Annabelle Mallia dis­cov­ers that some­times the best trea­sures are hid­ing right in your own neigh­bor­hood.

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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, 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. mam­sell­ber­ 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-schoko­, 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-ber­ 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...

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