DEPARTMENT STORES & MALLS
Hardcore shoppers love this mall for its sheer size, with over 180 stores spread over five levels. Highstreet retailers are well represented, and a large food court obliges when hunger overwhelms your desire to shop. www.alexacentre.com. Grunerstr. 20. T: 030.269340121. S+U Alexanderplatz. F3
Opened in April 2014, BIKINI BERLIN is an extraordinary urban market square that exemplifies the idea of mixed- use space. Amid the mixture of public and commercial endeavors, the striking rooftop the size of a football field offers sensational views of Tiergarten and access to a plethora of restaurants and shopping attractions. www.bikiniberlin.de. Budapester Str. 42-50. T: 030.55496425. S+U Zoologischer Garten. C4
Designer Outlet Berlin
Your favourite designer brands with discounts up to 70 percent, at just 30 minutes from the city center. Also features cafes and restaurants, a children’s play area, free parking and more that 100 international brands. Shuttle bus from center on Fri-Sat. Bring a copy of Where Berlin to the office and get a further 10% off. Mon–Thu 10am–7pm, Fri and Sat to 8pm. www.designeroutletberlin.com. Alter Spandauer Weg 1. T: 033234.9040. Take the regional train to Elstal. Off Map “Shop local” has been a growing consumer mantra in recent years, refering to everything from organic, farm-fresh produce to local wine, cheese, and handicrafts. When it comes to Berlin style, there’s no better place to discover homegrown designs than at Konk, a small boutique in the heart of Mitte’s fashion district that is passionately dedicated to supporting area designers of fashion, jewelry, and accessories. Owner Edda Mann is passionate about seeking out new talents, a mission that results in a regularly rotating selection of stock, although several designers have become Konk staples: Isabell de Hillerin creates understated yet elegant womenswear influenced by her native Romania, while ANNTIAN is known for bold and edgy tunics and trousers as well as handmade fabric prints. Stay warm with luxuriously soft cashmere headbands by Casimier, or take home pretty souvenirs like handcrafted brass earrings by Elizabeth Leflar and striking “lace” jewelry from the InLace label, crafted out of metal chains and bright thread.