|Record shop on kastanienallee
As with all major cities Berlin has several areas which are good for shopping. Prenslauer Berg and the Weinmeister area are my favourites. It’s also worth heading to Mitte to see Tacheles and a visit to the Andreas Murkadis concept store is a must. See below.
Once an up and coming area Prenzlauer Berg is now home to quirky and trendy boutiques, think Notting Hill in London. The cafe culture here is unavoidable, with a gelaterie, patisserie or coffee shop on every corner. The style code? Firstly you need to be in a couple! Wear matching black outfits or breton tops with turned up jeans. A single speed bike/baby in a pram are the accessories du jour depending on how long you’ve been together. The main streets are Oderberger Strasse for quirky boutiques, vintage and retro shops. Kastanienallee which is just around the corner is another great shopping street filled with old record shops, boutiques and art book stores. See map post.
Arty magazine and coffee table book store
Oderberger Str 21
Home made, organic recipes, cakes, coffee and juices, the perfect place for a pit stop.
A mix of vintage and new, quirky clothes and accessories boutique.
|Cafe culture in Prenzlauer Berg
|Vintage shops line the streets
Mauersegler Park Kultur
Bernauer Str 63-64
Bernauer Str 63-64
At the end of Oderberger Strasse check out Mauersegler which is a gorgeous little outdoor cafe on the edge of the park.
is centrally located and the place you’ll findinternational high street stores such as Zara and H&M. Galleries Lafayette the French department store has a branch here.
A great area to go shopping filled with mid priced boutiques and hip stores like Acne and Sandro, as well as small independent German brands like Poti Poti. Most of the shops are on Rosenthaler Str and Munzstrasse.
The perfect dress in every colour at Andreas Murkadis
Potsdamer Str 77-87
The Andreas Murkadis shop is a design lovers dream, it’s a beautifully presented lifestyle concept store. Purchase a Celine hand bag at the same time as a tiger print rug for your house. Minimal lofty spaces filled with modern objet d’art. With intriguing ideas like the custom made Dries van Noten dress, you have to fill in an order form choosing the style and fabric before the dress is made or the rail filled with ‘the perfect dress’ in every colour in the rainbow. It’s much more fun than it’s initially intimidating facade suggests.
|The Dries Van Noten dress order form
|Pick a fabric for your personalised Dries dress
Update November 14
Since I originally created this post Tacheles has sadly closed down.
Oranienberger Str 54-56
Tacheles (which means “straight taking” in Yiddish, is an art centre in the Mitte, a huge 9000 square meter building spanning over several floors. From the outside huge, colorful graffiti-style murals cover the walls, inside there are over 31 artists ateliers and workshops, a nightclub and a cinema. After the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 the building was taken over by artists, it was seen as a symbol for free thinking, a breeding ground for artistic expression. If you’re going to Berlin soon it is well worth a visit as Tacheles might not be around for very much longer, the artists are soon to be evicted with plans to turn the building into a commercial property.
After visiting Tacheles wander around the bars, boutiques and cafes which line the streets of Mitte. Its well worth coming here late afternoon, doing a spot of shopping then staying in the area for dinner. See after dark section.