I love computers, but not as a gamer or coder or programmer or anything of the sort. I love them from a historical point of view. The history of computers is a fascinating one. I used to love the Computers & Business Machines exhibition at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, but when the newly renovated museum reopened after years of being closed, this wonderful display of postwar technological history was gone, with just a fraction of its items being relegated to a much smaller exhibit on technology in general. I was rather dismayed.
So I was thus most happy to discover the Computerspielmuseum in Berlin, which details the history of computer gaming and contains an archive of 20,000 games that are currently being digitized. The museum’s collection of gaming devices is not enormous, but it is varied and illustrates how the original form and design were so simple compared to today’s complex systems. As someone who remembers the first Atari system hitting the market, I’m constantly amazed at the complexity of today’s gaming systems.
Any gamer will love this museum. Go forth and play!!
In the heart of the Mitte neighborhood, you’ll find The CCCP Bar. This Soviet-themed bar rocks communist kitsch and offers a mean range of cocktails. Don’t miss the French flicks & the go go dancers.
I’m a born & bred Floridian, so mostly when I talk about shoes, it’s flip-flops. But when it comes to anything vintage, I’m down with it. That’s why I love Calypso Vintage Shoes in Berlin. Head shoe curator, Rosemarie, has put together a collection of vintage shoes that dates back to the 1930s. From 60s mod to 70s glam to the seriously cheesy, lovers of vintage shoes will find something here that will strike their fancy.
Oderbergerstr.14, 10435 Berlin, Germany +49 30 2816165
Vegan haute cuisine. This is the only way to describe the food at the Lucky Leek in Berlin, where chef Josita Hartanto brings whimsy and flair to her food as she reinterprets the classics as vegan dishes that easily stand up to those of Michelin-starred restaurants. Each week, Hartanto offers a new menu of one to five courses that is based on seasonal & regional ingredients which she uses to develop amazing flavors that you will want to savor. This is gourmet vegan food at its finest, and you will leave wanting to come back.
Being a bohemian wanderer, I love the intersection of a restaurant concept and a book of travel – that imagined feeling of being somewhere exotic and foreign while sampling a fusion of flavors from a region and a reality. Inspired by a famous children’s book, The Trip to Panama, this experience can now be found in the heart of Berlin at Panama, the most recent project of the Contemporary Food Lab. Taking their cue from traditional German dishes and adding elements of Mediterranean and Latin American cuisine, founder Ludwig Cramer-Klett and his chefs offer a menu that incorporates aspects of both the raw tradition and contemporary cooking techniques. Presented in an environment whose infusion of rattan, bright colors, and tropical plants evokes old Panama, the food and drink will whisk diners away to a bygone era of cool…