Last week Bikini Berlin opened its doors. The new Berlin mall (for the lack of a better word) is supposed to reinvent the west of the city and once can certainly say that it is partly doing that. With the opening of the Waldorf Astoria luxury hotel in the area and the recent opening of the first Uniqlo store in Germany, the western part of the city seems to be on the up, after 20 years of everybody exclusively talking about the east.
Of course we visited the new shopping destination and while not fully occupied yet, some promising brands and retailers have already opened their spaces. Andreas Murkudis is occupying a few retail spaces with a series of fashion concepts and an Aspesi flagship store. Vans and Carhartt have both opened flagship stores and Mykita, the local premium eyewear brand will follow soon as well. Mitte retailer Firmament is hosting a temporary space together with Nike at Bikini Berlin for three months. As you can see, all in all, one of the more interesting shopping destinations has opened its doors.
The space that got us hooked the most though was the new Gestalten Pavilion on the last floor. The second retail space by the book publisher in Berlin, the first houses an art gallery in the Mitte district, along with a shop and this new one actually combines shopping with a cafe. The 530-sqm space houses beautiful design objects and interior items, and of course a wide selection of Gestalten titles. The selection is impressive and puts the store for us at the forefront of design concept stores in the city and beyond. The mix and well-curated selection of home accessories, jewellery, young designer objects, art editions and books will definitely make us return on a regular. Simply put, the new Gestalten Pavilion might just be our favorite new store in Berlin. A must see on your next visit.
At Bikini Berlin
Budapester Straße 38–50
Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cafe open until 10 p.m. and on Sundays
- Photography: Yves Sucksdorff / Gestalten