Shopping should, of course, also be on the list for some of you, when it comes to Berlin’s things to do.
Over the last decade, Berlin has, among other positive developments for the city, emerged as a shopping centre for fashion, antiques, furniture and home accessories. The most popular and traditional shopping artery remains Kurfurstendamm (Ku’damm) in the city’s Western part. Most of the city’s premier clothing shops, boutiques and department stores are located on this famous thoroughfare.
After re-unification, the city’s former East saw the emergence of a new Berlin shopping scene at Friedrichstrasse and, of course, Unter den Linden, which were, for the greatest part, rebuilt and redeveloped. Friedrichstrasse is a mile long thoroughfare which features shopping centers as well as a lot of designer shops, coffeehouses (with the inevitable Starbucks) and the Galleries Lafayette. The nearby Unter den Linden features several boutiques, located mainly between Friedrichstrasse and the Brandenburg Gate.
A must-see is a legend from the cold war days, the Kaufhof on Alexanderplatz. Once the haunt of communist bigwigs from Moscow and other soviet bloc countries, nowadays it’s just a big old department store.
Berlin visitors should also visit specific areas for a more local Berlin shopping experience. For instance, Kreuzberg with its many shops and flea market is the place to browse junk items, second-hand books, and second-hand clothes. For more offbeat items, the second-hand stores and art boutiques around Hackescher Markt are the places to go. Last but not least, Prenzlauer Berg, besides numerous good restaurants and coffee shops, also offers several markets, including a flea market on Eberswalderstrasse, as well as numerous small specialised designer shops.