{photo diary} Berlin

The last time I have been in Berlin was six years ago. It was 2009 – I was just barely “legal” and knew absolutely nothing about the world. Ignorance is bliss they say, and I had the time of my life! I was with three of my friends from French lycée: two Berliners and one Swede. It’s strange to think about how much I’ve changed, how my priorities have formed, and how my interests have completely evolved since then! Berlin 2009 was all about partying, staying out as late as possible (I think 11am was my record!), and generally not having a care in the world. Being in Berlin this September was quite the opposite. Thinking, how early can I get up to make sure there’s enough daylight so I can see all the things I want to see? This is Berlin 2015.

Below find some of my favorite moments from a lovely September week in Berlin…

SLEEP

Soho House Berlin Bedroom

Soho House Berlin

EAT

Café Oliv Berlin Sweet Potato Salad

Café Oliv

Mädchenitaliener Berlin

On the corner of a busy avenue and a side street, you’ll find this little Italian gem with outdoor seating which is just perfect for a fall afternoon lunch! I had the burrata and pasta… I can never resist Italian food :)

Mädchenitaliener
Alte Schönhauser Str. 12
10119 Berlin

SHOP

Andreas Murkudis Berlin Celine Bag

Andreas Murkudis

The Store x Soho House

The Store x Soho House Berlin

Paper & Tea Store Berlin

Filled with neon signs and black and white typography design, Paper & Tea is a visual delight, not to mention any tea lover’s dream! Located in Mitte, it’s also a great place to pick up gifts, if tea is not your fancy…

Paper & Tea
Bleibtreustraße 4
10623 Berlin

Fête de la Boutique

Fête de la Boutique

Walking down Mulackstrasse (where I stayed on my first trip to Berlin!), there are a ton of little stores to discover. The street has changed so much in the last 6 years. Fête de la Boutique is one little shop I wandered inside.

Fête de la Boutique
Mulackstraße 11
10119 Berlin

SEE

Holocaust Memorial Berlin

A short walk from the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial, officially called “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe” is a must-see for any visitor to Berlin. The site was designed by an architect named Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. The first time I saw the memorial I didn’t truly grasp the vastness of the space. Exactly 2,711 rectangular “stelae” are organized on a perfect grid. The perfection stops there, as each concrete slab varies in height, creating a gradual sloping effect. Some can be climbed, they are so low, while others tower over 15 feet tall, making them impossible for a human to reach.

While the meaning of the site is open to interpretation, to me, the memorial symbolizes a false perception of order. Only aerially do the slabs appear evenly spaced. The visitor must walk among the columns in order to truly see their disorderly heights.

I captured this photo on a gloomy day, and I like how the grouping of the clouds somewhat mirrors the concrete slabs, yet with soft curves instead of sharp edges.

Kunst Werke Berlin

Kunst Werke Berlin

Kunst Werke
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin

Me Collectors Room Berlin

Me Collectors Room Berlin

Me Collectors Room Berlin

Just next door to the Kunst Werke is another cool place to visit: Me Collectors Room, where you can find a eclectic restaurant and rotating exhibitions of private art collections. During my visit, a Cindy Sherman show was up, in addition to a private collection described as a “cabinet of curiosities” featuring myriad oddities and taxidermy.

Me Collectors Room
Auguststraße 68
10117 Berlin

EXPLORE

Wandering Berlin

Wandering Berlin

Sometimes it’s nice to just wander without a plan… Auf Wiedersehen, Berlin!

September 30, 2015
I’m a photographer and writer who left New York City after 7 years to explore the world. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new cities, art fairs, galleries, museums and private art collections. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29.

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