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Top 11 Extraordinary shops in Berlin

A cuddly sausage and three kilos of blouses please!

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Shopping with a difference! In Berlin there are unusual, unique and crazy stores to discover. Whether you want urban design, beautiful buttons, jumble or a cuddly sausage. Here are our shopping tips with a difference:

1. Die Imaginäre Manufaktur

On an antique shelf on the wall which dates back to 1889 and has a conservation order you can find handcrafted products like shaving brushes, wooden toys or notebooks. They were produced by people with and without disabilities and are sold here in the Imaginären Manufaktur . There is also an in-house Patisserie at the shop in Oranienstrasse where you can enjoy a coffee after your rummage. – Die Imaginäre Manufaktur, Oranienstraße 26, Berlin-Kreuzberg

2. Perlenbar

Pearls everywhere: gemstones of all colours and shapes sparkle and glisten from the boxes at Perlenbar . If you want to make your own jewellery they have the perfect facilities as well as useful tips here. – Perlenbar, Uhlandstraße 156, Wilmersdorf

3. Aufschnitt Berlin

Today, I'm going to relax on a Bierwurst (smoked sausage)! Or a chicken leg. Or a pepper salami. This sounds strange but at Aufschnitt Berlin it is a cuddly reality: here you can buy seat cushions, neck or nursing cushions shaped like cuts of meat or sausages. The Aufschnitt designs are also available for those on the go as pieces of jewellery like the tongue backpack, a sausage necklace or the sausage brooch. - Aufschnitt Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 32, Friedrichshain

4. Urban-Industrial

You can find truly unique fixtures and fittings at Urban Industrial . Here, genuine finds and discarded industrial items are refurbished. Next to cool lamps hanging on heavy chains, there are iron office cabinets, decommissioned railway station clocks, wooden school desks, old lockers, former scoreboards or tarnished chests. – UT Urban Industrial Berlin, Hasenheide 13, Kreuzberg

5. Knopf & Schnalle

Haberdashery such as buckles, laces and trims, fabric flowers lie in stylish showcases, ready for eager seamstresses and tailors. At the heart is the wall full of buttons, large ones and small ones, made of delicate pearl, glittering rhinestones, colourful plastic or genuine horn, leather or wood. – Knopf & Schnalle, Uhlandstraße 56, Wilmersdorf

6. Die Fachfrau

Berlin is famous for its fantastic and creative art and flea markets. And the trend of rummaging and recycling extends into the shops: at Fachfrau you can rent boxes for setting out & selling your jumble or pieces of art for example. Therefore, each individual box is like a lucky bag filled to the brim with illustrations, books, homemade creations, photographs, hats, children's toys and many other treasures - the ideal place to find a special gift! – Die Fachfrau, Bötzowstr. 37 10407 Prenzlauer Berg

7. Pick n Weigh - Kilo Store

At the Pick n Weigh vintage store, shopping is done in the same way as vegetables at a market - here items are sold by weight. Far from the familiar 08/15 sales strategy, Pick n Weigh has a colourful range of clothing and accessories from decades past. The shop belongs to the Kleidermarkt family. This has been in existence since 1989 and now has a total of eight branches in Hamburg, Berlin and Munich and is one of the largest and best vintage and second-hand vendors in Germany. A visit to the Berlin branch is definitely worth it! –  Pick’n’Weight, 4x in Berlin

8. Hallesches Haus

If you are looking for trend treasures, stylish decorating ideas and creative inspiration you can strike gold at the Hallesches Haus . The repertoire of the General Store consists of unusual items like shimmering, golden shells to fold yourself, a stylish watering can, exquisite prints, unique designer lamps and much more. You can also eat at the Hallesches Haus too. Hallesches Haus, Tempelhofer Ufer 1, Kreuzberg

9. Happy Shop

Shopaholics and fashionistas will be very happy in the brightly coloured Happy Shop on Torstraße. Here designer and fashion items float on moveable clothes racks through the minimalist, metre-high sales rooms. A detailed and individual consultation also awaits customers. At the Happy Shop, stylistic meets an adventurous mix of Scandinavian oversize, 90's rainbow colours and light pink Paris chic - free from rules: anything goes, the main thing it makes you happy! Happy Shop, Torstraße 67, Mitte

10. Captn Crop

Kudos to Moritz, the founder of Captn Crop. Since 2009, he has made fancy hats and headdresses in his shop in the Reuterkiez. Customers rummage between the wooden shelves like in an old prop store. The best thing: Captn Crop understands upcycling and uses substances and materials from his neighbours' discarded jumble or the from the flea market.- Captn Crop Hutmacherei, Reuterstraße 52, Berlin-Neukölln

11. Deko Behrendt

Before Halloween customers stand in line here to find a costume that fits - and wigs, false teeth, masks, jewellery and any imaginable and unimaginable accessories. In the tube-shaped shop decorative items for any kind of celebration and for all occasionsare stacked up. Of course, at Easter time there are Easter table decorations and matching Easter bunny costumes. – Deko Behrendt, Hauptstaße 18, Schöneberg PS: Berlin is also a shopping paradies with countless "normal" fashion shops, malls and traditional department stores. Here is an overview of Berlin's shopping district.

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