Tourist’s guide to shopping in Berlin: popular malls, streets and shops

Shopping in Berlin is not as popular as it is in Milan, Paris or New York. Nevertheless, every year in the German capital, an increasing number of shopping centers, designer boutiques and flea markets open.

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It is not possible to calculate the exact number of stores and markets in Berlin, because there really are a lot of them. The most popular boutiques are located on the streets Kurfuerstendamm (western part of Berlin), Schloßstraße (southern part of the city), Alexanderplatz (center), Wilmersdorfer Strase (center) and Friedrichstrasse (center).

If you are in the German capital, the following purchases should be made during shopping.

Clothing of famous European brands
H & M storefront

The city has dozens of boutiques of both mid-priced clothes (H&M, Calvin Klein, Puma, Tom Tailor) and more expensive options (Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Valentino).

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German shoes

Shoes made in Germany have always been famous for their quality, so pay attention to the following brands: Rieker, Tamaris, Pellcuir, etc.

Cosmetics
Schwarzkopf cosmetics

In addition to well-known German cosmetic brands (Schwarzkopf, Essence, Nivea), you can also purchase products manufactured in other European countries: Rimmel London, Dior, Saint Laurent.

Meissen porcelain

Perhaps this is the only purchase that can not be obtained outside of Germany. Even if you do not have the opportunity to buy a product, be sure to visit the company store – you will definitely not be disappointed.

Kurfuerstendamm Street

Kurfuerstendamm is the most popular shopping street in western Berlin. In addition to famous boutiques (there are at least a hundred of them here), tourists love this area for its authenticity and the spirit of antiquity: the buildings of the late 19th century, huge bright storefronts and cozy cafes, many of which are more than a hundred years old. As for points of sale, the following shopping centers are located here:

KaDeWe
KaDeWe Store

By its significance and popularity, this shopping center, which is translated from German as “Trading House of the West”, is comparable to the Moscow GUM. Locals rarely come here for shopping, because everything here is focused on tourists: designer boutiques, expensive restaurants and exclusive perfume stores. Prices are appropriate.

But even if you don’t have enough money to buy things from Valentino, Gucci or Dior, you can still look at KaDeWe to admire the architecture and the beautiful windows.

  • Opening hours: 10.00 – 20.00.
  • Official website: www.kadewe.de
Shopping center Karstadt
Shopping center Karstadt

This is a chain store where you can make a purchase of clothes, equipment, cosmetics and household goods. Prices are not higher than average in the city, so here you can safely purchase the goods you need. A number of things are subject to a constant discount, often there are sales.

  • Opening hours: 10.00 – 21.00.
  • Official website (online purchases are possible): www.karstadt.de

Shopping center Neues Kranzler Eck
Shopping center Neues Kranzler Eck

This store is aimed at a youth audience, and therefore the brands here are relevant: S. Oliver, Mango, Tom Tailor, etc. Also in the shopping center is one of the most famous cafes in the city – Kranzler. Neues Kranzler Eck is one of the few places in the city where both tourists and locals love to shop.

  • Opening hours: 09.00 – 20.00.
  • Official website: www.kranzler-eck.berlin
Shopping center Peek & Cloppenburg
Shopping center Peek & Cloppenburg

Peek & Cloppenburg Shopping Center is one of the favorite shops for shopping with locals. Prices are quite low, and the quality of the goods is high. It is worth buying shoes of German brands and cosmetics.

Opening hours: 10.00 – 20.00.

Shopping center Europa-Center
Shopping center Europa-Center

Shopping center Europa-Center is another shopping center in the middle price category. There are dozens of boutiques in the store where you can make the following purchases: purchase cosmetics, household goods, sweets, and, of course, clothes.

The building itself, in which the Europa-Center shopping center is located, deserves special attention – it appeared on the map of Berlin as far back as 1965, and confirmed the economic well-being of Germany. The main attractions are in the lobby – a dancing fountain and a water clock.

  • Opening hours: around the clock (boutiques are open from 10.00 to 20.00).
  • Official website: www.europa-center-berlin.de

Schloßstraße

Schloßstraße is located in the south of Berlin, so the shopping center is less, but the prices in local stores will be much lower. Mostly, residents of the capital are engaged in shopping in this area.

TC Das Schloss
TC Das Schloss

This shopping center, whose name is translated from German as “Castle”, is loved by locals, because despite the external gloss of the shopping center, all stores have very affordable prices. Almost all brands represented here belong to the middle class: New Yorker, H&M, Mexx. In addition to clothing stores, electronics and perfumes are sold in the Berlin shopping center.

  • Opening hours: 10.00 – 22.00.
  • Official website: www.dasschloss.de
Forum steglitz
Forum steglitz

Forum Steglitzz is an economy class store that is not very popular with shopping tourists, because most of the shopping centers are occupied by shops selling sports equipment, electronics, home goods and building materials. Fewer boutiques selling clothes and accessories are available.

  • Opening hours: 10.00 – 20.00.
  • Official website: www.forum-steglitz.de

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Alexanderplatz

Alexanderplatz square is located near the railway station of the same name, so there are always a lot of visitors in the shops in this area. Prices are higher than elsewhere.

Alexa
Alexa Store

Alexa is one of Berlin’s newest shopping centers, opened in 2007. Here you can find: men’s, women’s and children’s clothes, accessories, perfumes, cosmetics and boutiques with jewelry.

The popularity of Alexa was brought by small specialized stores. For example, they opened a shop for pastry chefs, a shop for hand-made lovers and athletes.

  • Opening hours: 10.00 – 21.00.
  • Official website: www.alexacentre.com
Galerei kaufhof
Galerei kaufhof

Galerei Kaufhof is very popular among tourists, because the store is located right next to the bus station. On six floors you can make the following purchases:

  • ground floor – perfumes, jewelry and restaurants;
  • the second – women’s clothing, accessories;
  • the third is men’s clothing;
  • the fourth – children’s clothing, toys;
  • the fifth – shoes, sports equipment.

Practical information:

  • Opening hours: 09.30 – 20.00.
  • Official website: www.galeria-kaufhof.de
Outlet TK Maxx
Outlet TK Maxx

All experienced tourists who have often been shopping in Berlin are advised to go to the TK Maxx outlet if you want to shop profitably. It sells clothes of both well-known and not very popular brands with a discount of 30 to 70% of the initial cost. The selection of products is very large: men’s, women’s and children’s clothes, underwear, bags, cosmetics and a small stand with perfumes.

  • Opening hours: 9.00 – 21.00.
  • Official website: www.tkmaxx.de

Friedrichstrasse

Friedrichstrasse is one of the most expensive streets on the shopping map of Berlin. Here are the boutiques of famous and expensive brands: Lacoste, Swarovski, The Q. Among the shopping centers it is worth noting:

TC Quartier 205
TC Quartier 205

This is the smallest of the local shopping centers, where you should visit a tea shop and a luxury lingerie store. Also here you can make a purchase of clothes of famous European brands.

  • Opening hours: 10.00 – 20.00.
  • Official website: www.quartier-205.com
TC Quartier 206

One of the most elite shopping centers in Berlin. It is worth buying perfumes (a very large selection) and visiting the department of eco-products. Also note that on the ground floor there is the Last Season store, which buys last year’s collections in famous boutiques, and then resells them at lower prices.

  • Opening hours: 10.00 – 20.00.
  • Official website: www.departmentstore-quartier206.com
TC Quartier 207
TC Quartier 207

TC Quartier 207 is an analogue of the Paris gallery, where you can buy high-quality German shoes, leather bags, jewelry and luxury perfumes. Be sure to check out the Russian or French restaurant located on the ground floor.

Opening hours: 10.00 – 20.00.

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Useful Tips

    Sales in stores
  1. Since the majority of European and American brand boutiques are in the German capital, sales are regularly held there. If you want to make the most profitable purchase, come to the stores at the end of the summer or a few days before Christmas – at this time old collections are sold at the lowest prices.
  2. German chocolate
  3. Do not forget about souvenirs. From the German capital it is worth bringing a figure of a Berlin bear, a piece of the Berlin wall, a model of the “Trabant” machine, beer or chocolate.
  4. If you want to make a bargain in Berlin, visit the outlets. As a rule, their prices are 40-60% lower than in ordinary stores.
  5. If you are tired of shopping in the shopping center, and you want to buy something unusual, go to the flea market. The most famous is Kunst-und Flohmarkt am Tiergarten. Here you can buy antique dishes, interior items and rare equipment.

Shopping in Berlin is an opportunity to purchase quality items from world famous brands at low prices.

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