We’re spoilt in Britain with some of the world’s best fashion designers and hippest cities. But beyond Shoreditch or London Fashion Week, Europe offers opportunities for style soaked city breaks. These are three of the best places to get inspired with fresh looks and lifestyle trends.
Berlin has one of the most vibrant contemporary art scenes, attracting artists and designers from around the world. Despite the closure of alternative cultural landmarks, like Kunsthaus Tacheles and East Berlin’s open air waterside bars, it retains an arty, unconventional feel.
Berlin’s style is individualistic and edgy, with a grungy undercurrent. Expect to see attention-grabbing looks featuring statement patterns, bold graphics and tousled hair, set off with quirky accessories.
The city is home to some of Europe’s best tattoo artists, so summer sees people flaunting their ink, often paired with an upcycled dress or a biker jacket and fishnets.
Berlin’s food scene is much more cosmopolitan than the rest of the country, although you can still find traditional German dishes like Bratwurst (sausage) and Karpfen Blau (Blue Carp). Try Eastern districts like Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg for world cuisine with plenty of veggie and vegan options.
For unique shopping, discover the small boutiques in Prenzlauer Berg, stocking up on up and coming young designers or one of East Berlin’s bustling flea markets.