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Finding What You Need in Germany’s Discount Drugstores

Finding What You Need in Germany’s Discount Drugstores

Toothpaste or body lotion confiscated at airport security? Blisters the size of quarters from hiking around town in new sandals? Forgot to pack sunscreen or feminine hygiene products? No worries—Germany’s discount drugstore chains have this and much more covered. Ask for the nearest “Rossmann” or “dm” (day-em) store. In Germany, there’s one in practically every » Read more

Aldi and Lidl, oh my! A guide to Germany’s discount grocery stores

Aldi and Lidl, oh my! A guide to Germany’s discount grocery stores

Not all grocery stores in Berlin (and Germany, for that matter) are equal. Germans are well-known for their thrifty nature, which combined with the country’s market power has resulted in some of the lowest food prices on the continent. Germany is well-acquainted with discount grocery stores, and is in fact the birthplace of the Aldi » Read more

Berlin: Pick up authentic GDR souvenirs at Ostpaket

Berlin: Pick up authentic GDR souvenirs at Ostpaket

The television tower, or Fernsehturm, at Berlin’s Alexanderplatz was one of the proud symbols of the former East Germany. Then it is perhaps fitting that its shadow falls upon a store specializing in products from the GDR. Ostpaket, located across Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse from the train station in the Berlin-Carré shopping center, sells a combination of popular » Read more

Berlin Bookstores: English booksellers in Berlin

Berlin Bookstores: English booksellers in Berlin

By C H Kwak in Berlin— In a bustling, art and club-filled city like Berlin, there are always reasons to go out at night. Sometimes, however, you just want to curl up with a book. Here are four places I frequent to pick up English books, new and used. 1. Another Country (Bookshop) Riemannstraße 7, » Read more

Berlin: 7 Christmas Markets You Shouldn’t Miss

Berlin: 7 Christmas Markets You Shouldn’t Miss

By C.H. Kwak in Berlin— ‘Tis the season… to shop and drink mulled wine, that is. Christmas markets in Berlin have been spreading faster than bedbugs in New York. Today there are over 60 markets in Berlin. You really don’t need me to tell you where to go, since you will stumble onto one at » Read more

Shopping doesn’t (have to) break the bank in Berlin

Shopping doesn’t (have to) break the bank in Berlin

Unlike other European capitals, Berlin offers more for stylish Cheapos than second-hand and vintage clothing stores (of which there are plenty). You can easily get that “so-chic-without-trying” Berlin look for less than the cost of lunch by prowling a smattering of cheap and chic boutiques that appeal with low prices and hip styles. Stick to » Read more

Berlin: Christmas markets and winter treats

Berlin: Christmas markets and winter treats

Berlin is downright chilly (and even a little bleak) in winter. But, as the Germans love to say, there’s no such thing as bad weather; it’s inappropriate clothing that makes you cold. As long as you bundle up in the thickest of coats, socks, soles, gloves, hats, and boots, the chill won’t slow you down. » Read more

Berlin cheap souvenir: Nightlife magazines and club promos

Berlin cheap souvenir: Nightlife magazines and club promos

When it comes to Berlin, we love the nightlife. Not only are the clubs and bars wildly fun, with great music and dancing pumping ’til dawn, but admission is cheapo-friendly, especially compared to the hot spots of other capital cities. For cheap souvenirs, we recommend bringing home free club promotional materials, handouts, and even listings magazines. You’ll have proof that you » Read more

Berlin: To Market, To Market

Berlin: To Market, To Market

Despite being a major capital, Berlin is a relatively relaxed city, and at no time is this more evident than on Sundays. Life slows down, and stores are closed as well. This means that frantic shopping is not an option on Sundays. In its place: the flea market, or Flohmarkt in German. After a leisurely » Read more

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