The Unparalleled 10 Best Guide to Berlin's Trendiest Shopping Centers

Berlin in the Cold War Era may evoke images of functional – even bleak – fashion styles, but the city’s modern incarnation has gone a long way toward remedying that misconception. On par with London, Milan, and Paris, Berlin has emerged as one of the world’s most stylish cities, successfully juxtaposing a tendency for the avant-garde with contemporary cuts by big-name designers. Most stores are open from 9am to 6:30pm except on Thursdays, when many stay open past 8pm, and on Saturdays, when doors usually close around 5pm. The city’s main shopping drag is Kurfürstendamm (known as Ku’Damm) and its Tauentzienstrasse extension, which offer a dizzying mix of exclusive shops, the enormous KaDeWe department store, and shopping centers like Europa-Center or Neues Kanzler Eck. Side streets like Bleibtreustrasse and Fasanenstrasse, meanwhile, provide chic boutiques, many of which carry signature styles you’ll find nowhere else. Other hubs for trendy apparel include Friedrichstrasse in Mitte, Kantstrasse in Charlottenburg, and Kreuzberg’s major arteries Oranienstrasse in the East (36) and Bergmannstraße in the West (61). Major centers like Galeries Lafayette and Departmentstore Quartier 206 give Mitte added appeal. Whatever your particular prince range or type of style, Berlin and its various shopping areas and centers are sure to have something catering to everyone's taste. 


Charlottenburg - Wilmersdorf


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Located in the Southwestern portion of the city, Kreuzberg was the military crossing point to and from East and West Berlin. The number 36 derives from its former postal code and serves to differentiate it from its Western counterpart,...  Read More



Crossing over the Spree River, home to Checkpoint Charlie, and within walking distance of many of Berlin's best sights, including galleries and museums, Friedrichstrasse is a buzzing hive of activity for a number of reasons. In more recent...  Read More



Located on the western side of Kreuzberg (which has a very refined reputation, nothing like that of its eastern counterpart), is Bergmannstrasse neighborhood. Known as an ideal spot to come for fine cuisine from a variety of cultural influences,...  Read More



Emblematic of the commercial and economic rebirth of modern Berlin, Potsdamer Platz Arkaden is a multi-purpose architectural gem that's home to myriad shops, cafes, movie theaters, bars, and even a casino. Billed as the "center in the center,"...  Read More

Charlottenburg - Wilmersdorf
Neues Kranzler Eck


Kurfürstendamm 23, fondly abbreviated as Ku'Damm 23, is home to the New Kranzler-Eck. Ku'Damm has already been one of Charlottenburg's hottest addresses for shoppers, who are attracted by the center's bold style and high-end specialty shops....  Read More

Departmentstore Quartier 206


Despite its close quarters, Departmentstore Quartier 206 holds the distinction of being one of Berlin's most distinguished collections of various name-brand merchandise. High-end fashions for women and men take top billing, but the store also...  Read More

Charlottenburg - Wilmersdorf
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Kaufhaus Des Westens, otherwise known as KaDeWe, is Berlin's - and perhaps even Western Europe's - largest and most famous department store. The legendary Kaufhaus des Westens in Charlottenburg is revered for its wide variety - an amazing seven...  Read More



In keeping with Berlin's justly-earned rep as a city with a keen sense of style, Galeries Lafayette in Mitte carries elegant, brand-name French designers, as well as expensive perfumes, colognes, shoes, and accessories. They even carry the...  Read More

Charlottenburg - Wilmersdorf
Kurfürstendamm and Tauentzienstrasse


"Ku'Damm" as it is affectionately (and far more conveniently) referred to, is an 'all under the one roof' merchandise haven. From your everyday brands all the way up to high-fashion labels and even small boutique designers, this place is ideal...  Read More


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