The An­tique Mile

An an­tique piece adds ex­tra char­ac­ter to any home. Annabelle Mal­lia and Mu­nay Zamorano took a trip back in time down “an­tique street” Suarezs­traße.

Where Berlin - - CONTENTS - BY ANNABELLE MAL­LIA

Take a trip down Suarezs­traße to look for old trea­sures or just en­joy the festvi­ties.

It all started in the early ‘70s, when un­wanted items left on the side­walk for garbage trucks would wind up on Suarezs­traße for trad­ing. Slowly, the an­tique deal­ers around town be­gan to grav­i­tate around this quiet Char­lot­ten­burg street, turn­ing it into Ber­lin’s an­tique hub. To­day, Suarezs­traße hosts more than 30 an­tique shops, sell­ing ev­ery­thing from fur­ni­ture, art, and crockery to jew­elry and cloth­ing. This unique strip of ev­ery­thing old, how­ever, is not just for the keen an­tique col­lec­tor or dealer, but also for those who fancy a flea mar­ket bar­gain or two: al­though sell­ing many valu­able items, shop own­ers have always made it their goal to main­tain a flea mar­ket at­mos­phere, at­tract­ing an­tique and retro lovers with a wide range of bud­gets.

SHOP GA­LORE

Take Ber­manns An­tiq­ui­täten (Suarezstr. 21), for ex­am­ple, where it’s ob­vi­ous the own­ers love flow­ers. They sell all sorts of hand-painted china fea­tur­ing flo­ral clus­ters and blooming metal spoons. Nearby shop Uta Döring An­tiq­ui­täten (Suarezstr. 46) also has a café so you can en­joy a cof­fee while brows­ing an­tique picks, in­clud­ing books, framed paint­ings, and porce­lain boxes to get things or­ga­nized. An­tik Cen­ter (Suarezstr. 49), the largest store in this area, has a very ob­vi­ous travel theme: vin­tage Louis Vuit­ton suit­cases and Chanel hats are dis­played amidst globes and world maps. There is also a huge cabi­net hous­ing beau­ti­ful vin­tage jew­elry. Metal fit­tings of any kind are the pas­sion of An­tik und Beschläge (Suarezstr. 53). Use them to dec­o­rate doors, chests of draw­ers, and frames in need of a facelift. The own­ers also do metal work them­selves and can copy, re­store, or adorn any fit­ting you want. De­sign 54 (Suarezstr. 54) has clas­sic fur­ni­ture from the ‘50s and ‘60s, in­clud­ing a range of lamps, dream­ily com­fort­able arm­chairs, and own­ers who know the his­tory of each piece they sell. Or visit Schöne Alte Gläser (Suarezstr. 58), which has vin­tage drink­ing ves­sels of ev­ery style and time pe­riod, from gob­lets to shot glasses and flutes, neatly sorted in shelves that go all the way up to the ceil­ing. Most of the shops don’t open un­til af­ter mid­day so it’s usu­ally best to plan an af­ter­noon visit.

LET'S CEL­E­BRATE!

To com­bine an­tique shop­ping with a cel­e­bra­tion, visit the street on 6 Septem­ber for the an­nual Suarezs­traße fes­ti­val. Clas­sic tunes and food stands guar­an­tee a festive at­mos­phere, as do the open stores with shop­keep­ers dressed in old­en­day fash­ions, each with stands spilling out onto the side­walks to sell their wares. Visi­tors can also take a tour of the old fire sta­tion, which will open its doors to show off its shiny brass pole and vin­tage fire en­gines.

An­tik Cen­ter car­ries se­lect trav­elthemed items.

Head to Ber­mann An­tiq­ui­täten for an­tique cab­i­nets and chairs.

Browse mid­cen­tury mod­ern ob­jects at De­sign 54.

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