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Transmediale 2013
Transmediale 2013

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The early months of the New Year may seem like prime time for Berlin hibernation, but it’s just the season for us at Miniloft to make the most of the city’s cultural highlights. Straddling January and February, and connecting the many dots between art, culture and technology the transmediale 2013 (http://www.transmediale.de/) festival always promises a special few days for the 20,000 strong media art professionals, artists and activists who make their annual pilgrimage to the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. (http://www.hkw.de/de/index.php)

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Bread and Butter Winter 2013
Bread and Butter Winter 2013

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Fashion in Berlin has been a slow build, with the city often languishing below London, Paris and Milan. In recent years though, Berlin’s presence on the global style stage has been subject to it’s very own makeover. The bi-annual Mercedes Benz Fashion week is Berlin’s acknowledgement to high end and high concept design. But haute couture & up-and-coming ateliers are not the only ones represented in Berlin’s twice-yearly fashion and design extravaganza.

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Christmas Markets in Berlin
Christmas Markets in Berlin

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Festive season has kicked off in the capital, which makes milling around Berlin’s huge selection of Christmas Markets an absolute must. With estimates ranging from 60 – 100 over the advent period, it’s best to hone your selection to avoid Glühwein fatigue. Thankfully, there are a couple of standout markets that manage to show the best of Berlin at Christmas time.

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50th anniversary of Gropiusstadt
50th anniversary of Gropiusstadt

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius’s Berlin legacy stretches far across the city. For a wander through the principles governing his design aesthetic, head to the south of Berlin for Gropiusstadt, a housing estate in the city’s Neukölln area.

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Literature Fest 2012
Literature Fest 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

For those of us who don’t head back to school anymore in the fall, the annual International Literature Festival is a welcome intellectual pick-me-up after summer’s lazy lounging. The feast of readings and events is celebrating its twelfth year, with the usual bounty of amazing authors from around the world.

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Komische Oper
Komische Oper

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Miniloft guests enjoy a 10% discount at the golden Komische Oper, the most beautiful of Berlin's three opera houses (especially not that the Staatsoper is undergoing years-long renovations). They have a new director this year, the Australia Barrie Kosky, formerly of the Schauspielhaus Wien.

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Pantry
Pantry

Monday, June 25, 2012

The newly-opened Pantry is tucked discreetly behind a wall of bamboo on busy Friedrichstrasse. It's easy to walk right by, but it deserves to be a destination! We're pleased that it fits in so nicely in our culinary neighborhood: we have delicious quick-eats options in Risotto and Dada Falafel, the high-end, Michelin-starred Rutz and Reinstoff, and now Pantry joins the always-delicious La Bonne Franquette as an appealing mid-range option. They specialize in “Iberian-Pacific” cuisine, with flavorful, distinctive fare and a selective, changing menu.

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Creative Sustainability Tours
Creative Sustainability Tours

Monday, June 25, 2012

Looking for an insider's perspective into what makes Berlin such a unique place? The city has a fascinating history, of course, but now Creative Sustainability Tours also show you the people and places that are creating its future. The intelligent, interesting tours help you discover Berlin’s unique, local initiatives.

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Rice Up Onigiri
Rice Up Onigiri

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Everyone's excited that you can finally get some healthy food on the go around here - handy little Japanese rice packages called Onigiri, yummy fillings wrapped in rice and seaweed. Dada's döner and falafel are excellent, of course, but it's nice to have another option (that's not currywurst, bless its ketchupy soul). Rice Up Onigiri has two locations so far - their little shop on the corner of Friedrichstrasse and Oranienburger Strasse is a delight

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Re:Surgo
Re:Surgo

Friday, May 18, 2012

Re:Surgo, helmed by Anna Hellsgård & Christan Gfeller, creates beautiful and strange prints and limited edition books. Check out their screenprints, collages, gig posters, screenprinted zines and affordable works of art at their shop on Torstrasse. With most pieces priced between 20 and 70 euros, it really is art for all!

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