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.

Interior View - Baerk, Berlin, Germany

Baerk

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

Coy

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

Cruba

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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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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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 Hoffnung, Berlin, Germany

Hoffnung

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.

Apparels at Konk, Berlin, Germany

Konk

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.

Interior at Quartier 206, Berlin, Germany - courtesy Quartier

Quartier 206

The city’s top department store is Quartier 206, on Friedrichstrasse. It sells everything from Chloe and Jil Sander to Japanese jeans and T-shirts. The men’s department is equally well edited with lots of Dior Homme and European designers such as Martin Margiela and Dries Van Noten.

Merchandise at Rianna in Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Rianna in Berlin

A former stylist and fashion fanatic has opened her treasure box to shoppers. Rianna has hunted classics from the great designers for decades and carries chic throwbacks ranging from ‘60s Pucci and ‘80s Hermès.

Hat at Rike Feurstein, Berlin, Germany

Rike Feurstein

Berlin’s top hatter, Rike Feurstein, makes men’s and women’s hats for day and evening. Styles range from whimsical embellishments and witty gestures to serious avant-garde statements.

Apparels at SchwarZhogerzeil, Berlin, Germany

SchwarZhogerzeil

The super chic but cozy fashion boutique offers local and international labels for the supremely sophisticated trendster. The owner mixes luxe bohemian finds from cult brands like Isabel Marant and Cacherel with lesser known ones like Sabrina Dehoff and Isumuri Chisato.

Interior view -  Starstyling,Berlin, Germany

Starstyling

A must-visit for those shopping on the trendy Mulackstrasse in Berlin, Starstyling is a funky clothing store that has been in Mitte since 2006. The fun clothing doesn't vie to be taken too seriously and tends to be colorful, playful and laid-back, with a lot of neon and shiny embellishments adorning everything from sweatshirts to sneakers.

Exterior View - The Store at Soho House Berlin, Berlin, Germany

The Store at Soho House Berlin

Much more than a concept store, The Store at Soho House Berlin offers a thoughtful combination of casual pieces alongside upscale, designer clothing for both men and women. Along with clothing, this 30,000-square-foot space also sells records, beauty products, books and more. The café, The Store Kitchen, offers light bites and desk space for those looking to pull up a laptop. The décor is light and fresh and it is worth visiting for those looking to indulge in some shopping or to relax with a cup of coffee and a delicious, organic snack.

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Exterior view -  Ulf Haines, Berlin, Germany - courtesy Quartier

Ulf Haines

Ulf Haines stocks luxury minimalist attire from designers like Ann Demeulemeester and Stephan Schneider.

Merchandise at  Volker Lang, Berlin, Germany

Volker Lang

A well-known leather goods designer from Hamburg, Volker Lang has his Berlin shop on Mulackstrasse. You’ll find women’s clutches, handbags, laptop cases and wallets in tons of colors with a lifetime repair policy on all products.

Interior View - Walking the Cat, Berlin, Germany

Walking the Cat

Those looking for fashionable children’s wear should be sure to stop in to Walking the Cat, located on the fashionable Mulackstraße.

Apparels at Wunderkind, Berlin, Germany

Wunderkind

Here at his chic new shop, Wolfgang Joop is making a comeback with a collection of flirty and feminine clothes.

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