LADEN, Berlin Mitte

BerlinEating Out

LADEN, Berlin Mitte

Design store and urban gardening restaurant are combined, at Mitte's hidden champ LADEN...

Berlin Mitte’s latest interior design and food heaven has been around since July 2015, and is inexplicably still a hidden champ. BUCHHOLZBERLIN and the owner behind Lokal — one of the neighbourhood’s favourite eateries — have teamed up … the result: LADEN. A store, café, luncheonette, and dinner hangout.

LADEN at BUCHHOLZBERLIN, Berlin Mitte

Katja Buchholz designed almost all the interior herself, and all objects and furniture can be bought by the customers — more is displayed in a second, smaller room. Katja has been a designer since 2006, and became well known for her signature tables; individual giant wooden tables made in Berlin out of materials from the city, and Brandenburg’s forests. From designing tables she swiftly moved on to designing ‘everything around them’ – from stools to lamps, cutting boards, ceramics and wooden bowls.

With the concept of LADEN, Buchholz aims to create a space where Berliners can have a holistic experience of her products. Renowned restaurant Lokal began life as the temporary Kantine, which occupied a spot at David Chipperfield Architects’ Berlin office … Katja having worked for the British architect meant the relationship was meant to be. Their team excels in the art of serving local and organic food — a perfect match with Katja Buchholz’s approach.

LADEN’s location at Joachimstrasse in Berlin is quite unique: a former Ball house that has a garden; very unlikely in Berlin, especially right in the centre of Mitte. Most of the ingredients are planted in the garden — the herbs for a peppermint tea will be picked freshly upon order. LADEN serves flatbread, a daily soup, and a special dinner dish — and has become a community space combining urban gardening and conscious nutrition. As Berlin is always in the new, LADEN has big plans: creating more groceries to pick up and take home, holding readings and special focus menu events.

LADEN
LADEN at BUCHHOLZBERLIN, Berlin Mitte
BUCHHOLZBERLIN
BUCHHOLZBERLIN
LADEN
LADEN

Photography, BUCHHOLZBERLIN/Dirk Lange

Instagram