Andreas Murkudis is a chic boutique for the fashion forward in Berlin. It features trendy clothing for men and women as well as an array of home decor, accessories, jewelry and unique gift items. The collection boasts top international brands like Jil Sander, Guidi and Giorgio Brato. A purchase guarantees a stylish addition to your wardrobe.
In 1999 Heinrich Fassbender and Wilhelm Rausch came up with Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers, one of the biggest chocolate house in the world. They prepare their chocolates and desserts only using premium cocoa without compromising on quality. They also have a bar and restaurant at the venue which serves delicious chocolate cakes and drinks along with salads and main course dishes. Their chocolate desserts offer rich visual appeal besides the luxurious textures and flavors that melt in the mouth. Fassbender & Rausch also displays scale models of famous landmarks and crafts cherubs, models, houses and other sculptures using chocolate. Do stop at their Demonstration Kitchen where expert chocolatiers will exhibit the art of preparing truffles, mold chocolates, and pralines.
If reading magazines to you means catching up on Paris Hilton’s latest social misstep, then this might not be your kind of store. At do you read me?! you’ll find a carefully culled selection of some of the best magazines in the world for art, fashion, design and the likes. However, if you’re somewhat behind the cutting edge of cultural theory, as most are, there are still numerous photography and art magazines with loads of lovely pictures waiting for you on the shelves. The prices here are a bit steeper than at your average newsstand, but that’s just the going rate for the crème de la crème.
This branch of the famous Parisian department store helps add a touch of Mediterranean elegance to the somewhat austere German capital. Situated in Friedrichstadt-Passagen shopping center on Friedrichstraße, eastern Berlin's premier shopping street, the store offers the latest fashions from cult designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin. The design of the building, with its sunlit interior and glass roof is stunning, another reason for a visit. The food hall in the basement isin the same league as KaDeWe's legendary food department and is a great place to come and slurp down a couple of fresh oysters.
Friedrichstraße is Berlin's answer to the Champs Elysées, Oxford Street and Fifth Avenue, a vibrant melting pot where history, culture, entertainment and fashion meet. Before the fall of the Wall, the southern section of Friedrichstraße was located in the West, and the northern part in the East. Beginning at Mehringplatz in Kreuzberg, the three kilometer-long (1.86 miles) street leads through the heart of the city centre, past the former border crossing at Checkpoint Charlie, to Oranienburger Tor, Berlin's pulsating nightlife district. Historically, the area around Stadtmitte underground station used to be Berlin's premier shopping district. The crossroads at Leipziger Straße were lined with swanky boutiques before wartime bombs left their deadly mark. The new shopping district is now centered around Französische Straße underground station, and includes the fabulous Galeries Lafayette, the exclusive Quartier 206 and the awe-inspiring Friedrichstadtpassagen shopping mall - three of Berlin's new architectural highlights. The northern section of the street leads into theatre town. A magnet for theatre-goers since the 19th century, visitors still pour into places like the Friedrichstadtpalast, Berliner Ensemble, Deutsches Theater and Kammerspiele.
The Ring-Center was one of the first shopping centers built in East Berlin after the fall of the Wall. Situated on the much frequented Frankfurter Allee, the shopping center houses all you need for a happy and successful day's shopping. Here you will find a number of shops selling a variety of products ranging from accessories, flowers, gift items, furniture, apparel, jewelry, toys, sport related goods and a lot more. Reputed brands such as Cosmo, Chelsea, Biba, Bonita, Depot, Weltbild, Yves Rocher and H&M have stores here. Replenish yourself with a snack from Dunkin Donuts or Hussels.
Known for her distinctly androgynous and minimalist designs, impeccable tailoring, and ingenious use of fabric, Esther Perbandt has made a name for herself amongst women of substance and style. The aesthetic behind each design is a reflection of the designer's own sense of style, creating a collection that defies definition in terms of gender. Subtle hues and clean lines characterize a collection which is composed of both clothing and accessories. Inspired by the city, empowered by experience and enriched by an artistic bent of mind, Esther Perbandt is a fashion label for those who want to make a statement. The Esther Perbandt studio in Berlin also offers custom tailoring services.
In the heart of Berlin' Mitte, Blush is an exclusive women's lingerie store that caters to the fashion-conscious buyers of the city. A brainchild of French native Claudia Kleinert, this upscale lingerie boutique stocks exquisite French-style unmentionables woven with high-grade fabrics like lace and satin. The store design is also quite quirky yet appealing, with eye masks and outlandish babydolls thrown over in different corners of the shop.
At Red Wing Shoes, you will find rugged, rough and tough American style boots that were originally made for the robust worker but have since become a style statement. The store is on the wishlist of many, but the exorbitant prices make sure they stay put on the list. However, the price is well worth the quality as the shoes will last you a lifetime and come with excellent post-purchase services. In addition to Red Wing, they also stock collections from other brands such as Stetson, Filson, Hestra and Tanner.
The original Alexanderplatz, locally called 'Alex' by Berliners, was completely flattened during World War II. Its present day appearance is a prime example of East German town planning: a huge, windswept pedestrian area surrounded by featureless 1960s high-rises. But those who are familiar with Alexanderplatz from Alfred Döblin's novel of the same name will find that none of the hustle and bustle of the square has disappeared. Alexanderplatz is still very much a commuters' thoroughfare and is regarded by locals as the true center of Berlin. Named after Russian Tsar Alexander I who visited the Prussian capital in 1805, Alexanderplatz was at the center of the mass-demonstrations which brought the Berlin Wall tumbling down in November 1989.