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    Alexa: New Shopping Centre

    by alancollins Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Alexa Shopping Centre opened its doors on the 12th September 2007. It contains 175 shops which mainly sell clothes, though it does have a huge electrical shop which is spread out over 4 floors and there is also a food court. The outside has been described as ugly though the inside looks light and airy.

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    Macy's: Not interesting clothes

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The first second hand store we visited was closed at Sat 9.30 am (look at the pic). We thought first that they open at 10.00 am but they opened at 11.00 am so we came back there on the way back to our hotel in the afternoon.
    Urszula said that she didn't find anything interesting there. The store was expensive. Clothes were not pretty and some looked over-used. Simply it was NOT her recommendation.
    But if you are passing by you can stop there for a moment and check it personally. There are as many opinions as people, especially on clothes (add here politics :-).

    OPENING HOURS
    Mon - Fri: 11.00 am - 6.30 pm
    Sat: 11.00 am - 4.00 pm.

    What to buy: Old clothes designed by Armani, Jil Sander, Versace and other famous designers. Surely they were from their old collections and used by someone before.

    What to pay: Over 100 €, even over 500 € for some very old clothes.

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    Caro Second Hand: Second hand, embarassment, snobism...

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about shopping in second hand stores. We found many of them in Berlin. And even some people who are rich would buy something there if they found what they'd like.

    In fact, some rich and famous people put their used clothes in shops to be sold. Why? First not to waste the clothes, second not to lose all their money. These "rich-people" second hand shops were called "consignment shops" in the USA and had fancy names, but they were the same thing as an ordinary second hand shop, only the clothes were usually designer originals and... more expensive than something new in a department store. We found quite many "consignment shops" in an upscale district of Charlottenburg. Urszula (matcrazy0) liked a few of them (esp. two) and some clothes sold there but... not always the prices (me too :-), quite high esp. as for a second hand cloth. But she had a lot of fan looking for something interesting there.

    It is true that there are snobbish people would sneer at the idea of buying any thing second hand but usually those people are insecure about their own image, I suppose. However, there is no reason to tell everyone the clothes were purchased in a second hand shop. At least you can always say: "Oh, I bought it on one of our trips to Berlin" haha. That would be truthful and should be pretty impressive. LOL!

    What to buy: To be honest Urszula didn't find anything great there. But surely you can try. They sold both elegant clothes designed by famous designers and more "normal" clothes. Surely they were from their old collections and used by someone before.

    What to pay: Expensive area. Over 100 €, even over 400 € for some clothes.

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    Bergmann: Antiques

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It was an antique shop full of messed up various antiques. Most goods looked neither pretty nor very old but try your luck personally if you want and like antiques.

    What to buy: There were furnitures, silver, jewellery, china. lamps and clocks sold there. To be honest I didn't find anything interesting there.

    What to pay: Prices were not at all fixed up. Try to make a good deal. Some stuff was on sale up to 50% off.

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    Wein Welt: Where to buy wine

    by Canuck5 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A very nice wine store with brands from around the world, as the name of the shop would indicate ("Wine World").

    Of course, visiting Germany it's only right that you should be looking at German wines, which in my opinion, are among the world's best white wines.

    The fellow in the store can speak English, and was quite knowlegeable on wines.

    What to pay: Depending on the vintage, country, etc., you can spend a little or a lot.

    I bought a bottle of Saale-Unstrut 2002 Freyburger Schweigenberg Kabinett, a white, for about 10 €. In Canada, I'm sure the same bottle would probably sell at 2-3 times this price.

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    Lidl: Where To Stock Up On Your Basics

    by johngayton Updated Oct 4, 2010

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    If you're self-catering here in Berlin one of the cheapest places to do your basic shopping is Lidl.

    This is a German (and international) chain of supermarkets and most districts will have a branch.

    There's a search box on the German website - where it says "Filiale ändern" - if you put in the 5-digit postcode of your lodgings it'll give you a list of nearby branches.

    What to buy: All your basic shopping needs which in my case was: Beer, Coffee, Sausage, Cheese and Bread (all the essentials of life!).

    What to pay: Prices are very cheap and if I remember correctly the beers (0.5 l bottles) were about 60 Eurocents each.

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    Andrungs Schneidere (I Think): OK Not High Fashion But Definitely Functional ;)

    by johngayton Updated Oct 1, 2010

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    Passing this little shop brought to mind the German word for "brassiere" - "bustenhalter" which is one of those wonderfully functionally self-evident words common to the German language.

    The wares piled high in the shop window kind of epitomise the word. Certainly not a "Victoria's Secret" type of display but definitely utilitarian.

    The shop also doubles as a fruit and veg merchant and so if you need a handy carrier for your melons...HA!

    Shame about the unartistic graffiti though :(

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    BLITZ BOUTIQUE BERLIN: Vintage Shopping, Concert Shirts, Music

    by safeeuropeanhome Updated Aug 18, 2010

    Just ran into the brand new BLITZ BOUTIQUE right next to the RAMONES MUSEUM. They have a huge selection of rare music shirts, new and vintage: BEASTIE BOYS, THE CLASH, DINOSAUR JR. - you name it. They pretty much have shirts from bands of all genres. I found my new favourite shirt there, an old JOY DIVISION tee from the early 80ies.

    What to buy: vintage clothing, music, flea markets, thrift stores

    What to pay: 15 - 50 euros

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    Shopping along Schloßstraße: Shopping in Berlin Steglitz

    by Crazywoman Updated May 4, 2010

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    Allthough being the second largest shopping area in Berlin, Steglitz is hardly ever mentioned in the guide books or other tourist information. I have been there a couple of times and it has never been crowded and it is easy to see and hear that there is mainly the local people who shop here.

    Schloßstraße is the place to visit. The main shoppingcenters are Forum Steglitz, one of the first shopping malls in Germany and Das Schloss a very new and modern mall. There is also a lot of other shops and malls along the street.

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  • Eisenwein - Rieslinghaus: fancy little wine shop

    by HelenSchneider Written Jul 17, 2009

    Fine selection of german wines, handmade, often organic grown Riesling cuvées. Really interesting, I don't know, why other wine-shops do not offer more german stuff. Good small choice of Champaign. Very nice and friendly shop-owners. You get every thing from low price to excellent qualities.

    What to buy: I am a wine freak!

    What to pay: from 5 to lots of Euros!

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    Fassbender & Rausch Schokolade: A Chocoholic's Paradise

    by christine.j Updated Jun 20, 2009

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    Close to Gendarmenmarkt there is this chocolate store, any chocoholic's dream. Inside you can admire the Brandenburger Gate in chocolate, only to look at, though,not for sale.

    But of course there are lots and lots of different chocolates to buy, from a single, small piece of chocoloate to large boxes.This was a good place to get some gifts, for family and friends at home as well for myself.

    They also tell you where the cocoa beans came from and sell chocolate from various countries, something that's called plantation chocolate.

    Prices start at 30 cents, up to about 25 Euro.

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    Humana: Charity Shop

    by alancollins Written Apr 24, 2009

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    Most of the Charity Shops that you find in the UK are small retail outlets that follow a similar pattern. During a wet afternoon I decided to give the Humana Shop at Alexanderplatz a try. The shop is huge in comparison to UK Charity shops and is more like a department store. The largest amount of goods on sale is women’s clothing. They are all carefully laid out for inspection on rails with plenty of room to move about. So if you want to kill some time and you like looking in charity shops give one of these shops a try, there is a dozen around Berlin. The shop is 1300 square metres in size with 25,000 items available for sale.

    What to buy: Clothing for Women

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    Out of India: Charlottenburg

    by berlingirl84 Written Dec 31, 2008

    Bollywood-style, living accessories and fashion.
    Out of India carries you away into a clourful and exotic world. They offer fabrics in changing patterns and colour combinations, also in a modern cut design.

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    Mauerpark fleemarket (Flohmarkt): Big, Fun & Friendly!

    by kanjon Written Nov 14, 2008

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    I really like this market. It is big and it is rough but you can find practically anything, also the things you didn´t know you were looking for. Prices may not be low but the range of items make well up for that. Also, a big plus for the many artists selling their own, high quality, fun, thinkworthy stuff: t-shirts, prints, bags, pins…

    Market-hopping is such a nice way to get to know a place or town and brings the best range of souvenirs. Plus, market sausages is a great and affordable lunch!!

    Opening hours: Sundays only, 8am - 6pm
    The market is located next to the Mauerpark, not in it.

    What to buy: Books, clothes, furniture, toys, art, bags, jewellery, pearls, beads, shoes, candles, baskets, record-players, cd´s.......

    What to pay: Average market prices. Bargain-able.

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    Kohlhaas and Company Bookstore: Koohl!

    by kanjon Updated Oct 1, 2008

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    If you are a bookworm like me, and love bookstores, don´t miss this one! It is such a delight! Beautiful books (English ones, too), chairs to sit on inside and on the back a beautiful garden with café and a really nice restaurant.

    The bookstore is appropriately housed by The Literaturhaus Berlin (House of Literature) founded 1986. The house is a location for public literary events, symposia, and exhibitions, focusing on contemporary literature.

    What to buy: Books, books, books. Lots of translated German literature.

    What to pay: All depending on the purchase.

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