In terms of flea markets, Berlin proves to be a rather difficult city. Many of the most highly praised ones are either overcrowded and filled with handicraft nonsense like Mauerpark (although, the household clearance booth with its uncountable cardboard boxes full of stuff proves to be a source of joy if you arrive before it becomes broken and messy), or overpriced and overly posh like Unter den Linden.
Happy Shop is the candy-coated jewelry box of shops in Berlin. The space was opened in January 2011 by Mischa Woeste with creative director Marck Christian Windekilde, and is an experiment in colour, showcasing a small but well-rounded selection of international brands, many of which are exclusive to Germany, such as London-based label Meadham Kirchhoff and Japanese brand minä perhonen.
It’s not as easy as you’d think to shop Berlin based designers in Berlin, but Konk is a safe bet for exactly this.
Though various apps have been developed to be a consolation for the loss of Polaroid in 2008, a lot of us still miss the real feeling of instantly taking and processing a picture. And there is help: The Sofortbild (instant picture) shop offers a selection of vintage Polaroid cameras, the instant photography devices by Fuji and the complete range of analogue films by The Impossible Project.