Berlin, Germany
Myriel, 40
Brand Relations Director
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a bit about Myriel

What are you working on these days?

I'm the Brand Relations Director for the European Hotel Private Collection and The Entourage group. It's a truly innovative and super cool company which is based in Amsterdam, doing boutique hotels and outstanding restaurants. I'm busy preparing several hotel and restaurant openings in Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Amsterdam and Ibiza. Exciting times. When I need to work creatively I love hiding in one of the stunning rooms at Sir Savigny.

What drives you mad these days?

It drives me mad when people are complaining about how life has changed in Berlin and how much better the good old days have been. I have seen many changes but I believe in taking responsibility about how you want to live and how you want your city to develop. Berlin has still a lot of space for creativity to offer and it's great that it finally got an international touch and drive to it.

What makes you happy?

Many things can make me happy – the sun shining through the curtains when I wake up in the morning, the breeze when I bike down Kastanienallee, the smile of my daughter when she runs into my arms when I collect her from school, an old couple holding hands in the train, a French chanson my neighbour plays loudly, a glass of crisp wine on the balcony, sharing an inspiration with somebody dear, a little talk about art with a stranger – and those are just the moments which made me happy during the last couple of days. It's all about having an open heart and the mindfulness to see the beauty in the little things.

When was the last time you cried?

The last time I cried was just a few days ago when one of my best friends shared the name of her unborn son with me. I'm looking so much forward to get to know this little man and was truly touched.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

Raz Ohara and The Odd Orchestra.

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

I have to admit the last movie I saw was the new Jungle Book with my little one. The animation is amazing but I still prefer the one of my childhood.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

I stroll through all the cute shops on Mulackstrasse and Linienstrasse and end my shopping day with Lala Berlin – If I haven’t been successful before, here I will be.

What’s your go-to café in Berlin?

DALUMA, just down the road from where I live they serve the most healthy food, the best cafe and I always bump into plenty of people I know.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

Charlottenburg is an area I love getting lost in. It feels like a different city to me and it’s super refreshing to not know every third person you pass. The area is fantastic to walk around and imagine to live in one of those beautiful huge old apartments with chandaliers and heavy art on the walls.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Berlin but never actually do?

Get lost in Berlin's clubs for days – it's the city where you can dance from Thursday till Sunday without going home once. It's just not part of my life anymore.

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

I don’t have a hero but I would love to go for a walk through Tiergarten with Rainer Maria Rilke and listen to his poems. Finishing the walk with a glass of wine at the Café am Neuen See.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

I would go to Markthalle Neun, have some good food and buy myself the biggest bouquet of beautiful flowers to take home.

What’s that place in Berlin you feel like only you know about?

My balcony on a hot summer day framed with lavender where you can listen to the sounds of the city and hear birds singing at the same time.

If tomorrow was your last day in Berlin before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

Super difficult question – I would probably hop on my bike and go to all the places which have history, good and bad by myself (which would def take a whole day). In the evening I would have dinner with everybody who is important to me. As it would be a big circle of people I would take the restaurant Crackers over and have some Dj friends playing until the morning hours.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

I don’t wanna be a mayor at all – politics aren’t for me.

What’s the spot in Berlin you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

There is not such place.

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

I would rent a boat and get lots of champagne, music and my 10 favourite people. After 6 pm you can enter the city canals- its super special to experience Berlin by water at night.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Just being with myself and going with the flow; doing Yoga in the morning, reading a good book, writing some thoughts down, doing some food shopping, cooking a new dish while listening to loud music. Sounds like a perfect day to me.

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

I like to start an evening out at Soho House at the bar, sipping on a picante de la casa and having a chat with one of the charming bartenders.