Berlin may be known as a city for young and broke artists, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some spots to enjoy the finer things in life. Like any other stylish mecca, the city is brimming with fashion-forward stores to suit every budget. Here are the top spots to head to when you’re searching for luxury goods.
Departmentstore Quartier 206 is a stunning Art Deco-style architectural gem, located on lively shopping strip, Friedrichstraße. Bearing the slogan ‘Art, Fashion, World’ what this department store lacks in size it more than makes up for in high-end fashion, luxurious surroundings and top-of-the-line personal and home accessories. Housing international fashion powerhouses like Yves Saint Laurent, Rive Gauche, Etro, Moschino, Louis Vuitton, Strenesse, and Bottega Venetta, Quartier 206 is sure to delight.
Kaufhaus des Westens, known as KaDeWe by locals, is Berlin’s most iconic department store. The largest of its kind in Europe, spanning over 60,000 sq. meters (645,835 sq. feet) across eight floors, the shop specializes in luxury and high-end goods. Bowie lovers might also remember the store’s mention in his classic song, Where Are We Now, which has perhaps contributed to its popularity, as many as 50,000 people visit KaDeWe each day. High-end brands here include Yves Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, Mont Blanc, Cartier, Burberry, Rolex, Tiffany & Co, Prada, and many more. In addition to clothing and products for the home, the store contains multiple salons, restaurants, and a gorgeous rooftop garden atrium.
Fashion aficionados looking to splurge on local, Berlin-based designers have to head to Konk. The concept store houses beautifully hand-crafted goods from brands like Tiedeken and Boessert/Schorn to name a few, as they are focused on highlighting the best of Berlin’s independent fashion design scene. The shop’s interior also features furnishings by local craftsman, sporting work from Rainer Spehl. When it comes to shopping luxury and local, nothing beats Konk.
A seasoned veteran of Berlin’s art scene, Andreas Murkudis first opened this now-famous concept store, bearing his name, in 2003 in Schöneberg. The vision for the store is defined by his exceptional taste and is curated by his passion for clean, quality aesthetics. This makes each visit unique, with visitors promised a unique shopping experience each time they set foot in the light spacious store. Shoppers looking for simple, but extremely well-made clothing and crafts should head here.
Kurfürstendamm is the most famous and popular shopping boulevard in Berlin – think the German version of the Champs Elysees in Paris. Located in the West, the 3.5 km (2.1 mile)-long street houses some of the city’s finest fashion stores. Cartier, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton,Bulgari and many more all find a home along the luxury-filled street, promising to provide all the latest in high-end fashion.
The Corner Berlin is a boutique concept store with two locations in Berlin, one tailored to women and the other to men. Both boast collections from an impressive roster of designers, including Valentino, Acne Studios, Vetements, and many others. The sprawling, light space hosts the latest and greatest in luxury clothing, accessories and goods, promising to brighten up even the blackest of Berlin wardrobes.
Das Neue Schwarz, which in German means ‘The New Black,’ is the Mitte-bound cool concept and luxury shop that sells a selection of designers. Inside the racks boast labels like Comme des Garçons, Raf Simons, Givenchy, Christian Dior, Junya Watanabe and many, many others, along with an array of meticulously curated second-hand and vintage pieces. The shop’s interior is a sight in itself, with clothes hung from a rope against shiny silver walls. This funky interior portrays the fun, playful spirit at the heart of Das Neue Schwarz, making it a fantastic place for hip, young things to update their wardrobe with some luxury gems.