The world’s top tastemakers’ favourite Berlin shops

Luxury luminaries reveal their most revered retailers in the German capital

BuchholzBerlin sells the dining tables, knives and cutting boards used in the accompanying café
BuchholzBerlin sells the dining tables, knives and cutting boards used in the accompanying café

Architect David Chipperfield “Just down from my office is BuchholzBerlin, the recently opened design atelier of a former employee of mine, accompanied by the small café Laden. It has a lovely secret garden in the back, and sells the communal dining tables, knives and cutting boards – all made by hand from local wood – that they use in the café. I also sometimes take visiting friends to the gourmet floor of KaDeWe, Berlin’s famous department store just off the Ku’damm; the display is exceptional and it’s also a nice place to eat something light.” Find out more about David Chipperfield’s favourite places in Berlin

Bookshop Ocelot is among the mix of unique shops in the Mitte area
Bookshop Ocelot is among the mix of unique shops in the Mitte area | Image: Philipp Wolff
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Art book publisher Angelika Taschen “The Mitte area has a great mix of unique shops with things you won’t find in any other city. A few of the best stores include International Wardrobe for ethnic clothing, Sabrina Dehoff for unique jewellery, and concept store Wald-Berlin for little-known brands. I also love the fantastic bookshop Ocelot, and, as an indulgence, I might go for a strong Thai or shiatsu massage at Traditionelle Thai Massage. Its treatments are better than any I’ve found at a five-star spa. If I have tension in my neck – especially after a long flight – a trip here is just perfect.” For more of Angelika Taschen’s personal recommendations, click here

Andreas Murkudis sells everything from furniture to toys in a converted warehouse
Andreas Murkudis sells everything from furniture to toys in a converted warehouse
Contemporary art gallery Arndt is a favourite of Mateo Kries
Contemporary art gallery Arndt is a favourite of Mateo Kries | Image: Bernd Borchardt, courtesy Arndt Art Agency, Berlin

Jimmy Choo creative director Sandra Choi “Andreas Murkudis is an amazing store in a warehouse in an industrial area of the city. It sells everything from furniture to toys, all created by small-scale local designers, and much of it is very good.” Read more about Andreas Murkudis here

Belle Rebelle offers a wide selection of perfumes
Belle Rebelle offers a wide selection of perfumes | Image: David Blazevic
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Vitra Design Museum director Mateo Kries “On Saturday mornings it’s nice to wander around the farmers’ market at Kollwitzplatz, where you can buy fruit and vegetables, flowers, deli food and arts and crafts. I’m a newspaper and magazine junkie, so I also like the wonderful bookshop Do You Read Me?!, which is run by a friend. It sells hundreds of different titles and I buy design magazines and periodicals there. Another place I often visit is Arndt, a contemporary art gallery, where I sometimes buy small pieces, such as a charcoal drawing by Croatian artist Julije Knifer that I have at home.” Read Mateo Kries’ complete guide to Berlin here

Vincenzo Castaldo, creative director of jewellery house Pomellato “Schöneberg, Tiergarten and Kreuzberg are among the best areas for shopping. For perfume I like the selection at Belle Rebelle, and Bossecker is wonderful for 1950s furniture. One of my favourite cafés is Berliner Kaffeerösterei, which makes special coffee beans with hazelnuts.” Find more Berlin shopping ideas here

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