House of Small Wonder

House of Small Wonder is itself a wonder to behold. It is repeatedly on travel bloggers’ top ten lists for being one of the most instagrammable places in Berlin. This is hardly a surprise as when you first enter you are faced with a beautiful spiral staircase and surrounded by masses of greenery, making this entrance the background for a perfect picture moment.

The Beautiful (and Aesthetic) Spiral Staircase

Once you have reached the top, one of the friendly waitresses will guide you to a table. The atmosphere feels very welcoming and there is such a casual and relaxed vibe that even the waitresses wear their own trendy clothes instead of uniform.

The menu includes a combination of Japanese-inspired and Western foods. For the vegans and veggies, don’t worry, there are many great options for you. The vegan onigiri, Japanese riceballs, is not only delicious but is also recommended for those on a budget. The set includes riceballs, vegetables and miso soup for only €8 so you really get value for your money. If you are only stopping for a drink, there is a fantastic range of choices. Don’t leave without trying the iced chocolate for €4.50: a tasty drink to fix those sugary cravings.

My Vegan Onigiri Set and Iced Chocolate

It is refreshing to see this combination of two different cultures and their foods come to life all in one place. This is what makes this café so different from others in Berlin.

Address: Johannisstraße 20, 10117 Berlin
Contact: 030 27582877
Opening Times:
Mon-Sun: 9am-5pm
Instagram: houseofsmallwonder

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The Most Instagrammable Places in Berlin

Filled with vibrant artwork, beautiful skylines and a rich history, Berlin is a wonderful place to capture not only some great memories but also some great photos. The city is perfect for art-lovers and photographers alike due to its unique locations, exhibits and architecture. If you are someone who wants to improve their Instagram game whilst travelling then here are some great photograph locations for that flawless feed:

East Side Gallery

Standing in front of “Ohne Titel” (‘Untitled’) by Gamil Gimajew
The famous ‘Fraternal Kiss’ 

This large piece of the Berlin wall turned artist’s canvas boasts an array of colourful, spectacular and significant murals. The landmark will not only make your ’gram photos more aesthetically pleasing but will also give you an insight into the minds and political opinions of the creatives who have contributed to it over the last couple of decades.

Some of the best murals to get a photo in front of include ‘Fraternal Kiss’ by Dmitri Vrubel and the colourful “Ohne Titel” (‘Untitled’) by Gamil Gimajew. That said, there are many fantastic pieces of artwork showcased here. Just walk down the 1.3 kilometre open-air gallery and see what you can find – you might find something that you simply find cool or you might find a piece of art that you feel a connection with.

Address: Mühlenstraße 3-100, 10243 Berlin, Germany

Klunkerkranich

See Berlin from the heights

This bohemian-inspired bar located at the top of a car park is a must-go on every traveller’s list. As a bar, Klunkerkranich has the most relaxing and cosy atmosphere; it is definitely the place to grab a couple of pints with good friends. As for being instagrammable, it’s one of the best places on this list.

Overlooking the whole city, in particular Alexanderplatz, Klunkerkranich is the perfect place to catch the glowing sunset and take a breath-taking picture that will stun all of your friends. This bar is very popular with locals and visitors so it is best to go in good time if you want a seat and a stunning view of the world changing in the light. The best time to take a photo is around 9pm-10pm as this is when the sky becomes purple, pink and orange. I promise, you will not even need to use a filter.

Address: Karl-Marx-Straße 66, 12043 Berlin, Germany (Rooftop eco park Neukölln Arcaden)

The Photoautomat Booth

Me and Amber in the Photo Booth near Urban Spree

You have to try one of the Photoautomat Booths if you visit Berlin. These retro and classic style photo booths can be found throughout the city and cost around €2-3 a go. The quality of the final photo itself is insanely clear – it is worth the small change.

Asger Doenst and Ole Kretschmann are the two men who lovingly restored this trend from the 60s. The booths themselves serve as a creative medium for people of all ages. Go in as a group, with a friend or with a significant other and capture a beautiful and fun moment. It is one of the best souvenirs you can get in this city because the photos are not only special to Berlin culture but also to individuals.

Urban Spree

The beautiful artwork found in Urban Spree

Full of life and culture, Urban Spree has a bar, an independent art shop and even a small tattoo parlour. It is the ideal space to take an artsy-style photo. I’d suggest getting a picture in front of the giant coy fish graffitied by the entrance.

There is a lot to do in Urban Spree. It’s a great place for a good evening or day out and a small flea-market is held weekly. You will definitely capture Berlin’s artistic culture here and the photos you take will add a splash of brightness to your Instagram feed.

Address: Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin, Germany

Street Art Alley

Down Street Art Alley 
One of my favourite quotes on the wall 

Tucked away in busy Hackescher Markt is Street Art Alley: an alley different to any other. Filled with character and bursts of colour, you are guaranteed to get a good photo here. You can find some of your favourite characters drawn on the walls including Charlie Brown and Snoopy. One highlight of visiting this small alley is that, if you’re lucky, you might actually be able to watch the artists at work.

Another cool thing about Street Art Alley is that the walls are covered in masses of quotes and small images as well as the larger murals. It’s a pretty fun experience to search the walls and pick out your favourite, lesser-known pieces. After you have taken your photos you can always pop into Café Cinema located right next door. The outdoor seating area at the front of the café is also a great place for a retro-style photo.

Address: Located just behind ‘Café Cinema’. The address for Café Cinema is Rosenthaler Str. 39, 10178 Berlin, Germany

 

So, get your cameras and phones ready – you don’t want to miss all of the wonderful photo opportunities to be found in Berlin.

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The Best Places to Thrift in Berlin

Berlin is known for its fashion. Everywhere you go you’ll find trendy Berliners who make being cool seem effortless. Whilst achieving such a look might not be so effortless for all of us, in this city it never needs to be expensive. Berlin has a variety of amazing vintage and second-hand shops in which you can find designer and branded items for reasonable prices. You also have the potential to find something original and unique. Today I’m going to list all of my favourite thrift stores in Berlin. There is something for everyone – from students on a budget to those willing to spend a bit more on a fancier piece. So let’s rundown the best places to find and create your dream vintage outfit.

Key:
€- 20 & under
€€- 20-30
€€€- 30+ 

1. Blank Vintage

We all love a bargain. We love that feeling of finding something so good for so cheap. If you shop at Blank Vintage then you’re bound to get this feeling over and over again. Blank Vintage is fantastic for those on a tight budget. Although the shop itself is quite small it still has a good amount of dresses, jumpers, funky shirts and jeans on offer. If you’re a ‘thrifting beginner’ this is a great place to start out.

If you’re looking for a pair of good quality jeans then you need to go to Blank Vintage. They have a whole rack of designer jeans with most costing under €20. They also stock an amazing range of dungarees – I even found a pair of Tommy Hilfiger ones!

There’s only one changing room in the store so if it’s busy you might have to wait a bit before you can try on your thrifted outfit creations. It is also essential that you bring cash as they will not accept card.
All in all, Blank Vintage is a great place to find that cosy, oversized jumper or pair of rad designer jeans. I would argue that it is not the best place to find vintage accessories but this store has so much else to offer that it is definitely still worth a visit. It is so easy to sort through and always a chill and relaxing experience. This is a must for keen vintage shoppers.

Outside Blank Vintage ‘Berlin’s Cheapest Vintage’

 

Inside Blank Vintage and the most amazing jeans rack

Address: Warschauer Str. 29, 10243 Berlin, Germany

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 1:00pm-7:00pm
Sat: 1:00pm-8:00pm
Sun: Closed

Contact: https://www.facebook.com/Blank-Vintage-1424774641082874/

Instagram: blankvintageberlin

Cash or Card? Cash

2. PickNWeight

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Want to buy vintage in bulk for a great price? Well then you may have just found your clothing para-dise. PickNWeight is exactly what the name states: you pick an array of vintage clothes and weigh them to see how much they cost altogether. PickNWeight has the potential to be overwhelming to some as it is basically a warehouse filled with masses of thrift. They sell everything from clothes for both men and women to bags, shoes, jewellery and more. You really do need to dedicate either a whole morning or afternoon to sorting through everything they have on offer.

Every item has a colour sticker on its hanger. Each colour represents a different price range so, for example, a red sticker will represent that the item is €25. Items can range up to €75. If you are unsure about how much something costs then all you need to do is place it on one of the scales dotted around the store and the machine will tell you.

Top Tip: If you go to the Kreuzberg store there is also a mini coffee bar where you can take a break from all of the shopping. PickNWeight also stocks a fantastic range of formal dresses and outfits for those more up-market occasions.

Overall, although going PickNWeight is a pretty cool experience in itself it may not be for everyone due to the sheer amount of stuff shoppers have to sift through. That said, if you are willing to put in the time and effort then you are pretty much guaranteed to find a whole new outfit inspired by the suave Berliners’ style.

Inside the PickNWeight in Kreuzberg

Addresses:
GARAGE- Berlin SCHÖNEBERG: Ahornstraße 2, 10787 Berlin
MADE IN BERLIN – BERLIN MITTE: Neue Schönhauser Straße 19, 10178 Berlin
PICKNWEIGHT – BERLIN MITTE: Alte Schönhauser Straße 30, 10119 Berlin
PICKNWEIGHT – BERLIN MITTE: Münzstraße 19, 10178 Berlin
PICKNWEIGHT CONCEPT STORE – BERLIN KREUZBERG: Bergmannstraße 102, 10961 Berlin

Opening Hours:
SCHÖNEBERG: Mon-Fri: 11:00am-7:00pm, Sat 11:00am-6:00pm, Sun: Closed
BERLIN MITTE: Mon-Sat: 12:00am-8:00pm, Sun: Closed
PICKNWEIGHT- BERLIN MITTE: Mon-Sat: 12:00am-8:00pm
PICKNWEIGHT – BERLIN MITTE: Mon-Sat: 12:00am-8:00pm
PICKNWEIGHT CONCEPT STORE – BERLIN KREUZBERG: Mon-Sat: 11:00am-8:00pm

Contact: https://picknweight.de/

Instagram: picknweight

Cash or Card? Both

 

3. Vintage Revivals

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Vintage Revivals was actually one of the last shops I visited during my time in Berlin and it did not disappoint. Their mission is ‘to give old garments a second life and to create new on-trend looks’; they achieve this by offering an excellent range of clothes, shoes and accessories. From everyday tops to formal evening dresses, you’ll always find a steal here with most items being around €20 or less. Honestly, you could easily find a prom dress or a dress for a special occasion here for cheap. I ended up buying a beautiful long black velvet evening dress because it cost so little.

The whole layout of the store is visually pleasing. Everything is beautifully organised and spacious. The staff members themselves give off a very cool and on-trend vibe. This shop appeals to both men and women but I would say that the women’s section is much bigger than the men’s.

Top Tip: Before you leave make sure to get a selfie in front of the massive mirror with the pink neon light which reads ‘take a selfie, fake a life’- it’s a great place to capture that perfect insta moment.

The best place to take a cool insta

Address: Schönhauser Allee 124, 10437 Berlin, Germany

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 10:00am-7:00pm
Sun: Closed

Contact: http://vintagerevivals.de/ext_content/start/

Instagram: vintage.revivals

Cash or Card? Both

4. Soeur

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Stocking a variety of designer shoes, bags and clothes, Soeur is an elegant boutique for those who want to show their appreciation for branded clothing without breaking the bank. Although this place is definitely not made for those on a budget it has a really nice range of items from names such Marc Jacobs and Prada. I myself was tempted by a small cross-shoulder Prada bag which was about €200. There are some great finds here if you’re willing to pay that bit extra for designer thrift.

What stood out to me was the selection of jeans on offer. Many designer jeans are stocked in this shop ranging from your classic Levis’ to ACNE jeans and more. If you want to buy designer jeans for a reasonable price then it is worth hitting up this store to have a look.

Overall, despite the fact that shopping at Soeur may break your budget a little bit it is still worth having a look to see if you can find something vintage and something designer for a good price.

Inside the gorgeous Soeur boutique

Address: Marienburger Str. 24, 10405 Berlin, Germany

Contact: +49 30 32891520

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Sun: Closed

Instagram: soeur_berlin

Cash or Card? Both

5. Fleamarkets- Mauerpark Fleamarket & Nowkoelln Flowmarkt

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Honestly, going to the flea-markets in Berlin was one of the highlights of my trip. Berlin has some of the best, if not the best, flea-markets I have ever been to. This is most definitely the place to find bulk fashion for cheap.

Mauerpark Flowmarkt:
One of Berlin’s most loved fixtures, this market is held every Sunday at Mauerpark. I won’t go into too much detail about the market here as, due to the fact that there is so much to say, I will be dedicating a separate post to it.
In terms of this being a place to find vintage and second-hand clothing, it is somewhat outstanding. You can find an array of stalls selling vintage Tommy Hilfiger, Levis and more. I bought a Fila bomb-er style jacket for €25 which I am absolutely in love with. Many stalls in this market also sell bulks of clothes from brands such as Zara, H&M and Topshop for €1-€10. You are bound to find something at Mauerpark Flowmarkt; it’s so worth having a nose around to see what you can find.

Nowkollen Flowmarkt:
Sadly, I only went to this market once. Although much smaller than Mauerpark, Nowkollen still has a lot to offer with its array of clothing stalls. Here you can find vintage as well as branded clothing for great prices. When I went there were also many stalls which stocked handmade and up-cycled vintage items. I ended up buying this gorgeous handmade pink velvet bomber. I have never seen anything quite like it. You’re guaranteed to find something special here. Even simply walking around Nowkollen Flowmarkt was a pleasant experience. I felt like a local attending my weekly flea-market.
Top Tip: Try to bring a secure bag in order to protect your stuff. The market is placed on a narrow pathway which gets packed easily and you don’t want to be worrying about losing track of your belongings.

The Mauerpark Fleamarket 

Mauerpark Fleamarket
Address: Bernauer Str. 63-64, 13355 Berlin, Germany

Contact: +49 30 29772486

Opening Hours:
Sun: 10:00am-6:00pm

Cash or Card? Cash

Nowkollen Flowmarkt
Address: Maybachufer 31, 12047 Berlin, Germany

Opening Hours:
Sun: 10:00am-5:00pm

Cash or Card? Cash

Tips to remember when you go thrifting in Berlin:
⁃ Often thrift stores will have one small changing room which isn’t that private.
⁃ Most only accept cash not card. Bring cash for Blank Vintage and the flea-markets.

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