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Keller Kreuzberg: Out of the closet and into the cellar

Part store, part gallery, Keller Kreuzberg caters to queers, creators allies and anyone in need of a giant marble dildo.

Photo: Keller Kreuzberg

After first operating as an online store, co-owners Rop Kleinschmidt and Oli Cayless set up shop the day before Pride in July 2022. Now, the ground floor of their pastel paradise is stocked with a delightfully saucy assortment of queer-focused gifts, prints and accessories from candles to greeting cards.

But they didn’t name the place ‘Keller’ just for the alliteration: downstairs, a fluffy pink ceiling eases the transition from cute to kinky. Between the colourful display of dildos of all possible (and often impossible) shapes and sizes, and shelves full of other sinful souvenirs, there’s something for people who identify with any and all letters of the queer umbrella acronym.

The basement also leads to an adjoining exhibition space where up-and-coming queer artists can showcase and sell their work.

Photo: Keller Kreuzberg

We wanted to get away from the old-fashioned gay, male sex shop.

That duality of purpose is key to Keller Kreuzberg’s concept, as the owners are vocal about providing a creative and inclusive playground for LGBTQIA+ people. “Our vision was to create a space for exploring creations from the queer community,” the owners explain. “We wanted to get away from the old-fashioned gay, male sex shop.”

Sometimes that’s easier said than done, like when your lesbian clientele points out that not all your lubes on offer are safe for vulvas – but the learning curve is part of the fun. So, time to get out of the closet and into the Keller to see what Kreuzberg’s queer community has in store.

  • Keller Kreuzberg, Reichenberger Str. 48. More info on kellerkreuzberg.com and @kellerkreuzberg on Instagram