The best thing about shopping in Berlin? Stores are often located in surprising locations: refurbished factories, Bauhaus boxes, or tiled workspaces tucked away in a courtyard. Here are 10 shops that are worth seeking out primarily for their collection of goods, but in several cases for the space itself.
1. Andreas Murkudis
Every city seems to have their cult store–think Merci in Paris, Corso Como in Milan, or Dosa in LA, to name a few. In Berlin, it’s Andreas Murkudis, named after its discerning owner. Housed in a 1,000-square-foot former newspaper printing shop in the upcoming gallery area around Potsdamer Strasse, the all-white store feels like a gallery, with clothes and objects artfully displayed. The emphasis is on high-end clothing designers (including Remodelista favorite Sofie d’Hoore), mixed with goods and objets selected by Murkudis, including a range of German favorites: Think Nymphenburg porcelain, Mykita sunglasses, Susanne Kaufmann’s organic skincare, and Berlin chocolate maker extraordinaire Hamman.
2. Bazar Noir
Bazar Noir has a totally different vibe from many of the other white-washed design stores in Berlin. French-born Catherine Pfisterer (who formerly lived in Sydney) wanted a space that was “drastically differentâ€ from what was around. She and her husband enlisted Berlin-based design studio Hidden Fortress to help them create a space that would break the rules. The result is an all-black shell that features finds from Pfisterer’s travels, including Indonesian antiques, traditional handwoven rugs from Sardinia, lighting from Israeli designer Asaf Wiebroom, as well as some familiar names from the US (Workstead, Iacoli & McAllister, Ladies & Gentlemen, Fort Standard). The result is a great mix of global finds, old and new.
3. Süper Store
Süper Store, in Kreuzberg, is a small space with a great collection of home goods and accessories run by Elisabeth Schotte, a former fashion designer, and Vanessa Marangoni, an artist; their focus is on goods that are thoughtfully made. Although they sell the work of several European designers, they also feature drawer pulls by Berlin ceramicists Kuhn-Keramics and glass jewelry by Christian Metzner. What am I taking home with me? The award-winning small batch Stählemühle Fruit Brandies made by Christoph Keller, who collaborates with artists to create limited edition packaging.
4. Hallesches Haus
Hallesches Haus, which opened last month, is the brainchild of three foreigners (a Brit and two Americans–refugees from the online retail world). The shop offers modern design with an American general store vibe. Here you’ll find a selection of goods for the home, including products by Danish firm the Oak Men, iron pans from Netherton foundry in the UK, and dustpans made from branches from Brit Geoffrey Fisher. The shop is also the only source in Germany for the Juniper Ridge line of California cabin sprays and colognes. Housed in a grand former post office, the space includes a cafe, and there are plans afoot to open a restaurant in the adjoining space. In the meantime, guests can enjoy the outdoor beer garden.
Modulor is quite possibly the best store ever for stationery, paints, crafts, and storage. Three floors crammed with a well-sourced selection of pens, paints, papers, design tools, containers, and much more (including felt sold by the meter). Every conceivable craft is covered here, making it a destination for Berlin’s architects, designers, and makers. Better still, they ship worldwide.
6. Voo Store
A locals’ favorite, Voo Store is inside a former locksmith shop in the center of Kreuzberg. Accessed through a courtyard, the store carries fashion and design objects with an arty edge and an emphasis on small, well-made brands. Particularly noteworthy is the sneakers section, Berliners footwear of choice. Added bonus, it also houses Companion Coffee, a serious contender on the coffee scene.
7. Objets Trouves
The owners of Objets Trouves in Mitte, Magdalena and Robert Hohberg, offer a mix of industrial vintage furnishings sourced from France and other parts of Europe. Displayed in their pared-down interior, the pieces are presented with their own line of tables made in the German countryside, featuring salvaged and aged wood. Particularly noteworthy are the ceramics in an array of earth tones by Berlin’s Dirk Aleksic.
German book publisher Gestalten has managed to create a concept store that serves as an ideal backdrop for its design and architectural books as well as a wide range of tabletop items and accessories. The flagship store is in Mitte, with another outpost (cafe included) located in Bikini Berlin. (If you want to get your hands on one of the many cult/independent magazines out there, check out another Mitte store, Do You Read Me? It offers a huge selection of magazines, with plenty of titles you may not have heard of.)
9. Paper & Tea
Berlin may be known for its coffee culture, but P&T, as it is affectionately known (short for Paper & Tea), is making waves with its unique approach to selling tea. Owner Jens de Gruyter enlisted product designer Fabian von Ferrari to help create a pared-back, serene space that features pull-out drawers revealing tea samples displayed on trays, and walls lined with Asian ceramics. With tea tasting classes and samplings by the in-house “teaist,” P&T is well worth a visit. Their flagship store is in the Charlottenburg neighborhood, and there’s another store in Mitte.
The retail outpost of this German brand is well worth a visit (many of us know the brand via its online presence). Here you will find a wide array of the company’s trademark functional and well-made goods for the home, including one of our favorites: the Thomas Hoof porcelain Toilet Paper Holder.
Looking for more places to visit in Berlin? Check out Freunde von Freunden’s guide to the city’s best restaurants and cafes.
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