The best of Berlin – leading tastemakers’ personal favourite places to shop

Boutiques, markets and specialist stores for everything from chic stationery to one-of-a-kind jewellery

Berlin store Andreas Murkudis is housed in a former industrial space
Berlin store Andreas Murkudis is housed in a former industrial space

Angelika Taschen, publisher 

Mitte 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 and Sabrina Dehoff for unique jewellery. I also love Nicole Hogerzeil’s boutique, Schwarzhogerzeil, which carries brands like Isabel Marant, Dries Van Noten and Cedric Charlier, as well as fantastic bookshops such as Ocelot. International Wardrobe, Almstadtstrasse 50, 10119 Berlin (internationalwardrobe.com). Ocelot, Brunnenstrasse 181, 10119 Berlin (+4930-9789 4592; ocelot.de). Sabrina Dehoff, Auguststrasse 26A, 10115 (+4930-9700 4160; sabrinadehoff.de). Schwarzhogerzeil, Torstrasse 173, 10115 (+4930-2887 3868; schwarzhogerzeil.de). 

Publisher Angelika Taschen
Publisher Angelika Taschen | Image: Guido Castagnoli

Sandra Choi, creative director of Jimmy Choo 

One of my favourite Berlin finds is Andreas Murkudis, an amazing store in a warehouse in an industrial area of Berlin. It sells everything from furniture to toys, all created by small-scale local designers, and much of it is very good. Potsdamer Strasse 81E, 10785 (+4930-6807 98306; andreasmurkudis.com).

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Daniel Hopwood, interior designer

Berlin is the only place that I think rivals London in terms of culture and creativity – but it’s also great for a classic department store experience. For me, it has to be KaDeWe, where the Chocolate Bar is an absolute treat. I recommend the pralines and truffles. Tauentzienstrasse 21-24, 10789 (+4930-21 210; kadewe.de).

Legendary Berlin department store KaDeWe
Legendary Berlin department store KaDeWe

Christopher Jenner, product designer

The Mitte district is super-compact, and I like it for shopping because alongside the retail offering, it has everything you need, from history and culture to great food. I draw all my work – I don’t know how to use a computer – so I always go to the stationery store RSVP to buy pens: it has a huge amount of unusual stock from Japan. I also like the farmers’ market at Zionskirchplatz, where I go to buy dark rye bread and seeded loaves, and The Barn Roastery – it’s really convivial, and the coffee is really good. The Barn Roastery, Schönhauser Allee 8, 10119 (thebarn.de). RSVP, Mulackstrasse 14 + 26, 10119 (+4930-3195 6410; rsvp-berlin.de).

Cult stationery shop RSVP
Cult stationery shop RSVP

Dorothee Schumacher, fashion designer

I recommend a visit to Ann-Kathrin Carstensen at her boutique Rita in Palma. She works with women from Turkey, Kosovo, Syria and Lebanon who live in Berlin to make hand-crocheted jewellery and accessories. We collaborated on a charity project, resulting in a limited edition necklace that supported Von Meisterhand, a foundation for migrant women living in Germany. Kienitzer Strasse 101, 12049 (+4930-8574 8930; rita-in-palma.com).

Rita in Palma stocks hand-crocheted accessories made by migrant women living in Berlin
Rita in Palma stocks hand-crocheted accessories made by migrant women living in Berlin

Vincenzo Castaldo, creative director of Pomellato

The areas of Mitte, Schöneberg, Tiergarten and Kreuzberg are best for shopping. For perfume I like the selection at Belle Rebelle, and I always find interesting clothes by German designers at Andreas Murkudis. Bossecker is wonderful for 1950s furniture. And Berliner Kaffeerösterei makes special coffee beans with hazelnuts that I love. Andreas Murkudis, Potsdamer Strasse 81E, 10785 (+4930-6807 98306; andreasmurkudis.com). Belle Rebelle, Bleibtreustrasse 42, 10623 (+4930-6796 72050; bellerebelle.de). Berliner Kaffeerösterei, Uhlandstrasse 173-174, 10719 (+4930-8867 7920; berliner-kaffeeroesterei.de). Bossecker, Potsdamer Strasse 77-87, 10785 (+49172-708 3779; bosseckerberlin.com).

Vitra Design Museum director Mateo Kries at Berlin bookshop Do You Read Me?!
Vitra Design Museum director Mateo Kries at Berlin bookshop Do You Read Me?! | Image: Thomas Dashuber

Mateo Kries, director of the Vitra Design Museum

I always go to a wonderful bookshop called Do You Read Me?!. It sells hundreds of different titles and I buy design magazines and periodicals there. I also often look in Galerie Ulrich Fiedler, which specialises in 20th-century modernism. Do You Read Me?!, Auguststrasse 28, 10117 (+4930-6954 9695; doyoureadme.de). Galerie Ulrich Fiedler, Mommsenstrasse 59, 10629 (+4930-3309 4010; ulrichfiedler.com).  

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