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"Fashion is in the state of Flux"
Ankle boots: Fendi
I want wish all my lovely readers a merry Christmas, may it be a peaceful one!
Knit dress: COS
Horse riding boots: Ann Demeulemeester
Wool tights: COS
Bag and circle scarf: All Saints
Leather gloves: Vagabond
Wool vest: Pour
Pleather pants: H&M
Platform ankle boots: Vagabond
Necklace as a bracelet: Lindex
Canon EOS 500D
Riding boots: Ann Demeulemeester
Bag: All Saints / Spital Fields
One may not think so but but Berlin is truly a great place to go shopping. We mainly shopped in the old Eastern side (around Mitte), since the most interesting boutiques could be found from there. The best shops were all around the Rosa-Luxemburg Platz, so for all you serious fashion hunters, that's the best place to start.
I really liked a store called Apartment (don't let the upstairs gallery like open space with a pink cube fool you, the actual store is located downstairs) and it's side store Cash which sells second hand and second season high fashion (I got my Ann Demeulemeester horse riding boots there for a really great deal!). Andreas Murkudis and Ulf Haines are for those interested high fashion as well, I scored an amazing Ann Demeulemeester silk top from the latter. For men I highly recommend checking out Darklands; a very dark and minimalistic boutique with excellent service (many thanks to Campbell!). They carry brands like Julius, the Viridi Anne, Damir Doma and my friend's label Obscur. If you're more into mid-priced fashion, COS and All Saints are excellent choices offering quality garments with affordable prices for both men and women. Personally I could have cleared the whole COS, every single piece was like made for my wardrobe.
However, if you want to visit the West side and are more of a commercial fashion lover, Kurfurstendamm (or simply KuDamm) shopping street will be something to see. My favorite place there didn't have actually anything to do with fashion, as it was the the food department of KaDeWe, one of the biggest department stores in Europe.
If arts and culture are more your thing, Berlin has a lot to offer: just follow the banana figures to spot out the best art galleries around the city. For those interested in magazines and periodicals, Do you read me? offers about the every publication you can imagine covering arts, fashion and interior design. For record hunters I would recommend checking out the Record Store (Brunnenstrasse 186) or Mr Dead and Mrs Free.
When you're caught by thirst or hunger whilst shopping, don't worry, cute coffee shops are almost around every corner and food is fairly cheap even in the fancier restaurants. If you want to try something local and moderately priced, order a chicken snitzel and a pint of Berliner pilsner for example at an athmospheric bar/restaurant called Adebar.
Due to the location of shops and nightlife, I recommend getting a hotel from the Eastern side of the town. Our hotel, hotel Leonardo was situated on the West side which was about 20 minutes away from the Alexanderplatz. The hotel was excellent and quite close to the Tegel airpot but next time we're definitely staying in the East, just to be closer to all the action.
Unfortunately we didn't have time nor energy to check out he famous club scene of Berlin but I think that it will be covered during our New Year's trip - more than it's actually necessary. Can't wait! Also, auf wiedersehen Berlin, mein Liebe!
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My absolute favorite area was the rough East side: the art galleries, beautiful yet decadent buildings, street art and all the amazing boutiques made me instantly fall in love with Berlin. It's no wonder that only a few days after our trip, I found myself booking flights to go over there for the New Year celebration.
The last time I was in Berlin was almost 15 years ago, and a lot has changed since. I have always been interested in the history of Berlin and we were lucky because we happened to arrive there during a very historical weekend; thousands of Berliners were celebrating the 20th anniversary of the "Mauerfall", the fall of the wall that once separated the East and West. There were lots of open air expos with street art and pictures, and even though I'm not German, it was a very emotional experience being in the middle of it all.
Naturally, visiting tourist attractions was part of our agenda. I highly recommend the Bauhaus museum where you can see the famous German architecture and design work, Checkpoint Charlie where East meets West, the grey and massive Alexanderplatz, and the East Side Gallery featuring art on the Berlin wall. I also heard that the DDR museum is pretty interesting, though we didn't have the time to visit it last time but will definitely check it out next time.
The fastest and the cheapest way to move around the city is to take the metro (U-bahn). Berlin is one of the safest cities in central Europe, so moving around day or night time was never a dubious. Taxis were also fairly cheap and are probably the best way to get to the airport if you are carrying heavy luggage.
More about Berlin in the next post, stay tuned!