Bring­ing Ber­lin Home

There’s so much more out there than key rings with vin­tage traf­fic light sym­bols and pull-back model Tra­bants. Solveig Stein­hardt made a list of easy-to-find "only-in-Ber­lin" sou­venirs you can treat your friends or your­self to.

Where Berlin - - CONTENTS - BY SOLVEIG STEIN­HARDT

Un­usual "only-in-Ber­lin" sou­venirs – or lit­tle cul­tural tro­phies.

The de­sire to col­lect me­men­tos has ac­com­pa­nied us since the be­gin­ning of time. When Marco Polo landed back in Venice af­ter his ex­pe­di­tion in China, he was most prob­a­bly wear­ing a silk scarf and hold­ing a Ming vase, while the up­per-class English­men who trav­eled Europe in the Grand Tour liked to col­lect all kinds of an­tiq­ui­ties and arche­o­log­i­cal trea­sures as keep­sakes of the cities vis­ited, some­times af­ter loot­ing the tombs with their own hands. On a more per­sonal, ev­ery­day level, a sou­venir is like a lit­tle tro­phy sym­bol­iz­ing that slice of the world we’ve just con­quered, be it geo­graphic or cul­tural. But you don't have to break the bank in a sou­venir shop to for great re­minders of your trip: the right item might be closer than you think. Read on and get in­spired!

1 Gum­mibärchen of course! Th­ese Ber­lin-bear-shaped jelly ba­bies are the per­fect gift for kids and adults alike. Bring back a bag of KaDeWe-branded ones (www.kadewe.de), made with nat­u­ral fruit juice. For more Ber­lin bears of the non-ed­i­ble kind, head to KPM-Ber­lin and browse the shelves for luxury porce­lain sou­venirs in­clud­ing a Ber­lin bear dressed like the Kaiser.

2 Turk­ish de­lights: Ber­lin is Turkey’s other cap­i­tal, and the Turk­ish mar­ket on

May­bachufer in Kreuzberg (open Tue and Fri) car­ries lots of great sou­venir ideas, from pat­terned fab­rics to lokum and spices.

3 Bring back the Ber­lin spirit in a bot­tle of Ber­liner Brand­s­tifter gin (www.berliner­brand­s­tifter.com) or Our/Ber­lin vodka (www.ourber­lin.de), or get the TV Tower-shaped Ber­liner Luft schnapps. It will look great on your shelf even af­ter the pep­per­mint liquor in­side is long gone. Find it at Ga­le­ria on Alexan­der­platz.

4 Photo booth pic­tures: The B&W pho­tos from the retro ma­chines scat­tered around town are a Ber­lin hip­ster clas­sic. Wear your vin­tage clothes and take home a strip of “yous” from back in the late 1970s. There’s a ma­chine at Check­point Char­lie (Zim­mer­str. 97), and one in­side Mark­thalle Neun (Eisen­bahn­str. 42).

5 Sup­port Ber­lin’s bees! The Ber­lin­erHonig honey is made by ur­ban hobby bee­keep­ers and comes in jars bear­ing the name of the pro­ducer and neigh­bor­hood where it was made. Get it in the big­ger su­per­mar­kets.

6 With a bot­tle of Frau To­nis per­fume, hand­made with French es­sen­tial oils to re­mind you of Ber­lin, you can choose to wear Mar­lene Di­et­rich’s Pure Vi­o­let

fragrance or the ur­ban Linde Ber­lin and Eau de Ber­lin con­coc­tions (Zim­mer­str. 13).

7 Bring back some es­sen­tial bath oils from Tete­sept or Kneipp from any DM or Ross­mann drug­store: a few drops in your bath will re­lax your mus­cles and nerves, lift you up, ease a cold, re­mind you of the ocean, or trans­port you to an In­dian bazaar or a Moroc­can hamam, depend­ing on which blend you choose. They even have fizzy, colored baths and crack­ling salts for the kids.

8 Marzi­pan, the great Ger­man clas­sic. Niedereg­ger marzi­pan dipped in dark choco­late melts in your mouth and si­mul­ta­ne­ously ex­cites both the sweet and the bit­ter re­cep­tors on your tongue. Get it at Karstadt (Kur­fürs­ten­damm 231). Or visit Fass­ben­der & Rausch (fass­ben­der­rausch.de) for great choco­late.

9 Ger­man cos­met­ics are re­li­able, ef­fec­tive, and high-qual­ity. Stock up on Dr Hauschka lo­tions at KaDeWe.

10 The crafty DaWanda com­mu­nity pro­duces funky Ber­lin-themed T-shirts and prod­ucts year round. Go to www. dawanda.com to see what’s new, or visit their Snug­gery shop at Wind­schei­d­str. 18.

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