Annabelle Mallia discovers that sometimes the best treasures are hiding right in your own neighborhood.
Hidden treasures in the beautiful Schöneberg neighborhood.
The late and revered David Bowie wasn’t the only one drawn to the allure of Schöneberg. The district was also the stomping grounds of 1920s movie star Marlene Dietrich, and Nick Cave would while away his nights at Café M on Goltzstraße, West Berlin’s party hotspot in
the 1980s. The clubs have since moved to the trendier east, but the popular street remains an urban oasis of cafés, bars, and plenty of small shops.
A treasure trove for well-preserved pieces from the past centuries is Mimi Textile
Antiquitäten (Goltzstr. 5, www.mimi.berlin), selling original lace petticoats, vintage dresses, and Gobelin and beaded clutches, all displayed in décor reminiscent of a Roaring Twenties boudoir. For modern fashion, don’t go past the Shoeting Berlin boutique and shoe store next door (no. 1, www.shoeting. de), with stunning collections from European designers including FLY London, Sessun, and Sixton.
Immerse yourself in the ultimate tea culture at Tee Tea Thé (no. 2, www.shop. teeteathe.de). The café has a menu of more than 250 tea blends, but the real draw is the shop, with hundreds of teacups, teapots, and canisters, many featuring exquisite Asian designs. Behind the counter is also a selection of premium blends, including the famous Prince Vladimir from Kusmi Tea. The window display at
Mamsell (no. 48, www. mamsellberlin.de) is just a taste of what lies inside. Specializing in all things sweet, they have a cabinet full of chocolate, a café serving up delicious treats, and a little shop at the back with the prettiest collection of kitchen accessories, including Greengate crockery and many items from Berlin designers. Equally impressive is Winterfeldt
Schokoladen (no. 23, www. winterfeldt-schokoladen.de), an old pharmacy turned chocolate heaven, specializing in organic and fair-trade treats and carrying a selection of the best Italian chocolates. A bit further down the road is colorful design and gift shop Mobilien (no. 13B, www. mobilien-berlin.de). Its quirky take on everyday items for the home, such as a poodle soap dispenser or carrot sharpener, many from French design emporium Pylones (also see p. 22), will bring a smile to your face. The Angela Merkel citrus juicer and the wooden TV-Tower stacking toy also make for fabulous souvenir ideas. And if you’re around on a Saturday, don’t miss Berlin’s largest weekly market on nearby Winterfeldtplatz. The finest bakers, sausage makers, cheese mongers, and fish smokers keep the locals well fed, and the mix of nonedible wares ranges from handmade jewelry to leather baby booties.
Clockwise from left: A playful table arrangement by Mamsell; Select chocolate bars at Winterfeld Schokoladen; The interior at Tee Tea Thé. Inset, below: A cork screw by Pylones. Clockwise from top left: A playful table arrangement by Mamsell; The praline counter at Winterfeld Schokoladen; The interior at Tee Tea Thé.