With new burger joints seemingly opening up weekly in Berlin, it isn’t surprising that some of the new good ones slip through the cracks and don’t get the attention they deserve. One such place that the burger enthusiastic bloggers haven’t got a hold of yet, is the less than a year old and super un-hyped BurgerBar61.
Some months ago now, I threw together a selection of photographs, that can be seen here, that I had recently taken for my other side project Berlin Street Art. Now it is time for round two, with a post that includes both new pieces on the streets and a couple of not so new pieces.
Case (Maclaim Crew)
This November marks the 25th anniversary of the Fall of The Berlin Wall. 25 years on and there is still conjecture as to who actually brought down The Wall. Ronald Reagan‘s ‘tear down this wall’ speech may have had something to do with it. Maybe Mikhail Gorbachev and his political reforms are to be accredited for it. And then there is obviously Günter Schabowski and his botched travel restrictions-“immediately effective” media conference, which certainly must have had something to do with it. But a new (2013) book by Erik Kirschbaum suggests that there may have been someone else who helped bring down The Wall. That person being a very famous musician, who isn’t known as The Hoff, but rather, The Boss!
It was some time ago now that I heard about the optimistic plans of the Flussbad Berlin project that wishes transform part of the dirty, muddy and dubious looking river Spree into an inner-city swimming hole, like it was once before.
Although I do personally adore the plans, I’m sure the cash-strapped Berlin government doesn’t exactly have money to throw at such projects, although saying that, at the same time, that same cash-strapped city government is bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics! Anyway… If you thought Flussbad Berlin’s idea was out there, check out what Germany’s neighbours are up to.
Next weekend (Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd of August), Kiez Oper will return to Zur wilden Renate’s magical garden retreat with their latest opera spectacular ‘The Fairy Queen‘ by Henry Purcell. This 300 year old opera, that will be performed in English, follows the story of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and features a weird and wonderful array of magical characters – pixies, nymphs, creatures half human half animal.
The performance, in the very special Kiez Oper style, will be brought to you, the audience, as the performers weave their story through the crowd, to the music of a Baroque Orchestra, against the backdrop of the night sky.
Thanks to Kiez Oper, Mogli Oak Berlin followers have the opportunity to win two tickets to this wonderful event. To win, simply ‘Share’ our Facebook status regarding the competition (here) and leave a quick comment on the same post. The winner will be announced this coming Sunday August 17th.
If you are not the lucky winner of our little competition, don’t worry, there are still tickets available and all of the information regarding the event can be found here.
Since writing one of my first ever posts on Mogli Oak Berlin about the now exceptionally well known burrito haunt Dolores, there has been an explosion of new comers onto the Berlin burrito market. But because of my obsession towards Dolores’, whenever I had those burrito cravings, I would head there, which is somewhat unfortunate because it has taken me until now to discover the equally good (if not better) burritos being served up, just around the corner from me, at Burrito Baby.
Even after sunset on a warm summers day, Berlin’s niceties continue to shine on through. There are the obvious options of parties in bars, clubs and WG’s, but then there is also one of my favourite things to do in summer, and that is to check out a film at one of the many outdoor cinemas, or Freiluftkino’s, that Berlin has on offer. Whether you want to sit in a park, on a rooftop or maybe even in a half destroyed building, there are outdoor cinemas catering for all desires. Here are my tips of some of the best.
In the warmer months of the year, Zukunft am Ostkreuz opens up the very rustic Freiluftkino Pompeji that is situated between the walls of a non roofed old building. The surroundings set a very romantic vibe, that may make this place a perfect option for a first date. Films here range from new features to older cult and classic films. Pompeji and Zukunft also plays host to a couple film festivals throughout the summer.
Freiluftkino Pompeji (photo via http://freiluftkino-pompeji.de/)
The variety and styles of burgers and burger-like creations available in Berlin is a constantly evolving thing. There really is a variety of burger for everyone and you can find anything from your more typical beef meaty burgers, available at places like The Bird and BBI, to your fusion type creations, available at places like Ban Ban Kitchen and Big Stuff Smoked BBQ. But there are still gaps in the market and one of those gaps, the decent chicken burger gap, has recently been filled by Kreuzberg new comers Piri’s.
Berlin is certainly no stranger to urban gardening and it also boasts a plethora of parks and other green spaces. But don’t just limit yourself to the dirty, dusty and crowded parks of Goerlitzer Park and Boxhagener Platz, which my friends insist on going to, branch out and try one of the relaxing, tranquil and gorgeous green spaces that Berlin has on offer.
Urban Gardens at Tempelhofer Feld
Recently, whilst on one of my regular neighbourhood spaziergang’s, I stumbled upon a new little New Zealand bakery, which I suspect is going to bring cheer to the lives of many Expat Brits and Australasian’s, like myself, who occasionally get that hankering for good ol’ meat pie! If this sounds like you, then you probably should pay a visit to Oma Marnie’s Pie Bakery in Prenzlauer Berg.