Sticks ‘n’ Sushi in Berlin

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Just a few steps from Andreas Murkudis and Acne Studios, there’s the two-storey heaven called Sticks ‘n’ Sushi. Although I rarely go to restaurant chains, this one from Copenhagen is an absolute exception. Opened more than a year ago in Berlin, this place has the most refined sushi (and other Japanese specialties) in the city. From the signature rice paper rolls and beef tataki with yuzu sauce to wagyu tartare and the most sensational versions of maki, Sticks ‘n’ Sushi pleases with freshness and inventiveness. Also, I really love the atmosphere in here, which makes me think of New York and those crowdy, stylish Sex & The City-like restaurants. If only the prices could be slightly lower! Still, they’re totally justified, as the quality of every single plate is perfect. And that matcha for dessert…

If looking for something more ‘casual’, but equally good in Berlin, go to Sasaya (good luck with booking a table there, though…).

Potsdamer Straße 85 / Berlin

All photos by Edward Kanarecki.

Bologna’s Addresses

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I first wrote about Bologna, the city itself, separately right here. But it wouldn’t be me if I omitted the ‘guide’ part… so, treat yourself this Monday afternoon with the five addresses from the hometown of Bolognese sauce. And take a pen to write down those places, just in case you’re planning your August trip there.

Drogheria Della Rosa

In my humble opinion, that’s the best restaurant in Bologna. Located in a former pharmacy, the food here is quintessentially Italian and feels like made by your grandma from Bologna whose existence was unknown to you for all these years. Yes, it’s that good. It’s highly recommended to make a reservation.

Via Cartoleria 10

L’Inde Le Palais Donna & Uomo

Céline, Gucci, Dries Van Noten and Magda Butrym in the fanciest, palazzo-like interiors. Very lovely customer care. And a truly unique selection of womenswear and menswear, which was quite unexpected – most luxury multibrands in Italy sell precisely the SAME stuff, from the same labels. Here you can notice the presence of a risk-taking buyer.

 Via de’ Foscherari 19/C and Via de’ Musei 6

Camera Con Vista

Although the opulent interior with Roman statues and few chandeliers might suggest old, good Italian cuisine, Camera Con Vista surprises with its signature, Asian additions to nearly every dish. If you feel like you want to slightly change the culinary repertoire, make sure to try this place out. Book in advance.

Via Santo Stefano 14/2a

Ratti & Folli Follie

That’s another luxury multibrand in Bologna, with an equally charming selection of brands – Simone Rocha and Calvin Klein are here, just to name a few. Fashion in Bologna loves a major interior. While the menswear part, Ratti, is cosmic-industrial, women’s Folli Follie is a multi-storey, XXL wardrobe where it’s easy to get lost while looking for a Balenciaga goodie (that’s probably on a heavy discount, by the way).

Via Clavature 15

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Casa Minghetti

Groovy spot for an evening appetizer and drink. But rather a pre-spot to go just before dinner.

Piazza Minghetti, 1A

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That’s the last post regarding my road trip to Italy. See the newly updated ‘Places‘ page to find all of my beloved addresses in Genoa, Portofino, Parma and Bologna!

Parma’s Addresses

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Parma (about which I wrote a separate post here) is a place where you can buy both, a pair of linen pants tailored by a small Italian family brand, and a jet-set era Gucci bag. And, while shopping, make sure to meet and talk to the local sellers and shopkeepers, who truly adore fashion and truly live their chic, Italian style. But also, Parma has this secret (to tourists, at least!) spot where you can dine in front of a church as if you lived in a Fellini film. Scroll down to discover my favourite addresses in the city, that isn’t just ham and Parmesan cheese.

Gazzabuglio di Letyzia

A tiny boutique with first class vintage. Chanel tweeds, Louis Vuitton suitcases, Hérmes foulards, Gucci leathers. All curated by Letyzia, a gorgeous, Italian signora that seems to know every seem in every single piece she sells.

Borgo XX Marzo

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Soffio

This menswear store is heaven for tailoring devotees who don’t want to look too formal. Great shoes, pants, shirts… well, everything. Note the interior, that’s filled with Italian design gems. Second floor is in the making, so expect even more of Soffio’s selection in the upcoming months.

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Laura Nocco Gioielli

I think I’ve spent an hour at Laura Nocco’s Parma boutique. Especially, I took my time to thoroughly examine her latest ‘tribal’ collection, which consists of metal hoops, rings, necklaces and bracelets. Nocco sought for inspiration in books about masks coming from different parts of Africa and Mexico, and captured their mystical aura in those unique, wearable artworks. Other than her own works, this designer as well sells rare, vintage jewellery (like this gold-pleated hand brooch).

Str. Duomo 1

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Store 333

This place reminded me of Berlin’s Voo Store and Porto’s Early Made. From Henrik Vibskov’s playful apparel to the most comfortable sneakers I know, Veja, Store 333 is the go-to address of the locals who might from time to time take a rest from the ‘Made in Italy’ tag.

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O Luxury

Parma’s biggest luxury multibrand that has multiple stores located on one street (each with different character, from the ‘hype’ one to ‘rich Italian woman’ one). Here you will find Gucci, Attico, J.W. Anderson, Vetemets and even Rick Owens for Birkenstocks.

Via Nazario Sauro

Croce di Malta

That’s my favourite restaurant in the entire Parma – it’s the one located in front of an old, no longer attended church. The food is simple, but so, so good. And that evening mood when you sit outside is unforgettable.

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Galleria Borgobello di Peppe Jervolino

Again, vintage – but more focused on jewellery and furniture. Peppe Jervolino’s vast selection of camelias, pearls, pendants, charms and pretty much every type of jewellery is impressive. It’s quite funny to see how today’s Valentino and Marni simply hit the vintage stores to find some inspo for their new season jewellery…

Via Repubblica 92B

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So, those are my favourites if speaking of Parma. Few more addresses are as well here.

All photos by Edward Kanarecki.

Mistu

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If you’re coming to Porto (see my guide around the city’s loveliest spots here), make Mistu your must-go restaurant. It’s the best restaurant I’ve been to in entire Portugal – it’s heaven. After recovering a neo-Arab building and transforming it into the Flow Restaurant & Bar, the restaurateurs’ desire to develop new experiences at the table took them to a former locksmith’s shop behind the Stock Exchange Palace. Black, white, brass, straw and green are the tones that predominate here, creating a chic, groovy atmosphere. But what’s most appealing about Mistu is that several gastronomic cultures of the orld with references of Asia and South America arrive at the table with an Portuguese accent. Chef Rui Mingatos is a magician! Try the tuna ceviche for starter, Uruguayan picanha for the main course. An ecstatic experience! Oh, and you better book a table in advance.

Rua do Comércio do Porto 161 / Porto

All photos by Edward Kanarecki.