Berlin's Ten Best Shopping Areas, from Flea Markets to High Fashion
In 1989, when East and West Germany reunified, East Berliners excitedly dropped the trappings of GDR communism and embraced capitalism and the West. Gradually, reunified Berlin has developed a fashion scene to rival that of other western cities like Paris and Milan. Berlin Fashion Week, held annually, is a massive undertaking that absorbs the whole city. In recent years, many large international companies like O2, MTV, and others have moved their German headquarters to Berlin from their old locations in Munich, Frankfurt, or Hamburg, bringing money and jobs to the city.
But this new cosmopolitanism has a golden predecessor... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Go to Dolores West on Wittenburgplatz for a San Francisco-style burrito."
- Type: Food / Gourmet Stores, Haute Couture, Jewelry Stores, Men's Clothing, Shoes and Accessories, Specialty Shops
Local Expert Tip: "Try the locally produced honey, a German passion. "
Local Expert Tip: "KaDeWe is a great place to get imported American products that can be hard to find in Europe."
- Type: Vintage Clothing Stores
Local Expert Tip: "Periodically, there are clearance sales with discounts of up to 80%."
Local Expert Tip: "Get there early to avoid the worst of the crowds and get the best stuff."
Local Expert Tip: "Check out the miniature model of Berlin in the basement -- its detail is amazing!"
Local Expert Tip: "It's a short walk to Museum Island from here, so this can fit into tightly packed schedule. "
- Type: Antique Shops, Art Galleries, China / Crystal, Clothing Stores, Men's Clothing, Shoes and Accessories
Local Expert Tip: "Get a delicious currywurst at Curry 36 on your way there!"
Local Expert Tip: "Stop by Antipodes next door for great coffee served by a couple from New Zealand!"
Local Expert Tip: "Go late in the day to get the best deals!"
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