Perfumes make top souvenirs and gifts from Berlin, which offers a generous choice of cool independent fragrance boutiques and larger department stores stocked with bestselling scents. The city is a great place for discovering a rich range of perfumes, from old favourites to new products to invest in
Le Labo was launched in New York in 2006, and its simple aesthetic and unisex fragrances are a big hit with Berliners. Priding itself on creating unique scents that evoke memories, the brand reworks classic notes into entirely original fragrances. Rose 31, for example, transforms the famous aroma of the Grasse rose into a striking unisex scent, while Oud 27 uses notes of patchouli and black saffron alongside 25 other ingredients to bring a totally different dimension to the rich fragrance of oud.
Le Labo, 2 Charlottenstrasse, 10969 Berlin, +49 (0)176 6445 2431
At Urban Senses, customers are taken on an olfactory adventure, sampling perfumes designed to invigorate the senses. Each scent is made from exquisite ingredients sourced from independent workshops and processed in a small perfume house in Grasse. Top fragrances include Sensual Blend, with notes of amber, leather and spicy vanilla, and Desert Rose, inspired by Moroccan roses.
Urban Scents, Bleibtreustrasse 32, 10707 Berlin, +49 (0)154 0104 9818
For a beauty store with a difference head to the cool neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg and hunt out MDC Cosmetic. The shop specialises in natural skincare products and showcases brands with a holistic approach to beauty. The fragrance section is particularly impressive, with experienced therapists on hand to guide you through the collections. Brands include Escentric Molecules, Le Galion, Santa Maria Novella and Malin & Goetz.
MDC Cosmetic, Knaackstrasse 26, 10405 Berlin, +49 (0)30 4005 6339
Frau Tonis Parfum
For one of the finest fragrance experiences in Berlin head to Frau Tonis Parfum. The shop specialises in finding customers their ideal scent by offering a special test. The specialist perfume house creates 36 fragrances for men and women, with many of the scents designed to conjure images of Berlin, particularly Linde Berlin which is based on the linden, or lime, trees lining the city’s famous boulevards. This would make a truly unique gift or an ideal souvenir.
Frau Tonis Parfum, Zimmerstrasse 13, 10969 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2021 5310
Those looking for the latest perfume launches and top international beauty brands should make a beeline to Douglas. One of the largest and most prestigious cosmetics and fragrance retailers in Europe, it is a must-visit for beauty lovers. Shop the impressive array of international brands including Tom Ford, Dior and Chanel.
Douglas, Unter den Linden 16, 10117 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2061 56710
The exclusive department store Galeries Lafayette should be a port of call for all discerning visitors to the city. The Berlin branch of the luxurious Parisian shop offers a top edit of designer clothes and an impressive beauty department with brands including Chanel, Kenzo and Givenchy.
Galeries Lafayette, Französische Strasse 23, 10117 Berlin, +49 (0)30 209480