Interior View - AM Möbel und Architektur, Berlin, Germany

AM Möbel und Architektur

Innovative tastemaker Andreas Murkudis is at it again with the opening of a high-end concept store, which launched in 2015. It is located just around the corner from his 10,000-square-foot flagship (which focuses on fashion, accessories and beauty products) in an up-and-coming area bordering Potsdamer Platz; though it’s a bit of a hike from where you’re likely staying in Mitte, a number of fantastic art galleries have recently begun sprouting up in the neighborhood. At this new venture, it’s all about design; AM Möbel und Architektur displays a fastidiously curated array of interior products, including luxe Italian linens, delicate ceramics, and handmade furniture and lighting. While local residents can take advantage of the individual services—a team of architects and interior designers is on hand—those visiting Berlin can rest assured that they’ll find something small to take home, such as an exquisite porcelain vase by LINCK KERAMIK.

Interior view - Andreas Murkudis, Berlin, Germany - courtesy Andreas Murkudis

Andreas Murkudis

The high-end boutique of concept store impresario Andreas Murkudis used to occupy a choice courtyard near the Hackesche Höfe. In 2011, Murkudis moved the entire production into an underdeveloped area miles off the well-trodden path. Now located in a former newspaper printing press, Murkudis’ emporium is as cool and cutting-edge as ever, with a well-edited assortment of fashion, accessories, design and beauty products. It’s all extremely high-end and both design- and fashion-conscious men and women will be very happy here (though you best take a taxi from your hotel).

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Merchandise at  Anuschka Hoevener, Berlin, Germany

Anuschka Hoevener

Anuschka Hoevener creates modern pieces with feminine touches; each is handmade and features unique details like ruffles on the shoulder of a fitted top and a brightly colored lining peeking out from under a tailored skirt. If you’re looking for something that no one else back in the States will have, this is an ideal place to discover it.

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This former textile factory has been transformed into a hip and trendy neighborhood. The loft-like space of the Apartment includes a wine bar and boutique and live music.

Interior View - Baerk, Berlin, Germany


Like a mini Colette in Berlin, this shop on Mitte’s great shopping street sells both local and international designers, including Stine Goya and Vanessa Baroni.

Interior View - Bikini Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Bikini Berlin

Until this concept mall opened in 2014, all of the avant-garde shopping in Berlin was centered in the former East in neighborhoods such as Mitte. Hipsters and cool hunters would rarely venture into the staid former West Berlin, but now thanks to Neni on top of the 25hours Hotel and the pop-up shops in the Bikini Mall, this is a popular hangout and a one-stop-shop for contemporary German fashion. On the ground floor, 20 giant wooden boxes contain temporary retail outlets whose exhibitors may soon graduate to more permanent spaces in the multistory mall. In addition to its shops and cafés, the mall boasts incredible views directly into the baboon exhibit of the Berlin Zoo from both the indoor public spaces as well as the terraced outdoor area that leads to the 25hours Hotel. The more established brands like Andreas Murkudis and Aspesi are on the higher floors.

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Interior  view - Claudia Skoda, Berlin, Germany - Courtsey Claudia Skoda

Claudia Skoda

An icon of Berlin fashion, Claudia Skoda can claim to be part of the original Berlin underground scene and channels her inner ‘60s child even today. Among her claims to fame are having partied with Iggy Pop and David Bowie. She is best known for her knitwear, which may conjure an edgier Missoni meets Norma Kamali. She was the first to create knitted jeans, so prepare to be surprised and find unusual only-in-Berlin fashions.

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Exterior View - Coy, Berlin, Germany


A hat gallery of one-of-a-kind hats that owner Cornelia Plotzki considers art to wear. If you don’t see what you want, consult with the designer on premises.


Apparels at Cruba, Berlin, Germany


Mira Becker, the designer behind Cruba, studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and has brought a sophisticated sensibility to the avant-garde Berlin fashion scene. Working with cashmere and silk, she creates architectural pieces that have the palette and texture of Malo but the modern lines of Armani.

Apparels at Das Neue Schwarz, Berlin, Germany

Das Neue Schwarz

For some of the best vintage shopping in the city head to Mitte and Das Neue Schwarz, which carries designers from Dries Van Noten and Hermès to Jil Sander.

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De Kinderwinkel

Ingrid Willekes, who is Dutch and married to an art dealer, personally chooses each piece for her collection of European-made children’s clothing, shoes and gift items. Her inventory is small but perfect

Interior view - Do You Read Me, Berlin, Germany - courtesy Do You Read Me

Do You Read Me

This incredibly well stocked bookstore and magazine purveyor reminds bibliophiles of the joy of print and photography books. It’s a wonderful spot to browse (and many of the art magazines and journals are in English).


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Interior  view - Fiona Bennett, Berlin, Germany - Courtsey Fiona Bennett

Fiona Bennett

Fiona Bennett is a fashion icon in Berlin. Her equally famous shop showcases the designer’s extravagant hats. Bennett was the official milliner for Christina Aguilera’s world tour. The store, which is open by appointment only, is close to the new outlet of Andreas Murkudis’ high-concept store.

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Interior view -  Friedrichs Lust | Schreiber + Mozedlani, Berlin, Germany - courtesy Friedrichs Lust

Friedrichs Lust | Schreiber + Mozedlani

This rabbit warren of an antiques shop is an experience to visit. Walk through what appears to be an abandoned apartment building courtyard and look for the figural silhouettes. Then take a right at the vintage boxing gloves. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of the enigmatic, wild-haired owner.

Interior at  Golem Kollektion, Berlin, Germany - Courtesy Golem Collection

Golem Kollektion

This quirky tile shop in the Hackesche Hofe sells reproduction art nouveau or Jegendstil tiles. Design aficionados and fans of the period will flip over the range and quality of floor and ceramic tiles. Individual tiles also make nice souvenirs or gifts.

Exterior at Hackesche Höfe, Berlin, Germany

Hackesche Höfe

Really trendy shoppers grumble that the Hackesche Höfe, a series of eight interconnected courtyards, have become too commercial, expensive and touristy, but for one-stop shopping for local finds they are great fun. First of all, there’s the Art Nouveau grandeur of the courts themselves, especially the beautiful façade of the first courtyard covered in glazed blue tiles. Shops include fashion, accessories, food and art, all locally designed and made (in some cases by artisans who are sitting in their ateliers at the back of the shops). Don’t miss Hoffnung, an incredible leather emporium in Courtyard 4, Schmuckwerk, a lovely jewlery atelier;  Freitag, a whimsical shop dedicated to all-things (fashionable) rain wear in Courtyard 5 and Promobo, a great collective of artisans that carries everything from trendy fashion to gorgeous leather bags. After a shopping spree here, exit the Höfe on the Sophienstrasse side and have a coffee at Barcomi’s.

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Merchandise at Heer, Berlin, Germany


It is here (no pun intended) that you will find Daniel Heer’s famous horsehair-stuffed mattresses alongside other home goods such as leather stools and tote bags. The fourth generation in his family to produce such mattresses, Heer continues the tradition of using horsehair, as it is environmentally friendly and elastic, and thus easily conforms to the spine. Used for daybeds in Berlin’s Soho House, each mattress uses the hair of 40 horses and takes around three weeks to make. You can also buy his pieces at Berlin’s iconic concept store, Andreas Murkudis.

Merchandise at Hoffnung, Berlin, Germany


This fabulous belt store in the Hackesche Hofe courtyard complex will inspire cravings that you didn’t know you had for leather belts. Skins of all kinds and colors hang along the walls and you can choose from an amazing assortment of buckles. Customers can watch the master leather worker fashioning custom pieces right in the shop.

Interior  view - Hut Up, Berlin, Germany - Credit E. Schwarze

Hut Up

Christine Berkle fell in love with felt and from her inspired creations a fashion label emerged. Her spare and airy boutique just behind Augustrasse sells her one-of-a-kind pieces and collections. She has home and baby collections as well, including adorable felt booties and toys, but her clothes and accessories are the most interesting.

Interior  view -  Isobel Gowdie, Berlin, Germany - Courtsey  Isobel Gowdie

Isobel Gowdie

This is one of the top spots to find vintage clothing mixed in with new German designs and contemporary art. Among the labels carried are Isabel Marant, Dries van Noten and Missoni.

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This goldsmith shop feels more like a workroom than a boutique. For those who want to find artisan pieces and know exactly where they were made, this is a good stop.

Exterior  view - Kaufhaus des Westens (KDW), Berlin, Germany

Kaufhaus des Westens (KDW)

Berlin’s historic Kaufhaus des Westens (known as KaDeWe) is Berlin’s version of the Galeries Lafayette or Harvey Nichols. You won’t find anything that novel in the fashion, accessories and beauty floors, but it’s worth exploring the immense culinary offerings on the sixth floor. As someone who has explored food courts in New York, Tokyo and Paris, I didn’t think I would be impressed, but KaDeWe holds its own with the best: the chocolate section alone is worth the journey (you can pick up fabulous gourmet gifts here) and the seventh floor café, with an enormous window overlooking the city, is a good place for a bite and drink to refuel.

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Apparels at Konk, Berlin, Germany


This boutique just off of Augustrasse sells men’s and women’s clothing from cool Berlin designers like C. Neoon and Kaviar Gauche. The space feels like an art gallery and clothes manage to merge edgy and flirty. It is very Berlin.

Apparels at  Lala Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Lala Berlin

Stocked with cashmere and hand-combed Egyptian-cotton sweaters, T-shirts and scarves, Lala Berlin offers urban, feminine styles. Owned by Leyla Piedayesh, a former MTV editor, this charming boutique inspires browsing and trying on the lovely clothes. Lala comes from Leyla’s nickname and her cozy wares have become staples for stars like Claudia Schiffer and Heidi Klum as well as many well-dressed Berliners. Take a break at The Barn or Clärchens Ballhaus after a shopping spree.

Merchandise at   Lil Shop, Berlin, Germany - Courtsey  Lil Shop

Lil Shop

Lil Shop stocks a quirky mix of new and vintage items from Japanese brand Comme des Garçons.

Table at Luiban Papeterie, Berlin, Germany

Luiban Papeterie

A mecca for those who love paper goods, this colorful little shop in Mitte sells everything from cards and envelopes to journals, pens and folders.

Interior at Lumas Editions Gallery, Berlin, Germany - Courtesy Lumas

Lumas Editions Gallery

If you’re thinking of adding to a fine-art photography collection, make your way to one of two Lumas Editions galleries with limited-edition works by both big hitters like Nan Goldin and Bernd and Hilla Becher and up-and-comers like Mauren Brodbeck. You may be surprised at how affordable some of the photography is: less expensive than a night in a hotel. There's a second outpost in Charlottenburg (Fasanenstrasse 73).


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