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 Berlin Shopping

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SHOPPING IN THE CITY

Berlin is unique for shopping. You will find large department stores, funky boutiques, expensive designer stores, and undiscovered trends. Big advantage: Prices in Berlin are very moderate compared to other European cities.

Main shopping areas

The area around Kurfurstendamm (Ku'damm) continues to be the centre for international boutiques such as Prada, Cartier and Versace as it was when the city was divided. Although today some of Berlin's best shopping is in the smaller back streets of the Ku'damm itself.

Mitte and Hackescher Markt in the old east have given rise to a much more youthful scene and have an impressive diversity of designer houses and studio boutiques.

Go shopping or just window-shopping at over a dozen shopping malls, on the main shopping streets (Kurfürstendamm or Friedrichstrasse) or at the more quirky shops in Kreuzberg, Mitte or Prenzlauer Berg districts. KaDeWe, the famous department store on Wittenberg Platz, is the largest store on the European mainland – a shoppers' paradise on six floors.

Galeries Lafayette in Friedrichstrasse brings a frisson of French elegance to the city. Malls such as the Arkaden on Potsdamer Platz and the Europa Center on Breitscheidplatz offer great shopping even in bad weather.

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Trödel-und Kunstmarkt
There is no better way to soak in the atmosphere of Berlin than visiting the city's oldest weekend flea market. The Trödel-und Kunstmarkt has retained its unique charm and has become increasingly popular over the years.

Known to locals as a fairly tourist-oriented market, prices here are higher but as many of the vendors are professional collectors, you may be able to find a nice memento to take home. The range of goods on offer includes the occasional genuine antique to books, boys, crockery, clothes, East German 'Ostalgie' etc. Even if you don't find anything, this flea market is just a great way to meet the citizens of the city on a weekend morning.

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