During my visit to the German capital in July of 2016 I made a discovery that hypnotized my senses. I was walking around the city taking photos of famous landmarks, such as Checkpoint Charlie, the famous Berlin crossing point where documents were checked between the two post world war II Germanys, when the window of a small shop attracted my attention. Under a striped black and white awning that resembled a French bistro I was lured by the shop`s façade. After going trough the glass doors, a world of olfatory notes invaded my senses in the shop`s interior.
Not knowing that the The Wall Street Journal had previously published an article about the Berlin perfumerie Frau Tonis, I was immediately seduced by the shops interior. Glass bottles took me on a journey through the seductive world of unique smells.
Over a central glass table and side white columns, combinations of citric notes, spices, wood, flowers, among others, gave life to perfumes and colognes under names such as Berlin Summer. Every combination carefully designed by Frau Tonis was available for an olfactory taste inside the store. And they were all sensational.
The small shop located on Zimmerstrase 13 is worth a visit. And, of course, taking a flask back home is the perfect way to return with a memorable piece of Berlin with you.
Gus Dantas, publisher gusdantaslife, visited Berlin in July 2016.