Editor’s Note


Oc­to­ber: time for long tea breaks and ad­mir­ing the brightly hued, fall­ing leaves. Around this time of the year, I al­ways pay a visit to Ga­leries Lafayette to stock up on tea from my fa­vorite brand, Mariage Frères. My must-have blends are Lo­tus Royal, with lo­tus flow­ers, and Casablanca, aro­matic with Moroccan mint and berg­amot oil. Af­ter a pleas­ant cuppa, I can't re­sist spend­ing some time in the French depart­ment store's ground-floor gourmet sec­tion, where you can sam­ple marvelous French cheeses with wine and even French-style sushi with camem­bert.

Cheese and wine aside, Oc­to­ber is also the month of beer. With the live­li­ness of Mu­nich’s Ok­to­ber­fest re­sound­ing through­out Ger­many, maybe it’s time to put on some Leder­ho­sen and visit a Bier­garten for some Bavar­ian fun – or cre­ate your own ver­sion of Ok­to­ber­fest by vis­it­ing one of Ber­lin’s nu­mer­ous mi­cro­brew­eries. Turn to page 14 for Hilda Hoy's roundup of the best lo­cal beers in town, the re­sult of many hours of de­li­cious re­search.

This month also marks the 25th an­niver­sary of Ger­man Re­uni­fi­ca­tion (p. 16), so head to Bran­den­burg Gate on 3 Oc­to­ber and join the crowds as they com­mem­o­rate the event that changed the course of mod­ern Euro­pean history. Or celebrate the oc­ca­sion by shop­ping for some of the coun­try's most lux­u­ri­ous and world-renowned brands, which Jenna Rose Rob­bins has rounded up for you on page 10. En­joy!

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