As the capital of Germany, Berlin certainly has no shortage of history under it’s belt, though today’s version of the city looks far different than its storied past. Populated by a bustling creative class and a slew of design-minded businesses, there’s no shortage of inspiration (and good food) to be found walking its cobblestone streets.
For this month’s city guide, we’ve enlisted the wonderfully talented writer and photographer, Jessica Jungbauer, to show us around the city she calls home. From a hybrid design studio and café in Joachimstr, to a serene botanical oasis on the outskirts of Alexanderplatz, Jessica shares a few of her favorite local picks that will leave you dusting off your passport (if only for the freshly baked cinnamon rolls).
Buchholzberlin, Joachimstr. 20, 10119 Berlin
“Berlin is a city where creativity thrives, and if you’re looking for beautifully crafted products made in the German capital, Buchholzberlin is your place to go! Located on a quiet side street in Mitte, the design studio’s collection of wooden objects ranges from large tables to smaller home accessories such as knife racks and candle holders. With a focus on regional products, they also offer a small selection of local sausages and cheeses, as well as a meticulously sourced wine selection. And the best part? After browsing the shop, you can linger in the café next door at the studio’s communal tables over dishes made from regional produce; from fresh soups and salads to the kitchen’s specialty: flatbread topped with the vegetables and herbs available from their own urban garden.”
ORA, Oranienplatz 14, 10999 Berlin
“What once used to be a pharmacy is now ORA, a picturesque café in Kreuzberg, equipped with the former apothecary’s cabinets, and decorated with vintage candle holders. Using locally sourced products, the menu spans from seasonal dishes to scrumptious salads, accompanied by homemade sourdough bread, which can also be bought to take home. It’s one of the coziest places I know for an afternoon pick-me-up, paired with a freshly baked cinnamon roll. In the evening, ORA turns into a bar, making it a neighborhood favorite the whole day through.”
Botanical Garden, Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8, 14195 Berlin
“A mere thirty minute train ride away from the city center, the Botanical Garden offers a serene refuge from the tourist masses around busy Alexanderplatz. Built between 1897 and 1910, the green oasis houses more than 22,000 different kinds of plants and a wander through the beautiful architectural glasshouses immediately slows you down. A visit in the morning hours is highly recommended, just as the sunlight starts to stream through the windows. After all, writer Henry David Thoreau said it best: ‘An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.'”
Jessica Jungbauer is a writer and photographer telling stories in the fields of food, travel, and lifestyle. Having lived in Paris and Washington, D.C., she now calls Berlin her home. She likes to explore new places and tell captivating stories by tapping into the universal language of food. You can find more of Jessica by visiting her website, or following her Instagram.