SUNDAY SHOPPING IN BERLIN (YES, IT’S POSSIBLE)

Something that always surprises newbies to Germany is that shops are usually closed on Sunday. Many even go so far as to complain about it, as if it were the “end of the world”.

Trust us, it’s not that bad and you’ll get used to it soon enough. You still have six other days in the week to shop to your heart’s content. The good news is that there are way more Sunday shopping opportunities in Berlin than you think.

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YOUR SUNDAY SHOPPING IN BERLIN GUIDE

Let’s look at the various ways you can still go about Sunday shopping in Berlin.

1) Restaurants, Bars, and Cafés

If you’re in need of food or drink, restaurants, bars, and cafés are all still open. You can treat yourself to a lovely Sunday brunch, go on a dinner date with your lover, or meet friends at a bar for a wine tasting.

2) Food Delivery

Maybe you’re hungover or just feeling plain lazy and just don’t want to leave the house. Food delivery is also available from Wolt, Lieferando, Uber Eats, etc.

Check out our partners page to get deals for various food delivery providers in Berlin.

3) Shopping Sundays

These are the Sunday shopping days in Berlin for 2024:  

  • January 28, 2024
  • September 8, 2024
  • December 8, 2024
  • December 22, 2024

Check the schedule for future Sunday openings, as new dates tend to be added closer to the holiday season.

4) Spätis

Berliners love their local Spätis (convenience stores) hard, with some being open 24/7. You can usually pick up basic things from a Späti, like snacks, booze, feminine hygiene products, and toilet paper. While items will be on the expensive side, it can get you out of a jam if you’re desperate.

5) Supermarkets

You can also travel to various public transit stations around the city and hit up a supermarket.
 

Location Supermarket
Friedrichstr EDEKA
Gesundbrunnen Denns Biomarkt
Hauptbahnhof Rewe, SPAR Express
Lichtenberg EDEKA, Rossman
Ostbahnhof Rewe
Südkreuz EDEKA
Zoologischer Garten Ullrich

6) Pharmacies

If you’re in need of medication, there is usually at least one Apotheke (pharmacy) open in every district on Sundays. You can check Apothekerkammer Berlin to find an open location near you. Even better, use the MAYD app to have medication delivered to your door in about 30 minutes.

7) Flea Markets

Berlin has a wide range of Flohmärkte (flea markets) that are open on Sundays. You can find a lot of junk, but really cool things as well, like vintage clothing, antiques, art prints, and more. Especially popular is the flea market at Mauerpark, the one at Boxhagnerplatz, and the one at RAW. Also, see this full list of flea markets in Berlin.

Just like we said, Sunday shopping in Berlin is possible! Have we missed anything? Tell us in the comments.

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Cheryl Howard, Founder @ The Berlin Life

Cheryl Howard, Founder @ The Berlin Life

Hi, I’m Cheryl. My mission is to help you move to Berlin and find work.

A Canadian in Berlin for 10+ years, I have the unique experience of moving to Berlin – not once, but twice. During my time in Berlin, I’ve had five different visas and worked as both a freelancer and a permanent employee for numerous Berlin companies. I even managed to find a new job during the pandemic and again in 2023, during Germany’s recession and massive layoffs in tech. 

My day job has involved work as a hiring manager, overseeing the recruitment of countless people, as well as a team coach helping teams and individuals work better and find happiness in their careers. Through my side projects, I’ve also shared my personal experiences by publishing a series of helpful blog posts, creating a thriving community of job seekers, and hosting events to help people find work in Berlin. In 2021, I decided to put my coaching and recruiting talents to use by creating The Berlin Life, bringing my existing content and community together in one spot.

The combination of my personal and professional experience means I know exactly what it takes to move to Berlin and find work.