Sweet Prenzlauerberg

Berlin‘s Prenzlauerberg district is always full of surprises, and this time they were especially sweet. Here are the two amazing spots where you will eat the best Tokyo-inspired ice-cream dessert and a cake that looks too good to eat it.

Tenzan Lab is the place where you will eat the best kakigōri in Berlin. Kakigōri is a Japanese shaved ice dessert flavored with syrup and condensed milk. The one we ordered was served with matcha mascarpone on top, which is the best thing ever (if you love matcha and everything that’s creamy, of course).

Wörther Straße 22

Be Sweet is a vegan patisserie serving all sorts of cakes, tarts and cute desserts. The little, delicious masterpiece we ate was filled with boiled cherries and chocolatte mousse. Heaven. The outside seating area lets you observe Prenzlauerberg’s relaxed, urban rhythm and take a rest.

Kollwitzstraße 37

Taschen in Berlin

Mum’s look (including similar styles): Jacquemus logo t-shirt, Lemaire wide leg trousersAcne Studios Bolzter W Tumbled sneakers, Céline fringed bag from spring-summer 2014.

Taschen‘s store in Berlin is a book kingdom. The famous publishing house’s stores are like art galleries (have you seen the one in Amsterdam?), but the one in Berlin has its undeniable charm. The books, some the size of a literal coffee-table and at a 1000 euro (and up) price point, are a dream. The iconic Naomi Campbell book with the three-dimensional John Allen cover or the mega-album with David Bailey’s photos… oh my, I would easily lose my mind here.

Schlüterstraße 39 / Berlin

Photos by Edward Kanarecki.

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Three Places in Warsaw

Three places you’ve got to visit when in Warsaw

Mood Scent Bar

It’s not your average store with perfumes. Here, you will discover the world’s most niche fragrances, from the pret-a-porter to haute couture ones. Whether its D.S. & Durga’s Amber Kiso or Orto Parisi’s Boccanera or Stora Skuggan’s Moonmilk, each fragrance sold at Mood Scent Bar tells a unique story. Other than perfumes, you will find here Astier de Villatte’s stationery and Mariage Frères’ delightful teas.

ul. Bracka 3 (they have two more spots).

Capricorn Arthouse

Possibly the most magical place in Warsaw. The owners really sell what they love, from Jamin Puech’s artisan bags to Justyna Górecka’s beautiful, hand-made plates. Today, it’s a growing rarity to find a store that has such a sense of curation. Big love. The store is currently having it’s pop-up at Concept 21 in Poznań!

ul. Mokotowska 42/44

Image House

Luxury vintage is rather a dead topic in Poland. It’s often a random splatter of Zanottis, Pleins, occasional fakes and God knows what else. Well, until I’ve discovered Alicja Napiórkowska’s Image House, which is the ultimate exception. Good, old Céline, Rick Owens, Yves Saint Laurent, Comme Des Garçons… brilliant.

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All photos by Edward Kanarecki.

Other Parisian Addresses

Bought two issues of Nicole Wisniak’s legendary Egoïste for a crazy, low price… I really, really adore the Saint Germain vintage bookstores.

Seven more addresses I’ve completely fell in love with in Paris during my last stay. In case you’ve missed my other posts on the city I love the most, here’s a recap: the marvelous Musée Yves Saint Laurent, the newly opened Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées, great dining at Vivant, moving ‘Black Models’ exhibition at D’Orsay, Dries Van Noten stores on Rive Gauche, the wonderful Buly 1803, my favorite galleries near Saint Germain-Des-Pres (Laurence Esnol Gallery and Gallery Mingei), Le Marais visit with Azzedine Alaia’s spirit (the late designer’s gallery and boutique/studio/home), Lemaire heaven and delicious Baba. And here are some more!

Galerie Jousse Entreprise

Vintage furniture in a jaw-dropping space. Jean Prové, Charlotte Perriand, Alexandre Noll, you pick.

18 rue de Seine

Loewe

Of course.

46 Avenue Montaigne

Mes Demoiselles

The brand has few stores in Paris, and this one near the Seine is the prettiest. Also, I’m not surprised Parisians are crazy for Anita Radovanovic’s brand. It’s a dream wardrobe.

7 Quai Voltaire

The Broken Arm

This place doesn’t need an introduction. Marine Serre, Lemaire, Jacquemus are all here, just across a relaxing, small park in Le Marais district. If you’re not planning to shop (even though it’s really hard to resist the supply of this store), take a moment for coffee and a home-made cake from their caffè.

12 Rue Perrée

Isaac Reina

Need a wallet, pouch or bag made from leather that actually looks like toffee and has a soft, butter-y texture?  Delicious, hand-made leather goods from Isaac Reina are a Parisian’s classic. By the way, I did an interview with the designer a long, long time ago…

12 Rue de Thorigny

Libraire 7L

This one is very sentimental. Located 7 rue de Lille, in the 7th district of Paris, not far from Saint Germain des Prés, from the Louvre museum, and from the Orsay museum, the 7L Bookshop was created by the late Karl Lagerfeld in 1999. Books on design, niche design and fashion magazine, and rare exhibition catalogues are sold here.

7 Rue de Lille

The Church of St. Eustache

While Notre Dame is unavailable due to well known reasons, the Church of St. Eustache will do. The breath-taking rigour of French Gothic is an experience in itself.

2 Impasse Saint-Eustache

All photos by Edward Kanarecki.