Berlin

Thanks to its unique mixture of old-world charm and eclectic creativity, Berlin is a shopper’s paradise. The city becomes a veritable fashion capital during the exquisite fashion shows and events of the biannual Berlin Fashion Week, and trade events like Bread & Butter regularly encourage local and international designers to highlight their work in showrooms and boutiques here. From extravagant designer shopping malls and high-end fashion boutiques to artisan handcraft producers, antique markets, and vintage stores, Berlin has something for everyone.

The city’s history plays an important part in its geography. Because Berlin was divided by the Berlin Wall for so many years, there is no pedestrian zone or single city center like in many other European cities. Instead Berlin has many different areas to explore and pockets of retailers are spread throughout its neighborhoods.

The city’s most glamorous shopping can be done near Mitte’s Friedrichstrasse and in the West Berlin promenade Kurfürstendamm, known as the Shopping Mile and home to the luxurious Kaufhaus des Westens department store, as well as many designer and big name international brands. But the charming side streets around Mitte’s Torstrasse and Hackescher Markt have become a much more popular destination for shopping in the city, with chic designers opening up ateliers and concept shops.

For the fashionable bohemian set, designer labels have less appeal here than elsewhere. You’ll see many of the young and trendy favoring high-end street wear paired with vintage items that appear to have cost not much more than a Brötchen (bread roll). The eastern neighborhoods of Kreuzberg and Neukölln are home to a growing number of vintage and secondhand shops, and the city has a wonderful collection of flea markets that operate year-round. You’ll see modern influences of Berlin’s Bauhaus architecture movement in many of shops, incorporated into the store displays or as part of the home decor items. Near West Berlin’s charming Savignyplatz, the Stilwerk interior design center and surrounding design and home stores on Kantstrasse have become the design hub for the city. For shoppers looking for more price-conscious home furnishings, Neukölln offers several vintage furniture shops featuring Danish and Scandinavian home decor.

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  • 1. Dr. Kochan Schapskultur

    Prenzlauer Berg | Wine/Spirits

    This small shop embodies traditional German liquor culture; there are schnapps and fruit brandies from family farms and independent distilleries...Read More

  • 2. Garments

    Prenzlauer Berg | Clothing

    This chic store offers Prenzlauer Berg’s fashion lovers an excellent selection of vintage and secondhand clothing, costume jewelry, and accessories...Read More

  • 3. Shakespeare & Sons

    Prenzlauer Berg | Books/Stationery

    This friendly bookstore, which is open daily, is tucked on a side street near one of Prenzlauer Berg’s most charming squares. Along with an...Read More

  • 4. Trödelmarkt Arkonplatz

    Prenzlauer Berg | Market

    This is a smaller Sunday market tucked on a neighborhood square in Prenzlauer Berg, but one that many locals say is Berlin’s best, especially...Read More

  • 5. Calypso Shoes

    Prenzlauer Berg | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    A must visit for shoe lovers, this shop has an impressive collection of exotic and vintage footwear, including suede heels, leather-trimmed...Read More

  • 6. Dear

    Prenzlauer Berg | Clothing

    A secondhand shop for men is an anomaly in Berlin. Yet this laid-back storefront, on one of Prenzlauer Berg's most charming streets, more than...Read More

  • 7. Goldhahn und Sampson

    Prenzlauer Berg | Food/Candy

    A food lover’s paradise, this epicurean shop sells a wide range of products, from gourmet pantry ingredients and kitchen tools to an extensive...Read More

  • 8. Isobel Gowdie

    Prenzlauer Berg | Clothing

    Friendly staffers aren't always a given in Germany's capital, so the extra attention you'll get at Isobel Gowdie is a welcome treat while you...Read More

  • 9. Kauf Dich Glücklich

    Prenzlauer Berg | Clothing

    With an odd assortment of retro furnishings, this ice-cream café and waffle shop takes over the entire corner of a Prenzlauer Berg sidewalk...Read More

  • 10. Luccico

    Friedrichshain | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    This minimal shop keeps an assortment of their own line of Italian leather boots and sandals, along with a good selection of European brands...Read More

  • 11. Majaco

    Prenzlauer Berg | Clothing

    Just off the lovely Zionskirchplatz, this shop is home to Berlin designers Anna Franke and Janine Weber. Their collection has a whimsical, feminine...Read More

  • 12. Markt am Kollwitzplatz

    Prenzlauer Berg | Market

    One of the city’s best farmers' markets sits on the pretty Kollwitzplatz square in Prenzlauer Berg. During its smaller Thursday and bustling...Read More

  • 13. Mauerpark Flohmarkt

    Prenzlauer Berg | Market

    The Sunday flea market at Mauer Park, a favorite among hipsters and tourists, is absolutely packed in nice weather, turning the intersection...Read More

  • 14. MDC

    Prenzlauer Berg | Perfume/Cosmetics

    Melanie Dal Canton (MDC), stocks her elegant beauty shop with hard-to-find labels like Malin + Goetz, Santa Maria Novella from Florence, and...Read More

  • 15. NO WÓDKA

    Prenzlauer Berg | Crafts

    This minimal showroom is offset by a playfully curated selection of Polish art, fashion, and design items. The store's name hints at irony,...Read More

  • 16. Temporary Showroom

    Prenzlauer Berg | Clothing

    This small boutique showcases a revolving collection of eclectic European and international designers, spanning high fashions, streetwear, and...Read More

  • 17. Workaholic Fashion

    Friedrichshain | Clothing

    This showroom puts Berlin’s music culture front and center, with fashion inspired by the DJ and club scene. Selling a range of shoes, bags,...Read More

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