Easy drive (two hours+) or train ride from Berlin. Hanseatic city with picturesque market square, shopping and fountain focal point. Great toyshop, two floors for kids of all ages - Wupatki, Rungestrasse 19, 18055 Rostock. Christmas market in December - try the deep fried bananas! Catch a tram to the imaginative zoo (with good playground), or a train or boat (in season) to the seaside town of Warnemunde. (Wide, sandy beach, good fish restaurants, fish market and lots of boats and ships coming and going.)
This shop is really affordable compared to other vintage store in Berlin. You have so many choices of colors and pattern, the cotton T-shirts from the 80s are amazing.
You can also enjoy the banana deco and the kindness of the owners.
Sunday is flea market day in Berlin and the coolest market (Mauerpark is a bit touristy, though still good) is RAW at Revaler Strasse, inside a derelict train station.
Revaler Straße 99, 10245 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 2924695
The cosmopolitan city of Berlin is a great place to spend Christmas. Wrap up warm and set out in the snow to explore this fantastic city with its mix of ancient and modern history. Call in at the Christmas markets in Potsdamer platz, see the beautiful Sony Centre lit up in blue lights. Try an alternative Christmas dinner – the Berlin classic currywurst (a curried sausage) and a beer then join a million people for the famous New Year's Eve party at the Brandenburg gate complete with a fairground, live music and the midnight fireworks - Fröhliche Weihnachten!
This shop has something for anyone. I can't recommend it enough. Floral dresses, retro college jumpers, patterned leggings, suit jackets and jeans, jeans, jeans! As someone who hadn't bought good-fitting jeans since the age of about 15 (I'm 18 now) I was over the moon to find a pair of perfectly fitting LEVI jeans for just seven euros.
Their interesting method of pricing is to charge per the kilo on much of their stock. Once you've selected what you want you take it to the cashier, she'll weigh it all and she'll charge you 14 euros per kilo. (happy hour is 11.00 - 1.00 on Wednesdays and the price goes down to 10 euros per kilo.)
Individually priced items are normally reasonable if not a bargain. Me and my sister spent a good couple of hours in there and it wasn't because we were trying to find something - it was because we were spoilt for choice and only had limited luggage space! But nothing is the same, several dresses appeared to have been handmade - but very well.
There were sections for men and woman, as well as accessories and shoes.
I'd recommend putting aside an afternoon to go there to give you the chance to properly root through all the racks and to try garments on so that you can appreciate it and inevitably find that great piece you're looking for.
I found this link with all the details on: www.spottedbylocals.com/berlin/garage-second-hand/
Ahornstraße 2, Schöneberg, +49302112760
Google map: bit.ly/a0XshT
A shop where you can find something affordable and more or less fashionable, no matter what your age, shape or size.
A large clothing shop with the usual adult and children's stuff, then there's thermals, outdoor wear, petites, plus size women, plus size women petites, plus size men, tall men... and the staff are relatively cheerful without being fake about it.
When you are in Berlin, make sure to stop by Uta Geyer’s vintage eyewear shop 'Lunettes'. She has the most amazing range of never-worn designer vintage eyewear! She stocks it all: from extreme 80s retro nerdy specs, original ray-ban wayfarers to classic 60s Dior sunnies, etc. The customer service is spot-on, Uta and her girls know exactly which fashion trend suits you best.
Take any train/tram/bus to Alexanderplatz - from there take the m4 to Hufelandstrasse and simply walk up the Marienburger street!
Inhaberin Uta Geyer M.A.
Marienburger Straße 11
10405 Berlin, Germany
Telefon 030 - 34 08 27 89
In the area around Mulackstrasse you'll find a lot of good new architecture. Not really large houses, and sometimes even solutions for just one family - but only ten minutes away from Alexanderplatz.
There is for example the white Case Study House 08 by HSH architects on the corner with Gormannstrasse. Another interesting building is the townhouse by plus4930 architects (Mulackstr. 16). The houses in this district are not as high as in the rest of the city and even the roads are smaller. That's why the district has a very typical flair. Mulackstrasse is not far away from Hackescher Markt and you'll find a lot of bars and shopping opportunities here.
The Bauhaus Archiv is a must see for any design/architecture fan. The collection is limited but of quality. They have a great range of Bauhaus posters on sale starting from five euros (a bargain) and the shop is full of gorgeous items classic and contemporary.
The cafe's good too - lots of healthy choices.
Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum of Design
D - 10785 Berlin
Wednesdays to Mondays, 10am - 5pm.
Usually the museum is closed on Tuesdays. On public holidays which fall on a Tuesday, 10am - 5pm
Bus 100 from the Zoo stops just along the street.
In Berlin Kreuzberg you’ll find a great vintage shopping place. Imagine you pay per kilo, take your time at the 'Modemarkt Freestyle' and find something bizarre, something unique, something trendy, something from the 80s, something typically German. Very big space, I got crazy for two hours and left exhausted but glad.
10961 Berlin (Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg / Kreuzberg)
The best place for a wild party. Open every day all night and very close to my other favourite place the Feuermelder, where you can watch football before starting the party. And on Sunday there is a very beautiful flea market around the corner. It's fantastic and budget-friendly.
Gärtnerstraße/ Friedrichshain. S-Bahn-Station Warschauerstraße or Ostkreuz
Saint Georges English Bookshop is located in Prenzlauer Berg and specialises in good-quality second-hand English books at a reasonable price. They also have a good selection of new books and offer to order in books. Staff are very pleasant and go out of their way to accommodate unusual requests. The shop's also furnished with comfy Chesterfield sofas, which makes browsing even more enjoyable. Once a week they have a movie night, for which you need to be registered on a mailing list.
Woerther Strasse 27, 10405 Berlin; tel: (030) 817 98 333;
Transport: M2 to Marienburger Strasse, or U2 to Senefelder Platz
If you're a shopaholic, this is the store for you. Reputed to be the largest department store in Europe, KaDeWe has six floors stocked with everything you could want. Don’t miss the 6th floor, which is a gourmet heaven: you name it, they've got it - all types of food and drink of the finest quality from all over the world. An absolute must.
Tauentzienstraße 21-24, Berlin-Schöneberg;
Nearest underground: Wittenbergplatz (Lines U1, U2 and U3). Walking distance from Bahnhof Zoo railway station or the well-known street Kurfürstendamm;
Head to this sprawling flea market between Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg and Wedding for a colourful mix of buyers and sellers, buskers, beer and bratwursts. The perfect chilled out Sunday if you've got an eye for a bargain, an impulse to haggle or just want to nurse a Weissbier while the Berliners sell off retro furniture, oversized sunglasses and classic LPs around you. All in the middle of a leafy park - and there's even a place to leave the dog.
Bernauer Straße 63–64
13355 Berlin (Mitte)
After a morning trawling through KaDeWe and the other department stores, this was a real breath of fresh air. An excellent organic food market, with more besides, it gave me an early glimpse of the real Berlin and Berliners, strolling around on a late autumn afternoon. Highly recommended.
Open Thursdays & Saturdays
The former demonstration boulevard of the GDR, the Allee is a unique site, offering a glimpse into the political and architechtural past of East Germany. It has integrated itself well into the West, offering various shops and restaurants. There is a wonderful beer shop along the Allee offering at least 300 different brews; just a little more enticement if you're into that kind of thing...
Send your feedback or queries to firstname.lastname@example.org