thriving with creative energy and vitality Berlin is one of Europe’s trendiest cities thanks to the blooming number of young artists, students and dynamic entrepreneurs that call it home.
Fashion shopping in Berlin is an electric mix of top designer stores, well known German brands and a host of innovative up-coming designers building their names in this edgy city. Not sure where to find the best designer stores in Berlin? Check out our Berlin designer shopping guide top tips for the familiar and the unexpected:
The Berlin wall actually ran down this 3km street, splitting Berlin into East and West Germany. It was completely rebuilt after the fall of the wall, to include three major quarters that are home to Berlin’s top designer stores and brands.
Start with Quartier 206 at Friedrichstraße 71, it's a multi storey building that is one of Berlin’s most beautiful shopping spaces. Designed in bold black and white marble Art Deco style with sweeping staircases and dizzying patterns, this gorgeous building is where you can find Yves Saint Laurent, the Etro Quartier 206, Louis Vuitton, Donna Karen, Moschino Boutique, Céline, Bottega Veneta Berlin and other international brand stores.
Quartier 207 is occupied by Galerie Lafayette Berlin, which offers a massive array of French, German and international brands. Spread out over five floors this department store stocks gourmet food, quality clothing and accessories for men and women.
Make a stop at Gucci Galeries Lafayette or check out bags, scarves and designer shades at Furla Corner Berlin, Burberry, Chloé, D&G and Dior. Other designer boutiques that deserve a mentioned are Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, Givenchy, Lamarthe, Longchamp, Mandarina Duck, Sonia Rykiel and Versace, but for exquisite jewellery try the Chaumet Corner Galeries Lafayette.
They also have several self-contained beauty stores with make-up and perfume from Armani Cosmetics, Biotherm, Chanel, Christian Dior, Clarins, Clinique, Guerlain, Kenzo, Lancôme, Yves Saint-Laurent and Shiseido.
If you have a hankering for French food, go down to the basement for classics French cuisine and delicious pastries.
This magnificent boulevard is one of Berlin’s most expensive. Lined with elegant designer stores, jewellers, specialty shops and chic restaurants. Kurfürstendamm was Berlin’s answer to Fifth Avenue before the Friedrichstraße’s rise in popularity. Stroll down this elegant street to discover the latest offerings from international designers such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and don’t forget to stop by Chanel Berlin and Burberry Kurfürstendamm at Kurfürstendamm 183. The wonders don’t stop here as the Kurfürstendamm also offers you the pleasure to shop at the Hermès Buenos Boutique, Cerruti, Dior, Armani, Prada, Versace as well as German designer brands Escada and Rene Lezard.
But, there is another side to Kurfürstendamm. Wander down many of the smaller streets away from the main boulevard to discover specialty stores, intimate designer boutiques or take a break from the glamour at one of the many cozy cafes and restaurants that are tucked away. The Fasanenstraße, Knesebeckstrasse, Bleibtreustrasse and the ultra-elegant Savignyplatz are great places to find gorgeous, unique jewellery, handmade shoes and other little gems that you can’t find in the bigger chains stores.
For trendy boutiques stocking funky international and local designers, as well as edgy international brands such as Filipa K, head over to the Berlin-Mitte area, and in particular, Alte Schönhauser Straße and Mulackstraße, to scour through the city’s largest range of hip and happening stores. You will find home-grown Lala Berlin in Mulackstraße, the Swedish brand store Acne Studios at Münzstraße 21 and Akkesoir, showcasing Akke Aimaq’s bold statement jewellery at Linienstraße 215. Not to be left out, international brands such as Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Swatch, Adidas, Fred Perry, Converse and Lee also have flagship stores in Mulackstraße.
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