Berlin is an ideal destination for shopping: hipster paradise of urban design, and apparently endless vintage and antiques supplies. Here you can find real bargains rummaging through the post-wall era relics or independent shops where to buy something really original. These are our favourite places.
Second hand and Vintage Shops
From Kreuzberg to Prenzlauerberg, there’s a great deal of vintage shops where you can decide to spend the entirety of your vacation. Our favourite place, big enough to offer pretty much everything, is in Kreuzberg: Jumbo Second Hand. It’s not hard to find: follow Oranienstrasse towards Görlitzer Park, along the same road of the famous SO36 is and some interesting graffiti. Keep going on Wienerstrasse, and after Görlitzer Banhof on the left there’s this huge shop/warehouse where I bought my new parka.
I wanted to negotiate the price throwing in my tidy looking, 6 years old parka. The haggle takes place in German, which doesn’t quite help me, until the gentleman asks me where my parka is from. I enthusiastically reply “London, England”, confident that all the references to the Mods would have risen its value. But this man surely hasn’t seen Quadrophenia because his answer was a dry “Englisch? NEIN!”
Who Killed Bambi
Eberswalder Straße 26 (U2: Eberswalder Straße)
Rosenthaler Straße 69 (U8: Rosenthaler Platz)
Sonntagstraße 5 (S: Berlin Ostkreuz)
Website: www.whokilledbambi.org (in german!)
A shop as absurd as its name, everything can be found here, from rock’n’rolla props to shiny pink mobile phone gadgets. Halfway there’s lots of interesting articles, including weird-yet-nice t-shirts. There are three shops of this chain, one is next to the arguably best Currywurst in town, the other is next to our favourite restaurant in Berlin. The third is in Friedrichshain.
Danziger Strasse 10 , 10435 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
Mon – Fri: 12:00 – 20:00
Sat: 12:00 to 20:00
Tel.: +49 (0) 30 44 04 77 72; Web: www.heimzucht.de
This is a beautiful gem of a shop in Prenzlauer Berg, one of the many but surely one of the best. It’s a ladies clothes shop displaying a style between vintage and modern, it sells more than just clothes and it might require lots of time and patience. This applies even those who will need to accept their travel partner shopping spree, but there’s a cozy bar few meters to the left of the shop, it sells good cakes and has free wifi.
Alright, there’s no much vintage or design, but this quintessential German sandal is incredibly comfortable and great for summer trips. And you don’t even need to wear socks with them, isn’t it great?
You can get a pair of these beauties starting from about €30 for the basic woman model to €50 for the more elaborated ones.