Shopping in Berlin: the essentials in the German capital

Although Berlin has never been considered as one of the fashion capitals in Europe, the German capital keeps treasures in its larger streets for shopping. The design, marking an alternative clothing style is an innovation that characterises this city makes it an unusual place to shop. Would you like to find out what are the main places for shopping Berlin?

shopping en BerlinIt’s important to note that in Berlin there are many areas where you can go shopping, as there are no specific shopping complexes. The city remains divided because of its recent history: less than 30 years ago was divided in two and therefore the main parts of interest are divided into East and West.

Therefore, when you access Berlin from the highway, it is easy to be confused with the signs for the first exit towards the center where you can go shopping in Berlin. The road is divided in two opposite directions, all towards the centre: one refers to the Mitte district and the other one to the Charlottenburg district.

Whether in Mitte or Charlottenburg, we suggest that you get lost in its streets and go shopping when on a trip to the German capital. Berlin Shopping is an experience worth living so you can mix with the city inhabitants.

The main shopping areas in Berlin

Alexanderplatz

alexanderplatzThe most important commercial district in Berlin Mitte is Alexanderplatz. The square itself is one of the worst examples of overbuilding in Germany, but has always been a meeting place for young Berliners.

After the unification of the city, shops and clothes shops began to appear. Also, there is the Galeria Kaufhof and several large shopping centres such as the Alexa.

Hackescher Market

Hackescher MarktThe second commercial center of the city Hackescher Markt which was created recently, can be found nor far from Alexanderplatz. In the area, in addition to the many cafes there are also many stores, chains or premium brands, particularly regarding the young fashion and luxury fashion.

Fridrichstasse

Quartier 206The last shopping street in the east is the famous Fridrichstrasse. It is known as the 5th Avenue of Berlin for its many shops, houses, offices and cafes. It is the most representative commercial area of the city, as this avenue that has the charm of the imperial history and nineteenth century Berlin.

The most important fashion brands in Germany are located In Fridrichstrasse. Also, you can access the Lafayette Galleries which were designed by Jean Nouvel, and the opulent architecture in black and white marble from the nearby Department store Quartier 206.

Kurfürstendamm

The "Ku'damm" avenue is the ultimate shopping destination in Berlin and is considered one of the most important in Germany. The boulevard is 3.5 km long and stretches from Breitscheidplatz with the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Charlottenburg until Rathenauplatz in Grunewald, where the West Berlin districts begin.

Ku'dammAround Breitscheidplatz, there are many boutiques and shops. In the side streets like Fasanenstrasse, you can visit the most luxurious shopping areas of the city, where there are business and cafes in the historic buildings.

Among the Memorial Church and Adenauerplatz there are many fashion name brands, Lagerfeld for Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent. Furthermore, in Tauentzienstraße, directly in Wittenbergplatz, are the famous department stores Kaufhaus des Westens, known as KaDeWe with seven floors and where you can purchase luxury items.

Schloßstraße

SchloßstraßeThe last major commercial area is located in Berlin's Steglitz district, south of Berlin. The shopping street is the Schloßstraße (The Steglitz Mix) and is a little tourist place, so we recommend you go if you want to mingle with real Berliners during your day of Berlin shopping.

Here you can also see the famous Titania Palast building, where the first edition of the Berlinale took place.

Even today Berlin has many treasures to be discovered by tourists. Among them are the areas that are excellent for shopping in Berlin. In addition to adding items to dress up your wardrobe it will also be a great opportunity to mingle with Berliners. Not only that, but you can dive deeper into the old downtown areas that once divided Berlin.

Do you already know which of these areas you'll start your shopping in Berlin? We would like you to share your experiences and tips with other travelers!


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