It's getting grey and uncomfortable outside, but don't let that dampen your spirits. In fact, against all odds, a few new Christmas markets are unpacking the glow of lights and the scent of mulled wine for you. Dennis Melzer, Berlin's Sous Chef of the Year 2020, will spoil you with modern French cuisine in a new restaurant and two Nataschas will present fresh fashion designs in new boutiques.
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Tip 1: visitBerlin Podcast
Freshly produced for you: The very first episode of our visitBerlin podcast Berlin Unboxed will stream at the end of November. Host Michael and various guest hosts from visitBerlin will take you to the places where concepts, projects and ideas are being developed in Berlin. We talk to makers and shakers, thinkers and everyone who is making a difference in the city. Berlin Unboxed takes you behind the scenes, get a glimpse at places whose doors are otherwise closed to visitors. The first episodes will take you to the research laboratory of the Museum of Natural History, to the Hohenzollern Crypt in the Berlin Cathedral and accompany music critic Frederik Hanssen into the world of classical music in Berlin.
When: from 30 November
Where: on Spotify, Deezer, Google, Apple
Tip 2: New Christmas markets
Although some of Berlin's Christmas markets have already had to be cancelled due to Corona, a few new suppliers have joined them. The focus of the operators is, of course, to be able to guarantee the safe running of the market. For this reason, spacious areas have been chosen for the Christmas markets, for example around the Spandau Citadel or for the Christmas carnival on Landsberger Allee. When visiting Berlin's Christmas markets, please note that many operators have opted for the German 2G-option, which means that visitors over the age of 18 must be vaccinated or show proof of recovery from Corona. Children and young people must present a negative test result from their 6th birthday onwards; the school ID card is also valid as long as regular tests are carried out at school.
Tip 3: Natascha von Hirschhausen
#WasteLessFuture: this is Natascha von Hirschhausen's concept. With her fashion, the designer focuses on 99 percent material efficiency, which means that hardly a shred of fabric is wasted or thrown away. All cuts are optimised to this end, and if there are any small scraps of fabric left over, they are turned into hats and accessories. In the new flagship store at The Q in Mitte you will find dresses, tops and coats, but also wedding dresses and jewellery.
Where: The Q (Quartier 205 Stadtmitte), Friedrichstraße 67, Berlin
When: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Tip 4: New mural by Darbotz & SNYDER
What connects Berlin with Jakarta? Since the end of October, you can find out for yourself. A new joint art project was created as part of the city partnership between Berlin and Jakarta. In 2019, the two artists Darbotz and Snyder had already designed a 120-square-metre wall in Jakarta, Indonesia, to mark the 25th anniversary of the partnership. Now the Berlin bear is waving from a fire wall in Heidestraße. His counterpart is an abstract Indonesian deity. But just drop by yourself at this art project for intercultural exchange.
Where: Heidestraße 20 C, Mitte
Tip 5: Unfckd Vegan Restaurant
Unfckd wants to revolutionise the fast food world with vegan burgers and truffle fries. Tasty street food made from healthy organic ingredients, with lots of vegetables and protein alternatives that make conventional burgers, schwarma and chicken products look like poor sausages. The founder is none other than TV presenter and journalist Johannes B. Kerner. The goal is to soon serve vegan fast food in several major German cities.
Where: Spandauerstraße 2, Mitte
When: Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Tip 6: Pop-up store Andrea Zittel
A pop-up store opens in the gallery. Pieces from A-Z West, which is the artistic home of Andrea Zittel, will be sold. The ceramic bowls and clothing are handmade there, in the middle of the California desert. The Andrea Zittel pop-up store is open to visitors from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until 27 November. Further dates will follow.
Where: Sprüth Magers, Oranienburger Straße, Mitte
When: Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tip 7: basart: editions, posters, artbooks and so on
The location alone is worth a trip to Lichtenberg: FAHRBEREITSCHAFT is located in the middle of a commercial courtyard in Lichtenberg. In addition to artists, dancers and musicians, a sound studio, a boat builder and a car paint shop have also settled in the buildings from the 1950s. You'll also find an original GDR bar and bowling alley. At the Haubrock Foundation's small Christmas bazaar in the Fahrbereitschaft, you can find some interesting art editions, posters, books, invitation cards and artworks by Jonathan Monk and Christopher Williams, among others. If you want to give an original for Christmas, this is the place to go gift shopping.
When: 20/21 November, 27/28 November, 4/5 December, 11/12 December and 18/19 December 3-6 p.m., Advent tea on 12 December
Where: Herzbergstraße 40-43, Lichtenberg
Tip 8: Light Art Space at Kraftwerk
Light Art Space describes itself as an interface between technology, art and science. They recently brought Jakob Kudsk Steensen's immersive video worlds to Berghain. Now, in cooperation with Berlin's Kraftwerk, they are showing Robert Irwin's series of works Light and Space. The California artist, born in 1928, has been exploring how people perceive the design of space for 50 years - and is one of the pioneers of the Light and Space Movement of the 1960s. The installation created especially for the power plant is the largest work of art Irwin has shown in Europe to date. (The picture shows DEEP Web)
When: 5 December 2021 to 30 January 2022
Where: Power Station, Köpenicker Straße 70, Mitte
Tip 9: Lego Store
A highlight for kids and families will be the new Lego store that opens on 2 December in the Mall of Berlin. Here you can browse through 250 square metres of the latest Lego building sets. You can also start building at the gigantic play tables in the shop. A large, colourful Pick-a-Brick wall will help you find the right Lego bricks and figures.
When: from 2 December
Where: Mall of Berlin, Leipziger Platz 12, Mitte
Tip 10: N.O by Natascha Ochsenknecht
N.O is the name of Natascha Ochsenknecht's new fashion label. The initials not only stand for the name of the former model, but also for the message "Dare to say NO". With bright colours, expressive prints and casual cuts, the collection aims to make a fashion statement for more self-confidence. Tip: Natascha Ochsenknecht will also be stopping by her pop-up store at Alexa from time to time.
Where: 2nd floor at Alexa Berlin, Mitte
When: until the beginning of December
Tip 11: Cumberland
In 2020, Dennis Melzer was awarded "Sous Chef of the Year". Now Melzer is opening a new restaurant on Kurfürstendamm as kitchen director together with restaurant manager Benjamin Becker. Cumberland serves upscale, classic French cuisine, naturally complemented with that certain "something" that Melzer stands for. The 120-seat restaurant also features a wine bar in the front area.
When: from 23 November
Where: Kurfürstendamm 194, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf