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 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

Europa Cen­ter

This shop­ping mall on the Ku'damm of­fers a range of goods from over 70 shops. Check out the in­ge­nious water clock de­signed by Bernard Git­ton A Satur­day walk on leafy Koll­witz­platz is a great way to ex­pe­ri­ence Berlin and do some shop­ping, both at the farm­ers’ mar­ket, where you can find un­beat­able fresh pro­duce and gourmet food, and at the many bou­tiques dot­ting the and spe­cial­iz­ing in fashion, lifestyle, and chil­dren’s items. One of our fa­vorites is Koll­witz45, which car­ries classy in­te­rior de­sign pieces that go be­yond the main­stream trends. Ev­ery item is hand­picked by owner Stephan Dass, who fo­cuses on Euro­pean brands, sus­tain­abil­ity, and high qual­ity of ma­te­ri­als. Koll­witz­platz 45. www.koll­witz45.com. T: 030 44010413.

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