January 28, 2015
With the pop-up event Das Brunch, founder Sophie von Oswald combines her love for the city’s inspiring places and food. “And because Berlin is a city full of possibilities, those that want to are able to leave their mark. Whether it be through a café or a shop or an experience or event, in a way it’s the perfect playground for creatives.”
I guess I’m what you’d call international. I was born in Hamburg to an Iranian mother and a German father. And when I was nine we moved to Sydney, Australia. I grew up there but found it quite difficult to live in such an isolated part of the world. So when I turned 18, I moved to London. I studied journalism and ended up staying for six years. How I came to Berlin from there was almost instinctual. It’s like I suddenly woke up one morning realising that I was actually German (according to my passport anyway). So I decided to follow my gut and go to Berlin for three weeks to explore the city. And what happened was like some strange magic.
I fell head over heels in love. The decision to move was made almost instantly. In a way I felt a bit like a cheat. I couldn’t believe my luck! This incredible city is all mine for the taking and I even speak the language?! Umm YES! Berlin is in a way a frustrating but also endlessly enchanting city. It’s a place that is in constant flux. People come and they go, they bring their ideas and their passions with them. And because Berlin is a city full of possibilities, those that want to are able to leave their mark. Whether it be through a café or a shop or an experience or event, in a way it’s the perfect playground for creatives. It’s space and freedom to explore.
Das Brunch is something that started out of a want to bring together some of my experiences. We try to find unassuming and interesting locations that are unique to Berlin and from there we create an entire experience that is centred around breakfast.
When I lived in Australia, breakfast was sacred. It’s what you did with your friends every weekend. More than dinner, more than lunch. Breakfast was where it was at. Don’t get me wrong, I really appreciate a good Aufschnitt Platte and frische Brötchen. But let’s be honest, it doesn’t really compare to perfectly poached eggs on fresh ingredients combined in a creative way, with spices and herbs and relishes and bacon and avocado and all the yum things. Beyond that, we want to bring together small businesses from every corner of Berlin. We use independent producers and celebrate what this city has to offer. There’s music and bloody marys and good coffee. We want people to take a moment, and sit for hours if they like. Eat a little of this, try a little of that and just enjoy a lazy Saturday in a unique setting.
One of my absolute favourite things to do on a rainy or cold day is to take a trip over to the top floor of KaDeWe. I live in Kreuzberg and coming here always feels like a mini holiday. The west is so starkly different to the rest of Berlin, so settled and proud, and it’s refreshing to have that contrast. I love to meander through the aisles and marvel at all the things that exist; it’s a lovely way to spend an indulgent afternoon.