Are you looking for last-minute gifts, an unusual New Year's Eve outfit or do you just want to discover something new in Berlin? We have put together a few exciting ideas and new openings for you. From the end of November until January, there's a lot going on around Christmas in Berlin.
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Tip 1: New Apple Store with a creative twist
The new Apple Store on Rosenthaler Straße has also become a new playground for Berlin artists. In addition to iPhones, Macs and accessories, you can also take part in events and workshops run by creative minds from the capital.
Where: Rosenthaler Straße No. 4
When: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tip 2: Hawker Bar & Kitchen
Cocktails, whiskey and good music, plus delicious US food - that's what the new Bar&Kitchen in Charlottenburg stands for. Owner Patricia Strickland has created her own feel-good place here, which surprises with a film-set atmosphere and many exciting creative details. For example, the artist has immortalised the sound waves of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" or David Bowie's "Heroes" as jagged metal artworks on the walls.
Where: Schlüterstraße 65, Charlottenburg
When: Wednesday 6 p.m. - 11 p.m., Thursday to Saturday 6 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Tip 3: Hemp Ticket BVG
Not a new opening, but a new product that should, well, not sweeten the Christmas stress, but at least bring you down a bit, can currently be found in the BVG customer centres (with the exception of Spandau). You'll have to try for yourself how delicious the ticket soaked in three drops of hemp oil is. In any case, don't eat the ticket before the last ride.
When: available until 17 December while stocks last
Where: in all BVG customer centres - with the exception of Spandau
Tip 4: Hofbräuhaus opens for the homeless
A nice idea and sensible restructuring is the opening of the Hofbräuhaus at the Alex for homeless people. Already last winter, a day meeting place for people without a place to stay was set up here. The concept has proven successful and will therefore be continued this winter. However, you won't have to miss out on Christmas brunch and New Year's Eve parties in the rustic beer halls.
Where: Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 30, Mitte
When: From December
Tip 5: Winter market at Revier Südost
If you're still looking for an unusual Christmas present, the Winter Trödel in the southeast district is the place to be. Here, on the grounds of the former Bärenquell brewery, you'll find beautiful and bizarre second-hand items. And of course there will be music, mulled wine and Christmas treats. And on Sunday you can even take to the stage yourself. Whether you want to juggle, belt out Christmas carols or have another trick up your sleeve, simply register for the "Open Stage" openstage[at]subaermarkt.de.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 18/19 December 2 - 10 p.m.
Where: Revier Südost, Schnellerstrasse 137, Oberschöneweide
Tip 6: Stilwerk in the Kant Garages
If you want to redecorate your home, you might want to wait for next year. Because in the second quarter of 2022, Stilwerk will open a completely new concept shop in the historic Kantgaragen - not far from its former location on the corner of Uhlandstraße. On 9500 square metres of space, a paradise for friends of upscale home design will be created in the listed building. In addition to exhibition space and shops for service providers and interior designers, a gastronomic offer, event rooms and a hotel are also planned.
Where: Kantgaragen, Kantstraße, Charlottenburg
When: 2nd quarter 2022
Tip 7: Unique in Germany - Supreme
At least Berlin's skaters could soon be among the best dressed in the world. Provided they shop at the new Supreme store. The elite hip-hop and skater label has been selling its beanies, caps, sweatshirts, jackets, bags and skateboards on Torstraße since the end of November. Allegedly, the Supreme store in Berlin will remain the only one in Germany. There are also only four shops in the USA, two in California, two in New York City.
Where: Torstraße 74, Mitte
When: Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tip 8: Balenciaga: Luxury on the Ku'damm
After Munich, Berlin is now the second German city with its own Balenciaga store. The French luxury fashion brand presents the collection between raw concrete slabs, metal constructions and neon tubes. Creative director Demna Gvasalia must have had a hand in this. He is known for a rather rough style that is supposed to make couture look clubwear-ready. Until 22 December, you can see the capsule collection, a collaboration between Balenciaga and Gucci, at a pop-up.
Where: Kurfürstendamm 193-194, Charlottenburg
When: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tip 9: Oshione
Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread, oven-warm cinnamon buns or moist cakes. At Oshione you can enjoy these delicacies with a clear conscience. Because they bake without gluten and with organic ingredients.
Where: Katzbachstraße 25, Kreuzberb
When: Wednesday to Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday/Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tip 10: Frauenklamotte at Cassiopeia
The Fashion Flea Market "Frauenklamotte" is coming to Friedrichshain in January, to the RAW grounds. Here you can browse between Cassiopeia and the skate hall and find your new favourite item. On offer are clothes, shoes, accessories and decorative items. Women pay a small entrance fee, kids and men can come along for free. And there will be drinks too!
When: Sunday, 9 January 1 - 5 p.m.
Where: RAW grounds, Revaler Straße 99, Friedrichshain
Tip 11: Roots Radicals
Roots Radicals makes soups, sauces and chutneys from saved fruits and vegetables. Until now, siblings Monica and Nicolàs Kisic have been cooking in a rented kitchen - with such great success that they now want to take off with a Zero Waste Food Hub in Berlin. The idea is to inspire as many people as possible with the upcycling idea and circular food production with a kitchen and café as well as attached workshop rooms.
When: You can support this new opening until 19 December at Startnext.com/rootsradicals.