Shop: Departmentstore Quartier 206
Department stores were once the height of avant-garde glamour but they are now all too often frumpy, hectic, cluttered affairs. The illustrious, marble-floored Departmentstore Quartier 206 is different. Berlin’s equivalent to London’s Liberty or Barneys in New York, Quartier 206 is a cleanly designed series of interlocked boutiques within one stunning Art Deco building. Labels range from international standards such as Acne, Chloé, Dior Homme, Juicy Couture and Marc Jacobs to local stars and emerging designers.
Quartier 206, Friedrichstrasse 71, 10117 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2094 6800
Eat: Café Fleury
This charming, unpretentious French café is a hub for Berlin’s art and fashion crowd and the city’s stylish young community. Young, chic mothers are particularly drawn to the child-friendly atmosphere and delightful homemade desserts. Posters and photographs of French fashion icons such as Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot and Anna Karina set the mood for the fashionable young diners who enjoy the farm-fresh salads, expertly made pastries and peerless coffee.
Café Fleury, Weinbergsweg 20, 10119 Berlin, +49 (0)30 4403 4144
Do: Soho House Cowshed Spa
Berliners were initially sceptical when London-based Soho House brought a members-only club to the ‘poor but sexy’ city. However, the club’s easy atmosphere and inviting facilities have lured Berlin’s creative leaders. The Cowshed Spa, one of Soho House’s highlights, is one of Berlin’s best and most affordable sources of beauty treatments and offers a distinctive, polished environment for grooming, featuring Cowshed therapeutic products. It is open to non-members.
Soho House Berlin, Torstrasse 1, 10119 Berlin, +49 (0)30 405 0440
See: Arkonaplatz fleamarket
Berlin has a booming vintage scene yet there are few sites for sourcing design and antique treasures. The Arkonaplatz fleamarket’s stands offer an exciting array of GDR-era magazines, design and imagery alongside accessibly priced Scandinavian furniture. The fleamarket is open on Sundays from 10am to 6pm, and the pleasant cafés surrounding the fleamarket’s buzz remain hives of activity throughout the week, when Arkonaplatz is the site of a farmers’ market.