Cosmopolitan Berlin is an amazing destination for fans of shopping. From local designers and luxury brands to bustling flea markets and street food vendors, there’s guaranteed to be a shop in Berlin to suit you.
Berlin is a popular shopping destination for holidaymakers, and is bursting at the seams with department stores, boutiques and markets. The stylish Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin, is perfectly located in the city centre and makes a great place to relax when shopping in Berlin.
A great place to start your shopping trip in Berlin is in the shopping street of Friedrichstraße. Here you’ll find luxury Berlin stores like Gucci, Lacoste, Moschino and local designer shop Krines Berlin, as well as department stores, high street favourites, and cafés to recharge in. A star attraction in Friedrichstraße is the KulturKaufhaus, which specialises in cultural items and sells fantastic books, music, films and gifts. While you’re in Friedrichstraße, be sure to visit the site of Checkpoint Charlie, once a crossing point in the Berlin Wall.
Historic Alexanderplatz is home to the landmark TV tower, the famous World Time Clock, and lots of great stores. At Alexanderplatz you will find the massive Galeria Kaufhof department store, one of the largest shops in Berlin, which has hundreds of brands in fashion, sports, toys, household goods, perfume, books and much more. Also in Alexanderplatz is the fantastic Alexa Shopping Centre, which has an impressive 180 shops, including well-known brands like Levi's, Zara, Esprit, and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as a good selection of restaurants for refreshments.
In Mulackstraße you’ll find stylish Berlin shops like the elegant fashion house Lala Berlin and playful Berlin design at C’est tout. International brands Urban Outfitters and American Apparell can also be found in the area, as well as cool boutiques and popular high street stores.
To experience the best of Berlin’s high street shopping, hit the shops on a weekday or Saturday, as many shops in Germany are closed on Sundays.
If you would rather rummage through racks of vintage bargains and look for one of a kind souvenirs, then one of the many Berlin markets which take place will be up your street.
In the huge enclosed courtyard of Hackescher Markt you’ll not only find unique shops and cafés, but also a regular Berlin market to enjoy. During the day on Thursdays and Saturdays you can browse through a range of stalls selling art, craft and gifts. There are also lots of food vendors, making it the perfect place to try some delicious street food like the iconic currywurst.
Head to Kunstmarkt at Museum Island on Saturdays or Sundays to browse through a Berlin market featuring an eclectic variety of stands. Kunstmarkt is a great place to find antiques and books as well as vinyl, craft, souvenirs and gifts.
On Sundays at Mauerpark you can find one of the trendiest flea markets in Berlin. You’ll find people selling everything from furniture and food to clothes and musical instruments. It’s a popular market so worth arriving early, and once you’re done you can relax in a nearby café or take a walk in Mauerpark itself.
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