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You have to know what you’re looking for with this one, tucked away as it is in a disused frame factory in a courtyard just off Schlesisches Tor. Motto is Swiss by origin and Swiss in its super design consciousness. Besides pop-ups all over European art hot spots

  1. Skalitzer Straße 68
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Hard Wax

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Berlin and Detroit will be forever linked by techno. Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus started their Basic channel imprint in the late 80s to begin releasing the analogue, richly-textured techno being produced at the time in America’s Motor City. This was in

  1. Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44a
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Another Country

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A second-hand bookshop with legendary status and a whiff of bohemia: Another Country is a window into a Kreuzberg of the past. Its proprietor, Sophia Raphaeline, established the shop at a time before the area was laden with the cafés, restaurants and shops that now

  1. Riemannstraße 7
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The innocuous Moritzplatz roundabout was always a no man’s land, but there have been a fair few high-profile shops opening around there, including a high-end kitchen appliance shop, a banh-mi café and the Prince Charles nightclub. One of the first, though, was

  1. Prinzenstrasse 85
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Saint Georges

Comfortable leather couches are provided for browsing a decent and nicely priced selection of English-language books, old and new. Lots of biographies and contemporary lit, plus a good turnover of dog-eared classics.

  1. Wörther Strasse 27
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