Shopping - Berlin
Last Updated: 16th Feb 2011
Due to the relatively recent changes and developments in Berlin the shopping hotspots are reasonably spread out across the city with both the former east and west parts of the city retaining their ‘main’ streets to go along with the development of the corridor through the city center where in the Berlin Wall once stood. The street with the classiest reputation and formerly the most important street in the city (and one of the most famous in Europe) is the Unter Den Linden, and although it still maintains this reputation, you are more likely to find car showrooms and tourist-style stores than retail outlets.
The Friedrichstrasse is filled with clothing and retail outlets but most Berlin locals will head across to west Berlin’s Kurfurstendam. This whole street stretching both east and west from the Zoo Station is filled with a massive variety of department stores, shops, restaurants and cafes and is usually more than enough for even the most hard-core shop-till-you-drop retail therapist.
The Potsdammerplatz is the modern heart of the city and although there is not a huge variety of shops, it still creates a very pleasant environment to hang around in.
You will also find street markets around the busy tourist areas (particularly Checkpoint Charlie) selling or sorts of trashy but fun souvenirs while you can also take advantage of some European shopping tips to save even more. You’ll find some fantastic shopping as you travel through Europe but very few cities have the variety that you’ll find here in Berlin, the capital of Germany.