How To Get Bargains In Berlin This Summer
Berlin has become a prime shopping, entertainment and lifestyle hub, with its independent design and fashion stores, gallery spaces, clubs and pop-up cafes. It’s considered to be one of the top destinations among travellers for its cheaper-than-London prices, especially when it comes to brands such as Esprit, Adidas, Karl Lagerfeld and Escada, among other world-famous names in the fashion industry.
Shopping in Berlin is all the more rewarding because of the many bargains to be had. Many of the city’s most interesting stores for bargain finds are located in alleyways and courtyards, so don’t hesitate to go exploring. Here are some great ideas on scoring fab deals when you’re out shopping in Berlin!
Berlin is teeming with design and there are many great pre-loved clothes you can buy at a bargain. For instance, in Colours Kleidermarkt you can purchase a kilo of clothing for less than €15. For the cheapest prices, go there between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, where you can buy the same amount of clothing for just €10.
Visit outlet stores.
If you’d rather buy your clothes new, then a visit to Designer Outlet Berlin is a must. It’s just a 30-minute ride from the city centre and it’s where you can find German-branded clothing for less than the regular mall or boutique price. Other discount shops you can visit are T.K. Maxx outlets.
Check out discount boutiques.
On the higher end of the scale but still cheaper than other European and even U.S. markets is the Galeries Lafayette store on Friedrichstrasse. This is where you can find European designer labels such as Sonia Rykiel, Marlene Birger and fashionista favourite Vivienne Westwood.
There are many other chic but cheap boutiques you can visit, especially in neighbourhoods with a high population of students and artist types. The best places to visit are the Mitte/Prenzlauer border and Kreuzberg, where the young and hip make their home.
Many world-famous brands have boutique stores in Berlin that sell items with cheaper price tags than in other parts of the world. Clothing and accessories from brands such as H&M, Zara and Mango abound with lower price points you would surely want to take advantage of.
Shop at mall clearance sales.
There’s nothing close to the Kaufhaus des Westens–KaDeWe–when it comes to mall shopping in Berlin. With more than 60,000 square metres of retail space and more than 380,000 products, this iconic mall–the “Department Store of the West” stands in second place as the largest department store in all of Europe. The largest of course is Harrods in London, but KaDeWe’s prices are definitely more attractive to consumers.
The KaDeWe is more than a hundred years old and it stocks items not only from high-end designers but also younger labels such as Buffalo and Alice+Olivia. The mall conducts seasonal sales, so these would be the best times to shop. The summer and winter sales are the biggest draw this side of Berlin, so be prepared to shop amongst the crowds. You’ll be rewarded with great fashion finds for cheap.