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.