That’s the nickname Berliners give to their “Champs Elysées”, a name easier to say than the real one : Kurfürstendamm. This 3,5 kilometers long street is full of shopping malls, chic coffees and hotels and you’ll find there a wide range of high street fashion brands for every audience: youngs with small budget as well as elegant or posh for more wealthy customers. It’s also an important step for a touristic tour, with the Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche. If you are a “fin gourmet”, you should definitely have a break at the KaDeWe top floor, where fine food from all over the world waits for you. What’s better than having fresh oysters with a glass of Sancerre to recover from an hectic shopping session ?
You can either start at Uhlandstrasse station and walk until Wittenbergstrasse, or the other way around, depending on where you want to end up.
Located far west in west Berlin, it’s interesting to go here only if you stay or leave around. No charm but good for efficient shopping in this less popular area. You can stop by the Sbahn or Ubahn station Wilmesdorf and walk through the Wilmersdorfer Strasse, a pedestrian street.
If you know Berlin a little bit, the first time you go out at the Ubahn station Schlosstrasse, it’s a big shock! Suddenly you feel like being in a big international and commercial city. A surprising feeling for Berlin. So you end up on this huge avenue, Castle street if I translate, where you can see shopping mall after shopping mall. Overall, shopping malls in Berlin are pretty boring because it’s either international cheap and/or teenage brands, either some classical german brands. There is obviously a big audience here for this really old school grand-ma style. But the fact is, besides being a little bit out of the city center, Schlosstrasse is probably the biggest concentration of shops. Stop at Steglitz Rathaus and walk up to Schlosstrasse Ubahn station.
This street is one of the most famous in Berlin, mainly because it’s where stands Check Point Charlie. Besides this way too much touristic spot, it’s also where you’ll have some high level (financially speaking) shopping, as well as a sample of brilliant architecture: for instance the Jean Nouvel’s beautiful building for the Galeries Lafayette.
Going under the arcades over not less than 6 Ubahn stations, from Oranienburger Tor to Kochstrasse, will probably cost you a lot of money !
Hackescher Markt (Alexander platz)
Shopping at Alexander Platz is not really interesting. First, it is actually a giant square, divided between some small and really cheap shops inside the train station and some big stores and shopping malls. In this last category, this is probably one of the ugliest mall in the world: Alexa. Check the brands there. On the other side of the Grunerstrasse, you’ll find C&A and Kaufhaus, a kind of chic mall. In front of this, the evil Primark, unfortunately constantly packed. Tk Maxx is probably the only interest there.
BUT behind Alexanderplatz, the Hackescher Markt area is way much more interesting, and also nicer to walk in. Go through the Alte and Neue Schönhauser Allee, to find brands such as Cos, Scotch and Soda, Urban Outfitters, Monki, Mango and many more.
If you’re looking for some cheaper and easier shopping without going to far away when you’re based in Neukölln, you can leave from Hermannplatz, where you’ll find the Karstadt and take the Karl Marx strasse to Rathaus Neukölln. Along the way you’ll find tons of little turkish shops, some “all for 1€” shops, some truly princess dresses for 100€ and some Wolworth and H&M stuffs. Next to the city hall (Rathaus in German), you’ll find the Neukölln Arkaden for a little bit more of mainstream fashion.