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

Something that always surprises newbies to Germany is that shops are closed on Sunday. Many people 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. Also, the good news is that there are way more Sunday shopping opportunities than you think.

ABOUT SUNDAY SHOPPING IN BERLIN

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

1) Restaurants, Bars, and Cafés

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

Recommended reading: Our Favourite Bars For Craft Beer In Berlin

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, Lieferdando, Uber Eats, etc.

3) Shopping Sundays

Until now, only one day has been scheduled for 2022, which was February 20. Finally, the city has set dates ahead of the holiday season when many (but not all shops) will be open from about 13:00 – 20:00. Set your calendars for December 4 and 18, 2022 when you can indulge in a rare Sunday shopping in Berlin opportunity.

4) Spätis

Berliners love their local Spätis (convenience stores), with some being open 24/7. You can usually pick up basic things from a Spati, like snacks, booze, feminine hygiene products, and toilet paper. While items will be on the expensive side, they 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 ReweSPAR Express
Lichtenberg EDEKARossman
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

    A Canadian in Berlin for 10+ years, I have the unique experience of moving to Berlin - not once, but twice. I’ve had five different visas and worked as both a freelancer and a permanent employee. As a longtime Berliner, career coach, and hiring manager, I write guides about living and working in Berlin, offer coaching sessions, and provide ways to get connected to a wider community. The combination of my personal and professional experience means I know exactly what it takes to move to Berlin and find work.

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