When you visit a large city like Berlin, it is likely that an afternoon of shopping is part of your schedule. After several days of history and sightseeing it might be good to do something else for a change. In the end, shopping in a foreign country is a lot more fun because of the different atmosphere, prices and shops you do not have back home. For those who love to go shopping we have good news: There are plenty of great areas to go shopping in Berlin and this article is fully dedicated to these areas.
Almost 70 shopping-centers in Berlin
As we write this article (November 2018), there are 69 different shopping-centers in Berlin. This means that Berlin is a great city for all shopping-lovers: There are enough shops, you do not have to travel far to reach a center and the competition between the shops will make sure you will get some discounts. Because the shopping-areas differ quite a lot from each other we have listed our favourite places to go shopping in Berlin. If you like reduced prices, you can also go and check out the outlet in Spandau by the way.
You can either click on one of the links below or scroll down and discover all possibilities for a nice afternoon of shopping in Berlin:
- 1. Alexa Shopping Center
- 2. Kurfürstendamm (+ KaDeWe)
- 3. Mall of Berlin
- 4. Hackescher Markt
- 5. East Side Mall
- 6. Friedrichsstraße
- 7. Schlossstrasse (Boulevard Berlin)
Although we just had a beautiful summer, the weather in Berlin can be rather cold in most months of the year. On these days it is pleasant to go shopping in an indoor shopping-center. On walking distance of station Alexanderplatz you can visit a shopping-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.
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. Because almost all train and metro-lines are passing this station it is easy to reach this shopping-center from all sides of the city. Besides that Alexa offers 180 different stores which are all divided over three different floors. This means you will never have to walk very far to get from one shop to another. With shops like Intersport, Tommy Hillfiger, Quicksilver, Northface, Mango, Mediamarkt and Levi’s there is a nice range of shops for all ages and interests.
When you get hungry or thirsty during the shopping, you can always take a rest at the foodcourt of Alexa which offers 17 different restaurants. On a normal Saturday Alexa it can get pretty crowded inside the Alexa but fortunately the shopping mall is open from 10.00 till 21.00 so there will be plenty of time to avoid the busy hours.
If you are looking for a convenient place to go shopping in Berlin, Alexa is definitely an option to consider.
Name: Alexa shopping center
Address: Grunerstraße 20, 10179 Berlin
Opening-Hours: 10.00 – 21.00
Public Transport: Alexanderplatz or Jannowitzbrücke
Website: Website Alexa
Amount of shops: 180
Example of shops: Mediamarkt, Zara, Esprit, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, Edeka, Bijou Brigitte, Billabong, Quicksilver, Northface, Vero Moda, Mango, Levi’s and many more
2. Kurfürstendamm (+ KaDeWe)
In the west of Berlin, in the district Charlottenburg to be precise, a famous street called Kurfürstendamm can be found. This street has a very rich history: Many songs, movies and stories were inspired by this street and there are plenty of interesting buildings and touristic attractions around. Besides all that, you can visit this part of Berlin for a nice afternoon of shopping. You can choose between about 100 different shops and especially the large department stores KaDeWe and Peek&Cloppenburg are a paradise for shopaholics. In the streets surrounding this area you can find many nice restaurants and a visit to the Gedächtniskirche is also something you should put on your bucket-list. All in all plenty of reasons to visit the Kurfürstendamm.
An experience by itself: 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 different 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 and a must-see is the sixth floor with its delicacies from all over the world
In the winter you can combine the lovely Christmas Market directly at Kurfürstendamm with shopping here.
Compared to shopping malls like Mall of Berlin and Alexa you will not be able to shop as effective at Kurfürstendamm but the atmosphere is way better if you ask me. Something you should also keep in mind is the fact that most of the Kurfürstendamm is outside so if the weather is bad you might want to consider visiting a mall.
Address: Kurfürstendamm & Tauentzienstraße
Opening Hours:: Most shops between 11.00 – 19.00
Public Transport: U-Bahn Wittenbergplatz or S+U-Bahn Zoologischer Garten.
Amount of shops: +/- 100
Example of shops: KaDeWe, Peek&Cloppenburg, Karstadt, Fanshop Hertha Bsc, Nikeshop Berlin, The body shop, Douglas, Timberland, C&A, H&M, Zara and many more
3. 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 big and offers more than 270 shops. With large clothing-brands like Guess, Hugo Boss, Armani, Replay, G-Star and Levi’s this is paradise for everybody who loves to go shopping in Berlin. Obviously you can also find other products than clothing here: Saturn, Christ, Depot, Fossil, Deichmann are just a few other shops which you can find here.
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. Besides that you can also visit the Jewish Memorial, the Sony Center and even a large casino in this area of Berlin.
Name: Mall of Berlin
Address: Leipziger Pl. 12, 10117 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
4. Hackescher Markt
One of our personal favourites to go shopping in Berlin is still Hackescher Markt. Although there are not as much shops as in the Alexa or Mall of Berlin, the atmosphere is definitely great over here. On the large square in front of station Hackescher Markt where you can find a small market every Saturday and there are also some nice restaurants on this square. When you walk a bit further in the direction of Rosenthaler Straße you will find many intersting clothing-brands like RayBan, Oakley, Fossil, Adidas, Energy, Scotch and Soda, Diesel and many more. Just like Friedrichstrasse focuses more on exclusive brands, Hackescher Markt is perfect for young people.
Many nice restaurants and bars
Besides some nice shops there are also some very nice restaurants in the streets surrounding Hackescher Markt. There is a nice tapas place called Yosoy and one of our favourite Vietnamese places in Berlin is called Manngo and also not far from the station. All in all we just really like the atmosphere here. And if you did not find what you were looking for it is just one stop by train to reach Alexanderplatz.
With its central location, its cosy restaurants and the many interesting shops Hackescher Markt most definitely belongs in this list of best places to go shopping in Berlin.
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.
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. Obviously everything looks very new and shiny right now so it is definitely a good idea to check this mall out soon.
Mix of shops and modern restaurants
Besides the benefits mentioned above, the East Side Mall also offers some very nice restaurants. Inside the mall itself you can find the usual foodcourt with chains like Vapiano, Nordsee and Starbucks. Outside, when you find your way in the direction of the Mercedes Benz Platz you will be able to have a lovely hamburger in places like Hans im Glück or Five Guys.
It is possible to combine a visit to the East Side Mall with watching a sport-match of ALBA Berlin (Basketball) or the Berliner Eisbären (Ice-Hockey) inside the Mercedes Benz Arena. Besides that the East Side Gallery is just a small walk away from the exit of this mall.
Name: East Side Mall
Address: Tamara-Danz-Straße 11, 10243 Berlin
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
As a visitor of Berlin, you might be interested in combining shopping in Berlin with some of its touristic attractions. If this is the case you should consider visiting the Friedrichstrasse. This street is closely related to the rich history of Berlin and the Second World War. This means you can combine shopping with visiting places like Checkpoint Charlie (U-Bahn station: Kochstrasse), Brandenburger Tor or even see pieces of the Berliner Wall.
Exclusive and expensive shops
But this article should be related to shopping so lets get to it: Friedrichstrasse is known for offering some of the most 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: 60-70
Example of shops: Hugo Boss, Galeries Lafayette, Escada, Gucci, Breitling, Emporio Armani, Dussmann Kulturkaufhaus and more
7. Schlossstrasse (Boulevard Berlin)
As the last name in the list of shopping areas in Berlin, the Schlossstrasse can not be missed out. Compared to the other shopping areas, this shopping area is located a little further from the center. Steglitz is 12,5km away from Alexanderplatz. The good thing about travelling this distance can be that it will not be as crowded and expensive to park. Besides some shops outside in the Schlossstraße, the mall Berlin Boulevard offers plenty of interestingbrands and shops. From G-Star to Mexx and from Zara to Hollister, all can be found in Berlin Boulevard.
Less touristic part of Berlin
As mentioned above, it can be a great idea to visit this part of Berlin in the main touristic-season. During these times the malls above can be very crowded. So if you really just want to focus on the shopping itself, you could consider driving to Boulevard Berlin. Or maybe you are already located in the south of Berlin and this place fits you very well anyway. Just like all the other malls in this article, the Boulevard Berlin offers a small foodcourt with the usual fastfood-options.
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 en meer
Summary of shopping-areas in Berlin
As you can see in the list above, there are many possibilities if you want to go shopping in Berlin. The most suitable location depends on your motivation: If you want to do some real shopping for a few hours I would advice to visit Alexa, Mall of Berlin or the East Side Mall. If you want to combine shopping with visiting some sights, you can better visit Friedrichstrasse or Kurfürstendamm. Hackescher Markt is one of the best locations to have a drink and some food. One last tip If you want to bring home some souvenirs you can read about some great Berlin Souvenirs here.