"We moved to Berlin to be somewhere that was a little bit outside the noise of Los Angeles and New York, where a lot of our work is still based. Although it’s not a quiet city, it’s quieter for us,” says Kehinde Hassan, one half of Grammy-nominated production and DJ duo Christian Rich. “Berlin is a special city,” adds twin, Taiwo Hassan. “We’re both drawn to the energy and fluidity of the place.”

Born in Chicago, raised in Nigeria and having worked as investment bankers in Atlanta, the brothers now call the German capital home. Their career is as multifaceted as their life story, working with the likes of Drake, Pharrell Williams and Lil Kim, the duo has also collaborated with tokyobike and eyewear brand L.G.R and appeared at Paris Fashion Week.

What ties these diverse projects together? “We think of it as filling in the voids that are overlooked or underrepresented,” explains Kehinde, “it’s kind of like ‘mind the gaps.’” Their future plans are as ambitious as their past portfolio: “scoring a Spike Lee film would be pretty dope,” says Taiwo. “Working with some Japanese directors would be cool too.” Here, the duo take time out from their packed schedule to share the places around Berlin that give them their energy fix.

Get the local look: Voo Store

'Voo is our spot for high-end and moderately priced streetwear and casual wear. The shop is well curated for Berlin’s own brand of fashion, and you can find anything from Nike and Prada to Gosha Rubchinskiy. There’s also a coffee shop inside if you’d rather people watch.' Oranienstraße 24; vooberlin.com

Drinking in history: ORA

'Located inside an old pharmacy, ORA is a restaurant and bar serving the best cocktails in town and unique drinks like the Beetroot. The owners have kept the Oranien-Apotheke building’s original neon lighting on the facade, but with only three letters lit up: O, R and A.' Oranienplatz 14/ Erkelenzdamm 1; ora-berlin.de

Best light bites: Schlomo’s Bagels

'Schlomo’s is a bagel spot with an interesting take on sandwich options. The coffee is great as well. The street it’s located on is really homely; it has Sesame Street vibes.' Kollwitzstraße 44; schlomos.com

Spotlight on design: Bolia

'We’ve bought some cool Scandinavian furniture and design here. Its aesthetic focuses on minimal designs, but you can find really great statement pieces.' Chausseestraße 1; bolia.com


Home from home
Ebe Ano: “Being Nigerian American, any time we travel or move somewhere new, one of the first things that we look for is a Nigerian restaurant. Ebe Ano is one of the best in the diaspora. We recommend you try the egusi stew with pounded yam.” Bamberger Straße 49; ebe-ano.de

Neighbourhood charm
Esse Osteria: “A Roman spot right in our Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood, Esse Osteria is run by an Italian husband and wife who usually serve a strict menu, but sometimes they can create a special plate for you.” Prenzlauer Allee 41; esse-osteria.de

Styled to perfection
OBLIK: “OBLIK is one of those places selling pieces that give your home the style of an art gallery. Whatever you choose, it will look like you hired an interior designer.” Torstraße 69; oblik.berlin

Place to be inspired
C/O Berlin: “C/O Berlin is a gallery located in Amerika Haus Berlin — an institution developed after WWII so German citizens could learn more about American culture and politics — with photography and other visual media exhibitions. We bought book of Gordon Parks photography here after visiting an exhibition of his work.” Hardenbergstraße 22-24; co-berlin.org

Big night out
808 Berlin: “In our opinion, 808 Berlin is the best club for hip-hop. It was opened by the owners of former club Tube Station, who also introduced us to the city’s hip-hop scene, back in 2012.” Budapester Straße 38-50; 808.berlin

Words by Sian Morgan, main illustration by Neasden Control Centre

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