Berlin offers a wide choice of cool places to shop for the latest fashions, crafts and art in the city centre.
The best way to explore Berlin’s shopping districts is just to start walking. You will find some of the quirkiest boutiques in the least expected places. Voo, the Kreuzberg fashionista is almost hidden in a courtyard.
Music fans will be excited by the record shop scene with Oye and Hard Wax being two of the most cutting edge.
More conventional shopping can be found on Kurfurstendamm in the west of the city with an Apple store and the flagship Uniglo. Friedrichstrasse offers an upmarket selection of shops for the younger crowd, including Quartier206. A choice of cool boutiques have opened up in Mulackstrasse in Mitte. For haute couture and amazing prices try Das Neue Schwartz. Top tip: Berlin shops are only allowed to open eight Sundays each year, so it is worth checking on their websites to find out the correct opening hours.
Fourteen municipal markets were opened in the late 19th century to replace the outdoor stalls and improve hygiene standards. The listed building Markthalle lX was almost sold to developers in 2009 when local residents launched a campaign to save it. The market now sells a wide choice of locally sourced meats, ales and cheeses. Check out the popular Street Food Market on Thursday evenings.
KaDeWe is one of a number of luxury Berlin department stores but is the only one to be fully rebuilt after the war. Over 100 years old, this place is a true Berlin institution.
Stepping into Rogacki is like stepping back in time. Founded in 1928 the store is home to sparkling window displays of freshly prepared produce. Formerly an open air steel foundry, Rogacki was converted into a smokery and added a cured meat section. Smoked and pickled fish however is their mainstay and marinated and cured salmon, eel and herrings are the biggest sellers.
DSTM (Don’t Shoot the Messengers) is one of the raunchiest places to shop in Berlin. Complex fastenings of fetish-ware are apparent in the billowing clothing made of black silk and leather. This Mitte boutique is definitely worth a visit and affordable prices make the ‘Lady Gaga’ look much more achievable.
Andreas Murkudis is run by two brothers and can be located in a quiet Schoneberg courtyard which has helped transform the sleepy location into a shopping hotspot. Clothes are beautifully displayed among items of contemporary furniture, porcelain and homewares.
Feeling peckish after a morning’s shopping? Soluna Brot und OI is a famous, yet unassuming Kreuzberg bakery that supplies some of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants with organic breads in a traditional style. Sit with a coffee and a delicious pastry and watch the world go by.
Berlin is one of the coolest places to visit for a long weekend or midweek break. Why not book a Berlin room stay and save your money for the more important things, like fashion and food!