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.
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.
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.
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.