The best concept stores in Berlin

The best concept stores in Berlin

James Fancourt

There’s no denying that Berlin is a great place to shop. Popular areas like Ku’damm and Hackescher Markt have a large concentration of well-known outlets and chic boutiques. But away from the typical shopping districts, there exists a multitude of independent stores throughout the city where premium objects are curated with a certain concept or style in mind. Below we introduce you to five of the best concept stores in Berlin, which sell everything from high-end furniture to luxury fashion.

The Store

Soho House may be well-known for its exclusivity and members’ only accommodation, but on the ground floor of their historical listed building in Berlin lies The Store; a large, beautiful public space covering 2800m2, making it one of the largest concept stores in Berlin. Contrary to what the name might suggest, it’s not just a store. Here you’ll discover a mix of retail, food, art, co-working, and culture — all of which constitutes The Store.

Behind each of the meticulously chosen products — which range from fashion to vinyl — is the store’s curator, designer Alex Eagle, who describes it as being akin to a private home where everything is for sale, from the sofa you sit on to the record playing. It’s a particularly great place to grab some new threads for your wardrobe, with luxury designers such as J W Anderson, Christophe Lemaire, and Balenciaga. You could easily spend hours here. Aside from having tons of products to browse, there is also The Store Kitchen, which serves locally sourced, organic food, as well as top-notch coffee.

The Store | Photo: James Fancourt

The Store | Photo: James Fancourt

Type Hype

As you may have surmised from the name, Type Hype is all about typography. Each product sold in what is one of the most original concept stores in Berlin is based on a single letter or number in one of five distinct design lines. DIN BERLIN, for example, features the strong, clean lines of the DIN font, paired with a sophisticated colour palette of black, white, and gold. These in-house styles are utilised across all their wares; everything from premium notebooks to coffee cups. You can also customise your favourite product with your chosen design and motif — resulting in combinations that number into the thousands.

The store itself has a particularly striking aesthetic thanks to its industrial design, which echoes its typographic roots and inspiration. The large printing press to the side of the main room makes for a gorgeous focal point, and in the back room, there are drawers upon drawers full of lead typeset letters and logos that beg to be browsed. It’s also a great place to grab a coffee or snack while you explore the shops of Mitte. In the past, typesetters used to drink milk to try and counteract lead poisoning, forming the inspiration for the café (or milk bar as it’s known here), which occupies the middle of the store.

Süper Store

Süper Store is one of the best concept stores in Berlin if you’re looking for something for your home or a gift for a special someone. Originally founded in 2011, it moved to its current location in Graefekiez, Kreuzberg, three years ago. Through the objects on display, you get a sense that the owner of the store, Elisabeth Schotte, has a keen eye for design, which comes as no surprise as she has a background in fashion design and illustration. Over the last five years, she has sourced beautiful objects from around the globe, often finding new products while travelling. Geographically the range is diverse, whether it’s the jewellery crafted by Christian Metzner in neighbouring Brandenburg, or the hand-woven blankets from Teixidors in Spain. Not only do they source high-quality products, but Süper Store also works in collaboration with designers to create exclusive pieces. The ceramics from Nicola Fasano’s manufactory in Italy, for example, feature a speckled black and white design that is unique to the store.

Süper Store | Photo: James Fancourt

Süper Store | Photo: James Fancourt

Bless Home

Of all of the concept stores in Berlin, Bless Home is perhaps the most unique. It began in 1995 when two fashion designers, Desiree Heiss and Ines Kaag, joined forces to create their own label. Since then, a wide range of collections have come out of this creative duo, now numbering up to 55. Although primarily fashion designers, the objects on sale go beyond clothes. Nº 26 Cable Jewellery, for example, is a series of cables and extensions cords adorned in everything from bangles to wooden pearls. Another, Nº 29 Wallscapes, consists of huge 3x4m posters depicting interiors featuring Bless products — very meta, and just one of many series that highlight the quirkiness of the Bless label. What makes Bless Home especially unique is the way the collections are presented. Although you might expect to find them among other high-end fashion labels in Mitte, Bless Home is situated in an apartment in Prenzlauer Berg, which is both taken care of and resided in by the ‘store manager’.

Upon being buzzed in, what you discover is a flat crammed full of Bless products. All of the clothes, the furnishings, the huge hammock strung across the living room, everything right down to the bedding that the store manager sleeps in is made and sold by Bless. You can peruse the apartment at your leisure, or really make yourself at home by relaxing on the sunny balcony with a coffee, chatting with the store manager about the collections or just Berlin itself. The overall experience is a perfect blend between the comfort of a friend’s home and a high-end store.

Voo Store

Last but not least is Voo Store, which you may already know from our guide to Berlin. Of all the establishments we’ve covered, Voo Store is to be found in the most vibrant location — a backyard off of Oranienstraße, a somewhat crazy street full of weird and interesting shops and restaurants, punks, and graffiti. Once you pass through into the backyard, the hectic noise of the street fades away, and you’re welcomed by a gorgeous 300m2 interior featuring exposed concrete walls and industrial flourishes that simply scream Berlin, and provide the perfect backdrop for the range of curated products on offer.

Fashion encompasses street wear from labels such as Nike to high-end designers like Raf Simons and CMMN SWDN. Aside from the menswear and accessories, you’ll find merchandise covering areas such as homeware, stationery, magazines, and beauty products. The superb Companion Coffee also have their café here, where they serve fantastic coffee and their own range of teas.

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