This hotbed of creativity and cutting edge culture is the place to spot the new trends before they’ve hit the catwalk and a great place to get inspired. Though beware when it comes to the weekends the city is still very traditional as many shops are shut on Sundays.
Kurfürstendamm and Tauentzienstrasse
KaDeWe, source: facebook
This famous street is located slightly to the south west of the centre in Charlottenburg and is home to the iconic Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe).
Originally one of a number of luxury department stores in the city the KaDeWe was the only one that was rebuilt in full after the war and subsequently became a symbol of Western Berlin. At 60,000 square meters it is the largest of its kind in Europe and boasts a wide range of designer labels, an impressive food hall and a glass-roofed restaurant with its view of Wittenbergplatz below.
Nearby the Peek & Cloppenburg department store stocks slightly younger designers and the area is also home to a wide range of other brands including Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Dolce & Gabbana.
Quartier 206, source: facebook
With its beautiful Gendarmenmarkt plaza Friedrichstrasse has an air of grand old elegance about it. It is home to the famous French department store Galeries Lafayette as well as the stunning Quartiers 206 plus big names like Gucci, Hugo Boss, Moschino and Breitling.
Located in one of the city’s most elegant buildings Quartier 206 was designed by Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners in a monochromatic art deco style. Brands include Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham and Valentino.
While you’re in Friedrichstrasse, be sure to visit the site of Checkpoint Charlie, once a crossing point in the Berlin Wall.
Alte Schönhauser Strasse and Mulackstrasse
Hecking Concept Store, photo: Patric Dreier, source: Facebook
The place to go for uber cool international and Berlin designers this area is worth a visit just for some people watching. Home to Berlin labels C’est Tout, LaLa Berlin as well as the excellent Hecking Concept Store this area attracts fashionistas from all over the world.
This area is also home to Acne jeans, A.P.C, Filippa K and Finnish design company Marimekko in addition to more traditional brands including Hugo Boss and Lacoste.