From Friedrichshain to Prenzlauer Berg, join us as we take a tour of the city’s creative neighbourhoods the only way we know how: through our new community of the best independent shops. From fashion with a conscience to cutting-edge European design, here’s your guide to the best boutiques Berlin has to offer.
We’re starting our tour in the north of the city in Prenzlauer Berg. In contrast to other more anti-establishment areas of Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg is known for its peaceful, tree-lined streets, upmarket coffee shops and green spaces, with a mix of young families and students planting roots here.
The sprawling, leafy streets of Prenzlauer Berg also play host to a selection of Berlin’s best independent shops. For an interior fix, start at Das Goodshaus, filled from top to bottom with interior and lifestyle products designed to be both beautiful and functional, chosen by owners Lucie and Joseph. A short walk will bring you to Biscuit China, a boutique dedicated to celebrating the art of ceramics in its many forms.
Whether your trip is 24 hours or 2 weeks, it’s impossible to avoid a visit to Mitte: the beating heart of Berlin. Here you’ll find the city’s numerous art galleries, museums, memorials and more, all telling the story of Berlin’s past. Alongside famous city sights, Mitte plays host to an incredible array of independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Start your tour of Mitte with a caffeine fix at the in-store milk bar at TYPE HYPE. An homage to the tradition and history of typography and printing, the TYPE HYPE team produce and design all their products which are emblazoned with the letters of the alphabet from A-Z. The boutique’s ‘Milch Bar’ pays tribute to the tradition of typesetting apprentices drinking milk as they worked.
Continuing through the Mitte streets, stop off at Starstyling, who produce their own brand of clothing and accessories widely considered the uniform of Berlin’s creative individuals (think dancers and performers). Patterns, shapes, colour and textures define their stand-out designs which have amassed a loyal, global following.
Next up we have two Mitte neighbours: The Amazing Crocodile Design Store, a design destination that lives up to its name in every way (except the crocodile part), and contemporary clothing and accessories boutique Chi & Co.
If unforgettable shop fronts are your thing, then stop by A.D. Deertz to snap a photo of their bold shop front (one of the best in Berlin) and to browse their contemporary menswear range designed by shopkeeper and former artist, Wibke. For yet another incredible shop front, stop by Fundamental Berlin to meet the Gunnar and team and to discover their unique, intelligent designs inspired by nature.
Step into Sabrina Dehoff, where fine jewellery is presented in an unforgettable, contemporary shop space. Coloured accents and sculptural glass shapes create a theatrical backdrop for Dehoff’s signature jewellery designs.
Finish the Mitte part of the tour at Frau Tonis, where you can journey through their signature scents produced in Berlin.
Heading East from Mitte, we find Friedrichshain: Berlin’s alternative neighbourhood. Historically a politically charged district, Friedrichshain hasn’t lost its anarchic yet artistic edge, visible in the graffiti-covered buildings and the bright, bold murals of the East Side Gallery.
A stone’s throw from the infamous Berlin nightclub Berghain, you’ll find three beautiful boutiques you’ll have no trouble getting into.
There’s no intimidating doorman at Maerz, just the friendly shopkeeper Martin who used to work for luxury fashion brands in a high-end department store. His love for fashion is reflected in the modern mix of brands and styles in-store.
Next is Schwesterherz und Kuechen Liebe which spreads across two boutiques directly next door to each other. While Schwesterherz focuses on design-led homewares, accessories and stationery, its neighbour Kuechen Liebe (which means kitchen love) is filled to the brim with kitchen and cooking products.
Continuing up Gartnerstrasse will take you to Victoria Met Albert, a lifestyle shop founded by English-German couple Will and Ilke. The shop is the culmination of two cultures and was founded on their shared love of design.
The anti-establishment sibling of Friedrichshain, most people planning a trip to Berlin will know Kreuzberg as the hippest neighbourhood in the city. While many residents may not agree, the independents, creative businesses and music venues in abundance has earnt Kreuzberg its fair share of ‘cool’ points.
Meander across Kreuzberg to find sustainable fashion and accessories boutique, Moeon. Turning stereotypes of sustainable design on their head, shopkeeper Sonja scours the globe for the best brands with water-tight eco credentials.
We’re ending the tour on a high in the progressive neighbourhood Neukölln. It might not already be on your itinerary, but the district’s lively and creative atmosphere coupled with exceptional shopping, music and art events make a strong case for spending at least an afternoon there.
Continuing the sustainable theme we saw in Kreuzberg, WESEN design and produce their own brand of clothing with a conscience.
The final call on our whistle-stop tour of Berlin’s best independent boutiques is Golden!, part shop, part botanical garden. The space is literally blooming with plants and flowers filling the shop space, alongside interior products and more.
Whether your flights are booked or you’re just browsing, you can still explore and shop from Berlin’s best independent shops here.
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