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    Hauptbahnhof: Oh no, it's Sunday, where can I buy...

    by dlandt Written Dec 5, 2006

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    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

    Hauptbahnhof
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    Humana: Charity Shop

    by alancollins Updated Jun 3, 2014

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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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    Alexa: Alexa Shopping Centre

    by alancollins Updated Jun 3, 2014

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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 large food court with free Wi-Fi. The outside has been described as ugly though the inside looks light and airy.

    Alexa

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    Tempelhofer Hafen: Enjoy the views

    by alancollins Written Jan 7, 2013

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    The Tempelhofer Hafen is a new shopping centre next to the Teltow Canal. The shopping centre opened in 2009 and it has over 70 stores and restaurants. The surrounding area and Harbour has been redeveloped from former abandoned warehouses and looks attractive. On a warmer day it would have been nice to have sat outside over looking the harbour looking at the boats and ducks.

    Main entrance The Harbour Adjacent building Concourse Concourse

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    O3 Berlin: Shopping@O3

    by Karin1S Written Nov 20, 2007

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    Homemade crazy arts and fancy design is what you get when you visit this small and lovely shop. You're looking for a candle like the tv-tower or origninal berlin design? You need especial gifts? I'm sure, you'll find it @O3!
    CU@O3!!!

    What to buy: Homemade designer products made by berliner artists

    What to pay: between 2 Euro and 150 Euro. In the average 25 Euro.

    homemade desinger products crazy chains . . . . . . and more
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    Various shops and cafés: Kastanienallee - Alternative Shopping Alley

    by Turtleshell Written Dec 13, 2007

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    Exit at Eberswalder Str. subway station (U2, 5-7 minutes from Alexanderplatz), and the first thing you'll probably see of Kastanienallee is a coffeehouse: "An einem Sonntag im August" ("On a Sunday in August"). A café with a name as relaxed as this has to be in the borough of Prenzlauer Berg. While this is true, it's also the most original part of Prenzlauer Berg. Here, gentrification did not have the same effect on street life as one could witness at say around Kollwitzplatz. In the mid-90's basically no-one of the locals here was older than 30, and every second looked as if he or she had contributed to an MTV movie clip minutes ago. Hence, Kastanienallee (Chestnut Alley) is sometimes still referred to as "Casting Alley".

    Gentrification notwithstanding, Kastanienallee is kind of an alternative shopping alley that still has much of it's original grungy character. Rather than Benetton, Douglas and other usual (and predictably boring) suspects, you'll find 2nd hand stores, weird T-shirts, even more weird furniture shops and specialized record stores. Among loads of bars and coffeehouses.

    Ever wondered why health /organic food stores always seem to attract people wearing hippie sandals? Here's one with an interior that could be described best as "Japanese techno".

    Another shop called "Kwik" (see link) sells a variety of items through kind of a "drive-through" counter. The idea is, that you can not simply enter the shop, try this, try that and then buy something or leave, but actually have to tell the lady behind the counter what you would like to try or have.

    Charlie the barber offers "minimal haircut" every friday from 6 - 10 p.m: "Pay want you want".

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    What to buy: One coffeehouse provides loads of newspapers to those having a coffee. What's so special you ask? The news are quite old news. Imagine you enter a café and there's some guy sitting with a newspaper which lead story reads "Allied forces land in the Normandy" - or something along that line.

    Two more tips: Oderberger Str. is a crossroad you should not miss. Same goes for the beautiful Zionskirche.

    But remember: Kastanienallee and Oderberger Str. form a refugium for the near-extinct Prenzl'berger Bohemian. It's not a place for everyone, let alone for those who won't leave their house without make-up or tie.

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  • Betty Bund: original berlin fashion designerista

    by miromi Written May 9, 2003

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    one of my ex roommates worked for this crazy company. they design lots of space-age, kitschy, uniquely berlin fashions, although I've never had enough cash to buy anything there myself. they are always having crazy fashion shows at the clubs around town

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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.

    Lidl Just Off Adenhauerplatz
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    various: Second Hand Shops

    by hundertmorgen Written Aug 7, 2005

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    Kreuzberg is a paradise when it comes down to junk items, second-hand books, second-hand clothes, hard-ware and soft-ware. Whatever you're looking for, you'll find it in one of the many shops or at the famous flea market. Practise your bargain skills at the markets and buy some silly and interesting things at shops such as the famous button shop.

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  • Spacehall: the most delicious music store

    by miromi Written Apr 16, 2003

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    My favorite store in Berlin has a basement full of vinyl, and the clerks that work there are fairly knowledgeable and can recommend good plates. I also adore the CD girls upstairs. They have an especially good selection of London stuff, but you can find most anything here! This is always nice to visit on a Saturday when going shopping in Kreuzberg, and riding my bike home with Spacehall records is one of the swellest memories I will ever have.

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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.

    Map borrowed from the store's website
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  • Schuhtick: Shoes! Shoes! Shoes!

    by sabsi Written Mar 13, 2003

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    One of my favourite shoe shops in Germany is "Schuhtick" - a fancy shop in Berlin.

    What to buy: Shoes! They have everything from stylish to classic - and most of them at a fair price!

    What to pay: This place looks more expensive than it is. You can sometimes get good bargains here!

    A Schuhtick shoe

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    Karstadt: Good quality

    by nigelw6443 Written Aug 21, 2003

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    There are many stores all over Berlin. My favourite is in Wedding.

    What to buy: A very good place to buy clothing and household. Also has a quality food and drink section offering some excellent wines.

    What to pay: Less than the KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens)

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    The Berlin Story: Unter den Linden

    by nigelw6443 Updated Oct 13, 2003

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    Sells souvenirs relating to Berlin. Has very good book selection and also some specialities from the former GDR.

    What to buy: Has great selection of books on Berlin, post cards, posters, T-shirts and other souvenirs such as cuddly toys, fridge magnets glass wear and beer steins.

    What to pay: However much you like

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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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