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Urban Outfitters – Take Two

The Store Opening Party at Urban Outfitters Ku'damm on Kurfürstendamm in BerlinUrban Outfitters opened a second Berlin store on the Ku’damm yesterday and they had a party.

This store opened with a bit more fanfare than the Berlin Mitte store on Weinmeisterstrasse in January.

On the ground floor there was a bar handing out bottles of Estrella beer and on the first floor there was a DJ.  And everywhere, people were milling around checking out the wares and generally having a good time.

I was a little disappointed that the bar had taken over the Vintage Menswear section (one of my favourite spots in any Urban Outfitters) but when there’s free beer on offer it’s hard to complain.  I can go back and check out the clothes.

This T-Rex Hates Push-Ups t-shirt caught my eye, having recently seen this Tumblr, thanks to a tweet from @uberlinblog.

T-Rex Hates Push-Ups T-Shirt on sale at Urban Outfitters Ku'damm on Kurfürstendamm in Berlin

Amongst the usual great selection my other favourite things were the ‘Potato Gun’, which took me (way) back to my youth and the Mirror Bear by Arran Gregory in the corner of the basement.

For me the only mistake here was Bon Iver’s second LP mislabeled as For Emma, Forever Ago on the shelves.  And I can forgive that, for now.

As the store in Mitte always seems busy, I can only assume that this one will be a roaring success too.

A Potato Gun or Spud Gun on sale at Urban Outfitters Ku'damm on Kurfürstendamm in Berlin

Mirror Bear - a sculpture by London-based artist Arran Gregory in Urban Outfitters Ku'damm on Kurfürstendamm in Berlin

Fassbender & Rausch – Sublime Chocolates in Berlin

Kir Royal Trüffel (Truffles) at Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers on the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin

A trip to Fassbender & Rausch would be one of my top tips for anyone visiting Berlin.

Of course, on your first visit to the German capital you should see the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the Fernsehturm (TV Tower), but why not also see them crafted from chocolate.

Fassbender & Rausch was formed in 1999 when two families of chocolatiers joined forces.  Heinrich Fassbender started making chocolate in 1863 in Mohrenstrasse, not far from the present shop.  Later, in 1890, Wilhelm Rausch established his first confectionery.

Entering the shop on the southern edge of the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin’s Mitte, you’ll feel like Charlie stepping into Willy Wonka’s factory.  Your eyes will be on stalks as you walk passed all the sights listed earlier and the chocolate volcano.

The Fernsehturm made from chocolate at Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers on the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin

To give you some idea of scale, the Reichstag here measures 1.6m x 1.6m x 0.65m and weighs in at a staggering 285 kg.  Oh, and it took 492 man-hours to create it.

The Reichstag made from chocolate at Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers on the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin

There is a huge array of truffles on offer and after enjoying some yourself you can earn some serious Brownie points if you take some home as gifts.  Fortunately, the staff here are incredibly patient with customers who find it difficult to narrow down the wide selection.

Shoppers at browsing the Truffle counter at Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers on the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin

Truffles cost €5.75 per 100g but the less fancy (but still wonderfully tasty) Borken Schokolade costs €3.45 per 100g.

Above the shop there is a Café and Restaurant.  I’m told that the hot chocolate here is something special but I’ve never been so can’t vouch for that.  The desserts on the menu outside look like they are to die for.

For most, Fassbender and Rausch in Berlin is a fantasy world of chocolate creations.  For a chocoholic like me, it’s a little slice of chocolate Heaven on Earth.  On leaving, those worried about their waistline can cross the Gendarmenmarkt to the Französischer Dom, where climbing the steps to the viewing gallery will help burn off some of the calories just consumed.

A box of Berlin souvenir chocolates at Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers on the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin

A white chocolate rabbit at Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers on the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin

Mazipan Herz (Hearts) at Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers on the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin

Urban Outfitters – Berlin Mitte Opening

Stickers on the window the new Urban Outfitters Store on Weinmeisterstrasse in Berlin Mitte

When I was out walking one evening last week the lights in a new shop on Weinmeisterstrasse in Berlin Mitte caught my eye.  As I got closer I was able to see ‘Urban Outfitters’ written all over the window.

Now, I’ve been a fan of Urban Outfitters since I went to my first store in San Francisco way back in 1998.

And I’ve always thought that it would be ideally suited to Berlin’s style.

I popped down to the store opening today and judging by the queue waiting for the doors to open it looks like it may prove popular.

I decided not to join the queue but once I got back from a quick snoop around some of the other shops in the area people were already inside and already heading for the tills.

There’s not a lot to say about the shop design and stock – it was the usual UO (high) standard and eclectic mix.

A second Berlin shop will be opening on the Kurfürstendamm soon.