Just like London, Berlin offers a variety of shopping opportunities. Each time I go back, a ton of new independent boutiques have opened their doors. Same with restaurants, it's seriously hard to keep up! So it's best to ask locals or get a travel guide that's frequently updated (such as Berlin inspires that comes out twice a year). Though, if you can't be bothered to go through all the effort of noting down all interesting shops beforehand, your safe bet is Mitte: Walk from Hackescher Markt down to Eberswalder Straße. No matter, how much Berlin evolves and how many stores change owners, you'll surely find some interesting shops on the way. As Hotel Mani, where we stayed the first day, was a few steps away from Rosenthaler Platz, we were right in the middle of stylish Berlin. Here are just some of the shops you can find there! Scroll down to see them all.
Kauf dich glücklich | Fashion, Beauty & Homeware | Rosenthalerstraße 17 – Berlin, Germany
Hay is probably favourite of many who like Scandinavian design, myself included. I went frantic when the Hay Market opened in Selfridges. Though, when Emma told me there was a proper Hay store in Berlin it went right on top of my "places to visit" list. I first got to know about the brand because of their mix and match trays of which I own a few as well. I love Hay for its timeless, but edgy design at an affordable price. At the Hay store you can find all their furniture, homewares, textiles and stationary. Though, be aware, when entering, because you'll want to have everything they offer!
Stumbled across this little gem by chance. The store offers a variety of international magazines and books, covering topics from fashion, photography and interiors to culture and society. Everything's online now, but nothing beats ink on paper. I would have spent hours browsing through the magazines, but unfortunately, I was on my way to meet a friend. Next time, I'll definitely take out some time from my schedule to go through everything they have.
JACKS Beauty Department | Beauty | Kastanienallee 19 - Berlin/Germany
When I first saw the hand painted brushes from JACKS Beauty Department on my instagram feed, I was so jealous of my friends living in Berlin, who had the opportunity to get their hands on one of these beautiful brushes. Besides their unique look, the bristles impress with their incredible softness. I have yet to try them out, but since I've just gotten a new set of brushes, I didn't buy any. The store itself is so tastefully decorated that you don't know where you should start looking and offers make-up, nail and other beauty services. Plus, you can find a lot of unique beauty brands that were carefully selected by owner Miriam Jacks. It's a heaven for anyone interested in make-up and beauty.
One of my friends highly recommended Broke + Schön to me. Apparently she cannot enter the store without buying at least one item (she actually bought a few pieces when she went with us as well). They've got such a great selection of items that we spent hours in the dressing room, trying on one piece after the other. It's a bit pricey for Berlin standards, but when you've got labels such as Cheap Monday, it's not surprising.
Another place for interior lovers. Harmony is a tiny shop next to my favourite frozen yoghurt place. But despite the size of the store, you'll find so many great products. I especially liked their selection of ceramics and bought a beautiful hand-thrown ceramic bowl for my jewellery there.