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Berlin shopping has something to suit everyone, whether you follow high fashion or are a thrifty bargain hunter.
Berlin Shopping Tip
While Berlin shopping hours are technically unlimited, you will find that most small shops shut their doors by 8:00 pm. Some larger department stores have selected nights with extended hours until 9:00 or 10:00 pm. But most places are not open on Sundays, with a few exceptions.
As the home of continental Europe’s largest department store, Kurfürstendamm (often shortened to Ku’Damm) is a premier shopping street. The Kaufhaus Des Westens (better known as KaDeWe) is a must for any Berlin shopper. Its sixth floor food court is world-renowned for its sheer size and quantity of items.
The Friedrichstraße street is a hotspot of high fashion on Berlin’s shopping scene. Located in former East Berlin, this area has embraced capitalism with its large malls like the Galeries Lafayettes. Apart from the department stores, you’ll also find shops for furniture, jewelry and porcelain along this street.
Another former East German area that has been transformed since Germany’s reunification, Alexanderplatz is finding new life as a commercial center. The department stores ALEXA and Galeria Kaufhof are the plaza’s flagship stores.
You will find Wilmersdorfer Straße in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district. This wide boulevard has electronic shops and bookstores, as well as the large shopping mall, Wilmersdorfer Arcaden.
Those in search of alternative shopping should make their way to the Hackescher Markt. This trendy place that defies what the in-crowd is following has become a tourist attraction in its own right. Fans of artsy, cultural offerings will feel right at home.
Flea Markets In Berlin
One of Berlin’s greatest shopping pleasures is the flea market. Die Nolle at Nollendorfplatz and Straße des 17. Juni are two of the most famous ones. You can find everything from books to antiques and plenty in between.