Ex­tra­or­di­nary Shops

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Full of in­spi­ra­tion and cre­ativ­ity, these stores turn shop­ping into an art form. BY SOLVEIG STEINHARDT

Good shop­ping is an art. Solveig Steinhardt ex­plored Berlin‘s most in­spir­ing stores.

T here's much more to shop­ping than the lovely things you man­age to bring home, and with its edgy and cre­ative soul, Berlin is place to be for in­de­pen­dent bou­tiques and in­no­va­tive store con­cepts. Take a day off and ex­plore the city's shops, and you'll find that some­times the big­gest re­ward of your ad­ven­tures is just the at­mos­phere of the store it­self and the in­spi­ra­tion it brings. Read on for a list of our fa­vorite re­tail des­ti­na­tions in Berlin.

FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD

If there's one thing Ber­lin­ers love, it's good food. And Gold­hahn & Samp­son, with two lo­ca­tions in Char­lot­ten­burg and Prenzlauer Berg, has made it a mis­sion to cel­e­brate fine cui­sine in all its glory with a multi-func­tional con­cept cater­ing to all food fans. There are cook­books, from clas­sic vol­umes to new re­leases, se­lect cook­ing uten­sils and gad­gets, and high-qual­ity wines, pre­serves, pas­tas, and spices from all cor­ners of the world, but with an em­pha­sis on Italy and France. They also have a small cook­ing school of­fer­ing daily classes in Ger­man and English. Want to learn how to make the per­fect Apfel­strudel? Book your spot for 15 May and learn the se­crets of Ger­man bak­ing. Dunck­er­str. 9 (Prenzlauer Berg) and Wilmers­dor­fer Str. 102/103 (Char­lot­ten­burg). www.gold­hah­nund­samp­son.de

THE TEM­PLE OF ART SUP­PLIES

It's hard to leave empty handed af­ter a visit to Mo­du­lor. The three floors of ma­te­ri­als for artists, ar­chi­tects, de­sign­ers, and crafty types em­body the Ger­man tra­di­tions of writ­ing and de­sign with dizzy­ing se­lec­tions of cool pens, col­or­ful mark­ers, chalks, paints, as well as cards and let­ter paper, washi tape, rolls of fab­rics, and any­thing else your cre­ative soul might ever want, with prices rang­ing be­tween 50 cents and hun­dreds of eu­ros. All the best Ger­man brands are rep­re­sented, in­clud­ing Lamy, Faber Castell, and Sta­bilo, along­side many Ja­panese and US names. And if try­ing out a hand let­ter­ing set, pick­ing paints, or ex­plor­ing the world of ar­chi­tec­tural mod­els has made you hun­gry, you can al­ways take a break at the café, which has an in­ter­na­tional se­lec­tion of pas­tries and very good cof­fee. Prinzen­str. 85. www.mo­du­lor.de

BEAU­TI­FUL THINGS

The col­lec­tions change quickly at con­cept store Parkhaus, which car­ries ev­ery­thing

from fur­ni­ture and de­sign ob­jects to books and toys. The own­ers spend much of their time trav­el­ing the world, bring­ing back the ob­jects that best rep­re­sent their per­sonal style. The re­sult is a mix of an­tique and eth­nic fur­ni­ture, tra­di­tion­ally wo­ven rugs with col­or­ful, mod­ern de­signs, huge plants, and a gen­eral Wun­derkam­mer feel. Schröder­str. 13. www.parkhaus­ber­lin.de

IN THE GAR­DEN

It's a shop, a café, a restau­rant, and a gar­den­ing school, all un­der one glass roof – or seven, ac­tu­ally, be­cause the

Königliche Garten Akademie is housed in­side a se­ries of con­nected green­houses right next to Botanis­cher Garten in Dahlem. Rep­re­sent­ing the essence of the gar­den life­style, the Akademie of­fers hor­ti­cul­ture and English gar­den­ing classes amid a huge va­ri­ety of plants, from lush lemon trees to rare trop­i­cal cul­ti­va­tions. Two of the green­houses host the gar­den­ing shop, owned by pop­u­lar de­sign store Man­u­fac­tum (www.man­u­fac­tum.de) and stock­ing beau­ti­ful out­door fur­ni­ture and dec­o­ra­tion items along­side tools, books, seeds, bird houses, and gar­den­ing gad­gets. To com­plete the ex­pe­ri­ence, there's the café, where guests can en­joy rich brunches and de­li­cious cake un­der the trop­i­cal canopy in­side the large green­house, or out­side in the gar­den when the weather per­mits. Al­tenste­in­str. 31. www.koeniglichegarte­nakademie.de

GLOW­ING FASH­ION

Her clothes are an ex­plo­sion of col­ors in­spired by her child­hood mem­o­ries of Afghanistan. Fash­ion de­signer Beatrice von

Tresckow was born to a Ger­man fam­ily but has lived abroad all her life, spend­ing long pe­ri­ods of time in In­dia, Kabul, and South Africa un­til she set­tled in Lon­don, where she opened her first store on Por­to­bello Road. Her Berlin branch near Sav­i­gny­platz is an eye-catch­ing mix of ra­di­at­ing col­ors, iri­des­cent fab­rics, and or­nate pat­terns that at­tract passersby. Step in to try out one or two pieces, whose styles range from dressy to ev­ery­day. Leib­nizstr. 60. www.beat­ricevon­tresckow.com

WITH ALL MY HEART AND LIVER, TOO

There are two cat­e­gories of peo­ple in the world who will ap­pre­ci­ate this unique butcher's shop: the meat-ob­sessed and the ve­g­ans. Won­der­ing how Auf­schnitt's own­ers man­aged to bring to­gether such an­tipo­dal groups of in­di­vid­u­als? It's eas­ier than you think: All the meat cuts, sausages,

pork legs, and steaks are noth­ing but cush­ions. Ever dreamed of wrap­ping your baby in a blood-sausage-shaped breast­feed­ing pil­low, or sleep­ing in the sweet em­brace of a beef-steak bean­bag? Of­fal fans can rest their tired backs on a pair of stuffed lungs or kid­neys, and if their loved one's around, there's noth­ing as car­ing as of­fer­ing him a soft and ro­man­tic anatomic heart head­rest. Box­ha­gener Str. 32. www.auf­schnitt.net

KING OF CON­CEPT SHOPS

When An­dreas Murkudis founded his store in 2003, high-end, cu­rated shop­ping was just a bud­ding idea in Berlin, but his con­cept soon be­came so pop­u­lar that many im­i­ta­tors started pop­ping up all over town. Housed in a huge, bright, post-in­dus­trial space in Pots­damer Straße,

An­dreas Murkudis car­ries a se­lec­tion of chic and sleek fash­ion for men and women, both avant-garde and clas­sic, and ac­ces­sories like hand­bags and jew­elry, cos­met­ics, table­ware, and dé­cor. La­bel names include fa­mous brands like Cé­line, Dries van Noten, and Mai­son Margiela, but also smaller man­u­fac­tur­ers, which Murkudis likes to sup­port. Pots­damer Str. 81E. www.an­dreas­murkudis.com

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

Just off leafy Koll­witz­platz, de­sign store Ting com­bines the so­bri­ety of Scan­di­na­vian min­i­mal­ism with the eth­nic el­e­gance of tra­di­tional Asian crafts, of­fer­ing the best of all worlds. Browse through hand­picked kitchen­ware, lamps, sta­tionery, jew­elry, and other ac­ces­sories for the home, as well as tow­els with birch tree de­signs, pretty stool cush­ions, hexag­o­nal place mats, and jew­elry and vases by Mess­ing, and take style notes for your next home re­dec­o­ra­tion. Rykestr. 41. www.ting-shop.com

MU­SI­CAL SU­PER­MAR­KET

You don't have to be a sea­soned mu­si­cian to wor­ship Just Mu­sic, a four-story em­po­rium sell­ing any mu­si­cal de­vice you can imagine, from cel­los and gui­tars to elec­tric vi­o­lins and steel drums, metronomes, sheet mu­sic, and key­boards. In fact, you don't have to be a mu­si­cian at all, as the store even sells earplugs and noise-can­cel­ing head­phones for those who would like to re­duce the mu­sic in their lives, or who sim­ply fear for their ears when head­ing to Berghain. The kids' sec­tion has a lovely range of mu­si­cal toys for all ages, and the store is filled with mu­sic-themed gad­gets, the per­fect gifts for your mu­si­clov­ing friends. Oranien­str. 140-142. www.just­mu­sic.de

ORIGAMI PO­ETRY

In the dig­i­tal world we live in, paper has taken on a po­etic sig­nif­i­cance, and con­cept sta­tionery shop Luiban in Mitte in­tends to reawaken our love for the ana­log art of writ­ing with a cu­rated se­lec­tion of note­books, sketch­books, let­ter paper, cards, and writ­ing in­stru­ments, all from pen man­u­fac­tory and sta­tionery greats like KaWeCo and Le Ty­pographe. From pic­ture frames de­signed in Brook­lyn, to seal­ing wax made in Bern and washi tape and origami paper from Ja­pan, Luiban's prod­ucts pro­vide in­spi­ra­tion for our next writ­ing and draw­ing ad­ven­tures. Rosa-Lux­em­burg-Str. 28.

Lux­ury sta­tionery at Luiban

An­dreas Murkudis Go ld ha h n & S a m p s o n

Kö ni g lic h e G a rt e n A k a d e m i e

The "meat" counter at Auf­schnitt

Paper goods at Luiban

Shop win­dow at Ting

Just Mu­sic

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