Little Berlin Vintage Guide
After four amazing visits to Berlin I am very happy to say I feel like I know a lot of the city and love wandering it’s streets in search of vintage. Berlin definitely has some of the best and most well priced places to find that perfect vintage dress and here is a little guide to get you started.
Garage Vintage is a huge warehouse like space filled to the brim with amazing vintage pieces. Half of the shop can be bought “by the kilo” (as in, you fill your basket and they weight the pieces and you pay by weight – when I visited it was about 20 AUD a kilo) There is also the priced vintage section where dresses are around $20-$30 for 1950-1980′s dresses. I found I had the most luck on the priced pieces as they were the most special. The by the kilo section seemed to be more picked over and obviously not as good.
After I spent about an hour in the Berlin-Schöneberg Garage store, I proceeded to check out it’s sister store Colours in Bergmannstraße, which is the same deal and just as big. I bought a few cute pieces (below) and moved onto my next favourites in this Kleidermarkt family of stores, Made in Berlin.
Made in Berlin have two locations, Friedrichstraße & Neue Schönhauser Straße in Berlin-Mitte. They are both smaller stores with well-picked pieces. Expect to pay around $30-$40 AUD for dresses here and less for separates. They often have Dirndl dresses around octoberfest time too, last time I picked up this adorable pleated neckline tradition dirndl when we visited in September.
And this time I got this cute little ruffled number with a scalloped neckline.
Onto Humana Second Hand which has several locations all over Berlin. I discovered the one in Alexanderplatz this trip and I can’t believe I never noticed it there before now. It is a huge concrete building with foot high lettering on the outside of the building which is clearly visible in the middle of the square. I had a lot of luck at this location, which was far more rewarding than when I visited Friedrichshain two trips ago and left empty handed. I’ve also had luck at in the Prenzlauer berg stores if you’re in that area (and really, you should be!).
This time round I picked up some 70′s floral skirts and some amazing embroideries. Humana can also be good for linens and accessories like scarves.
Speaking of Prenzlauer berg, this area is by far my favourite in Berlin. If you have the chance to stay around there when you visit I think it’s the perfect spot. It’s full of amazing little boutiques, our favourite coffee shop in the city lives here and lots of cute vintage stores too.
One of those is Meins and Deins, which is choc-a-block full of vintage clothing, linens, shoes and crazy amounts of vintage boots. I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything here come to think of it, but it always seems to hold such promise that I keep returning each trip, in the hope that the pay off one day will be huge.
My favourite vintage shop in Prenzlauer berg is probably Veb Orange, which is a cute retro shop full of cute stuff and is one of those places you never know what you might find. I’ve bought vintage figurines, cute linens, clothing and books here. You’ll find it on Oderberger Strasse, along with cute shops like Silber Fischer which is always good for cute Berlin-made tees, and a whole lot more.
Make sure you walk the length of Oderberger Strasse starting at Bonanza Coffee which is our “go to” coffee place when we need a decent coffee in a place where they are very few and far between. Barn Coffee is another great place to track down for coffee and a perfect slice of cheesecake.
Or you can sit and admire the perfect pastel buildings like I do.
Oh and also, if given the chance, visit one of the many Frozen Yoghurt places in Berlin and order anything, then smother it in peanut butter caramel sauce with rice crispies. Oh Em Gee, this one I picked up in Rosenthaler Platz blew my mind.
You can also visit our favourite brunch cafe Anna Blume, for amazing crepes and good coffee, it’s also part florist so you can pick up a cute bouquet or two as well.
I hope you all love Berlin as much as I do and find yourself that perfect vintage dress. Kx