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Berlin is burning, part 2

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Berlin is burning, part 2

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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Blogger Georgia said...

Hey, its a pink box of light! Cool! :)
I too, adore cute coffee shops. Sometimes I find that I really can't afford to spend 3pounds on a coffee..
It would be mine

December 6, 2009 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Anna-Maria said...

NOTE! There were some difficulties with the text part of this entry but they should be now fixed. I hope the texts are visible now for everyone. :)

Georgia: Yeah, such a great idea, huh? I love coffee shops but they do charge a lot for coffee. Or perhaps it's because I'm quite picky and like only the speciality coffees with flavoring or chai latte. :D

December 6, 2009 at 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You made Berlin, one of my list of places to go!
Love the pic of the stairs!!
And onde thing to say: Hedi Slimane!

December 6, 2009 at 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh så thats how the Darklands store look like! Good thing to know when I visit Berlin =) Did you get something?

December 7, 2009 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

First, Thx for sharing your pictures with us. As Nathalia wrote, you also just put Berlin on my wish-list of places to go.

Second, I LOVE you blog. It is amazing. I do not understand how anybody can have the imagination and possibilities of putting things together and turn it into such a wonderful composition of clothes. I admire you so much, you are beautiful and very very chic...

All the best, Anne

December 7, 2009 at 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me ollaan kyl käyty ihan samoilla mestoilla :-D

December 7, 2009 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger the gorgeous said...

I'm going to BERLIN on january! thank you for this preview!! amazing pics ;)

December 8, 2009 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Anna-Maria said...

Nathalia: You should definitely visit Berlin, it's beyond amazing. We bought that Japanse magazine with Hedi Slimane's photography, so nice!!! <3 him.

Freudiankicks: No problemo. ;) Darklands was so cool and the owner Campbell really went out of his way to help us with everything. I recommend visiting that shop, it's truly a hidden gem in the heart of Berlin! I didn't get anything directly for myself but my bf got a Viridi Anne blazer and Boris Bidjan Saberi shirt that looks a bit like the one (I assume) you're wearing on your blog's picture. ;) I will probably end up wearing it sometime hahhaa. Next time I'm probably getting something, can't wait for the discounts after new years!

Anne: I'm glad you liked the pictures, Berlin is definitely one of the best cities I've ever been! I highly recommend it to everyone. Thank you so so so much for your sweet comment, you really made my day!:) I'm speechless here...

Kamicha: Niin näköjään ollaan! Harmittaa vaan, ettei meidän aikana ollut mitään alennusta COS:n villapaidoista..hmm..Noh, mulla on uusinta kiekka uutena vuotena, can't wait!

The gorgeous: Me too! Well, for I go before new years and then I come back on the 4th. Thanks!:)

December 8, 2009 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger THE DIVINITUS said...

Went to Berlin ages ago.
Jealous of your COS shopping ;)

December 12, 2009 at 5:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh i miss germany!

December 17, 2009 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger dt8k said...

Great post!

I'm planning to go studying abroad in Berlin in the fall, and your guide will be very helpful! kiitos!

December 28, 2009 at 7:54 AM  

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