DEPART­MENT STORES & MALLS

Where Berlin - - THE GUIDE -

Alexa

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

BIKINI BER­LIN

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.

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