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Shopping in Berlin

Yes, Berlin has its big brands and high street highlights, but it’s also a great place to find one-off items by local designers and dig out vintage gems. You’ll be forgiven for indulging here amid stylish boutiques and ultra cool outlets that double as galleries. Just make sure you save some cash for the extra baggage allowance!

Mitte

Clothes
Mitte is great start to explore Berlin's shops, notably the streets around Torstrasse, Neue Schönhauserstrasse, Münzstrasse & Rosenthalerstrasse. The streets are full with shops brimming with the latest Berlin trends and hidden little gems. For a Berliner ‘scene’ style shop with both women- and menswear, check out the frustratingly ungoogleable "Apartment" at 8 Memhardstrasse (it’s also quite hard to find: go down the windy stairs from the ground floor art gallery space).  Ladies, if you are looking for a new dress ensemble and accessories to boot, stop by "Konk" at 15 Kleine Hamburger Strasse. The shop plays host to Berlin labels such as Antonia Goy and local designers such as Bo van Melskens. Close by and although a little touristy, it's an enjoyable family adventure to wander around the beautiful Hackesher Hoefe courtyards and browse the jewellery and quaint little boutique shops on the way.

For high-end high street fashion, Galeries Lafayette at 76-78 Friedrichstrasse is a must. It’s worth visiting just to see the stunning central light cone designed by Jean Nouvel. Then there’s Quartier 206 just along the road at 71 Friedrichstrasse, where you can combine shopping with admiring the Art Deco marble and glass interior designed by Henry Cobb and I.M. Pei.

Tip - There’s a new, enormous All Saints store that’s recently opened up on Friedrichstrasse 140, and some cool casual wear can be found next door at Weekend.

Books
"Gestalten" is a design and publishing legend in Berlin, and their new shop at 21 Sophienstrasse is an extension of the quality and leadership they’ve displayed over the years.The excellent "Pro QM" at Almstadtstrasse 48-50 is a sleek but informal bookshop focusing on architecture and design.
"Do you read me?!" at 28 Auguststrasse is a veritable grotto of all things literary, with magazines, journals and books from all over the world spanning a huge variety of topics and genres.

Vintage
Berlin seems to be a Mecca for second-hand wares, from the plethora of flea markets to the ever-increasing appearance of specialist vintage and upcycling stores. "Cash" at 11 Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse, is Apartment’s sister shop and sells second season garments from the likes of Raf Simons and Marc Jacobs, as well as second-hand treasures. "Made in Berlin" is a must stop off and on Tuesday's is discount day. Don’t expect to leave with any change though, this place isn’t cheap. For more tips, check out our top five vintage shops in Berlin.  

Shopping in Berlin Mitte

 

Prenzlauer Berg

Clothes
Kastanienallee is Berlin’s new catwalk. Start at the top in Prenzlauer Berg and wander all the way down to Mitte. Along the way you’ll find great independent boutiques with unique items, often at much better value than the high street, and always of excellent quality and design.  Apart from the array of clothes shops, there are loads of cafés and a few record shops to swing by en route.

Books
P-Berg seems to have quite a few English language bookshops, probably due to the density of international residents living in the area. "Shakespeare & Sons" is the district’s newest addition, and a welcome one it is too. Hailing from Prague and doubling as a quaint cafe, the shop stocks an impressive selection of international books, obscure journals and ‘zine scene parafernalia. "St. George’s" another English bookshop, is a Berlin stalwart focusing on certain categories such as philosophy, theory, fiction and all manner of hard to find German books translated into English.

Vintage
Peruse the second-hand shops on Oderberger Strasse, a colourful road just off Kastanienallee. For shoes and more shoes go to Calypso at number 61. At the other end of the street, number 45, is "Goo", a small shop packed with vintage designer brands such as Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs and Helmut Lang. It stands head and shoulders above all the other knick knack shops on the street. If it’s a Sunday, there’s always Mauerpark, a bustling, sprawling Berlin institution of a flea market where there’s always bargains to be had. For more tips, check out our top five vintage shops in Berlin.  

East Kreuzberg

Clothes
This is where you will find a splattering of shops run by the local designers. If you happen to be in the area "Bourbon" at 38b Schlesische Strasse has a great mix of young designers and vintage wear. Keep your eyes peeled on busy Oranienstrasse for new designer concept store, "Voo" at number 24. Set over 300 square metres of a former locksmiths’ workhouse, the shop is sleek, industrial and stocks some of the coolest clothes this side of the TV Tower.

Books
"Kisch & Co" at 17 Wiener Strasse have a stunning range of German and English books at reassuringly reasonable prices. "NGBK" at 25 Oranienstrasse, is a sister shop to Kisch & Co. It’s also worth a look, as although it stocks only German language books, there’s a strong focus on art and design, and the shop features a gallery space out back that often hosts interesting exhibitions.  Since its inception in 2008, "Motto" at 68 Skalitzer Strasse has secured its reputation as an integral periodical peddler in this most creative and artistic of cities. You could spend hours perusing their fine selection of independent journals. Stay there long enough and enjoy one of their reading or discussion evening events, too.

Vintage
Jumbo Second Hand on Wiener Strasse is a trove of trash and treasure. If you’re looking for shoes, this is the place to shop. They have an eye-wateringly vast selection of high quality, vintage leather footwear, along with sheepskin and leather jackets, dresses from the swinging sixties and a huge section dedicated to vintage menswear. If you’re in the area on a Sunday, you’ll have a 50-50 chance of catching one of the area’s best flea markets. Nowkoelln happens once a month along the picturesque banks of the Landwehr Canal on Maybachufer, and Kreuzboerg, arranged by the same people, is set amid the even more idyllic Prinzessinengärten. Both take place once a month. For more tips, check out our top five vintage shops in Berlin.  



West Kreuzberg

Clothes
There’s a really cool skateboarding and surf style shop called Été Clothing at 18 Bergmannstrasse. In general, Bergmannstrasse is a place for more mature, laid back fashion as well as furniture shopping, both second-hand and new. There are various shops selling antiques, wardrobes and tables made from solid wood. If you’re a fan of Berlin bric-a-brac shops, then this is also the street for you. Great for a rummage!

Books
Otherland at 25 Bergmannstrasse specialises in Sci-Fi and Fantasy books, and at the other end of the road, Kommedia in Marheineke Markthalle is also worth a look. While you’re there, check out the brilliant food hall, which takes up most of the aforementioned market.

Vintage
Bergmannstrasse is awash with vintage and second-hand shops. Keep your eyes out along the peripheral streets too. Colours Kleidermarkt at 102 Bergmannstrasse is a must if you have time to spend routing through a warehouse full of second-hand clothes, and are happy to pay for your purchases by weight! For more tips, check out our top five vintage shops in Berlin.  


Kurfürstendamm

Clothes
Home to all the shops you’d find in any big city on one main street, Kurfürstendamm is also where you’ll find the famous KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) at 21 Tauentzien Strasse. Berlin’s equivalent to Selfridges in New York or London, the building has an impressive café and restaurant on the top floor. Head up there for indulgent cake, pink champagne and amazing panoramic views.

Books
Hugendubel at 13 Tauentzienstrasse is an excellent all-round bookshop that also stocks novels in English. What makes it particularly enticing are the squashy sofas to sink into whilst browsing and previewing your purchases. Or you can have your caffeine fix at the in-store café, accompanied by as much reading matter as you like.

Vintage
This is the posher end of town and vintage shops are sparser here than in other areas. There are small second-hand shops to be found in the roads leading off Ku’damm, as well as a Humana charity shop at 6 Kantstrasse. Lena M. at 12 Knesebeckstrasse stocks a well selected range of quality first and second hand clothes. For more tips, check out our top five vintage shops in Berlin.

Charlottenburg

Clothes
Like the people who inhabit it, this area is great for more mature, sophisticated fashion. There are also a handful of boutique, second-hand designer and vintage shops as well as a scattering of high quality cafes and restaurants.

Books
Forget the clothes mission for a bit and spend some time leafing through one of our (and, it turns out, Karl Lagerfeld’s) favourite bookshops, Bücherbogen at 1 Schlossstrasse. They have a great collection of artsy, film, design and architecture books with a wide selection in English as well.
For ultra-chic interior design ideas and furniture, feast your eyes on the best products by international designers in Stilwerk, a stylish four-floor emporium at 17 Kantstrasse.

Vintage
When it comes to vintage in Charlottenburg, the high quality on offer makes up for what the district lacks in quantity. First Class Second Hand at 117 Kantstrasse does exactly what is says on the tin, and Tausendschön at 16 Windscheidstrasse is equally special. For more tips, check out our top five vintage shops in Berlin.

 

 

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