When shopping for a souvenir in Berlin, you’ll discover everything from quirky finds to delicious treats.
Some of the most iconic city souvenirs include statues of the Berlin Buddy bear, available in a variety of designs and styles; numerous mementos decorated with the Ampelmann logo, the East German pedestrian traffic light symbol; and items imprinted with the image of the Brandenburger Tor, TV Tower and other well-known Berlin landmarks.
For more eclectic souvenirs, head to one of Berlin’s farmers markets or flea markets, where you can find locally made jams and honey, or vintage books and jewelry. Or pick up a GDR-era knickknack from M. Koos-Ostprodukte, a shop inside the Alexanderpltaz station that caters to East Berlin nostalgia, or the DDR Museum shop.
If you seek a food gift, chocolate is always a winning choice. While Ritter Sport bars are ubiquitous in Berlin, try Rausch, a family-run company since 1918 that has a multi-story shop, café and restaurant devoted to the sweet. As you peruse the massive store for a souvenir, take a look at the chocolate sculptures of Brandenburg and other attractions all handcrafted onsite. Then pick up some pralines, but it will be hard to choose: Rausch makes 200 varieties.