Christmas Gift Guide: For Food Lovers

The art of gift giving is beautiful – if it’s done right, it’s a pleasure for the receiver, and a support for the community. So why not skip your plan to order all presents last minute online and have a little spree at local shops, supporting those who are keeping our cities lively and small producers alive. Stil in Berlin’s gift guide wants to lead you to small businesses in our lovely city, starting with the gifts for the people in your life, who love to eat a present as soon as they unwrapped it.

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Vom Einfachen Das Gute

Presents are best when kept simple, which is what this store is all about: the best cheese, bread, charcuterie, wine, craft beer and all other kinds of yummy food from trusted sources. Let them tell you what to get.
More here.

Invalidenstraße 155

10115 Berlin Mitte

Mon–Sat 10:00–20:00

Fleischwolf und Lotte

To prepare food with joy, one needs the right tools. This place in Kreuzberg offers a selection of kitchen goods with a classic feel: loads of enamel, a knife for every occasion, iron pans and Mason jars in every size.

Körtestraße 2

10967 Berlin Kreuzberg

Tue–Sat 11:00–19:00



You’re looking for a very specific baking and cooking tool? Chances are high this store has it: from Japanese knifes, to that Silplat baking mat, and everything Vitamix. Also: loads of cookie cutter styles you never knew existed. Read more here.

Invalidenstraße 150

10115 Berlin Mitte

Mon–Sat: 11:00–19:00

Maître Philippe & Filles

Thinking about gifting someone a whole wheel of cheese? You’ll get it at this beautiful and plentiful delicatessen store that’s all about the Savoir Vivre. And yes, I would be happy about a whole wheel of cheese or pounds of that butter from Lyon that tastes like cookie dough.

Emser Straße 42

10719 Berlin Wilmersdorf

Wed–Fri 10:00–19:00,
Sat 10:00–14:00

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Paper & Tea

Tea is the new coffee and this place has excellent dried leaves from all around the world, including the proper and pretty cans and pots to prepare and serve it. More here.

Bleibtreustrasse 4

10623 Berlin Charlottenburg

Mon–Sat 11:00–19:00

Alte Schönhauser Straße 50

10119 Berlin Mitte

Mon–Sat 11:00–19:30


Giving alcohol is never a bad idea (except when…), and while there are loads of places to shop a good bottle of booze, this one boasts with great consulting – because I at least really have no idea about wine and would otherwise just go by label design.

Oranienstraße 200

10999 Berlin Kreuzberg

Mon–Fri 13:00–19:30,
Sat 11:00–17:00

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Go Asia

Sometimes, it’s the right season to gift a family-sized pot of Sichuan chili bean paste, juicy pink shrimp made from tofu and Taiwanese apple soda. Get it all in this giant store filled with everything “Asian” (including the gorgeously patterned bowls). Read more here.

Turmstraße 29

10551 Berlin Moabit

Mon–Sat 09:00–21:00

Brot & Butter

Dried porcini from the Piemont, salt from Göttingen, Pflaumenmus, Swabian lentils and much more artisanal produce is sold here. Everything comes in stunning, vintage looking packaging, so there’s no need to think about additional decoration.

Hardenbergstraße 4-5

10623 Berlin Tiergarten

Mon–Fri 08:00–20:00,
Sat 08:00–18:00



You have a friend who’s constantly complaining that Germany’s spiciness is nowhere near “real spiciness”? Who wants the tongue to go numb when ordering something “scharf”? This is your shop: an incredibly big selection of spiciness with a helpful staff finding a tastebud killing condiment that will make your friend’s eye teary. Read more here.

Dircksenstraße 94

10178 Berlin Mitte

Mon–Sat 11:00–20:00


Liquorice is a quite special flavor, some don’t care at all, but many adore it. If you have one of those liquorice-lovers on your list, this speciality store in Kreuzberg, selling only root candy, is your place to go.

Graefestraße 20

10967 Berlin Kreuzberg

Tue–Fri 09:30–18:30,
Sat 09:30–15:30


Erich Hamann Schokoladen

Erich Hamann is a chocolate manufacturer with tradition – founded in 1912, the chocolates are still made and sold in Wilmersdorf. They come in a beautiful Bauhaus packaging, and the store is still in its original 1928 design by Johannes Itten.

Brandenburgische Straße 17

10707 Berlin

Mon–Fri 09:00–18:00,
Sat 09:00–13:00,

Absinth Depot

In case your gift needs even more intensity, this speciality store will give you a huge selection of this enticing alcohol, plus all the tools you need to enjoy it.

Weinmeisterstraße 4

10178 Berlin Mitte

Mon–Fri 14:00-00:00,
Sat: 13:00-00:00