In my quest to see EVERYTHING that I haven't yet seen in Berlin, I took a trip to Kreuzberg yesterday with my good friend in furry legwarmers (featured above) to visit Knopf Paul, which presuming you haven't heard of it, is a button shop. Not that I was in dire need of buttons, though by the time we left I kind of felt like I was, but I had heard of Knopf Paul about a year or so ago and really fancied seeing inside. I guess part of it's draw for me is the visual effect of seeing just thousands and thousands of buttons on the end of tubes stacked floor to ceiling, wall to wall, as soon as you enter.
The website doesn't do the place justice to be honest. This place is pretty amazing, and even if you aren't in need of a flash button to glam up a Primark coat (an excellent idea from my good friend of furry leg fame), I would highly recommend it as a place to stop by if you are in Berlin. If you were a collector of things as a kid as I was: stickers, erasers, marbles, etc, then this place will send a little thrill up your spine. It appears to have every button on the planet for sale. And the shop itself has a really nice olde worlde charm too.
Mind you, I didn't feel entirely comfortable asking the (very busy) staff if I could go mad taking photos, so sadly I only took photos outside. These buttons are NOTHING compared to the wonderful selection they have inside. Seriously. Go there. Feed the hidden buttony desires you don't know you have. And once you've done that, you could feed your tummy too and head to Barcomi's for some lovely cake and coffee.
I also got the chance to take some more photographs of one of my favourite apartment blocks in Berlin. I love this building. Nothing about the architecture is particularly special, but I adore the way it has been painted. It's so bright and colourful I imagine that it would just add a bit of happiness to your day coming home to it. Plus, it would be dead easy to give people directions to your apartment. There are lots of brightly coloured apartment blocks in Berlin, but this is definitely one of the best. Isn't it lovely?
Knopf Paul: Zossener Strasse 10, 10961, Kreuzberg, Berlin
Barcomi's: Bergmann Strasse 21, 10961, Kreuzberg, Berlin