Must-see shopping in Germany

  • Ka De We department store



    Continental Europe's largest department store is a temple to retail and gourmet food.

  • Frau Tonis Parfum boutique in Berlin

    Frau Tonis Parfum

    Historic Mitte

    Follow your nose to this scent-sational made-in-Berlin perfume boutique, where a 'scent test' reveals if you're the floral, fruity, woody, or oriental type…

  • GERMANY, BERLIN - MAY 15: Berlin Maybachufer - biggest Turkish market outside Turkey. (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images) (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarrten via Getty Images)

    Türkischer Markt


    At this lively canal-side market, thrifty kids mix it up with Turkish-Germans and pram-pushing mums. Stock up on olives, creamy cheese spreads, crusty…

  • VooStore


    Kreuzberg’s first concept store opened in an old backyard locksmith shop off gritty Oranienstrasse, stocking style-forward designer threads and…

  • Niederegger


    This is Lübeck’s mecca for marzipan lovers, the almond confectionery from Arabia that has been made locally for centuries. Even if you’re not buying, the…

  • Globetrotter


    Munich's premier outdoors and travel stockist is worth a browse even if you've never pulled on a pair of hiking boots. The basement boasts a lake for…

  • VinoForum

    Moselle Valley

    Barrels are suspended from the ceiling at this ultra-contemporary Vinothek. Taste and buy exceptional wines made from grapes grown on the hillside behind…

  • Atelier Nigoh


    Original prints and postcards, many of which are pop-art originals and signed by the artist, Nina Hasselluhn herself, are worth browsing through at this…

  • Dussmann – Das Kulturkaufhaus

    Historic Mitte

    It’s easy to lose track of time in this cultural playground with wall-to-wall books (including an extensive English section), DVDs and CDs, leaving no…

  • Munich Readery


    With Germany's biggest collection of secondhand English-language titles, the Readery is the place to go in Bavaria for holiday reading matter. In fact we…

  • Manufactum

    City West & Charlottenburg

    Long before sustainable became a buzzword, this shop (the brainchild of a German Green Party member) stocked traditionally made quality products from…

  • Handwerkskunst am Römer

    Frankfurt am Main

    Exquisite handcrafted souvenirs at this long-established shop include traditional toy-soldier nutcrackers, adorable 'smokers' (incense burners) depicting…

  • Hallesches Haus


    IKEA fans with a mod penchant will go ga-ga at this pretty pad packed with stylish whimsies for the home. Even day-to-day items get a zany twist in this…

  • Bonbonmacherei


    The aroma of peppermint and liquorice wafts through this old-fashioned basement candy kitchen whose owners use antique equipment and time-tested and…

  • Koppel 66


    Arguably Hamburg's premier collection of art-and-craft stores, the arcade at Koppel 66 has some intriguing options – from hat-makers and handmade soaps,…

  • Mutterland


    This 'Made in Germany' delicatessen has beautifully packaged and utterly tempting foods (jams, chocolates etc) and drinks (try the Monkey 47 Schwarzwald…

  • Anne Zimmer


    This gorgeous little boutique selling handmade gold and other jewellery is a lovely counterpoint to the luxury international brands that dominate Neustadt…

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    This rare secondhand traditional-clothing store (the name is a phonetic yodel) is worth a look even if you don't intend buying. Apparently, wearing hand…

  • Huth's Kaffee

    Lower Saxony & Bremen

    Huth's has been roasting its coffee in-house daily, in small batches, since 1851. But there's much more to browse here: two counters filled with gourmet…

  • Vinyl records for sale near Flohmarkt am Mauerpark Sunday flea market in Prenzlauer Berg.

    Flohmarkt im Mauerpark

    Prenzlauer Berg

    Join the throngs of thrifty trinket hunters, bleary-eyed clubbers and excited tourists sifting for treasure at this always busy flea market with cult…

  • Fassbender & Rausch, Chocolate Shop

    Rausch Schokoladenhaus

    Historic Mitte

    If the Aztecs regarded chocolate as the elixir of the gods, then this emporium of truffles and pralines must be heaven. The shop features Instaworthy…

  • Stilwerk, Shopping Homeware


    City West & Charlottenburg

    This four-storey temple of good taste will have devotees of the finer things itching to redecorate. Everything you could possibly want for home and hearth…

  • Goldhahn und Sampson

    City West & Charlottenburg

    Arctic sea salt, wild sumac and green chai are among the global pantry stockers tastefully displayed at this stylish gourmet food emporium. Items are hand…

  • Kauf Dich Glücklich


    What began as a waffle cafe and vintage shop has turned into a small emporium of indie concept boutiques with this branch being the flagship. It's a…

  • Hundt Hammer Stein


    Kurt von Hammerstein has a nose for good literature beyond the bestseller lists. Feel free to browse through this stylish lair with word candy from around…

  • Pick & Weight


    Part of a small national chain, Pick & Weight sells top-notch vintage clothing for between €25 and €95 per kilo. The men's and women's attire, plus…

  • Hard Wax


    This well-hidden outpost has been on the cutting edge of electronic music for about two decades and is a must-stop for fans of techno, house, minimal,…

  • Braasch


    Rum sold from the Braasch distillery, one of few still operating in town, can be tasted and bought at this tiny store on the main pedestrian thoroughfare.

  • Bikini Berlin, Shopping

    Bikini Berlin

    City West & Charlottenburg

    Germany’s first concept mall opened in 2014 in a smoothly rehabilitated 1950s architectural icon nicknamed 'Bikini' because of its design: 200m-long upper…

  • LP12 Mall of Berlin, Shopping Mall

    Mall of Berlin


    This sparkling retail quarter is tailor-made for black-belt mall rats. More than 270 shops vie for your shopping euros, including flagship stores by Karl…

  • Galleries Lafayette, Shopping

    Galeries Lafayette

    Historic Mitte

    Stop by the Berlin branch of the exquisite French fashion emporium if only to check out the show-stealing interior (designed by Jean Nouvel, no less),…

  • Flea market entrance Mauerpark

    Trödelmarkt Arkonaplatz

    Prenzlauer Berg

    Surrounded by cafes perfect for carbo-loading, this smallish flea market on a leafy square lets you ride the retro frenzy with plenty of groovy furniture,…

  • Potsdamer Platz Arkaden, Mall

    Potsdamer Platz Arkaden


    All your basic shopping cravings will be met at this attractive indoor mall with 130 shops spread over three floors. The basement has supermarkets, a…

  • Uniqlo, Clothing Shop


    City West & Charlottenburg

    With its first flagship store in Germany, Uniqlo brings Japanese style to Berlin in a suitably futuristic setting, complete with LED ticker tapes…

  • Hernhutter Sterne Manufaktur

    Eastern Saxony

    Now displayed at every other German home over Christmas, the Hernhutter stars – a Christian version of Chinese lanterns – were first produced in the 1850s…

  • Kollwitzplatzmarkt

    Prenzlauer Berg

    On the edge of lovely and leafy Kollwitzplatz square, this posh farmers market has everything you need to put together a gourmet picnic or meal. Velvety…

  • UVR Connected


    The Berlin-based UVR label designs urban fashions for grown-up women with a penchant for classic cuts and styles and subdued colours. All clothing is…

  • Goldhahn und Sampson

    Prenzlauer Berg

    Pink Himalaya salt, Moroccan argan oil and crusty German bread are among the global pantry stockers tastefully displayed at this stylish gourmet gallery…

  • Ta(u)sche

    Prenzlauer Berg

    Heike Braun and Antje Strubels now sell their ingenious messenger-style bags around the world, but this is the shop where it all began. Bags come in 12…

  • Ratzekatz

    Prenzlauer Berg

    Packed with quality playthings, this adorable shop made headlines a few years ago when Angelina Jolie and son Maddox picked out a Jurassic Park’s worth of…

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