Sunday Shopping in Berlin

Sunday Shopping in Berlin


It is Sunday morning, and you have just realised that you need tomatoes for tonight’s dinner party or that your daughter needs a birthday present for a party later in the day.  Sunday shopping in Berlin seems improbable, given the laws in Germany.  Luckily, buying what you need or desire on Sunday is tricky but not impossible.   Below you will find Archer Relocation’s suggestions for shopping in Berlin on normal and Advent Sundays.

Why is it so hard to do your Sunday shopping in Berlin?

By German Law, retailers in Berlin are only allowed to open their businesses on ten Sundays per year during what is called ‘Verkaufsoffene Sonntage’. The Senate determines eight of these dates, and the district decides on the two other Sundays. The hours that stores are allowed to open on these Sundays are 13:00 to 20:00, but you will find that opening times vary according to retail outlet.

The selected Sunday shopping days in Berlin are only chosen every half-year, depending on what other holidays or special events, like Green Week or Berlinale, are on in the city.  Year to year the designated Open Sundays will likely not be the same.  The published dates for 2020 should be out in January 2020, and your best source for these dates is berlin.de.

December 2019 Open Sundays Berlin 

While we all promise ourselves year after year that we will complete our Christmas shopping well before the 25th, last-minute chaos always tends to ensue.  Berlin Open Sundays give us procrastinators two Sundays for shopping when the stores would typically be closed.  These are usually the second and fourth Sundays of Advent. Christmas Open Sundays for 2019 are December 8th and December 22nd. Since these are Senate-designated Open Sundays, there is a great likelihood that you will find all major malls, stores and Christmas markets open on these dates.  As an example, here are the opening times for the Berlin Open Sundays at four large retail sites.

Mall of Berlin (1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.)

Alexa (1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.)

KaDeWe (1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.)

Karstadt (1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.)

KaDeWe – Fensterfront Tauentzien im August / September 2018 mit der Dekoration von “A GENTLE MAN 2018”.

What to do on other Sundays if you are in need of something?  
Sometimes it’s tough to be well prepared and get all of your grocery shopping done on Saturdays with everything else going on in life.  Your best bet if you need Sunday shopping in Berlin is to head to the major train stations.  Here are a few shops where you can get that much-needed item on a typical Sunday.
Edeka in Friedrichstrasse Station – Open every day of the year, including Christmas Day.
Rewe and Penny at the Ostbahnhof – Rewe is open until midnight.
Rewe at Hauptbahnhof – Open every day of the year, including Christmas Day.
Ullrich in the Zoologischer Garten U-Bahn and S-Bahn Station
Edeka in the Lichtenberg StationEdeka in the Südkreuz Station – Open until 22:00 on Sundays.

The bottom line is that you will have no trouble completing your Sunday shopping in Berlin.  It might not be at your shop around the corner and could be filled with others that forgot to purchase something on Saturday, but it is totally possible!

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Archer Relocation has been providing relocation services to families, individuals and companies in Berlin since early 2015.  Managing Director, Emily Archer, founded the company desiring to use her first-hand experience as an expat to make the relocation process as smooth as possible for others moving to Berlin.  Read other useful information about moving to and living in Berlin, such as ‘How to Find a Berlin Apartment’, on our Berlin Blog.  

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