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OUTDOOR LIVING ROOM
Let’s be honest: to call the “Isenbergplatz“ a quarter might be a bit exaggerated. In fact it is more like the part of a part of a quarter. But although the area is reduced to a few small streets, it’s nonetheless worth a visit and attractive enough to spend your whole day there.
The place is the outcome of urban planning measures in the early 1970s, when trees were planted and a playground was built with the aim of calming the traffic down. Until 2013 it didn’t even bear an official name or was marked on the city map. Regardless of that ignorance from the official side the neighborhood soon fell in love with its “Isenbergplatz“ and it has soon become a center of attraction for the creative scene. Over the years city magazines have often declared it as the Ruhr area’s version of Berlin-Kreuzberg or the Prenzlauer Berg, but somehow the “Isenbergplatz” seems to resist those proclamations and heavy gentrification-expectations. One reason for that might be the limited space – big franchise companies could have a hard time finding a suitable place for a new store – or maybe it has to do with the fact that some of the bars and shops surrounding the place have existed for quite some time. Especially in the summertime, when the cafés open up their outdoor seating, the whole place is buzzing with life. Having an eye on their children noisily conquering the playground, young parents can enjoy a drink and a chat. They are accompanied by the cheering or weeping of those who are watching football together, the friendly mocking commentaries shouted over from somewhere else and the soft “tick tock” coming over from the ping-pong tables. This busy but at the same time relaxed setting is watched over by the statue of Günter “Günni” Semmler, a tramp and unusual character, who used to entertain the nighthawks of Essen with his accordion and self-composed songs until his death in 2004. We like to think that he is happy with his view over the “Isenbergplatz”, this place that exudes the atmosphere of a family living room – loved, well used and not overly tidied up.
Because of the internationally inspired variety of dishes, everyone should find something to be happy with. When the weather is good, we recommend you choose a seat in their beautiful beer garden.
Where sequined bolero jackets, tracksuit tops from the 1970s and biker gear live in peaceful coexistence, while waiting for a new life, the idea of vintage and secondhand clothing comes to perfection.
For 25 years the “Home of the Mayo of the Month” serves the customers with a fine selection of dutch snacks and beer. Since the place is crammed with interesting decorations, there is always something to discover.
With its completely mixed up furniture, the chilled music, a great variety of different visitors and the relaxed and cosy atmosphere, Patti’s Bar is the perfect place to lean back, enjoy a good coffee and come down.
Benjamin Baltus’ showroom is a must-see for fans of cycling. Because it is his passion the designer offers vintage and classical racing bikes as well as a big range of spare parts. Looking for something special? Visit him.
The very friendly and well informed team of this shop will surely be able to answer all your questions about skateboards, long-boards and protection. Couch potatoes with an interest in streetwear are welcome.