Bikini Berlin

Shopping, Designer Charlottenburg
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The Bikinihaus is the nickname Berliners gave this massive postwar building in the 1950s. An open-sided storey framed by columns on the second floor once separated the building into one upper and one lower area. For locals, the two-tier architecture, which today is fully glazed, reminded them of the daring new swimwear fashion of that time, the bikini.

Today, it's a sprawling, stylish complex, incorporating designer shopping, offices, cinema, recreation, an 'urban oasis' and a boutique hotel, 25 Hours. The shopping mall itself could be described as a three-storey megamall for affluent, arty hipsters. A minimal, stylish ‘experience’, featuring more esoteric brands than one would expect to find in the average identikit mall, as well as major international labels offering alternative spaces, Bikini Berlin bills itself as a ‘concept mall’ aimed at the ‘urban customer’.

 

 

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Venue name: Bikini Berlin
Contact:
Address: 38-50 Budapester Strasse
Berlin
10787
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm Sun 12-6pm
Transport: U2, U9 Zoologischer Garten
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MissLDN
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While visiting Berlin recently a friend lured me to the mall stating that she couldn't say much, as she did not want to spoil the surprise. And she had been right. Apart from it being a great shopping mall (more small labels - though slightly on the pricey side, but worth browsing anyway) and a great architecture the best feature is a window to Berlin Zoo. You can actually sit and enjoy a drink, while watching the monkeys on the other side. Unfortunately when I went it's been freezing and they just had a look around and disappeared again, but nevertheless its great.

I'd recommend going there and staying away from the usual malls.