Berlin is a great place for people who love shopping. The city offers a versatile mix of shopping malls, department stores and streets with smaller boutiques. In this article we list the best areas for shopping in Berlin, a map with the exact locations and some frequently asked questions.

More than 70 shopping malls

With 70 different shopping malls you never have to travel far to go shopping in Berlin. On top of these malls there are also a bunch of outside areas like Kurfürstendamm, Friedrichstraße and Hackescher Markt. All these areas differ quite a bit when it comes to the shops, the foodcourts/restaurants, the connection and more. This article lists the best shopping areas and should make it easier to decide where to go.


1. Kurfürstendamm

In the west of Berlin, in the district Charlottenburg, the most famous shopping street of Berlin can be found. It’s called Kurfürstendamm and offers its visitors five kilometres of shopping pleasure. It’s a great mix of known brands, smaller boutiques, department stores and even a shopping mall (Europacenter). In the streets surrounding this area you can find many tasty restaurants for when you want to have a break.

Many songs, movies and books were inspired by the rich history of the Kurfürstendamm.

Shopping at Kurfürstendamm in Berlin (© berlin.de)
Shopping at Kurfürstendamm in Berlin (© berlin.de)

Authentic shopping in Berlin

Large shopping malls might have more shops per square meter but do not come close to the unique atmosphere of the Kurfürstendamm. Shopping in Berlin does not get more authentic than this. Walking around in this area is so much more fun than being inside a shopping mall. And if you really want to visit a shopping mall you can always go to the Europacenter which is located directly next to the Kurfürstendamm. One last benefit: You can combine shopping in this area with a visit to the Zoo, the Gedächtniskirche or a Christmas market.

Famous department store: KaDeWe

If you visit the Kurfürstendamm you should most definitely also visit the KaDeWe. This department store was build more than 100 years ago and is an experience by itself: With 60.000 square meters and 6 floors you can spend a good part of your shopping afternoon in this place. The products vary from cosmetics to clothing and from music to furniture. On the sixth floor you can find many extraordinary foods from all over the world.

Inside the KaDeWe
Inside the KaDeWe

Name: Kurfürstendamm
Opening Hours:: Most shops between 11.00 – 19.00
Public Transport: U-Bahn Wittenbergplatz or S+U-Bahn Zoologischer Garten.
Website: Kurfürstendamm
Amount of shops: +/- 100
Example of shops: KaDeWe, Peek&Cloppenburg, Karstadt, Fanshop Hertha Bsc, Nikeshop Berlin,  The body shop, Douglas, Armani, Timberland, C&A, Chanel, H&M, Zara and many more


If you love a proper discount you could consider visiting the Designer Outlet in Spandau. It’s like a small town with outlets of all large fashion brands.


2. Alexa

Although we just had a beautiful summer, the weather in Berlin can be rather cold in some months of the year. On these days it is pleasant to go shopping in an indoor shopping mall. On walking distance of Alexanderplatz you can visit a mall called Alexa. It offers 56.000 square meter of shops, a large foodcourt and you can even play bowling on the top-floor of the mall.

The entrance of the shopping Mall Alexa
The entrance of the shopping Mall Alexa

Convenient Shopping – Many shops close together

Alexa might not be the most authentic place to go shopping in Berlin but it is certainly a very convenient shopping area. It goes without saying that Alexanderplatz is easy to reach by both U-Bahn and S-Bahn. Besides that Alexa offers 180 different stores on three different levels. This means you will never have to walk far to get from one shop to another. With shops like Tommy Hilfiger, Quiksilver, Northface, Mango, Mediamarkt and Levi’s there is a nice range of shops for all ages and interests. A full list of shops can be found here.

The side of Alexa near Alexanderplatz
The side of Alexa near Alexanderplatz

Foodcourt with 17 restaurants

When you get hungry or thirsty during the shopping, you can always take a rest at the foodcourt. Alexa offers 17 different places to eat and plenty of chairs and tables. Alexa is open till 21.00 so you could even decide to have dinner here and do a bit of night-shopping.

Name: Alexa shopping center
Opening-Hours: 10.00 – 21.00
Public Transport: Alexanderplatz or Jannowitzbrücke
Website: Website Alexa
Amount of shops: 180
Example of shops: Tommy Hilfiger, Zara, Esprit, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, Edeka, Bijou Brigitte, Billabong, Quiksilver, Northface, Vero Moda, Mango, Levi’s and many more


3. Hackescher Markt

One of my favourite places to go shopping in Berlin is Hackescher Markt. Although the amount of shops is way lower than most shopping malls, the atmosphere is way better. If you travel to station Hackescher Markt you will arrive on a small square with some restaurant and a market every Thursday and Saturday. When you walk a bit further in the direction of Rosenthaler Straße you will find many interesting fashion brands like RayBan, Oakley, Fossil, Adidas, Energy, Scotch and Soda, Diesel and more.

The weekly market on the square of the Hackescher Markt
The weekly market on the square of the Hackescher Markt

Central location with nice restaurants and bars

Besides a bunch of nice shops and boutiques its great that there are many nice restaurants and bars close to Hackescher Markt. You can grab a good pizza, there is a cosy tapas place (YoSoy) and our favourite Vietnamese place Manngo can also be found in this area. Reaching Hackescher Markt should not be hard because it’s just one station away from Alexanderplatz.

All in all we can summarise that Hackescher Markt is perfect for people who love to do a bit of shopping and enjoy a drink with some proper food afterwards.

Name: Hackescher Markt
Address: Rosenthaler Straße
Opening-Hours: Most shops from 11.00 – 20.00
Public Transport: S-Bahn Hackescher Markt or Tram
Website: No official website
Amount of shops: 50-60
Example of shops: Scotch and Soda, Diesel, Energie, Pepe Jeans Paul Frank, Adidas, Mavi, Wesc, Strellson, Cos, Swatch, Fossil and many more.


No time for shopping? We have gathered some great Berlin Souvenirs which you can buy online without much effort.


4. Mall of Berlin

A shopping mall which was opened in September 2014 is called the Mall of Berlin. This shopping-center is located directly next to Potsdamer Platz and should therefore fit perfectly in the schedule of every visitor of Berlin. The Mall of Berlin is about 200.000 square meters and offers more than 270 different shops. With large clothing-brands like Guess, Hugo Boss, Armani, Replay, G-Star and Levi’s this is great place for people who are looking for new clothing. Obviously you can also find other products here: Saturn, Christ, Depot, Fossil, Deichmann are just a few other shops.

An impression of the Mall of Berlin
An impression of the Mall of Berlin

Largest foodcourt in Berlin

Besides plenty of shops, the Mall of Berlin offers the largest foodcourt of Berlin. You will be able to eat everything from a quick snack to a real meal inside the mall. And if this is not enough you can always walk to Potsdamer Platz to enjoy some exclusive restaurants there. If you are done with shopping it’s not hard to find your next activity nearby: The Jewish Memorial is on walking distance, there are several cinemas nearby and you can even visit a large casino at Potsdamer Platz.

Name: Mall of Berlin
Opening-Hours: 10.00 tot 21.00
Public Transport: Potsdamer Platz or Mohrenstraße
Website: Website Mall of Berlin
Amount of shops: 270
Example of shops: Esprit, H&M, C&A, Douglas, Mango, Peek & Cloppenburg, Guess, Hugo Boss, Armani, G-Star, Levi’s, Zara, Vans, Saturn, Replay, Pepe Jeans. and many more


There are 8 Sundays each year on which the shops in Berlin are open. Some shops in Hauptbahnhof are open every Sunday.

5. East Side Mall

The newest shopping Mall in Berlin was opened in October 2018 and is called the East Side Mall. This mall is located directly in front of station Warschauer Straße and therefore has a perfect location for everybody who is staying in Friedrichshain. Besides plenty of interesting shops you can find a fitness-club, a cinema, two supermarkets and even a bowling-alley here.

The shopping Mall East Side Mall
The shopping Mall East Side Mall

120 versatile shops and many nice restaurants

The East Side Mall does not have as much shops as the Mall of Berlin or Alexa but still offers many great brands like Bershka, Weeklday, Vero Moda, Monki, H&M, Rituals and more. What’s great about the Mall of Berlin is that besides a foodcourt there are also many very nice restaurants closer to the Mercedes Benz Arena. You can have a lovely hamburger in places like Hans im Glück or Five Guys for example.

Inside the East Side Mall
Inside the East Side Mall

Mercedes Benz Arena and East Side Gallery

A visit to the East Side Mall can be easily combined with watching a sport-match or enjoying a concert. All of this can be found in the Mercedes Benz Arena. On the other side of the street you can find the Spree and the East Side Gallery . All in all the East Side Mall is a nice place for some shopping in Berlin.

Name: East Side Mall
Opening-Hours: 10.00 – 21.00
Public Transport: Warschauer Straße
Website: Website East Side Mall
Amount of shops: 180
Example of shops: Weekday, H&M, Saturn, Berschka, Calzedonia, Only, Jack & Jones, Vero Moda and many more


6. Friedrichstrasse

As a visitor of Berlin, you might be interested in combining shopping in Berlin with some of the touristic attractions. If this is the case you should consider visiting the Friedrichstrasse. Besides a great place for shopping, you can easily visit places like Checkpoint Charlie and Brandenburger Tor. A highlight in the winter is the Christmas market located at the Gendarmenmarkt.

Shopping Friedrichsstraße Berlin (© www.itinari.com)
Shopping Friedrichsstraße Berlin (© www.itinari.com)

Exclusive and expensive shops

But this article should be related to shopping so let us get back to that topic: Friedrichstrasse is known for offering some of the more exclusive shops in the higher price range. Brands like Gucci, Hugo Boss, Marc O’Polo and Breitling are just a few examples. There are also larger department stores like Galaries Lafayette and Dussmann. The fact that the prices are higher does not mean that Friedrichstrasse is not interesting for visitors with a smaller budget. Window-Shopping and getting inspired can be a lot of fun in this part of Berlin.

Name: Shops in the Friedrichstraße
Opening-Hours: Most shops from 10.00 – 20.00
Public Transport: Station Friedrichstrasse
Website: No official website
Amount of shops: 50-70
Example of shops: Hugo Boss, Galeries Lafayette, Escada, Gucci, Breitling, Emporio Armani, Dussmann Kulturkaufhaus and more


7. Schlossstrasse (Boulevard Berlin)

The last name in the list of shopping areas in Berlin is the Schlossstrasse. Compared to the other shopping areas, this shopping area is located a little further from the center. Steglitz is 12,5km away from Alexanderplatz but can be easily reached by public transport. During the weekends it can actually be a smart move to stay away from the crowded places in the city. Besides some shops outside in the Schlossstraße, there is also a shopping mall called Berlin Boulevard in this area. It offers brands like G-Star, Mexx, Zara, Hollister and many more.

Inside the shopping mall Boulevard Berlin (© Morgenpost)
Inside the shopping mall Boulevard Berlin (© Morgenpost)

Less touristic part of Berlin

Just like all the other malls in this article, the Boulevard Berlin offers a small foodcourt with the usual fastfood-options. The parking in this part of Berlin is a bit easier than in the center so if you want to travel by car this shopping mall could be a good option.

Name: Boulevard Berlin
Address: Schloßstraße 10, 12163 Berlin
Opening-Hours: 10.00 – 20.00
Public Transport: Schlossstrasse
Website: Website Boulevard Berlin
Amount of shops: +/- 90
Amount of shops: G-Star, Levi’s, Zara, H&M, Mexx, Hollister, Only, Gerry Weber, Karstadt, Pandora, Desigual and more


Frequently asked questions about shopping in Berlin

Below we have listed some frequently asked questions to make sure nothing stands in the way of you and the shops in Berlin. If you have any additional questions, just leave a comment.

Are shops in Berlin open on Sunday?

Unfortunately the shops in Berlin are only allowed to open their doors on 8 Sundays per year. If you do not want to wait for these shopping sundays, you can always go to Hauptbahnhof: There are a bunch of shops like Esprit, Douglas, Tamaris and Tom Tailor which are open every Sunday.

Where can I find the biggest sale in Berlin?

Just like everywhere else you can find many shops with sale in Berlin. Especially when the seasons are changing (August & February), the shops try to get rid of the previous collection and offer large discounts.

Does Berlin have outlets?

Yes, there is the Designer Outlet in Spandau which only offers clothing with discount. It’s like a small village where all shops offer large discounts.

What is the largest department store in Berlin?

The KaDeWe is the largest department store in Germany and Berlin. In our article about department stores you can read more about the largest stores in Berlin.

What should I buy in Berlin? What souvenirs should I bring home?

If you want to bring something home as a memory of Berlin, you can visit one of the souvenir-shops. Watch out that you do not buy fake parts of the wall or pay too much for your souvenirs. Or just buy them online like we suggest in our article about the nicest souvenirs from Berlin.

Author

My Name is Job and originally from the Netherlands. In 2012, a girl I met in Australia motivated me to move to Berlin. I love to share the best places, activities and events in Berlin with you on my blog.

187 Comments

  1. Hello Job,
    I am visiting from Egypt.
    I have two questions:
    1-Which mall is the one with shops offering affordable prices? is it the KaDeWe department?
    2-I wear veil “headcover” and i am a little worried about safety cause of racism. what are the places i should be avoiding?
    Thank you for taking the time to reply to all those who visited your website 🙂

    greetings from Egypt

    • Job Reply

      Hey Basma,

      thanks for the comment.

      1. KaDeWe is not a shopping mall, it’s a department store. I would also not describe their prices as very affordable.
      2. Unfortunately I cannot answer that question because I have never experienced racism like that or heard someone about it. I have seen it in the news but cannot point out a specific area where the changes are larger that it happens.

      Hope that helps a bit anyway. Have a good time in Berlin.

  2. Hi, im travelling to Berlin in june can you please tell me the best places to find vintage and second hand clothes stores?
    Thank you

    • Hey Ada,

      a great place to visit if you like second-hand clothing would be Humana. There is one on walking distance from Alexanderplatz.

      Just google it and you will find it.

      Have fun!

  3. hi

    I am Surafel from Ethiopia visiting Berlin.Thanks for your Recommendations.
    I was looking for a place where i can buy loud speakers(used or New), if you know a place other than Saturn and media M.

  4. Hi.Will be visiting Berlin in second week of December.Would you advise some inexpensive (branded)shops wherein i can buy household items, clothes and beers(german made).Also would you be able to advise some knowledgeable local guide who can show and brief me about the historic places in Germany in english and their charges.

    • Hi RSS,

      The first two things can be bought in the larger department stores. Homemade beers can be bought close to Ostkreuz, at Strassenbrau.

      I am not really sure what the prices of the guides are but Google will be able to help you there.

      Have fun!

      Job

  5. Hi… Good recommendations!
    How about Flea markets? Are there any?

    • Hi Hande,

      there are still flea markets in October but less than in the summer.

      You could have a look in Mauerpark or at the Rathaus in Schöneberg. But it is probably best to check their website out before you go, just to be sure!

      Cheers!

  6. Hi Job,

    I will be visiting Berlin from the 22nd October to the 25th October. I will be staying in the Kruezberg area at Suite Novotel Potzdamer. Could you pls let me know any cheap shopping areas near about that?
    Also, wanted to know would the weather be very cold there? What kind of woollens do you recommend?

    • Hi Nam,

      the public transport in Berlin is awesome so you will be able to reach almost all shopping areas in this article within 15-30 minutes. The closest one would probably be Alexa.

      Regarding the weather: It can be quite cold in October so I would definitely take a solid jacket and some warm jumpers.

      Have fun!

  7. Amar Saraf Reply

    I am visiting Berlin from 5th to 8th October. I want to know more information about outlet malls for branded shopping. Also if I could get some guidance about the night life since i am travelling solo.

  8. hi looking for big shopping stores in germany like walmart in america

  9. Hi,
    I’m looking for Berlin’s more highend and expensive stores, where would then be the best place to shop?

  10. Hello!

    I’m looking for some cool decor shops in Berlin, like Flying Tiger or Ikea. Anyone mind sharing some places? Thanks!

    • Hi Lemonade,

      There are several Ikea’s in Berlin. I am not sure where you are staying but you can find all of them on Google Maps.

      Good luck!

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