Shopping in Berlin

Berlin is a shopping paradise, with lots of department stores and shopping malls all over the city. All major retailers and many local ones have lots of shops, so you can virtually spend days in the stores.

Most stores in Berlin are on two big shopping streets. The first one is Kurfürstendamm, with famous international brands like H&M, Benetton, Zara and many others. Next to Kurfürstendamm, there is Tauentzienstrasse, with many other shops. Official website: www.kurfuerstendamm.de.

The second important shopping boulevard is Friedrichstrasse. This is a more exclusive area, with brands like Jil Sander or Yves Saint Laurent. Official website: www.friedrichstrasse.de.

Besides these two shopping streets, Berlin has a lot of shopping centers and malls.

The most well known shopping center in Berlin is KaDeWe, an abbreviation of “Kaufhaus des Westens”. It has many shops and is located at Wittenbergplatz. Official website: www.kadewe.de.

Galeries Lafayette is a modern shopping center, located on Friedrichstrasse. Official website: www.lafayette-berlin.de.

Alexa Shopping Center is located in Alexanderplatz. It is a mixture of entertainment and shopping, having five floors and 180 shops for fashion, beauty and electronics. Official website: www.alexacentre.com.

Arkaden is located in the heart of Berlin, in Potsdamer Platz. The architecture of this mall is impressive and very modern. Besides shops, it has lots of cafes, cinemas, a musical theater and a casino. Official website: www.potsdamer-platz-arkaden.de.

Neues Kranzler Eck is another modern shopping mall, with a beautiful architecture. It is located on Kurfürstendamm. Official website: www.neueskranzlereck.de.

Europa Center Berlin is considered to be a classic mall, opened before modern shopping malls appeared. It is located near the zoo. Official website: www.europa-center-berlin.de.

Stilwerk is another nice mall with lots of shops and a restaurant. It is located in the city center, near the zoo. Official website: www.stilwerk.de.

Das Schloss is beatifully designed with an Art Nouveau facade, decorated with sculptures. It attracts with stores that sell the most famous brands in the world. It is located near Rathaus Steglitz. Official website: www.das-schloss-steglitz.de.

Designer Outlet Berlin sells 100 international brands, with discounts that vary from 30% to 70%. It is designed like a small town where you can go shopping in a very relaxed atmosphere. It is located in Wustermark, 30 minutes by car from Berlin. Official website: www.designer-outlet-berlin.de.

Hallen Am Borsigturm is quite a complex shopping center, selling 120 international brands. It has many gastronomic facilities and even a disco, bowling, fitness center and cinemas. It is located next to Berliner Strasse. The closest underground station is Borsigwerke. Official website: www.hab-2.de.

Gropius Passagen is said to be the biggest shopping center in Berlin. When the shops are closed, the cinemas, restaurants and the disco remain opened. It also has a big parking. It is located on Johannisthaler Chaussee. Official website: www.gropius-passagen.de.

Gesundbrunnen Center has a modern style and offers a wide variety of products. Parking space is available. It is located on Badstrasse. The closes underground station is Gesundbrunnen. Official website: www.gesundbrunnen-center.de.

Ring Center consists of two buildings, one of them offering shops and fashion shows. The second building has a large parking blocks. It is located in Frankfurter Allee. It can be reached by underground, just get off at Frankfurter Allee station. Official website: www.ring-center.de.

Forum Köpenick hosts not only shops, but also a lot of fun and entertainment areas. Some outlets can also be found here. It is located on Bahnhofstrasse, near Köpenick underground station. Official website: www.forum-koepenick.de.

Tempelhofer Hafen has an unique architecture, consisting of two buildings, a futuristic one and an old storehouse. Here are many shops, restaurants, cafes and even a medical centre. It is located on Ullsteinstrasse. Official website: www.tempelhofer-hafen.de.

Naturkaufhaus is a very nice place to buy all sorts of natural food. Besides food, here are some shops with eco-friendly clothes. It is located on Schlossstrasse. Official website: www.naturkaufhaus-berlin.de.

Many markets are organized in Berlin twice a week. You can buy here mostly fruit and vegetables. One of the best is the Turkish market on Maybachufer.