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Shops and markets in Neukölln

The fashion stores and food markets the locals don’t want you to know about...

© David Clack

Like its bar, restaurant and art scenes, Neukölln's shopping scene is rich and diverse. Vintage fashion, cupcakes and floppy-haired boys with guitars: 'art and project space' Let Them Eat Cake (Weserstrasse 164, +49 30 6096 5095) is an Instagrammer's heaven. Primarily, it's a prettily-presented vintage clothing store – but this is no musty-smelling Brick Lane free-for-all. Pieces are hand-picked by the discerning Swedish owner, then tastefully customised (or simply repaired) and displayed on the boutique-like shop floor. 

Another unique Neukölln store is Fantasiakulisse (Flughafenstrasse 32, +49 30 6235 574) – one Berliner's collection of vintage movie and theatre props, posters and general paraphernalia. Among the stock are musical instruments, lamps, clocks, pieces of furniture and more than 200 mannequins, some of which have made appearances in the biggest German productions of last century. When it comes to bargaining, be warned that the enthusiastic owner is rather attached to some of his stock, so you may end up paying over the odds for his sentimental baggage.

For fresh, locally farmed food, head to the big church in Schillerkiez's Herrfurthplatz every Saturday, around which you'll find a decent-sized farmer's market with stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, cheeses and seafood. It's not a huge set-up, but if nothing else takes your fancy, there's always the option to grab a bench, open an organic beer and watch Neukölln's foodies fill their tote bags.

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