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Relatively inexpensive and positively crawling with creativity, Berlin is a bit like what New York used to be – but with a uniquely European edge and barrels of style.
Relatively inexpensive and positively crawling with creativity, Berlin is a bit like what New York used to be – but with a uniquely European edge and barrels of style.

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Explore retro fashion in Berlin

Berlin is much more than the wall that divided it 25 years ago. Now known as the “New York of Europe”, the city exudes an unmatchable retro flair. Whether it is 'ostalgie' (slang for nostalgia for the old East Germany) or the city’s hidden treasures from Scandinavia, here are the must see/must do retro classics of Germany’s capital, from vinyl-only clubs to disco-era fashion.

The bar in Das Stue.

Das Stue

Built on the site of the former Danish embassy, this hotel can be found in the leafy green neighborhood of Tiergarten. The stately 1930s building’s interior is draped with modish touches, such as the curvaceous seating at the hotel bar, which has to be seen to be believed. The rooms have patterned pillows, wooden floors, and old-style freestanding bathtubs - perfect for a long soak.

Das Stue

Drakestrasse 1, Berlin

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Museum of Decorative Arts in Berlin.

Museum of Decorative Arts/Kunstgewerbemuseum

Following two years of renovation, the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) reopens with new interiors. Peruse the fashion factory's floors to find disco-era dresses alongside industrial design classics.

Kunstgewerbemuseum

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Matthäikirchplatz, Berlin

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Retro Fashion at Class of Berlin.

Class of Berlin

Located in the heart of Berlin, this two-story treasure is packed with enough retro fashion, period books and old records to leave you browsing for days. They even have a classic barbershop for men, to complete your head-to-toe style.

Class of Berlin

Große Hamburger Strasse 19A, Berlin

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At Garment's you'll find everything from designer labels to quirky plastics.

Garments

With a reputation for being one of the best vintage shops in Berlin, Garments has two locations – one for women’s fashion, the other which includes menswear. They offer rare, vintage pieces from designer labels like Chloé, Fendi, and Christian­ Dior, as well as quirky finds such as Abba-era plastic jewelry.

Garments

Stargarderstrasse 12A, Berlin

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Vintage Galore

Specializing in retro furniture, this is where you’ll find old-school Danish design and mid-century classics, as well as lights and lamps from a bygone era. Their 1970s classics are the best, including couches, leather chairs, and floor lamps.

Vintage Galore

Sanderstrasse 12, Berlin

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Café Einstein was once the home of silent-film actress Henny Porten.

Café Einstein

Before it became a gambling house during the Weimar Republic, this must-visit coffee house was once the home of silent-film actress Henny Porten. Since opening as a Viennese coffeehouse in 1978, it has retained the freshness of its early years with stately style and stellar cappuccinos.

Café Einstein

Kurfürstenstrasse 58, Berlin

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French bistro 3 minutes sur mer.

3 minutes sur mer

This self-styled classic French bistro features an open kitchen serving up both fish and meat dishes. The wood-paneled walls are hung with vintage prints offering a wonderful coziness.

3 minutes sur mer

Torstrasse 167, Berlin

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Stasi Museum is filled with retro 1970s furniture and old photographs.

Stasi Museum

Set in the former secret police headquarters, this memorial museum will give you a bit of insight into East Germany's political past. Filled with retro 1970s furniture and old photographs, you can peak in to the former chief’s office and see if you can spot the hidden microphones.

Stasi Museum

Ruschestrasse 103, Berlin

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Bassy Club doesn't play music that was made after 1970.

Bassy Club

Doing the Time Warp is astounding. And to be enveloped by country, soul, and classic rock as the DJs spin vinyl-only is another dimension. Bathed in red light, the live shows feature burlesque alongside a mural of Saddam Hussein. One of Berlin’s best-kept secrets, this club has one rule: They don’t play music that was made after 1970, so you won't be taking a jump to the left or a step to the right, after all. But you will have a truly unique night out.

Bassy Club

Schönhauser Allee 176A, Berlin

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You will find everything Absinth at the bar with the same name.

Absinth ­Depot Berlin

For 12 years, this shop and cocktail bar has been hosting absinth tastings, with more than 100 varieties on offer. The keen visitor can also enjoy informative historical tours, and if you're looking to take something home with you the store sells paraphernalia, spoons, glasses, and literature – and, of course, absinthe chocolate.

Absinth ­Depot Berlin

Weinmeisterstrasse 4

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TV Tower

Set in the central district of Mitte, this landmark looks like a disco ball on a toothpick. It took four years to complete this masterpiece, from 1965 to 1969, in what was then East Berlin. As the fourth-tallest tower structure in Europe, this retro classic has a revolving restaurant and bar in its panoramic dome. It takes less than a minute to get to the top.

TV Tower

Panoramastrasse 1A, Berlin

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Kippis

This beacon of vintage Finnish design highlights items from colorful specialty glassware to old furniture and quirky design pieces. Finnish designers Harri Koskinen and Tapio Wirkkala are on show alongside furniture designer Avarte, which has timeless pieces here too, including “the world’s most comfortable chair.”

Kippis

Torstrasse 147, Berlin

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Last edited: August 17, 2017

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