Aux Delices Normands

Photo: Aux Delices Normands

The first branch of Aux Delices Normands opened in 1995 in the Berliner Straße in Zehlendorf. The brioches, croissants and tartes of the French founder and owner Didier Canet were so popular that within a few years, further branches followed in the Neue Kantstraße, the Pfalzburger Straße, the Ihnestrasse and the Brandenburgische Straße. In the year 2005, Canet – who came to Berlin in 1989 and is still serving the delicatessen supplier Lenôtre in the famous KaDeWe – fulfilled himself a dream and turned the listed monumental court in Stahnsdorf not only into a residential building for himself but also started the production here. In order to increase the quality of the loaves, baguettes and rolls, he integrated a French wood oven. Meanwhile the branch in Stahnsdorf – which can be seen in the photo – has developed into a popular excursion destination. Not only a special tipp for sunday afternoons to drop by for a café au lait and our favourite Tarte tarte au pommes normande but also the best place to buy excellent Cidre, Calvados and Camembert and other delicacies for your Noël normand.

Aux Delices Normands
Berliner Straße 49, D-14169 Berlin
Mon– Fri: 6am–6pm, Sat 6am–2pm, Sun 8am–4pm
Dorfplatz 6, D-14532 Stahnsdorf
Mon–Sun: 7.30am–5.30pm

Hamburger Bahnhof

Photo: Hamburger Bahnhof

The museum’s name Hamburger Bahnhof refers to the building’s original function as one of the first terminal stations of the rail system in Germany. It opened as the terminus of the railway line between Hamburg and Berlin in December 1846. The reconstruction and conversion of the  neo-renaissance building by architect Josef Paul Kleihus resulted in the re-opening of the Hamburger Bahnhof on 2 November, 1996 with a 13,000 squaremeter exhibition surface after four years of extensive renovation. Since then Hamburger Bahnhof has consistently consolidated its reputation as one of the world’s most highly-regarded contemporary art museums. In 2004 the prestigious Friedrich Christian Flick collection encompassing around 2,000 works by 150 artists was housed in the refurbished former freight depots of the Lehrter Banhof which became the converted Hall, or East wing, known as Rieckhallen. As a long-term loan it will remain on display until 2011.

In 2002 the collection was again enlarged by the acquisition of Egidio Marzona’s collection of Conceptual Art and Arte Povera. The core elements of the museum’s collection stem from the legacy of Berlin collector Dr. Erich Marx who assembled some of the greatest masterpieces of the mid 20th century - works from contemporary giants such as Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Roy Lichtenstein, Cy Twombly or Andy Warhol. Conceived as a showcase for the multi-media dimension of contemporary international art the scope of the museums’ exhibits encompasses other contemporary art forms such as film, video, design and photography with installation work from Nam June Paik and experimental work from artists such as Marchel Duchamp and Sigmar Polke. This weekend Hamburger Bahnhof parties its 20th birthday – with free entry for all. Join on in.

Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstraße 50
D-10557 Berlin-Mitte,

Deutsches Pressemuseum im Ullsteinhaus

Fanny Zschau, Digital Diva Deluxe, Art, Event, The Berlin Guidebook
Flyer: Deutsches Pressemuseum im Ullsteinhaus

After being a 15 years old soldier in World War II, the Berliner Robert Lebeck became one of the worlds most famous photo reporters, working for magazines like Kristall, Revue and Stern. From 1978–1979 he was also editor in chief of GEO Magazin. His famous KIOSK collection includes 30,000 exhibits on the history of photoreporting from 1839 to 1973 – from the first daguerreotype to the last edition of the legendary Life magazine. In May 2011, a sponsor and supporters club was constituted to implement the idea of ​​a Deutsches Pressemuseum. The initiator of the museum project is the journalist and cultural manager Holger Wettingfeld.

The founding members include, among others, Robert Lebeck himself, who died in 2014, the writer Sten Nadolny, the managing director of Willy Brandt-Haus Gisela Kayser as well as the theater director and Ullstein grandson Geoffrey Layton. The museum wants to digitize the collection, open up to scientific research and show it in exhibitions. Until the end of the year it can be seen in the former restaurant of Ullsteinhaus, which was sold to the Samwer brothers in 2015. We spent hours there – enjoying the great room, exploring the exponents and watch one of Lebecks dreams come true. The exhibition was curated by Gisela Kayser and Katharina Mouratidi, Gesellschaft für Humanistische Fotografie. Congratulations to the whole team and their amazing project, which is very worth a visit and can still need your support.

Deutsches Pressemuseum im Ullsteinhaus e. V.
KIOSK Sammlung Robert Lebeck, Ullsteinhaus in Berlin
Mariendorfer Damm 1, D-12099 Berlin-Tempelhof
Opening hours: Tue–Sun 12–6pm, Wednesday until 9pm

Café Restaurant Grosz

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Photo: Restaurant Café Grosz

The Café Restaurant Grosz is located in Cumberland House on Ku'Damm and run by Borchardts owner Roland Mary. The heritage-listed building was designed by architect Robert Leibnitz, built in 1911/12 and named in honour of Ernst August, Third Duke of Cumberland. Originally conceived as an apartment hotel, the property went through a long history and was finally sold to Dr. Th. Bscher, D. Maruhn and D. Germandi in 2010. They renovated the building for heritage status and returned the Ku’damm façade to its original state. At the rear of the complex 185 condominiums have been built and the Café Restaurant was named after the Berlin artist George Grosz, who lived around the corner at Savignyplatz. The German-American painter, graphic designer and caricaturist is today best known for his socially critical paintings from the 1920ties. Café Restaurant Grosz, which opened up in 2012, is clearly committed to tradition – what inspired plates in the Belle Epoque, is still delectable to this day: Don’t be surprised to see dishes on the menu such as Brussels Chicken, Lobster Bellevue and Ham Mousse in Port Wine Jelly, variations of the original 1912 menu by F. W. Borchardt. Or just drop by on a rainy afternoon for the delicious Princess Viktoria Cake from their own Pâtisserie L'Oui: a white chocolate and pistachio extravagance. To enjoy along with the best Ganache we ever had in Berlin. Delicious!

Café Restaurant Grosz, Kurfürstendamm 193/194, D-10707 Berlin
Sun-Thur 9am–11pm, Fri and Sat 9am–11:30pm,

Tadshikische Teestube

Fanny Zschau, Digital Diva Deluxe, Food, Drinks, The Berlin Guidebook
Photo: Tadshikische Teestube

Its getting cold and grey outside. High time to visit cosy Tadshikische Teestube – in 1974 the attraction of the Tajik exhibition stand in the Sovjet Pavillion at Messe Leipzig and given to the GDR government as a gift. Located Am Festungsgraben in Kronprinzenpalais before, it was closed down with the renovation and moved after more than a year abstinence into the Kunsthof in Berlin-Mitte 2013. Thanks to the persistance of owner Olga Schöning the whole inventory was saved and lovingly restored. After you have taken off your shoes at the entrance, you can enjoy a rich selection of steaming teas poured from silvery samovars while you are lying inbetween colorful plump pillows, sumptuous carpets and hand-carved cedar pillars. On the menue are classic Eastern European dishes like pierogi, bliny and pelmeni as well as salads, soups and plov, a traditional lamb and rice dish. Our favourite after a long walk along river Spree is the Russian tea ceremony for two with Samowar, black tea, vodka and many small delicacies to munch along with. Yesterday evening we joined it at the fairytail hour – taking place every Monday not only for children above 12 but also for young at heart adults.

Tadshikische Teestube im KunstHof
Oranienburger Str. 27, D-10117 Berlin-Mitte
Mon–Fr 4–11pm, weekends noon–11pm
Fairytail hours every Monday bewtween 7.30 and 9pm

Stadtbad Oderberger

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Photo: Hotel Oderberger

The Stadtbad Oderberger was designed from 1899 bis 1902 by architect Ludwig Hoffmann to supply the then rapidly growing district of Prenzlauer Berg with hygienic institutions. Most people came here to enjoy one of the 200 public bathtubs and many, many kids learned in the small pool under the huge columnar hall how to swim. The Neo Renaissance building survived both wars without greater damages and stayed a very popular place during GDR times – in 1977 a sauna was installed. In 1986 it was forced to close due to cracks in the ground of the swimming pool and was used as spectacular event location until 2012 when extensive renovations began. In January 2016, the new owners Barbara Jeschke from next door GLS Language School Berlin and her husband Hans-Dieter Jaeschke opened the Hotel Oderberger Berlin with 70 individual rooms, two apartments and ten seminar rooms. The nice thing about their concept is the conservation of the building as an attraction for the neighbourhood and the possibility to still have it as an event location and a pool. How the spectacular construction of a stage sitting on water works, could be admired at the opening last Thursday set in scene by artist Johanna Keimeyer, who also shows her pool pictures from all over the world in the hotel. On October 17th the swimming pool will finally be opened for the first time in 30 years for the public. Every Tuesday at 5pm the Jeschkes offer a free guided tour of the restored public bath: Meeting point is the reception of Hotel Oderberger; registration is not required.

Hotel Stadtbad Oderberger, Oderberger Strasse 57, D-10435 Berlin


Café Dujardin

Photo: Café Dujardin

Yesterday, after the great exhibition and open atelier party in Uferhallen we went to closeby Café Dujardin. Right next to river Panke the nice in- and outdoor space is not only crowded as a café during daytime but also as bar until midnight. Owner Werner Geyer is an experienced restaurateur with a great taste for vintage furniture and established the place quickly into a success story which is always crowded with a changing public: It opens up as lunch place for the employees and lawyers working at the other riverside in Amtsgericht Wedding. You can for example enjoy fresh made soup of the day, delicious quiche or vegetarian lasagne with freshly squeezed lemonade. In the afternoon the neighbourhood and walkers along the riverside drop by for homemade cake and tea or coffee, later a very international crowd mixed with the creatives working in Uferhallen enjoys Berliner Bouletten, cheese plates or hard boiled eggs until midnight. And as owners of the notorious bar Muschi Obermaier at Rosenthaler Platz in Berlin-Mitte Werner and his team for sure know how to run a bar and pick out an excellent choice of spirits. Furthermore they offer an ambitious cultural program at Café Dujardin: From movie nights over jazz concerts to swing dance – you will for sure always have a special evening here. Then a Dujardin!

Café Dujardin, Uferstraße 12, D-13357 Berlin-Wedding, daily high noon–midnighté-Dujardin

Neu West Berlin

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Neu West Berlin – short NWB – is a creative collective, which gives working insights into international art, experiments, film, food, history, music, technology, theatre, science and hosts events, exhibitions and workshops on a non-profit basis. Founded in 1989, right after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the name refers to the then finished era of West Berlin as a socio-political and cultural experimental ground during the Cold War. Until today NBW is holding the biggest collection of artifacts of the former Cold War sectors border: The T- and L-shaped Berlin Wall pieces are symbols of a sustainable peaceful transformation process and confront spectators worldwide with historical reality and encourage cultural exchange. So far the NWB collective replaced original Berlin Wall artifacts in over 40 countries, including Iceland, Jamaica, South Africa, Singapore, USA and the Vatican.

This physical network of historical Berlin Wall pieces spreading from the german capital into the world, instigates a global and constantly growing cultural exchange. Ever since the NWB collective is working in a procedural dialogue with international partners to commemorate, mediate and alter the unique political and socio-cultural layout of Berlin. They also offer working spaces and promote community participation all over the world. After Köpeniker and Yorkstraße the creative collective now found a new space right next to the station Kurfürstenstraße in the middle of Berlins red light district. The opening party not only showed two works of our favourite artist and programmer of the upcoming Digital Diva Deluxe website Malte Kebbel right in the glass window front but also made us dance to our old friend Helmut aka DJ Hell. Thanks for inviting us over NWB and have a great start at the new location!

Neu West Berlin, Kurfürstenstraße 145, D-10785 Berlin