LUXE City Guides - Berlin - - Shopping Itineraries -

The city’s new cen­tre is heav­ing with oh-so-hot fash­ion and the peo­ple who de­sign, wear and sell it (who are also those who party till dawn, so en­joy that ex­tra ’tail at Bebel, and start this itin af­ter noon)

Take the U-bahn to Rosa-lux­em­burg-platz to kick off this voy­age of hip at the cnr of Rosa-lux­em­burg-str. (R-L-STR.) and Alm­stadt­str. for Pro Qm at #48 Alm­stadt­str. (see Stand. Stores) to find outré tomes and mags on de­sign, art and archi. Skip out left then take the next left into Hirten­str. Tot­ter down to meet R-L-STR., and cross it for lo­cal sweetie Rike Feurstein at #28 / 922 596 69 / rike­feurstein.com / can­dy­hued hats in clas­sic sil­hou­ettes; and cult, bio skin­care and fra­grances by Juli­sis, Nasen­gold et al. at Breathe / 243 425 77 / two doors down. Exit left for racy, lacy knicks n’ un­der­things at #22 Blush / 280 935 80, across the street is Trüf­felschwein / 702 212 25 / with gear for the util­i­tar­i­an­prep hy­brid man. Shuf­fle on down, pass­ing Lux 11 (see Ac­com.) with Beate Kahlcke’s Aveda Hairspa / 280 919 18, and alpine Ital­ian eats at casj-chic Luchs / 247 816 56, be­fore ar­riv­ing at Ulf Haines / #9 / 747 865 77 / for global fash­ion for­ward gear (m/w). Opp. is Cash at #11, a tiny cache of high-end vin­tage garb. Exit left and fol­low the street round the cor­ner of Memhard­str. and R-L-STR., where there’s a big, empty, white shopfront – that’s Apart­ment / Memhard­str. 8 / 280 422 51 / apart­ment­ber­lin.de. En­ter and take the spiral stairs down to one of the city’s fore­fa­thers of edgy mul­ti­l­abel retail. Climb out, cross Memhard­str. and con­tinue down R-L-STR. for hand­made metal and cel­lu­lose eye­wear at Ber­lin brand Mykita at #6 / 673 087 15 / mykita.com. Exit right, cross the street and make a left onto Münzstr., then twirl right into Alm­stadt­str. where you’ll find Oliv at #8 on the cnr for a latte, then on the left at #1 is AM Magazin, the wom­enswear out­let of con­cept-store mas­ter­mind An­dreas Murkudis stock­ing off-sea­son Cé­line, Margiela etc. Pop next door for Es­ther Per­bandt at #3 / 885 367 91 / es­ther­per­bandt.com / with struc­tured avant-garde cuts in black, grey and white, then carry on to #7 for lo­cal de­sign­ers Tiedeken / 240 473 80 / and Rob-ert / 240 473 83 / rob-ert.com / who share the space, the for­mer of­fer­ing re­laxed threads with un­con­ven­tional twists, and the lat­ter sophisty fem an­gles. Exit right, back to Münzstr., cross the street and turn right, then left at Rochstr., for Cinque at #1 on the right / 280 999 99 / a Ger­man love af­fair with Ital­ian style (m/w); a few doors down is cosy lit­tle Lebens­mit­tel in Mitte at #2 / 275 961 30 / closed Sun / for South Deutsch­land com­fort eats that has the kool kids coo­ing. Carry on down the street for Wood Wood at #4 / 280 478 77 / funky t-shirts, skinny jeans and flo­ral-print an­kle boots, then cross and pay a visit to No. 8 Store at #18 / 818 083 00 / with its rows of party-ready sandals and calf­skin boots (m/w). Exit right, then left back on Münzstr., and left again into the court­yard at #21, where An­drea Murkudis’ / an­dreas­murkudis.net / Ba­len­ci­aga-stuffed menswear bou­tique is stylishly tucked away. Zip back out to the street, turn left and at the junc­tion, pivot right to cross Münzstr. and go straight up Alte Schön­hauser Str. On the right, in­side the court­yard at #33/34 is Wax in the City (see Spa). / cont’d

At #35, Broke + Schön’s / 510 559 13 / on-trend hip­ster cache (w) awaits, and if you’ve made a book­ing, pop to #46 and note soup-er Mon­sieur Vuong (see Lunch). Dash opp. for vin­tage-in­spired tweed suits (m/w) by Herr von Eden at #14 / 240 486 82, then exit left and gal­lop into Filippa K / 240 487 78 / on the cnr of Mu­lack­str. for ur­ban threads in clean, Swedish lines. Tuck a left com­ing out, down Mu­lack­str. and sam­ple splen­dif­er­ous green tea cheese­cake at #33 Mamecha / 288 842 64 / mamecha.com. Exit right, then twirl into the court­yard at #37 for Das Neue Schwartz / 278 744 67, a trea­sure trove of vin­tage la­bel m/w togs plus dé­cor and col­lectibles. Back out onto the street, cross to the left for airy fairy can­dyfloss threads at #7 Lala / 257 629 24 / cnr Rück­er­str., dar­ing m/w knits from pi­o­neer Clau­dia Skoda at #8 / 400 418 84, home­grown de­sign­ers at #12 Baerck / 240 489 94, and dainty sta­tionery stop RSVP at #14 / 280 946 44. Cross back over for fash­ion for­ward glamwear at #26 C’est Tout / 275 955 30, and edgy wom­enswear at #28 Schwartzhogerzeil / 288 738 68. Al­most done! Pot­ter on, then hang a left into Gor­mannstr. to find sty­ley leather bags and cute baubles at #8-9 Heck­ing / 280 475 28 / closed Tue, then cont. to meet Ste­in­str. and turn left for arty min­i­mal gear (m/w) at #26 YUU / 537 993 93 / on the right. So hun­gry you could eat your own handbag, lightly grilled and tossed in a salad? At the end of the street, say hallo to Alte Schön­hauser Str. again, cross it and turn left, bound­ing back into M. Vuong’s open arms. Pho-ry good!

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