We ask Moabiters from all walks of life what their neighbourhood means to them. Isabelle Bedê harkens from Fortaleza in Brazil, and has been living in Berlin since 2014. She officially made the move to Moabit in 2018, so we caught up with her to ask her a few questions to gather some juicy details about what makes the neighbourhood so special to her.
What made you choose to live in Moabit?
Actually, Moabit chose me. I didn't have much of a choice, and ended up finding a flat in Moabit. I initially lived by Alt Moabit, near Tiergarten and the Spree river, and I loved how central the neighbourhood was, and how close to nature it is. Sadly, I had to move out of that flat, but as I'd learnt to love Moabit so much, I decided to look for another flat here, and luckily, I found one!
What's something that surprised you about Moabit?
Live music places, like Kallasch. They have live music nights, and poetry slams, it's really fun to find that sort of place in Moabit. I was also surprised at the artsy community that you can find here. For instance, at the Arminius Markthalle there's a music studio on the first floor, and a painting studio in the basement - that was not something I expected to find inside a historic food market, and it's really cool.
What's your favourite spot in Moabit, and why?
Café Wunder is amazing. I love that it's owned by two women, and the cakes there are all homemade, and incredible. They also have vegan options, which is really lovely even though I'm not a vegan, it's just nice to have the option for those who want it.
Describe Moabit in one word.