Berlin may not be known as a shopper''s paradise, but don''t be
fooled; it can give even the most seasoned of power-shoppers a run
for their money. There are plenty of opportunities for shopping
sprees, ranging from the overly expensive to the humble wares of
the city''s flea markets, antique markets, cheap bargain stores and
everything in between.
Luxury designer boutiques can be found lining the streets at the
west end of Kurfürstendamm and in Friedrichstrasse. All the
different shopping precincts have their own distinctive style and
the best boutiques are often tucked away in backstreets or quiet
The main shopping districts are the Kurfürstendamm,
Breitscheidplatz and for some bargains, a quick stroll in the
Budapestststrasse and Tauenzienstrasse could prove worthwhile. One
of the trendiest shopping streets is the Schönhauser Allee with
countless independent shops dotted along its thoroughfare offering
the latest fashion and young independent designer labels which can
be snatched up for a song.
A sales tax (VAT) of 16% is levied on most goods and services in
Germany. Most major stores are open from 9.30am to 8pm daily and
between 9am and 4pm on Saturdays. All stores are closed on Sundays,
except for small stores in the main train stations.