Alusi ephaemeral art is company and label at the same time.
The Artist designs, produces and manufacuters a special kind of a candle in a part of her home. You can buy this wonderful candle directly from the artist.
She's a very nice person and if she has a little time she'll tell you the story of "Shama the beautiful" - but if you haven't enought time to visit her - visit her online shop ! Mrs. Alusi speaks fluently english and the communication with her is no problem.
What to buy: Exclusive Candles and more
The Candles have a various number of flames. Every "Shama" starts with one flame - when the candle is burning the candle get two or three flames - a special present for an exciting evening!
What to pay: Fair prices!
In the Nikolaiviertel I fond this little shop which sells nothing but decks of cards, from the simple Skat or Poker to Tarot and very specialized decks. It was lots of fun to look around. There was a card game with all sorts of spiders - I wonder who would like to play with that.
Also castles, books, authors, just about anything. I especially liked one which displayed cartoons on each card.
To my knowledge Gruhn bakeries are located in southern Berlin-districts of Lichterfelde, Dahlem, and Zehlendorf. Not sure whether it's a family owned company but sure any thing baked by Gruhn - bread, cakes, cookies - either sweet or salty - are simply fantastic and home made like. Customers are treated really friendly. Coffee to go, or either have your cup there, tastes great too, not that over-strong as it's often with German bakeries. Another big plus: they do open their shop by already 06:30. That's perfectly my time to go with some yeast done goods, a big cup coffee, and a smile to greet the begin of a new day.
In East Germany the traffic light for pedestrians has shown a little green man walking, in West Germany he has been standing. After the reunification there was most ridiculous quarrel , as the some stubborn paper-shufflers wanted to abolish the East German walking man. A lot of protest arose and the little green man survived. You can buy many souvenirs with him. In the Hackesche Hoefe there is a shop which sells only Ampelmaennchen articles, even gummi bears, only there are no bears, there are Ampelmaennchen.It's a fun store and you can get some nice souvenirs there.
Alexa's stores and restaurants are providing every thing possible. They are spread colorful and tempting over the malls' as many as 4 floors with more than 56 000 m2, and about 180 shops and about 20 dining outs. Parking lot offers 1600 spots. The area was the former HQ of police dept, destroyed during WWII. Malls' investors are from Portugal and France, for my understanding.
Mon - Sat
Shops: 10:00 - 21:00
Grocery/E-Reichelt: 08:00 - 22:00
Food Court: 10:00 - 21:00
Kindercity: 10:00 - 18:00
Hussel is a store at the ground floor of the mall, that offers every thing sweet and lovely to eat yet mostly chocolate made. Their chocolate taste kinda reminds me on Hershey's as both of'em are less creamy and sweet like the Milka or Nestle or Lindt things are, which I personally prefer. However, Hussel's various selection & deco are just awesome. I purchased a chess game pure chocolate made. Service & staff are very nice, and they beautifully wrapp up things if bought as gifts/souvenirs like chocolate made mini Brandenburger Tor.
Nice, huge, famous IKEA factory offers thousand of lovely things, very low in price, for furnishing, decorating, clothing, bathing, gardening and on and on and on. New to me was that their stuff is often Taiwan or Turkey made nowdays. Ikea-Berlin Tempelhof is located on Sachsendamm right at A100, exit Alboinstrasse. Easy to get there by public system as well: U6 to station Alt-Tempelhof or subway lines S2 and S25 to station Suedkreuz. Also with bus 204 or trolley M46 it's easy to get there. Question then would be how to get the purchased items packed. Their parking options are enormous, and very comfortable.
In comparison to the many of Berlin's malls whether it's Alexa at Potsdamer Platz or Europa Center at Kurfuerstendamm etc. this mall, located in Berlin's Steglitz, is rather modest, cosy and very little crowded: To me that's basic, no crowds when ever I need to shop for what ever. Speaking of basic, every thing basic does SCC provid anyway. And beyond basic too. What would that be? Electronics? Jewelry? Toys and games? It's all there. Also SCC is greatly connected with different subways and buses. Since Berlin's Steglitz is a rather quiet and lovely district anyway, this mall fits there very nice.
The new Friedrichstrasse is a very nice shopping mile with a lot of design shops, car shops (Rolls Royce if you search one), Coffeshops (Starbucks, Einstein) and the warehouse Lafayette . . . and much more.
What to buy: Cars, bags, shoes, chloths . . .
What to pay: sometimes very expensive
The Schloss is no Schloss (castle) but a great shopping centre on Schlossstraße in the suburb of Steglitz. It was opened in March 2006, and encloses Steglitz’s red town hall which looks a bit like the tower of the shopping Schloss... ;-) You can see that the shopping centre is new but it is a nice attempt to make it look like the department stores of the 19th century with its neo-gothic retro-style look.
The 80 shops are located on four levels around a light patio where you find cafés and a food court. The roof of this patio is an illusion: It can create all kinds of sky you can imagine, day and starry night, sunshine and clouds.
50 per cent of the shops sell clothes. However, there is also an impressive Media Markt with the German speciality, as my husband always notices immediately, that you cannot pay by credit card.
Open Mon – Thu 10am – 8pm, Fri + Sat 10am – 10pm.
On very rare occasions open on Sunday (12noon – 6pm)
This is a most fantastic shop in Nikolaiviertel. Even if you do not intend to buy a doll, just browse through the shop like through a museum. The dolls are simply wonderful, from historic editions to the most modern girls, plus a big selection of dolls’ clothes and prams.
They store all famous dolls brands like Käte Kruse, Zapf, Schildkröt, Philip Heath, Götz and so on. On their website you find the complete selection of artists, many in limited edition. Be prepared to pay 300 Euro for a bargain… So do not fall in love too fast with any of the dolls before checking your bank account.
Apart from dolls, they sell cute teddy bears, and also Berlin souvenir bears, called Buddy Bears.
Mon – Sat 10am – 6.30pm, Sun & Public Holidays 11am – 6pm
Next door to Die Puppenstube in Nikolaiviertel is the teddy bear shop Teddy’s. You find everything around toy bears there, and all kinds of teddy bears. They store about 2000 bears, and some huge and obviously historic ones are hanging in their chairs in front of the shop and sometimes in front of Nikolaikirche on the other side of the street.
There is something for everyone, from well-priced teddies to hugely expensive bears for collectors, replicas of famous ones, historic ones, and in limited edition. They also have so-called Old-Berlin Originals like the Berlin Dairy-Boy (Berliner Milchjunge). And of course, bears from Steiff, Hermann and various artists.
If you want to do your bear something good, get him some nice clothes or a piece of furniture.
Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm
Sat/Sun 11am – 6pm
The building at Alexander Platz is a legend. People from closest socialist countries shoped here. I can imagine the eyes of tourists from the USSR who visited the shop at that time! Shoping was much better in the GDR than in the Soviet Union.
Now it's just another big department store.
Mon-Fri 9:00 - 20:00
Sat 9:00 - 16:00
Sunday - closed
This was the first place I visited on my recent trip to Berlin. If you travel there by subway the station is conected to the shopping mall, so there was no walking through the snow. This shopping centre is reputed to be the largest in Berlin, which was one of the reasons for my visit. It was decked out for the Christmas period with lights and tree etc. There are over 160 shops covering an area of 85,000 square metres as well as a multiplex cinema and fitness centre. I tried a coffee in a well known chain of shops and was delighted to be given a chocolate St Nicholas figure as a treat, before braving the snow outside.
In Germany, most stores are closed on Sunday, with very few exceptions. Sunday is devoted to families and not to shopping or work. Nevertheless, if you are in Germany and find that you missed your chance to get to the store on Saturday you don't necessarily have to lose heart. The Hauptbahnhof has three levels of stores similar to a shopping mall and including fast food restaurants.
What to buy: You won't find a full range fo fresh meat and vegetables but you should be able to buy most commonly needed items as well as souveniers, newspapers etc.
What to pay: Normal prices
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