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How to: Shop Vintage


Second Hand Shopping Guide for Berlin

The GDR department at Humana Second Hand. Photo: Esbjörn Guwallius/Berlinow

London, Paris or New York seems like the most obvious choices for the hunting fashionista. But be aware, Berlin has several hidden secrets when it comes to this Gebiet.

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Berlin is maybe not the first city that pops into mind when you think about shopping vintage or second hand apparel. But seek, and ye shall find. From thrift stores in Friedrichshain to high fashion in Charlottenburg, Berlin can serve all needs and budgets when it comes to old, smelly, used clothes.

Dress lovers beware, this might be your heaven in Berlin. Kleidermarkt is a chain of several second hand and vintage shops in Berlin and other German cities. In Berlin there are four branches, two of which are gigantic. In some of their stores you can even buy clothes by the kilo… 17,99 euros for one kilogram of t-shirts or jeans, and even cheaper during happy hours once a week.

This is one of the largest second hand stores we’ve ever been to. Humana at Frankfurter Tor, with it’s five floors, it’s more like a department store. If you are looking for vintage fashion, and got a limited budget, this is the place to go. From lederhosen over H&M and seventies glam to old DDR fashion, you’ll find it all here. One floor is dedicated to “stuff” – board games, old records players, china and furniture. If you’re really lucky, you’re at Humana during one of their biannual sales, where the price drops to as low a 1,50 euro – for each and every single garment. Besides the flagship store in Friedrichshain, Humana Second Hand has branches all over Berlin. The second largest is located at Alexanderplatz, and there’s also a quite well-stocked branch at Schönhauser Allee. The others are quite small in comparison, but you’ll nevertheless find interesting stuff there.

Designer clothes

Momsenstraße is a parallel street to the famous Kurfürstendamm shopping avenue in the western district of Charlottenburg. On this street, and some surrounding side streets, quite a large number of second hand and vintage shops have gathered. Several of them are investing in well-known designer clothes, with slightly higher price tags than their colleagues above. A Geheimtipp is Madonna on Mommsenstrasse 57. Here you you’ll find designer clothes for a fraction of what they were like new, although, they’re not exactly giving them away.

Checkpoint smells like it should. Old army clothes, heavy overcoats and some new stuff crammed in and old theater in Kreuzberg. Maybe not the top choice among Berlin’s second hand stores, but there is still something for everyone and often moderate prices.

Stiefelkombinat has two stores, both of them located at one of Berlin’s hottest intersections, Eberswalder Straße/Schönhauser Allee, right next to the metro Eberswalder Straße. The selection consists of clothes, shoes, strange old gadgets and furniture. The price level is slightly too high, but here’s at least a lot of fun stuff to browse and if you’re lucky, you might make a deal. Open late, until 10 pm.


Cannabis Clubs in Germany?


“Die Linke” wants you to grow a pair

The Left party proposes the introduction of cannabis clubs in Germany. Photo: Esbjörn Guwallius/Berlinow

Die Linke, Germany’s socialist Left party, argues that cannabis should be legalized in Germany through the introduction of cannabis clubs. All other parties dismiss their idea.

In the exclusive cannabis clubs members would be able to grow marijuana plants. The Left party also suggests that consumers be allowed to own 30 grams of cannabis for personal use. Today each federal state has their own possession limit, ranging from 6 to 30 grams.

The right wing FDP party reject the idea, together with all other parties in the Bundestag, calling it “well-meaning intoxication socialism”.

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How to: Get Some Turkish


The Turkish Street Market in Neukölln

Oriental Wochenmarkt

Maybachufer 1, 12047 Berlin

Business Hours Tuesday and Friday: 11 am – 6.30 pm.

U8 Schönleinstraße

How do I get there?

A map with the addresses can be found further down the page you get to by clicking here

The Turkish street market in Neukölln. Photo: Esbjörn Guwallius/Berlinow

This is not your usual hipster style street market. The Maybachufer market is The Real Turkish Deal.

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Tomatoes, watermelons, steaming hot gözleme and börek, all kinds of cheese, freshly made quark, clothes, and fabric. This sizzling market has it all, and it’s dead cheap. A kilogram of bananas or three avocados for 1 euro, one meter of fabric 1,50 euro or a mouth watering, freshly baked gözleme for just over a euro.

Even if you’re not that into shopping, this place is worth a trip to Neukölln. You’ll hear a constant buzzing of merchants shouting out their offers, and every other meter you’re introduced to a new (mostly pleasant) smell. Be prepared push and squeeze a bit, this place is almost always crowded.

The Maybachufer market is open every Tuesday and Friday from noon to 6.30 pm. There’s also a smaller “sister” to this market in Schöneberg, at the end of Crellestraße. Open every Wednesday and Saturday. See map below.

Uma Thurman at the premiere of “Whatever works” in New York (2009). Photo: Rubenstein/flickrCC BY 2.0

Uma Thurman joins this years star-studded Berlinale. Together with Robert Pattison and Christina Ricci she’s attending the premiere of “Bel Ami” at the international film festival.

Already confirmed for the festival are Meryl Streep, Antonio Banderas, Charlize Theron, Diane Kruger, Angelina Jolie, and Billy Bob Thornton. And the festival’s manager Dieter Kosslick has more up his sleeve…

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Photo: Esbjörn Guwallius/Berlinow

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