Berlin’s top shopping districts are also ideal for combining with sightseeing.
Shopping in Berlin is an exciting mix of traditional department stores and malls, local stores offering unique finds and vibrant markets featuring the best regional produce and crafts.
Conventional shopping can be found in the West around the Kurfurstendamm with chic boutiques and up market designer stores. KaDaWe, one of few department stores in Berlin to be rebuilt to its former glory before the war, sells an impressive range from high end designers and has recently introduced younger fashion labels to steer away from its old fashioned image. A must see is its luxury food hall on the sixth floor with delicacies from all over the world. Friedrichstrasse, in the East, offers a similar range of up market stores and perfect for combining with the popular sights of East Berlin.
For more reasonable everyday fashion, The Alexa shopping Mall is home to 180 shops on 5 floors in Alexanderplatz. Another great option is the Mall of Berlin at Leipzigerplatz, located between Podsdamerplatz and Friedrichstrasse. With 270 shops covering fashion, jewellery, shoes and consumer electronics, it is the perfect shopping destination offering everything under one roof. If it is trendy and unique you are looking for, Kreuzberg neighbourhood will be your shopping paradise offering both vintage fashion to young fashion and original design.
Keep in mind that laws are still in place to restrict Sunday trading. Use this day to enjoy the relaxing vibe as you explore the tree lined boulevards and enjoy a leisurely lunch with no crowds. Alternatively, for something more offbeat, visit one of the many flea markets open on a Sunday. Berlin has many different art, flea, antique and food markets attracting locals and visitors throughout the week. The Kunstmarkt am Zeughaus arts market between Schlossbrücke and Museumsinsel offers some interesting gifts and souvenirs whilst taking a stroll along the river.
Finally, Berlin has got to be at the top of the list for Christmas shopping locations. As well as all of the conventional shops to choose from, there are around 60 Christmas markets to enjoy. Offering a market to suit everyone with local crafts and culinary delights to trendy and urban. You can find all the traditional gifts you would expect at a German market like hand crafted wooden toys, textiles and beautiful Christmas decorations. There is even a traditional eco-market selling environmentally friendly crafts and this takes place every Thursday and also on Sundays throughout advent from 12pm to 7pm on Köllwitzplatz. One of Berlin’s most popular markets not to be missed is the WeihnachtsZauber at the Gendarmenmarkt offering high quality gifts from glass blowers, candle makers, embroiderers and jewellers.