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Bergmannstraße: Berlin Christmas shopping with a twist

Explore edgy independent shops and foodie spots in Kreuzberg

Buzzing Bergmannstraße and its surrounds (known to locals as ‘Bergmannkiez’) is a highlight of Berlin’s iconic Kreuzberg district. This lively spot captures Kreuzberg’s vibrant community spirit and its trademark blend of old and new, local and global, with a relaxed neighbourhood feel. It’s the perfect spot for a Berlin Christmas shopping trip with a unique flavour: rummage for quirky gifts in vintage stores galore or sample delicious cuisine from all four corners of the globe.

Give the gift of cool on a trip to buzzing Bergmannstraße

Delicatessen shop and restaurant Knofi in Bergmannstraße Berlin
Deli Knofi in Bergmannstrasse © visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis

Bergmannstraße offers a mix of shops, cafés and restaurants that’s as vibrant as the neighbourhood itself. Quirky vintage and retro stores rub shoulders with innovative new boutiques and foodie hotspots – ideal for a Berlin Christmas shopping trip with its own unique flavour.

If you’re picking up gifts for the style-conscious loved ones in your life, you’ve come to the right place – especially for those interested in sustainable living. Bergmannstraße is a hub for all things vintage. Carefully curated stores like Allet schick and buy-by-the-kilo spots like PicknWeight are the perfect places to rummage for unique chic for hours on end. For new fashion, fans of a bold casual look will go bananas for Bananas, and Scandi style aficionados need look no further than the Nordic chic on offer at Brenøe. For those who like to rock a look from head to toe, try caYambe, where quality hats designed to turn heads are their stock-in-trade.

Of course, style isn’t just about looking good – it’s about feeling good, too. Treat your loved ones to the gift of wellness with quality natural cosmetics from Belladonna or self-care products from Herrlich Männergeschenke, a unique store selling gifts traditionally beloved by gentlemen with an open-minded Kreuzberg twist.

Bergmannstraße has the keen cook in your life covered with quality cooking knives from Holzapfel and cute and quirky kitchenware from underground boutique Cucinotto. Meanwhile, you’ll love picking out toys and games for little ones at adorable Juno.

Of course, your very own quirky Christmas wouldn’t be the same without glorious arts and crafts and homemade gifts. Check out Perlenmarkt for all things beaded and bejewelled and Ararat for postcards and stationery. If you’re looking for a lovely way to wrap it all up, look no further than Schwesterherz – a boutique specialising in stunning paper goods.

Exploring Bergmannkiez

The neighbourhood around Bergmannkiez has plenty to admire from an architectural standpoint. On your Christmas shopping trip, don’t forget to look up and admire the lovingly restored Wilhelmine-era façades on Bergmannstraße and beyond, and the handsome turn-of-the-century Gründerzeit buildings that have survived the decades unscathed.

Marheinekeplatz is one of the street’s true highlights. You’re sure to find yourself there sooner or later, sampling treats from the market hall or browsing the thrift stalls outside. Here you’ll also find the picture-postcard Passionskirche, a beautiful building which sometimes plays host to concerts – a wonderfully atmospheric spot on a winter’s evening. 

Speaking of atmosphere, you won’t find a more evocative spot than the churchyards on Bergmannstraße. Linked by openings in the walls between them, these four iconic cemeteries are the final resting place for some of the city’s 19th-century luminaries and a peaceful spot to reflect on the area’s storied past.

Food, fabulous food

Bergmannstaße; Feinkost und Restaurant Knofi
© visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis

Beautiful Bergmannstraße offers a mouth-watering array of multicultural dining options. You won’t want to miss the chance to sample its culinary delights. Start the day with coffee and a sweet treat at classic café Barcomi’s or a fabulous leisurely brunch from Two-Trick Pony.

After a few hours’ browsing, you’ll need sustenance – we recommend trying Chilean-style hotdogs or other tasty Latin American treats from El Chilenito before you get back on the hunt for bargains. If you fancy a longer break, head to Café Strauss in the cemetery, where you can enjoy coffee and a slice of cake in peaceful and contemplative surroundings before you head back out into the hustle and bustle.

Come dinner time, you’re sure to feel hungry after all that shopping – and there’s no better spot than Bergmannstraße to stop for food. Sample Asian fusion flavours with a trip to Umami or try Korean barbecue at BABIKYU. With lots of spots for light bites and sumptuous sit-down dinners along the way – as well as a failsafe selection of street food options at the Marheinekeplatz market hall – Bergmannstraße’s culinary offering is sure to be right up your street.

Must-sees in Bergmannkiez

Visit the magnificent Marheineke Markthalle: a Berlin must-see and a Kreuzberg institution. Established in the 1800s and rebuilt after the Second World War using pieces of the original façade, this iconic market hall is the beating heart of Bergmannstraße. Pick up delicious fresh produce, sample local foodie delights and admire the outstanding art on display. On weekends, you can then head to the flea market held outside the hall to browse unique Berlin Christmas gifts.

Follow a shopping trail with a twist on a mini-tour of Bergmannstraße’s off-beat genre stores. This quirky neighbourhood is the perfect spot to pick up a gift for the proudly nerdy people in your life. Start at Otherland, a beautiful bookshop specialising in the magical world of fantasy literature. Then head to Hammett on nearby Friesenstraße. This magnet for crime fiction fans showcases the best of the popular genre, running the gamut from gripping thrillers and startling noirs to more grisly tales. From there, it’s a short walk to the Kreuzberg branch of Grober Unfug, a celebration of the new golden age of the comic book, stocking titles from around the globe. Complete your quest at Battlefield Berlin, a store specialising in table-top gaming on nearby Gneisenaustraße.

Sawade Berlin
Sawade Berlin © Sawade Berlin

Pick up mouth-watering festive delights at Sawade – Berlin’s oldest chocolate factory, which has served the city’s great and good with sweet treats since 1880. The store stocks a stunning selection of gifts inspired by a Berlin Christmas, including chocolate decorations, exquisite marzipan and its own lavish advent calendar.

Getting there

As one of Kreuzberg’s main thoroughfares, Bergmannstraße is well served by public transport. Hop on the U-Bahn to the nearest stations Gneisenaustraße, Südstern or Mehringdamm.