Berlin fashion encompasses a wide range of street styles with an emphasis on the original. Vintage shops cater to this market with lots of unique pieces from top designers to oddball one-offs. Dress to stand out, to fit in. Buy per kilo, by decade, or find a true gem at Berlin's best vintage shops.
(Note that many of these shops rely more on their social media presence than independent websites. Also remember that like so many places in the German capital, they only take cash.)
Not everything in these shops is gold, but it is all very, very cheap. Think of shopping as a treasure hunt at this series of bulk vintage shops. You can buy clothes from almost every decade. Look for the different colored stickers that indicate value, or just buy in bulk for €25 per kilo. Certain locations, like Made in Berlin, even have happy hours with deals like 20% off on Tuesdays from 12 to 15:00.
Whether you are looking for a fantastic Carnival costume or the very best in hipster cool, you can certainly find something here.
It offers designer clothes, shoes and accessories at good — but not quite discount — prices. The boutique also holds a series of monthly events like a flohmarkt (flea market), movie nights, and even small live concerts.
Among the platters and plates, lamps and end tables, there are many beautiful vintage find in the city's largest flea market. Sprawling over the former path of the Berlin Wall, this market is full of surprising finds.
Independent sellers set-up shop every Sunday with a mix of wares. Stylish 1920s hats sit side-by-side with dresses from the 1960s. Pick through piles of shoes to find just the right pair of 1950s wingtips.
Along with unusual vintage finds, you can discover independent designers also peddling their wares. Slowly wander your way along with muddy paths with the hordes of other vintage seekers. And who doesn't love a one-stop shop where you can buy the vintage coat and the coat rack to hang it on?
Mankii Vintage is a bit of a village with masses of dresses, coats, jewelry, and shoes for women plus an entire lower level dedicated to men's and children's wear. Clothing ranges from the 1930s to 1990s and is well-stocked with unique party dresses and the best of hippie chic.
This shop has items attractively arranged by color, style, and even mood. Check out the sequins section to put some sparkle in your life. Featuring everything from bags to dresses to shoes to the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans, everything is of excellent quality and the customer service here is usually on point.
Come to Garments to put together a fantastical bargain costume or to add a high-quality piece to your wardrobe. There are even two locations, one in Mitte and one in Prenzlauer Berg, to choose from.
If you just need a fabulous piece for an occasion, it rents clothes for 30% of the full sale price.
Not all start-ups in Berlin have to do with technology. The three founders of Collect Boutique are experienced in fashion, styling, and photography and united their interests with this shop opened in 2014.
High-end brands like Dries van Noten and Comme des Garçons are for sale for women, men, and children. And along with carefully curated clothing items, it sells home wares like vases, rugs, and shelves.
Establishing this as more than just a store, there is an in-house coffee bar to refuel and admire the fashion scenery.
Finally a shop where men are more than just an afterthought. The self-explanatory Dude provides a relaxed atmosphere for men to shop for their vintage goods in peace. Everything from suits, to casual jackets, to layers for winter are for sale. There are high-end brands as well as plenty of excellent deals.
Of particular interest is its vast collection of shoes. Style starts with the right set of footwear.
Inside this tiny storefront is a well-organized collection of vintage clothes. Along with the usual top brands, there is a focus on Berlin-centric designers. There is a wide selection of vintage finds for women and men.
If you are looking to sell quality vintage pieces, the store also occasionally buys.
This big daddy of second-hand shopping has multiple locations throughout Germany with a mammoth multi-floor headquarters right on Frankfurter Tor. This is a vintage shopping universe.
Floor after floor focus on women's clothing, accessories, men's wear, children's clothing, and home wares sorted by color. There is even a section dedicated to ostalgie, a fondness for life in East Germany.
Items may be as cheap as just two euros, but happy hunting finding them amidst the mountains of random clothing. This is the place for a day filled with bargain hunting, not a quick stop to find something special.
If an all-day shop doesn't fit into your Berlin plans, try some of the other, smaller locations like the Wedding shop, which offers discounted second-hand goods.
And shopping here means supporting an NGO, so spend freely!
Trash-Schick is exactly as it sounds: trashy and chic. This perfectly Berlin concoction is embodied in the partially tattered interior, held together by punk authenticity.
Designer shoes and clothes are sprinkled within the racks of clothes for only 1 euro. Inventory changes weekly, so things always feel a bit fresh amidst the clutter. Plus, there is charity in good shopping. Part of the shop's revenues go to those in need.