The Best Vintage Stores & Flea Markets in Berlin, Germany
Whenever planning a trip to a new (or old) destination, we all have specific interests we are passionate about exploring. In addition to the “must-see” sights and experiences, mine include walking tours, art galleries, gluten-free restaurants, and vintage/thrift stores and flea markets. To go along with each of my city-specific vintage & thrift hauls, I am going to be writing blog posts that detail my favourite thrift and vintage stores in those cities, so that you can bookmark and save the page for the next time you find yourself there! I have already posted my top picks for Chicago and Manchester, so today it is time to have a look at the best vintage stores & flea markets in Berlin!
It doesn’t matter whether you are in need of a cheap bike, 1930s dress, or a funky desk lamp, the great diversity of Berlin flea markets makes it easy to find a great bargain on furniture, vinyl, clothes, and more. Berlin has a well-established flea market culture, making it a great shopping and people-watching activity when visiting the German capital.
1) The Iconic – Mauerpark
Mauerpark is the flea market where I purchased all the goodies shown in my Berlin vintage haul. A Berliner favourite, Mauerpark happens every Sunday and offers visitors an eclectic mix of vintage and thrifted goods, unique leather and jewellery products, funky furniture and home decor gems, and delicious food. The price of goods range from absolute bargains to very expensive, but all of it is fun to wander around. The market is exceptionally popular, meaning that (at least on the Sunday that I was there) there isn’t a lot of space to manoeuvre. However, the always fantastic atmosphere due to the famous karaoke and delicious food stands make it certainly worth a browse.
Mauerpark, Bernauer Straße 63-64, U Eberswalder Straße
Every Sunday 8am-6pm. Closed during winter time
2) The Colourful – Hallenflohmarkt in der Arena
Berlin’s biggest indoor-market, Arena takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. A joyful mess and a well-kept secret, here visitors can find almost anything — clothes, toys, art — and haggling is expected. Last time I found a lot of incredible vintage radios, lamps and carpets. As one of the few covered flea markets in Berlin, this is a good choice on a cold and rainy day!
Arena, Eichenstraße 4, S Treptower Park or U Schlesisches Tor
Every Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm
3) The Historical – Flohmarkt am Arkonaplatz
One of the smaller flea-market options, Arkonaplatz specialises in items from East Germany. The quality and attention to detail of the products is what makes this flea market stand out. I personally love all the mid-century furniture that is sold here, some of which is refurbished and some that remains in its original state. Everything can be found here, books, old sound systems, and clothing. I would recommend this one for a hot summer day, as sellers set up shop under the trees!
Arkonaplatz 1, U Bernauer Straße
Every Sunday 10am-6pm
4) The Traditional – Trödel-und Kunstmarkt in der Straße des 17. Juni
The original Berlin flea-market, Straße des 17. Juni has been taking place every weekend since 1973. Because it is the oldest flea-market in Berlin, the sellers here are all professional antiques dealers and certainly know their stuff (making it a lot harder to haggle!) However, buying from experts means that the items on sale are fabulous if you are growing a specialist collection. I haven’t every bought anything here (yet!), but I always enjoy having a look and learning something new about antiques. It’s location in Charlottenburger is also fantastic, as you can see the Spree and Charlottenburger Tor (a Neo-Baroque gate) in the distance.
Straße 17. Juni, S Tiergarten
Every Saturday and Sunday – 10am-5pm
5) The Night – Nachtflohmarkt SO36
Every second Wednesday of the month, the legendary SO36 club becomes a marketplace for used CDs, records, clothes, and all kinds of odds and ends. The night-time flea market starts at 8pm, as does the DJ and the intermittent band performances. The bar is also open — maybe to help you take the edge off before spending your entire paycheck? I recommend getting here as early as possible, as it is always crowded and there is some seriously good stuff to be bought!
Nachtflohmarkt SO36, Oranienstraße 190, U Kottbusser Tor
Every second Wednesday from 8pm
Thrift & Vintage Stores
I have been to Berlin three times and each time I have indulged in a little thrift/vintage retail therapy. Berlin is such a stylish city, which is reflected in the fabulous thrift/vintage clothing it has on offer. Here are my top 5 favourite stores that I always make time to go and see!
1) Garments Vintage
I have been visiting Garments Vintage since my first trip to Berlin in 2011. One of my favourite stores due to the fact that everything is organised by colours and styles in a very well-designed, chic store — it even has a backyard garden filled with blooming flowers! There is an exclusive womenswear section which has an abundance of sequin pieces (my favourite!) and here you can be guaranteed to find something special and fabulous to wear. There definitely are bargains to be found, but there are also pieces that could make it slightly hard to pay rent next month, so keep that in mind!
Garments Vintage, Stargarder Straße 12 A, 10437 Berlin, + 49 307 477 9919
Hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-19:00
2) Mankii Vintage
For some classy vintage in Mitte head to Mankii, a small (but well-stocked) store that has original fashion and accessories from the 30’s to the 90’s. I always swoon over the hippy styles that are available, as well as the fantastic handbags. Mankii Vintage also has men’s and children’s clothing!
Mankii Vintage, Gormannstraße 16, Berlin, Germany
Hours: Mon-Sat 12:30-19:00
3) PicknWeight Kilo
The mecca of Berlin thrift stores, when I first came upon PicknWeight Kilo I couldn’t believe my eyes! The store offers pieces from all decades and then sells them to you by weight! Items are marked in different sticker colours, each corresponding to a different price so you always know how much you are going to pay. PicknWeight has two stores in Berlin — one in Kreuzberg and one in Mitte (my personal favourite) — and is an absolute MUST VISIT for anyone who appreciates individual style!
PicknWeight Kreuzberg, Bergmannstraße 102, Berlin, Germany +49 30 6943348
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00–19:00
PicknWeight Mitte, Alte Schönhauser Str. 30, Berlin, Germany +49 30 40054388
Hours: Mon-Sat 12:00–20:00
4) Sing Blackbird
Located in the very hip area of Kreuzkölln (between Kreuzberg and Neukölln), Sing Blackbird is one of the loveliest shops in Berlin. To ensure you have the energy to try on everything (because you are going to want to), the store has a sweet little vegan café. The shop sells vintage clothes, accessories, jewellery and shoes — many of which are luxury designer. The store itself is not cheap, but they organise a monthly flea market, as well as screening classic movies and concerts.
Sing Blackbird, Sanderstrasse 11, Kreuzkölln, no telephone
Hours: Mon-Sun 10.30-20:00
5) Let Them Eat Cake
A vintage lover’s idea of heaven, Let Them Eat Cake provides Berlin with a fantastic selection of high quality items and curated outfits. Over the years I have found a lot of incredible gems in here! Their collection is quite feminine and covers vintage from the 70’s to the 90’s (aka perfect for me). The owner is always sourcing items from both within Germany and abroad, so you can be guaranteed to find new swoon-worthy items every-time you enter! The store also hosts great art-centred events.
Let Them Eat Cake, Weserstr. 164 Berlin, Germany +49 30 60965095
Hours: Mon-Sat 13:00-19:00
Think of this more as a thrift department store (yes it is that big) than merely a thrift store, HUMANA is part of a humanitarian organisation. You can get gems for as little as 2 euros, but you have to d-i-g. For those of us that love this kind of challenge, HUMANA is perfect. The items are colour-coded; but, (unlike most of the vintage stores on this list) you will need to have a few hours to be able to go through everything.
HUMANA, Frankfurter Tor 3, Friedrichshain, +49 30 422 2018
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00-20:00
7) Das neue Schwarz
The most luxurious of the shops listed here, Das neue Schwarz’s collection is made up of exclusive vintage designer pieces from brands that I dream of one-day wearing! We are talking Martin Margiela, Vivienne Westwood, Raf Simons, and Bernhard Willhelm. While it might be slightly out of our price range at the moment, a stop in here reminds me of the vintage collection I am aiming for. Let’s plan for a “Das neue Schwarz haul” in 7 years?! They also have a store in Vienna if you are ever there!
Das neue Schwarz, Mulackstrasse 37, Mitte, +49 30 2787 4467
Hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-20:00
I hope you find this guide to the best vintage stores & flea markets in Berlin helpful for when you are planning your trip there! Let me know if you have any other favourite vintage stores & flea markets in the city that I need to check out when I return!