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The pin-up gal of the cap­i­tal­ist west, laden with wide Hauss­man­nian boule­vards, bal­conies and de­signer wear. Minks ready, Birkins steady... but be­fore you go, note that many shops are closed Mon.

Take the S-bahn to Sav­i­gny­platz, or have your cab drop you off at the Bleib­treustr. side of the sta­tion, and head into the sta­tion’s pas­sage­way for gema­cious baubles by Euro de­sign­ers at Ga­lerie Treykorn / Sav­i­gny­platz 13 / (see Adv. Shop.). Fin­gers n’ col­lars be­jew­elled, exit right onto Stadt­bahn­bo­gen and flut­ter to #593 Bücher­bo­gen / 318 695 11 / on your right, wedged un­der sev­eral rail­road arches, a trove of books and mags (in both Ger­man and English) to please ev­ery art, ar­chi­tec­ture and film geek and their an­klebiters. Exit right and turn right again to go un­der the rail­way tracks and you’ll be on Kne­se­beck­str., where you’ll find on the right at #27 Richter Sil­ber­schmiede / 881 21 79 / hand-beaten con­tempo sil­ver­ware and jew­ellery by a hubby and wife ar­ti­san cou­ple; then Rung.napa / 886 779 34 / is next door for a Scandi wardrobe makeover (m/w) by Mads Nør­gaard, Filippa K et al. Waltz down, twirling right at Momm­sen­str., for Pur­ple Phoenix at #4 / 889 188 22 / on the right, with a smart edit of Euro la­bels and fab footwear; Art + In­dus­try (see Stand­out Stores) on the left at #40, with vin­tage lamps, home­wares and watches, Art Deco and be­yond; then for a gem of im­mac­u­late, hand­picked C.20th de­sign furny at spine-tin­gling prices, hop op­po­site for #41 Hans-peter Jochum (see Adv. Shop.). Exit right, take the first right up Bleib­treustr. for techno-min­i­mal­ist fash (m/w) at #13 Firma / 887 085 90, then con­tinue straight on, cross­ing Kantstr., to #51 Cha­peaux Hut­mode Ber­lin / 312 09 13, a dar­ling hat-elier with gor­geous se­quined flap­per caps and feath­ered head­wear. Pop over to Pa­per & Tea at #4 / 956 154 68 / for rare cha, beaut hand­made pots and pretty pages. Exit left, turn right into Pestalozzistr., and swish on till you meet Grol­manstr., where you’ll find Art Deco at #51 / 315 062 05 / on the left, for furny, sil­ver­ware and jew­ellery, and tony din­ner spot Flo­rian (see Rest./re­laxed) two doors down. Re­trace to Kantstr., cross the street and turn left for buzzing boho haunt Sch­warzes Café at #148 / 313 80 38 / skip up­stairs for a hi-gloss, lo-fi re­pose and a fork of Vi­ta­min A via car­rot cake to prep your eyes for photo gallery Cam­era Work next door at #149 / 310 077 / in­side court­yard / and the in­tense home dé­cor gaw­ping com­ing up. Shimmy out of Cam­era Work the way you came and turn right to con­tinue down Kantstr., pass­ing sleek de­signer bath tub­ber Agape at #149 / 364 126 94, and molto blingo mo­saics at Bisazza at #150 / 310 195 50, be­fore cross­ing to the opp. side of Kantstr. for six-floor mega furny em­po­rium Stil­w­erk (see Stand­out Stores) with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional play­ers, from Kartell to hand-picked vin­tage. Exit Stil­w­erk the way you came, and cross back over Kantstr., turn­ing left this time to find swingin’ art and me­dia gang hang Paris Bar at #152 / 31 38 052 / noon-2am daily / for French bistro eats, or Ot­ten­thal at #153 / 313 31 62 / din­ner daily / for mar­ket­fresh Aus­trian clas­sics, in­clud­ing the light­est, crispi­est schnitzel in Ber­lin. Oh, go on dear, you’ve earned it.

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