Every time I have friends visiting from abroad or I am looking for cool gift ideas for friends, I always try to get them something either made in Berlin or at least designed here. But it is never easy to decide what to get.
If you are just visiting or browing around your neighborhood looking for non mainstream Berlin souvenirs, you hit the jackpot! We have just what you are looking for. A list with great products from local designers and manufacturers.
Our friends from Of Berlin, who work with and support over 60 local Berlin based designers, helped us come up with the top 10 cool Berlin souvenirs.
1) Sawade Chocolate
A real classic! Sawade is the oldest Berlin chocolate manufacturer. Since 1880, Sawade offers fine, handmade pralines without using any preservatives. Once the beautifully designed box is empty, it can be used to keep your jewelry or beloved knick knacks.
2) Brandstifter Gin
Such a delicious, mild gin that comes straight out of Berlin. Every bottle is filled and numbered by hand, making this gin a perfect gift for the special someone in your life.
3) Photo Booth Pictures
Berlin party nights are too special to be forgotten, that’s for sure! So, taking a picture with your friends in one of the many photo booths spread all over town, is the thing to do. Here’s an overview of where you can find them.
4) Push Bowls
The absolute best choice when you’re traveling with limited luggage space. The push bowl is completely flat, but turns into a beautiful shiny bowl when you press the metal with your fingers.
5) Chai from ManuTeeFaktur
Manu Kumar’s own interpretation of traditional tea variations are hand-blended and roasted in house. The ManuTeeFaktur is known for its delicious, organic teas. And who doesn’t enjoy a delicious warm cup of tea?
6) Anything from the Turkish Market at Maybachufer
The best proof that Berlin is actually a Mediterranean city (just a lot colder…LOL): the vibrant Turkish market in Kreuzkölln. You’ll find everything there! Fruits & vegetables, yummy street food, fabrics, handmade products from local manufacturers and great street music.
7) Tote Bag Neon Dot
The tote is still Berlin’s most popular bag. This one is particularly pretty. A very durable bag, made from 100% organic cotton and a silkscreen printed neon circle in the center. Your friends will love it (And so will you! )
8) Our/Berlin P&T Tea Infusion Kit
Not your average Berlin vodka! This vodka tea infusion kit is the result of a cooperation between two great local brands: our/Berlin vodka and Paper & Tea. When infusing the delicious and mild vodka with fine and tasty tea, you’ll experience a drink you’ve never had before.
9) Berlin Summer Perfume
Ok, I think we can all agree on one thing: Berlin is a pretty awesome place! Berlin summers, however, are especially cool. What a great idea of Frau Tonis Parfum to create a scent that smells like a warm summer day in Berlin.
10) WBS 70
The ultimate Berlin souvenir (even if it’s a little bit heavier than the other options): a “plattenbau vase” made from concrete – what’s more Berlin than that, huh? And don’t worry, you don’t have to carry it, it can be shipped directly to your home! Who knew it?!
Image credits: Of Berlin’s Blog.