Have you ever been to Berlin? If so you may know Neukoelln, the neighbooorhood where you will find one cute coffee shop next to the other and in between some really beautiful gallerys and small designer shops.
Neukoelln has not always been like that for sure, but since some five years or so the quarter is booming. A lot of young creative people, artists and designers moved where the rents were still rather low; which was Kreuzberg at the time. When you are interested in fair fashion, in alternative projects, in organic coffee shops, in sustainable labels… you should visit Kreuzberg 🙂
I went there on Friday beacuse the public relations agency sieben&siebzig invited me for a “Ecotour”. We were visiting different localites which all where all somehow related to sustainability; eco fashion, upcycling projects, all organic slow food bakeries and cafés, a refugee house project, and a cinema that is film studio, restaurant, and bar at the same time.
All places were beyond beautiful…
… like this blue salon here. This is the cinema that is cafe, bar, restaurant, film studio, and much more at the same time.
In case you want to visit hop over to Wolf Kino
I was mainly intersted in the fair fashion shops and designers we were visiting. Just love getting to know my local designers and learning more about them!
My favorite stop was the SHIO Store . I immediatly fell in love with the location, the interior, the upcycling collections, and Kate, the owner of the shop and designer behind SHIO. Her current collection is like SO amazing. I want every single piece of it and I hope I will be able to share an outfit post from her collection before Summer here comes to an end 🙂
Standard Saubere Sachen is another small shop with only eco fashion and lifestyle labels. I found a necklace in there that I fell SO in love with. Hope to be able to share it on the blog soon 🙂
There were actually many more shops on our walk that we did not get the chance to visit (this time). In case you are planning to visit Berlin and Neukoelln, I think it is best to just wander through the streets; you can be sure to find eco fashion and upcycling shops.
Another place we were visiting was a coworking space with sooo much flair. Look at how cute they decorated their office space!
Also, aren’t these lamps amazing? I am actually thinking about making some like this myself… in case I manage to do, I will let you know 🙂
Finally we were visiting Refugio Berlin, a share house for refugees, artists, students, and who ever feels like living there. The house also has a cafe, an event hall, a clothes-swapping-corner (how cool is that?), and a roof top terrace (for those who are living there only).
I really loved to learn about the share house concept as it not yet very common here in Germany and yet it is such a great concept.
Have you ever been to Neukoelln in Berlin? How did you experience it? Did you also get the impression that a lot of sustainable projects are going on there? I would love to know!