Chipperfield Kantine + Bikram Yoga

a secret lunch spot that the locals try to keep on the d.l. then get zen af at hot yoga.

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START: Bikram Yoga Berlin-Mitte, Krausnickstraße 23, 10115 Berlin.

FINISH:  Chipperfield Kantine, Joachimstraße 11, 10119 Berlin.

U / S - BAHN: Weinmeisterstraße / Hackescher Markt (Berlin).

THE FOOD: A lazy late Thursday lunch for a cheeky half day-off or a working week in mitte. Don’t be misled by the name Kantine (canteen) here. It belongs to the guru’s at the David Chipperfield Architect’s office so is minimal and beautiful in design and kitchen craft. Forget your school dinners / kitchen canteen dinners and instead think about delicious, local, seasonal, down-to-earth food. Come for prime-time lunch-time around 12:30pm, where the place is already buzzing. Grab a table, peruse the small but perfectly formed menu and order at the kitchen counter when you’re ready. If it’s good weather, the lovely courtyard outside is the perfect sunspot to catch some rays. Dishes change daily and range from hearty to super light and fresh. Think organic chicken leg with green beans and potato salad, red pepper and lentil soup or a quinoa and leaf salad with goat cheese. If you aren’t sure you can look at everything being cooked up at the huge concrete bar. Bonus bread and water come along for free. Keeping it light before yoga is probably best, but for the sweet-toothed there are some tasty, homemade tarts and cakes to munch over with coffee for afters.

FYI: Lunch is served between 12-3pm, so depending on what class you’d like to go to pick your lunch time!

THE WORKOUT: Thursday Hot Yoga 16-17.30pm / 19-20.30pm with Ayumi or Nandra. The best way to warm up in the last of these winter months is in a 140 square meter room heated to 38 degrees C (giant mirror included). Plus this is flirting GOALS - if you wanna obviously:) since attire is very naked (it’s HOT) so a pair of little shorts and maybe nothing else is totally acceptable. Class lasts 90 minutes and structured around twenty six different Hatha yoga postures. The heat enables muscles to become more flexible, alongside detoxifying the body by sweating everything out during the gentle exercises. If this sounds intimidating then don’t worry - anyone can practice the Bikram series, regardless of age or fitness level and no prior knowledge is required! Before class make sure you’ve had a couple of hours without eating and obviously that you have drunk lots of water. During class take as many breaks as you need and if you feel dizzy wave to your teacher. It’s challenging but also a great stress-reliever and helps to prevent injuries in the long-term. According to the studio owners regularly practicing this hot kind of yoga helps to strengthen the immune and cardiovascular systems, increases flexibility, helps to relieve any niggles, aches and pains and improves posture and focus. At the end of class soak in the incredible relaxation high - lying down on your mat. Your body also needs a couple of minutes to calm down and absorb the benefits before hitting the showers. Make sure you enjoy the vibe in the hangout area afterwards; have some delicious complimentary tea and fruit with your fellow yogis and bask in the zen you’ve worked so hard to achieve in class.

FYI: Bring a mat, water and two towels (one for the class and one for showering after). Mats and towels are available to rent but that´s just extra $. There are changing rooms and showers with everything you need: shower gel, blow dryers etc. If it’s your first time then try and arrive about 15 minutes earlier.

FYI: This class is in English.

THE PRICE: Bikram Yoga Berlin: A drop-in class €19, first-timers pay €20 for 10 days of classes. Chipperfield: Chicken dish €8.5, soup €5, salads €6.5-9.

BEST FOR: Mid-week madness; taking a lazy long lunch and finding all the hotties at hot yoga.

Bikram + Chipperfield Kantine

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Yoga students on mats in reverse warrior pose and shorts during Bikram class
Bikram Yoga students on towels on their yoga mat sweating in a yoga pose
credit: Ute Zscharnt für David Chipperfield Architects

credit: Ute Zscharnt für David Chipperfield Architects

credit: Doppel Berlin

credit: Doppel Berlin

credit: Stil in Berlin

credit: Stil in Berlin

credit: Stil in Berlin

credit: Stil in Berlin