Berlin Shopping Experience
Shop till you drop in Berlin
Traditionally when you talk about fashion and shopping you may not think of Berlin, but that is a misguided perception as the fact is; Berlin is a great place to shop with its numerous places for shopping sprees. Whatever you taste you will be able to get your shopping needs covered. You can find the whole spectrum from flea markets and cheap bargain stores to antiques and extravaganza, and when it comes to clothing, Berlin also offers all varieties, from luxury up-market designers to cheap high street. Bigger shops are open till late every day except Sundays and the prices are very competitive compared to other shopping capitals in Europe which just make the Berlin shopping experience even better!
Shopping malls and department stores
Almost every neighbourhood has a shopping mall or department store, but the biggest ones are Galeries Lafayette at Friedrichstrasse and KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) on Wittenbergplatz, both worth a visit. The Berlin branch of the French fashion emporium Galeries Lafayette is especially famous for its amazing architecture and offers exclusive designer makes and gourmet food. KaDeWe is one of the biggest department stores in Europe, and supposedly Berlin’s best. You will find everything from clothing and perfume to electronic devices and gadgets for the home, but the store is especially famous for it’s food department on the 6th floor where you can find delicacies from all over the world, and if you do visit the place, make sure you go to the top for a bite to eat as the cafeteria offers all sorts of mouth watering, delicious gourmet food. Another shopping mall worth mentioning is The Potsdamer Platz Arcades situated at the new centre of Berlin, the Potsdamer Platz. The mall offers more than 100 shops spread on three levels and also a big variety of restaurants and cafes if you need a break from your shopping spree.
Friedrichstrasse in the area Mitte is one of Berlin’s most famous streets and offers you a very exclusive shopping experience as well as a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Here you are sure to find high class international design and beautiful gift items and if you do go here, don’t forget to visit the striking Galeries Lafayette department store.
Kurfurstendamm and Tauentzienstrasse.
Kurfurstendamm in the exclusive Charlottenburg is propably Berlin’s number one shopping street. It is a three kilometer long boulevard with a blend of shops and restaurants and a real shopper’s paradise. In one end you will find the mainstream part with shops like H&M, Zara and Mango whereas the other end offers the more exclusive shopes like Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel. If you are looking for something more unique go into one of the many side streets like Uhlandstrasse or Fasanenstrasse where you will find some really beautiful small boutiques of all kinds.
If you are not looking for mainstream, but individual, off-culture fashion make sure to visit the Hackescher Markt in the former east of Berlin. The area has a unique atmosphere and many interesting stores with anything from extraordinary shoes to art and fashion from young new designers.
This is a charming area in the popular Prenzlauer Berg full of small boutiques with clothes from up-coming local designers and offers hip new design to affordable prices. This area also host one of the best Sunday flea markets in town and also offers a great variety of small cafees and restaurants if you are in a need of a break from the shopping.
Flea markets and second hand
There are many flea markets (Flohmarkt or Trödelmarkt) in Berlin, and whether you are looking for something special, a bargain or just want to browse, you will be sure to find it all in one of the many bustling markets. They are usually open during the weekends and there will be something for all tastes and pockets.
Straße des 17 Juni (Tiergarten)
This bustling and fashionable market is one of the biggest in Berlin. It is split into two parts; on one side you will find books and antics and on the other clothes, jewellery, records, art and hand-crafted items. It is definitely worth a visit, but just be aware that it can be very touristy and on the pricey side compared to other markets due to the prominent location.
If you like sixties and seventies items, this market is just the place. It is located in Mitte which is the heart of “cool Berlin” and besides the many stalls offering anything from clothes to furniture, you will find many hip cafes where you can sit and watch Berlin’s alternative crowd go by.
Trödelmarkt at Rathaus Schöneberg (Schöneberg)
This flea market has a very local character, and you will mostly find Berliners who have come to sell and buy their knick-knacks. It is placed in front of Rathaus Schöneberg where John F. Kennedy once held his speech where he pronounced the famous words Ich bin ein Berliner.
Flomarkt at Mauerpark (Prenzlauer Berg)
This market is situated next to the lovely Mauerpark (Wall Park), and is one of the best according to many Berliners. It has a great selection of interesting objects to very cheap prices and quite a local feel and character to it and browsing through this market is definitely a nice way to spend a Sunday morning.
Hallentrödelmarkt Treptow (Kreuzberg)
This indoor market is situated in a big former bus depot close to the former Berlin wall in Kreuzberg. There is mostly junk to be found here, but if you look hard enough there are actually plenty of bargains to be made.
Another market in Kreuzberg there also has everything and anything is this local market on Moritzplatz. There are plenty of stalls full of books, record, attic items and second-hand clothing and with its low prices, local feel and many bargains to be found this market is worth a visit.
The best way to find second hand items is to stroll through the older neighbourhoods of Berlin, where you will be sure to find lots of small boutiques selling everything from porcelain and cameras to jewellery and clothing. If you are looking for the latter you will be able to find a big selection of second-hand clothing at Colours at Bergmannstrasse in Kreuzberg who also have a good range of accessories or at Trash-Schick at Wühlischstrasse in Fredrichshain. But before you venture out looking for great second-hand bargain make sure to withdraw some cash as many of the smaller shops don’t accept credit cards.
Hotels When Staying In Berlin:
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