Berlin may not be known as a shopper's paradise, but don't be fooled; the German capital can give even the most seasoned of power-shoppers a run for their money. There are plenty of opportunities for shopping sprees, with goods ranging from expensive designer merchandise to humble flea market wares and everything in between. There are also some good antique markets.
Luxury designer boutiques can be found lining the streets at the west end of Kurfürstendamm and in Friedrichstrasse. All the different shopping precincts have their own distinctive style and the best boutiques are often tucked away in backstreets or quiet courtyards.
The main shopping districts are the Kurfürstendamm, Breitscheidplatz, and for some bargains, a quick stroll in the Budapestststrasse and Tauenzienstrasse could prove worthwhile. One of the trendiest shopping streets is the Schönhauser Allee, which boasts countless independent shops offering the latest fashion and young independent designer labels which can be snatched up for a song.
Most major stores are open from about 9.30am to 8pm during the week and between 9am and 4pm on Saturdays. Most stores are closed on Sundays, except for small stores in the main train stations.
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