Two Fab­u­lous Years

Where Berlin - - CONTENTS - SOLVEIG STEIN­HARDT EDITOR, WHERE BER­LIN

Wish us happy birth­day! That’s right, be­cause we turn two this month. In th­ese two ex­cit­ing years of Where Ber­lin, we have watched the city trans­form the way only Ber­lin does. We went to the open­ing of the Bikini Ber­lin mall and the Mall of Ber­lin, we cel­e­brated 25 years with­out the Wall, we've watched the "City West" re­gain its for­mer splen­dor, and much more. Who­ever said that Ber­lin is "los­ing its cool" was wrong. The Ger­man cap­i­tal is a ma­jor cen­ter of in­vest­ment for de­vel­op­ers from around the world so it prob­a­bly won't re­main pleas­antly run-down for­ever, but its cre­ative spirit and its ca­sual en­ergy are not fad­ing one bit.

In the past months, we have been busy talk­ing to peo­ple: we in­ter­viewed fa­mous and non-fa­mous Ber­lin­ers, chat­ted with our loyal concierges to get their best tips, and asked chefs, florists, and de­sign­ers to tell us what they love about the city. We want our mag­a­zine to be alive and fresh, and we think the best way to pro­vide a cur­rent pic­ture of this mar­velous city is through the eyes of its in­hab­i­tants. So turn to page 10 for a shop­ping guide com­piled by lo­cal ex­perts, and to page 58 for chef Gal Ben Moshe's best food tips. And if you want to pay homage to David Bowie, who recorded some of his best al­bums here, turn to p. 14 for a tour of the Ber­lin he lived and loved.

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