Sizzling 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, reassuring German staples 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 unfamiliar 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, a multi storey building that is one of Berlin’s most beautiful shopping areas. 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 (Friedrichstraße, 71), Louis Vuitton, Donna Karen, Moschino Boutique (Friedrichstraße, 71), Céline, Bottega Veneta Berlin (Friedrichstraße, 71) and other international brand stores.
Quartier 207 is occupied by Galerie Lafayette Berlin, at Friedrichstraße 76-78, which offers a massive array of French, German and international brands. Spread out over five floors, this French department store stocks gourmet food, quality clothing and accessories for men and women.
Make a stop at Gucci Galeries Lafayette (Friedrichstraße 76-78) or check out bags, scarves and designer shades at Furla Corner Berlin (Friedrichstraße 76-78), Burberry, Chloé, D&G and Dior. Other designer boutiques that deserve being mentioned are Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, Givenchy, Lamarthe, Longchamp, Mandarina Duck, Sonia Rykiel and Versace, but for exquisite jewellery try the Chaumet Corner Galeries Lafayette (Friedrichstraße 76-78).
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 such as oysters 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 visit Chanel Berlin (Kurfürstendamm 188-199) or Burberry Kurfürstendamm at Kurfürstendamm 183. The wonders don’t stop here because you’ll also have the opportunity to shop from the Hermès Buenos Boutique (Kurfürstendamm 58), 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 tucked away from sight. 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.
For trendy boutiques stocking funky international and local designers, as well as edgy international classics 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 concentration 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 Store and Lee also have flagship stores in Mulackstraße.
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