Hey Macklemore? can we go thrift shopping? Why, yes, yes, we can. Because I love thrift shopping, especially when I travel. And the best thrift shop Berlin spots to hit? Hard to say, because there are so many. When it comes to sustainable and unique shopping in second hand shops Berlin’s got it going on!
If you are someone who loves to dive deep into the depths of a thrift store Berlin style in search of some vintage gems, you’ll struggle to find better offerings than a thrift store in Berlin. The variety alone is something to be marvelled at, and fortunately for you, I’ve put together a concise yet comprehensive guide to the best second-hand shops in Berlin since many people have requested it. Get ready to pop some tags, friendos!
Thrift Shop Berlin: my favourite spots
Starting with the obvious, Humana consists of several stores across Germany and is among the best vintage shops Berlin has. They offer high-quality second hand and vintage items at low prices and are well known for promoting sustainability and encouraging their customers to do the same. On their website, you can even find sustainability reports that demonstrate how supporting their cause helps the environment and the positive impact of second-hand purchases.
Fun fact: Scenes from Netflix’s ‘Queen’s Gambit’ were shot at Humana, depicting it as an American department store from the 1950s.
Want to learn about more movies set in Berlin? Check out my ‘Movies About Berlin’ blog post.
‘Boxi’ Weekend Market
The Boxi weekend market is a Flea Market at Boxhagener Platz every Sunday. This simple yet awesome market is one of the many hidden gems for vintage shopping Berlin. While it may not be a physical store, Boxi offers everything from clothing to quaint antiques and figurines. Not to mention that it’s in the middle of Simon-Dach district, with plenty of surrounding shops and cafes, it’s the perfect location for a Sunday outing.
A slightly claustrophobic treasure chest of silk tops, sports jackets, Converse and hipster bags, Repeater is one of the best spots for unique vintage finds in Berlin. There are lots of known brands like Adidas, Champion and Vans. The staff is super friendly and the prices very reasonable. Definitely a must on your thrift shop itinerary while in Berlin!
Soul & Style
The name ‘Soul and Style’ is catchy and also tells you a lot about the ethos and services offered by this particular thrift store in Berlin. Not only is Soul and Style a very popular vintage store Berlin spot, as well as further afield thanks to their Etsy store, but they are also a yoga studio. As they describe it in their Etsy bio, ‘Vintage and yoga, a balance between inner and outer life.’ Whether you’re looking for some vintage gear or a new spot to satisfy your yoga needs, you can visit Soul and Style also in Friedrichshain.
Lena’s Lovely Vintage
Lena’s Lovely Vintage is an incredible second-hand store that offers some of the finest women’s vintage clothing in Berlin. This boutique sells selected vintage clothing from the 1950s to the 1990s. As you can imagine, there is a vast range of apparel and items to be found here and exploring it is quite the experience! Ranging from eye-catching gowns from the 1950s to vintage sportswear any hipster would be proud to don, big-name brands to brands that no longer exist — Lena’s Lovely Vintage Berlin is undoubtedly something not to be missed.
RAW Weekend Market
Initially founded in 1897, this former train repair station (now derelict buildings) has been adopted and transformed by Berlin’s creative community since the late 1990s. Now, Reichsbahn-Ausbesserungs-Werk or ‘RAW’, as it is now known, is home to clubs, bars, a skate park, a swimming pool club, a bunker-turned-climbing-wall and a Sunday flea market. Whether you’re a creative looking for a new environment to explore with like-minded individuals or a bargain-hunter looking for the best vintage gear in Berlin, RAW is well worth checking out.
Vintage Revivals is a contemporary second-hand brand and a thrift shop in Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Cologne, Manheim and Hamburg. They offer a wide range of men’s and women’s designer pieces from past decades, with the goal of not only giving new life to old clothes but also being responsible for creating new trends. It’s safe to say they’re not your average vintage store Berlin spot! Vintage Revivals have physical stores and an excellent online shop, so whichever method of shopping you prefer, VR caters to everyone.
Soeur is one of the smaller second-hand shops in Berlin, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in vast appeal and a unique charm that makes each visit memorable. They maintain an Instagram and Tumblr account to keep their customers updated on the latest vintage gems, both of which are well worth checking out. Their items include clothing from a range of decades, bags, accessories, and also one-off designer pieces that you’d struggle to find elsewhere.
As they describe it, Trash Schick is a second hand and vintage store in Berlin ‘for eco-sensitive individualists with a personal style’. They source and sell a massive range of vintage clothing with keen attention to unique styles and a motivation to ensure high quality. From designer vintage gear to unique trinkets to dazzling accessories — Trash Schick is a treasure chest for vintage enthusiasts and anyone else who appreciates something a little bit different.
Mauerpark Weekend Market
As you can probably gather by now, Berlin folks love their markets, and for good reason! Berlin markets are not only fantastic for the community and offer a space for independent sellers to do business, but they’re also a treasure trove for vintage lovers. The best aspect of weekend markets in Berlin is that you quite literally never know what to expect.
The items for sale consist of whatever the sellers happen to have for sale at that time, meaning you can easily discover designer one-offs, long lost vintage pieces or simply some clothing and other items that perfectly suit your style. Whether you’re on the lookout for vintage gear, furniture, trinkets or anything else — a visit to the market can give you what you need!
The Good Store
The Good Store is a thrift shop in Berlin that strives to sell high-quality, contemporary apparel and look beyond that and give it a richer purpose. With a progressive, modern approach to fashion, their pieces are carefully selected and sold in their minimalistic store. Therefore putting less focus on the store and more emphasis on the items for sale. The owners want you to love the items you purchase and consider your role as an owner who will pass items on to the next owners — to prolong the life of vintage clothing, artisanal jewellery and selected homeware for as long as possible.
Garments Vintage is a special one for sure. It’s not your everyday vintage store in Berlin. It even has a hidden back garden filled with flowers, and clothing isn’t just organised by colours and styles — they also consider your mood! It’s exclusively for womenswear and features some incredible specialities, including costumes and dresses for special occasions. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but regardless, it’s an experience for sure — and a new experience is always worth your time!
Paul’s Boutique is what most people would picture when they hear ‘thrift shop’. It’s a small space that houses a vast range of items, and when I say huge, I’m not exaggerating. So much so that the owners advise customers to put some time aside so that they can thoroughly explore everything they have to offer. Vintage clothing, shoes, toys, collectables, vinyl records and the list goes on! It’s also worth noting that Paul’s Boutique is one of four thrift shops in Berlin that the owners operate, the others being Goo, Repeater and Torstrasse. The information for all of their stores can be found on the Paul’s Boutique website.
There you have it! A list of what are, in my humble opinion, the best vintage shops in Berlin. The list above offers an insane amount of variety! However, I have no doubt that I’m yet to discover some other little gems out there.
So, which thrift shops in Berlin did I miss?
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