Locals: Elisa Schenke, Berlin

Our love for staff meetings sit’s somewhere between paying taxes and grocery shopping which is why here at LOVE TWAIN HQ. we have our priorities set. Friday meetings go a little like… 5 minutes spent thoroughly examining sales reports (also known as making your accountant crunch the numbers), 7 minutes of inventory (we stick to a strict schedule), 15 minutes spent arguing over whether to order a chicken or combination Vietnamese roll and the rest of the hour spent on more pressing matters of the heart like travel and whose Instagram account we have been stalking.

Last Friday’s agenda consisted of Berlin + a fellow monochrome addict known to her parents as Elisa but to every other soul that owns a phone as @schwarzersamt.

Now, we will give you a minute to judge us for not having placed Berlin on our itinerary list yet. We would love to insert a legitimate excuse other than all roads lead to Paris… but as the story goes… they really, truly do so we have some ground left to cover. This is where Berlin-based, fashion and marketing student Elisa comes into the picture. While we initially fell for her monochrome obsessed wardrobe because it legitimised every black on black outfit decision ever made, we couldn’t help but fall madly, deeply in love with her perfectly toned Berlin backdrop.  Having established that Berlin was next on the agenda, there was only one thing left to do. Ask Elissa where the cool kids hang…

Name: Elisa Schenke

Current city: Berlin

I have lived here for: 2 years now

I live here because: I wanted to study fashion marketing, but actually I always wanted to move to Berlin with or without the study.

Career highlight here: My blog is certainly more creative and it is influenced by this city

Hidden gems: Milja & Schäfer at Ostbahnhof for the best local and seasonal kitchen and the best ambience

What you might not expect about this city: That it’s f***’n cold in winter!

Favourite thing to do here: In summer spending the Sundays at Mauerpark and in winter spending all my time in cozy cafés and good restaurants

Must visit: The Mauerpark flea market in summer, the government district fort it’s architecture, the Helmut Newton Foundation

For an authentic meal: Yumcha Heros in Weinbergsweg at Rosenthaler Platz for the best Dumplings, Umami for vietnamese food, Burger Art for the best Burgers and sweet potato fries

For fine dining here: Petrocelli at Torstaße

For a hard earned beverage: Sharlie Cheen Bar at Rosenthaler Platz

Happy hour must try: Actually I have no idea, but in Neukölln you will find the most unique and cheapest bars.

Easiest way of getting around: In summer by bike, in Winter the underground, the S bahn isn’t reliable

The fashion here is: Sneaker instead of high heels, urban, understatement and effortless, at least it should look like this.

For thrift shopping: Humana at Alexanderplatz and Made in Berlin at Neue Schönhauser, Straße 19

For designer shopping: Voo Store in Kreuzberg

For local designers: All the little shops at Kastanienalle in Prenzlauer Berg and Bikini Berlin

This city in 3 words: Young, urban and always changing

Must stay: Soho House

Neighborhood everyone must visit: I live in Prenzlauer Berg and for me it’s a place that has everything you need: green parks, cool shops, good restaurants and nice people