Sunday shopping in Berlin

Sunday shopping in Berlin

A complete guide to grocery stores, Apothekes and other businesses that open on Sundays in Berlin.

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The bulk of this guide was written by Alexander Freas, the creator of the Sonntags app. Thank you Alex!

After moving to Germany, there’s one rule that every new Berliner quickly learns. It comes when a quiet moment has finally arrived at the end of the weekend and you decide to do your grocery shopping. You arrive to Edeka or Bio Markt or the local Supermarkt, reusable bags in hand, perhaps with bottles to return, eagerly awaiting that little Pfandbon to bring you a cushion to the total. Turns out everyone else is also having a Ruhetag and your beloved Supermarkt is closed until Monday. After looking around, you see that almost every shop is closed! Don’t panic, with the right info you can still get your shopping done.

What is open on Sundays in Berlin?

A number of shops are allowed to open on Sundays. These are usually located inside major train stations such as Friedrichstraße (Edeka), Ostbahnhof (REWE and Penny) and Südkreuz (Edeka). You can also find many other stores in the train stations: drugstores, pharmacies, flower shops etc.

Grocery stores

The following train stations have grocery stores that open on Sundays1:

  • Friedrichstraße: Edeka
  • Gesundbrunnen: Denn's Biomarkt
  • Hauptbahnhof: REWE City
  • Lichtenberg: Edeka
  • Ostbahnhof: Penny
  • Südkreuz: Edeka
  • Zoologischer Garten: Ullrich

Often the supermarkets here are very busy on Sundays, especially if the weather is nice. It's not unusual to see a queue outside the Edeka at Friedrichstraße. However, desperate times call for desperate measures.

Apotheke, Rossmann and dm

The following train stations have Apotheke and Rossman branches that are open on Sundays1:

  • Alexanderplatz: Apotheke and Rossmann
  • Friedrichstraße: Apotheke and Rossmann2000px-Deutsche_Apotheke_Logo_1936.svg.png#asset:395:url
  • Hauptbahnhof: Apotheke and Rossmann
  • Lichtenberg: Apotheke and Rossmann
  • Ostbahnhof: Apotheke and Rossmann
  • Südkreuz: Apotheke and dm
  • Zoolischer Garten: Apotheke

Restaurants, Spätis and flea markets

Restaurants and Spätis are also allowed to open on Sundays, as well as some Apotheke and Rossmann branches. Additionally, you can sift through Berlin's many Sunday flea markets to find clothes, plants, souvenirs and quick eats.

Special Sunday shopping days

The city occasionally allows all shops to open on Sundays. These are called Verkaufsoffene Sonntage. Your local supermarket is usually open on these days, but not before 1PM. Participating stores usually announce the event in advance in flyers and advertisements.

Upcoming Sunday shopping days in Berlin

  • December 17, 2017
  • January 28, 2018
  • February 18, 2018
  • March 18, 2018

You can find the official list of Sunday shopping days on Berlin.de

Shops that participate to Verkaufsoffene Sonntage

The following shops habitually participate to special shopping Sundays in Berlin:

  • Most shopping malls
  • Furniture stores: IKEA, Möbel Kraft, Möbel Höffner
  • Grocery stores

There’s an app for that

Alexander Freas created the Sonntags app to help you remember which businesses open on Sundays and see their opening hours. Sonntags also lets you see the upcoming Verkaufsoffene Sonntage and set reminders when they are around the corner.

Sonntags is available for iOS and Android.

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Happy Sunday shopping!

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