Berlin is poor, but sexy.
– Klaus Wowereit
Avant-garde obscure Berlin based clothing and accessories labels mixed with edgy international brands.
Looking for a special souvenir to take home? This modern goods shop features up-and-coming homegrown brands.
Proper, jaunty Brit-wear (from cardigans to tuxedos), shop, and clubhouse. Hang around long enough and you may be invited to wear a smoking jacket and join a dinner party.
A magazine-phile dream. Super comprehensive magazine store. Floor-to-ceiling shelves of magazines, quarterly journals, small-run periodicals in fashion, photography, design. Hard-to-find monthlies, local newbies, with titles like Gentlewoman, Purple Fashion, 80*81, Pin-Up, Achtung, Granta, The Weekender. in English and German.
Way old chocolate maker since 1912 chrome, glass, wood. beautiful setting for eating bitter chocolates.
Specialty delicatessen and fancy foods shop where you can also pick up a hot coffee and loaf of breakfast bread. On a charming block in Prenzlauerberg overlooking a park.
Hard Wax is one of the most important records stores in the world for electronic music enthusiasts. It's known as a stalwart in Berlin's techno scene, but some of the city's biggest DJs, whose expertise spans dub, disco, house and ambience, have worked or are currently working behind the counter.
Europe's largest department store is a century old and remains a wow-factor in the former West. German boutique brands splay out on multiple floors, so take your time, and make your way to the food hall filled with kiosks, bars, delis, and coffee shops. Merchandise displays pluck consumerist heart strings.
A whole shop devoted licorice, that polarizing treat, with varying degrees of Salmiak (the savoriness that makes your face pucker). Clear glass jars of gummy treats are lined up according to region (Italy, Finland, etc.) and salt/sugar profile. There are super cool tins of nibs, antique scales, and one of those old-fashioned cash registers that crank.
Sweet little boutique jutting off a very nice strolling stretch of Augustrasse offers the ladies drapey items (wraps, bubble sweaters, shapeless dresses) and affordable accessories from local designers.
Need souvenirs? Try this shop for colorful kitchenware (teapots, water jugs, canisters) from noteworthy European brands.
Labor intensive products using Old European standards, beautifully designed, durable, and functional (metal, glass, wood) displayed carefully. So that you covet a garden shovel and a rain coat with equal measure.
Mitte’s coolest stretch of independent boutiques raises the bar for design aesthetics. Check out number 34!
A fine bookstore inside an old butcher shop — lots of nice floor and wall tiles, big windows, and picture books.
A weekly Turkish market that stretches along a leafy canal. Shop for headscarves, produce, and pistacchio spread, then end with a tall beer at nearby Ankerklause bar.
Handsome little shop for sharp knitwear.