Today is the last shopping guide for Berlin. I saved the best for last. My favourite shopping day in Berlin was in Friedrichschain. It’s in former east Berlin and has its own distinct character. It is known for its many bars, clubs, pubs, and cafes, concentrated in the Simon-Dach-Straße and small boutiques around the Gärtnerstrasse. You can easily combine a day of shopping here with sightseeing of the East Side Gallery (the longest remaining part of the Berlin Wall), the Molecule Man (a big art work at the Berlin river), and the Oberbaumbrücke (bridge over the river).
I arrived in Friedrichschain at the Warschauer station. Only a stone throw away you’ll find the Michelberger Hotel which is a must-see for its unique interior design and edgy atmosphere. From there you can walk down the road to the East side Gallery or up the road towards the first stop on our shopping itinerary:
Goodies – Warschauerstrasse 69
Goodies is an urban coffee shop with a healthy and sustainable approach that is fun, organic, vegetarian, and vegan. Here you can get the most unique cup of coffee with latte art on demand like e.g. a reindeer, flowers, elephants, swans, you name it, they can do it. They serve bagels, cakes, salads, soups, smoothies and more.
In this side street of the Warschauerstrasse you’ll find all kinds of small cute gift shops and small fashion labels, for example Koperni-kuss on #21 where they sell labels like House Doctor, Djeco, Mini Labo, and Pip Studio. Or Gift & Fashion Lab on #18.
Tausche – Krossener strasse 19
Tausche is an awesome concept. You can buy a satchel and personalize it by picking your own design for the cover. They also have an online shop.
Hausen nach schöner wohnen – Krossenerstrasse 19
Another lovely shop with an extensive assortment of gifts and home accessories. From tea towels, to toys and cushions. They have quality brands like ferm living, and ommdesign.
My favourite shopping street in Friedrichschain is the Gärtnerstrasse. There are so many cute little shops there, that you don’t know where to begin first. The street has a very friendly and happy vibe to it as well.
Shopping for your kids in the Gärtnerstrasse
There are so many shops for kids toys and clothing that I doubt you won’t succeed as a parent or sugar auntie in this street. There is Frieda Hain on #10 who sells fabrics, gifts and nic nacs. Then there is Dolly Rocker on #25 who sells handmade and recycled children’s clothing. And then there is Sieben Schön on #26 where you buy wooden toys and retro games.
Visby – Gärtnerstrasse 27
For feminine, timeless and elegant women’s apparel you go to Visby. They carry labels like Black milk, Raasta, Modstrom and MBYM.
Küchenliebe – Gärtnerstrasse 28
Küchenliebe is Berlin’s best small departmentstore for cooking and kitchen ware. Here you will find everything to set your table, cooking books, and high quality cooking utensils. They have lovely gifts for cooking or accessories for in the kitchen.
Schwesterhertz – Gärtnerstrasse 28
Yet another shop where they sell gifts, paperware, and home accessories. Their stationary assortment is to die for, and they have the most beautiful wrapping paper collection.
Victoria met Albert – Krossenerstrasse 9
On the corner of the Krossenerstrasse and Gartnerstrasse houses this concept store where they sell fashion and home accessories, stationary, toys and ceramics . It’s for the woman who has everything, and for the man who needs nothing.
Broke + Schön – Krossenerstrasse 10
Beautiful and always the latest trends for little money, that is the motto of Broke + Schon. In this shop you will find beautifully designed trendy and individual fashion, bags, accessories and shoes for women at surprisingly reasonable prices.
Macarons du Stéphane – Gärtnerstrasse 13
You don’t have to go to Paris to indulge in the quintessential French delicacies. At this tiny and cute little macaron shop you can buy a range of delcious flavours of the small pastries.
Schöne Schreibwaren – Niederbarnimstrasse 6
This shop is excellent for those who are in search of exclusive and quality stationary, paperware and office supplies. I was especially coveting their handmade laptop and iPad covers made from a variety of fabrics and in different patterns.
Bohea – Niederbarnimstrasse 3
This shop is heaven for tea lovers. Rows of oversized tea tins are lined up on shelves with tea blends in all variations you never heard of. On the other side of the shop you can awe at earthenware tea pots and cups. The art and tradition of tea drinking is something serious, and the owner can tell you everything about teas and their origin and heritage. For a special tea, or quality tea, this is where you would want to go!
Hausfreund – Niederbarnimstrasse 5
Hausfreund really is a house friend. They have a wide selection of home accessories, crafting supplies, paperware, ceramics, stationary and gifts by renowned labels like Pip Studio, MT Masking tape, House Doctor and so on.
This completes the Berlin shopping guide series for now. I hope to go back soon to collect and select more great addresses. Until then, I think you will have a fun time by following all of my tips in the Berlin city guide. Auf wiedersehen!