The Street style in Berlin is truly something to both marvel at and envy in equal proportions... everyone just looks so cool! So on my recent trip to Germany's fashion capital I couldn't wait to discover some amazing vintage shops in an attempt to get my hands on some pieces that epitomise Berliner's quirky signature style.
Our first stop was Humana, a huge second-hand clothes store opposite Frankfurter Tor station. With more of a charity shop feel, this six story maze is a popular shop for bargain hunters of all ages. To avoid trawling though the rails for hours on end, I would recommend heading straight to the top floor where all of the 'vintage' pieces are kept. Again, it is a bit hit and miss but there are some real gems that you can find at rock-bottom prices.
However, if you're not one for hunting for your fashion prey, there were plenty of shops who do the hard work for you, filtering down the second hand finds to the best of Berlin’s style. However, this does come at a price, but think more We Are Cow's reworked vintage than Orion London's retro boutique.
Trendy district Kreuzberg, has plenty of cool clothes shops dotted around. Sing Blackbird, located on Sanderstraße is possibly one of the best. This popular shop come café is a great spot to find some pretty pieces whilst stopping for an all-important coffee and cake break!
Slightly further away from the centre you will find the borough of Neukölln. In my much loved London analogy, if Kreuzberg was Shoreditch, Neukölln would be Dalston. This upcoming cool, but lesser known region is full of cheap eats and chic shops. Calypt on Boddinstraße has more of a sports luxe vibe; I loved the amazing patterned swimsuits as well as all the vintage track tops.
About ten minutes walk away is a shop called Let Them Eat Cake. If you can get over the distracting sound of the shop assistant’s Facebook messenger interrupting the music, this place was great for finding gorgeous silk shirts and patterned pieces. There was also a 20% off sale and some rails outside had items for only €5 or €10!
Of course, there are lots of markets where you can discover your new favourite fashion staple. One of the biggest being Mauerpark flea market every Sunday. Here you can have your fashion fix along with a dose of live music and incredible food stalls from all over the world. Although, as it is quite tourist heavy, the prices may be a little higher than a classic flea market; but you can still get a great bargain! I got a lovely leather purse for only €3! An alternative to Mauerpark could be to check out Market on the Spree. This option is a lot quieter and cheaper with some vintage gems, granted amongst a lot of tat, but isn't that all part of the charm?!