Thursday, June 18, 2009
Berlin Inside & Out...Part One: Shopfronts
Posted by Anna Macoboy
I've decided to do a series of posts called Berlin Inside & Out, which will feature some of the beautiful and inspiring interiors and exteriors of this fantastic city. Part Two will focus on cafes and bars, Part Three will be apartments and Part Four will be nature. Hopefully by the end of that you won't be TOO sick of Berlin!
So...in this Part One I'm focusing on shopfronts, and also some shop interiors. Berlin really does the small shop well (Mr Sparrow would fit right in!) - there is such a laidback and organic approach to shopkeeping but it all seems to come together so well. What I love most is the way little shops are just scattered all around the city, so you'll have a completely residential street with just one or two amazing little shops thrown in there amongst all the apartments ...and somehow they survive! None of the small shops (especially in Prenzlauerberg) open until 11am or 12pm, either, but they stay open until 7pm usually. Then you have the contrast of the huge department stores like KaDeWe, which is Germany's answer to Harrod's (and the second-largest department store in Europe - Harrod's is first), and the Berlin branch of French department store Galeries Lafayette (the last picture above). Unfortunately there weren't any seasonal displays on when we were there, but these places go all out for Christmas, Easter, spring, and even asparagus season! I did take photos of a few of these when we lived there, though, so maybe I'll share them another time. In the mean time, I hope you enjoy these Berlin shops.