vintage is the answer. The two owners and former costume designers, Astrid Lagos and Sandra Keil, know most of the pieces in the store “personally”. They will give you the story as a part of the shopping experience, ready for you to use as a conversational starter at your next dinner party. The range of products in their store in Berlin Mitte, is both colorful and eccentric: the fashion mainly comes from the 70s and 80s. You will also discover an affordable, curated selection of bold costume jewellery.
Linienstrasse 204, 10119 Berlin
Das Neue Schwarz
Lovers of special designer pieces will get their money’s worth in this vintage store in Berlin Mitte. Here you can admire celebrated brands from Comme de Garçons to Maison Margiela, Loewe and Jil Sander and the charming shop owner will happily guide you to the latest finds. People holding tight to their wallets should stick to window shopping. For fans of selected (and therefore quite expensive) pieces by unique designers, “The New Black” is one of the best vintage stores in all of Berlin.
Mulackstrasse 38, 10119 Berlin
Do Your Read Me?
Since 2008 this bookstore has offered a curated selection of inspiring international and independent magazines, journals and books in the midst of Berlin. Based on the crowding in the store, it’s obvious that this space has a lot of dedicated fans (myself included!) who are happy to spend hours here on a Saturday afternoon browsing through the amazing collection of printed matters on fashion, photography and art, architecture, interior and design, illustration, graphic design and typography, cultural matters and society. It’s a What you don’t find here, doesn’t exist kind of assortment and what’s not to love about that?
Auguststraße 28, 10117 Berlin
Rocket Wine is a natural wine shop, importer and an ongoing adventure that has taken the owners to the farthest corners of Europe in the search for the most authentic and tasteful natural wine. The bottles that are imported to Berlin and available for purchase are sourced among more than 60 wine friends living in the countryside of Jura, the shores of the great lakes of the Alps and in ancient, German river towns, and so on. The selection changes basically from day to day which makes every day a perfect stop-by to pick up some beautiful bottles. Hot tip: choose bottles out from the coolest labels and you can reuse them as candle holders long after the wine is enjoyed.
Sophienstrasse 10, 10178 Berlin
Voo Store Berlin
Top 3 reasons to head over to Kreuzberg for an afternoon at Voo Store: 1) Indulge in independent fashion labels such as Jacquemus, J.W. Anderson, Isa Boulder and Marques Almeida. 2) Shop for unique jewellery, accessories, beauty products and interior objects. 3) Enjoy a glass of natural wine or a cup of coffee together with a homemade matcha muffin, in their instore Voo Deli.
The wine bottles and drinking glasses are for sale, as are the works of young artists who showcase their art in the store. This altogether make this Berlin institution such a fun and exciting experience.
Oranienstraße 24, 10999 Berlin
The Square Berlin
The Square Berlin is a fashion, art and lifestyle store located in the heart of the city. The store is owned by tastemakers Emmanuel de Bayser and Josef Voelk and is an artfully curated retail space that brings a new elegance and timeless sophistication to the ever-evolving German capital. With an exquisite modern outlook and captivating interiors and a unique mix of high luxury names, contemporary designers, as well as upcoming brands, this new treasure trove of contemporary luxury, will become an unmissable stop on every shopping stroll.
Franz. Str. 40, 10117 Berlin
Sofi the Bakery
Although tucked away in the courtyard of one of Berlin’s oldest side streets, Sophienstraße, the long line of Berliners that every day stand queuing to get hold of one of Sofi the Bakery’s sought-after, artisanal sourdough bread, reveals this beautiful store’s location in Mitte. The already cult-declared bakery is a collaboration between Slow and celebrated Danish chef and restaurateur Frederik Bille Brahe (Copenhagen venues Atelier September, Apollo Bar….) and is on a mission to craft honest, low-intervention bread from ancient grains sourced from small, organic farmers around northern Europe. The cherry on the cake here is the natural wine you can enjoy on the spot with your afternoon croissant or slice of fresh, warm bread. Pure beauty in all its simplicity!
Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Sophienstraße 21, 10178 Berlin
Across the street from Otto, the tiny tavern with a three-star chef in the kitchen, you will find the natural wine bar and restaurant Bar Normal. Besides a great selection of craft wines, the kitchen serves no fuss-shareable food such as an incredibly fluffy mushroom tortilla, savory black sausage and the best fried potatoes you’ll ever have. The focaccia is homemade and the moist sourdough bread is from…. Sofi ofc! It’s easy to stay here all night, but if the restaurant is full (as it most often is) just have a glass in the bar and enjoy one of Berlin’s most inspiring crowds.
Oderberger Str. 7, 10435 Berlin
Ernst is the 8-seat counter restaurant that put the Wedding district on the map when it opened. It’s a Michelin-starred restaurant that serves modern cuisine made from local ingredients and Japanese techniques. The focus is on smaller producers – they only buy from farmers and winemakers that the owners have personally visited on location – with a set tasting menu that changes daily. The restaurant also features an extensive wine list and an innovative cocktail menu. Ernst Berlin is a great choice for a special occasion or a memorable night out, though it’s not a first date place as the kitchen requires full focus while they serve around 35 servings.
Gerichtstraße 54, 13347 Berlin
Château Royal Berlin
A quite newly opened, innovative boutique hotel in the heart of Berlin Mitte, just moments from Unter den Linden. The hotel, a former Stasi spy hub, is made up of two buildings dating from 1850 and 1910 and a new construction and roof extension, designed by well-known British architect David Chipperfield. The interiors by Studio Irina Kromayer feature colorful marble, herringbone parquet, oak, nickel and handmade craquelé tiles, creating a contemporary twist on Berlin bohemia. Contemporary artwork from famous artists is featured throughout the public spaces and guest rooms. The hotel also features a stylish lobby, bar, restaurant, private dining room, fireside lounge, and winter garden that non-hotel guests are welcome to enjoy and escape from everyday fatigue.
Soho House Berlin
Members-only club Soho House Berlin’s is a great place to relax and socialize in a stylish atmosphere. The club offers a range of amenities, including a rooftop pool and bar that offer panoramic views of the Mitte district, a spa, a gym, and several restaurants and bars. The interior is a blend of high glamour and effortlessly cool. The hotel rooms and suites are reminiscent of the nostalgia of the early days with black and white tiled flooring, oversized seating, fireplaces, and old world sanitary ware- just the right mix to match a ”shaken, not stirred” Martini after a long day in town.
Torstraße 1, 10119 Berlin
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