Places to Go, People to See! – #1
For consumers Berlin certainly is a great city to live: many international companies opened their stores here, tons of retailers offer their products and there is almost nothing you can’t find. The shopping streets of this city are the epitomes of modern consumerism. Those are the places where money flows. Those are the places where demand meets supply.
However lately I feel like those shopping promenades have lost their certain spark. Everything seems to be the same: the same designs that you can find in stores like ZARA and MANGO, always the same coffee from Starbucks or snack from Backwerk, the good old clothes from H&M. Being a customer in one of those stores feels like you’re part of mass-processing. It’s easy, fast and most of the time rather cheap. Individualism though falls by the wayside.
So if you’re looking for a more extravagant place to shop or drink coffee, you should know that there are many other possibilities in Berlin. There are a lot of stores which support local rising fashion talents instead of international mass consumption and there are cáfes where the coffee is still made with love. If you’re living in Berlin or simply are here for vacation, you just have to pay them a visit!
Here are four of my favourite places to go:
Mein Haus am See
If you are looking for a nice and cozy place where you can drink a cup of coffee or just simply let time pass you by, “Mein Haus am See” is the perfect café for you! This place charms with its ragtag collection of seating and vintage furnishing. It’s conveniently located in Berlin Mitte and its wall to wall windows provide the perfect foundation for people watching.
Where?: Brunnenstraße 197, 10119 Berlin
When?: 9am – open end daily – Visit: here
Are you tired of seeing your H&M clothes on twenty other people on the street? Do you yearn for more individualism? If yes, you will definitely have to pay a visit to “Konk”. Ettina Berríos-Negrón, owner of the shop, has made it her business to support Berlin-based designers. Being a designer herself, she understands the importance of promoting rising fashion talents who are often completely without a chance against retailers like Zara or H&M which sell their clothes to a much lower price due to outsourcing their production to Asia.
Where?: Hamburgerstrasse 15
When?: Mon-Sat noon-6pm – Visit: here
Everybody craves a little slice of sugary heaven from time to time. If you’re sweet tooth is calling for homey German cheesecake and jars of fruit crumble then you just have to go to the “Oliv Café” in Berlin Mitte. The service is very friendly, the coffee is delicious and it’s one of the best cafés to be on a sunny day.
Where?: Münzstrasse 8, Mitte
When?: Mon-Fri 8.30am-7pm, Sat 9.30am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm
Vintage fashion can be easily found in Berlin. Whether you go to the Mauerpark flea market or simply a specific shop, the capital has much to offer. “Sing Blackbird” is one of those vintage stores. However it does not only sell second hand accessories, shoes and jewellery, the store also has a little café area where customers can enjoy vegan food and beverages. Apart from that the shop also organizes a monthly flea market, as well as classic movie screenings and concerts. A lovely place to combine shopping and food!
Where?: Sanderstrasse 11, Kreuzkölln
When?: Mon-Sun 10.30am-8pm – Visit: here