#supportyourlocal | How to support small businesses, art & culture

Of course, the Corona crisis affects us all, but local restaurants and shops, cinemas and artists have a particularly hard time without income. Therefore it is even more important to use alternative ways to support our favourite shops and artists in the current time. After all, we want to have them in our neighborhood once everyday life has returned to normal, right?

Here we show you how you can best support your favourite shops and venues:



EVERYWHERE | paynoweatlater.de

PayNowEatLater gives you the opportunity to buy a voucher today for your lunch after “Corona time”. The idea is that you pay for your lunch now, which you would have spent money on later anyway. Thus support the restaurants during the time they have to forego income.

EVERYWHERE | hilfelokal.de

HilfeLokal is an initiative of METRO and optiopay, to enable local shops to offer their voucher sale. By buying the vouchers, you can support the local shops by providing them with an alternative source of income.

BERLIN ONLY | pleasedontclose.com

At PleaseDon’tClose you can filter your favourite local places by industry and easily support them with online orders and voucher purchases.

BERLIN ONLY | helfen-shop.berlin

At helfen-shop.berlin you can support restaurants, clubs and attractions in your Kiez with vouchers for your next visit. Whether it’s Pankow, Dahlem, Mitte or Neukölln, your favourite place may need your support!


EVERYWHERE | app.einzelheld.de

At Einzelheld you can support local retailers such as the jewellery, flower or corner shop by ordering online. If you need a new wine delivery or a bouquet of flowers for your girlfriend’s birthday anyway, then be a hero!

EVERYWHERE | genialokal.de

This goes out to all bookworms: At genialokal.de, 700 booksellers have come together to have your online book order delivered to your home.

BERLIN | jukserei.dk

For those who want to shine in their videocall, JUKSEREI sells all kinds of jewellery in their online shop and deliver them EU-wide. In the current time they have even included the products of other Berlin-based jewellery companies in their assortment so that they can be supported as well.

MUNICH ONLY | kunstundspiel.de

If you still need ideas for your children how they can spend the quarantine period playfully and in their own house and garden, the toy store Kunst und Spiel from Munich provides you with nice ideas and toys right up to your front door.


EVERYWHERE | kino-on-demand.com

At kino-on-demand you can watch great movies while supporting your local cinemas. If you watch films on the platform, you will receive a €5 voucher for every fifth viewing, which you can easily redeem later.

EVERYWHERE | dringeblieben.de

On this platform you can experience your favourite artists online: From theatre, to concerts and parties. You have the possibility to get in contact with the artists via chat and/or to support them financially.

EVERYWHERE | the lovers & leaders space

Every morning at 8:15 am a meditation via Zoom livestream takes place here. You can participate with a voluntary Paypal donation. Yoga, talks and impulses as well as coaching are also offered.

EVERYWHERE | urbansportsclub.com

The Urban Sports Club offers online courses in all kinds of sports to stay fit during the Corona times! Whether Fatburn workouts, Pilates, ballet or modern dance, there is a good replacement for the gym for everyone.

EVERYWHERE | exittheroom.de

Instead of visiting an escape room, there is now the possibility to solve riddles online and to combine clues with your friends in order to escape from the virtual room within 60 minutes.

HAMBURG | #keinerkommt

Nobody shows up for this special kind of festival on May 12th and still everyone takes part. Instead of visiting the festival, donations are collected for the Hamburg cultural scene. Get no tickets now!

Quelle: keinerkommt.de


BERLIN ONLY | Markthalle 9

Despite #SocialDistancing, the Markthalle 9 in Berlin – as many other weekly markets throughout Germany – is open and looks forward to your short lunch break visits. A delivery service is now also offered via the 2020 platform of Market Hall 9, which primarily supplies fresh and regional products.

BERLIN ONLY | Original Unverpackt

This Zero-Waste-Shop in Berlin now delivers food in deposit jars or paper bags in addition to natural cosmetics, soap, etc. by load bike or electric car. So you can continue to reduce your waste!

EVERYWHERE | bauerntüte.de

How about a box of fruit or vegetables from the local farmer? On the platform bauerntüte.de you can put together your favourite products online and order them easily to your home. P.S.: Not only bauerntüte.de offers this, but surely your local farmer does too, if you would rather support him 🙂

BERLIN ONLY | Mrs Robinson’s

If you’re getting tired of cooking and don’t always want to go for that greasy pizza or burger, but are in the mood for fancy food, you can pick up the finest delicacies at Mrs Robinson’s in Berlin.

VARIOUS CITIES | mixology.eu

Thanks to mixology.eu even the beloved drinking of cocktails does not have to be cancelled: Here you find a list of bars in your federal state, which deliver cocktails to your home.

KOBLENZ ONLY | Koblenz bringt’s

On this platform you can have regional products and services delivered to and around Koblenz. A great example of a simple #supportyourlocal initiative, which was created by the city of Koblenz.


Another example – from the north – is the website kauf-lokal.sh, where shopkeepers, artists, creative minds and startups from Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein and the whole north are displayed. So you don’t have to search long to support locally.

FÜRTH ONLY | ein-herz-fuer-fuerth.de

And there is something for the south of Germany as well: In Fürth there is a platform where you can find all kinds of local shops and support them easily.


VARIOUS CITIES | fairteilen.eu

Fairteilen.eu has set up a distribution system in which food rescued from foodsharing is brought by collectors to “Fairteil stations” (distribution stations), from where couriers deliver it to several households according to hygiene standards. In doing so, they first supply the people who depend on solidarity, e.g. risk groups and people with little money. You want to support and share food fairly?

EVERYWHERE | hilfdeinemkino.de

On this platform, you can help by investing a little time. You just watch commercials that are normally shown in the cinema auditorium during the opening credits. With every spot that you watch for your favourite cinema, it earns more money!


Both the KitchenGuerilla in Hamburg and the Speisekombinat in Berlin prepare meals for homeless people and distribute them. Of course, all in compliance with hygiene regulations. By buying a meal for 7€ you not only support the respective restaurant, but also provide a person in need with a warm meal and fresh fruit.

VARIOUS CITIES | kochen-für-helden.de

#kochenfürhelden was created by restaurateurs to provide meals to those who ensure that our daily lives continue under the current circumstances: Doctors, nurses, pharmacy and supermarket staff and other heroes of everyday life. Here you can donate, as well as participate as a restaurant or supplier.

MÜNCHEN ONLY | muenchenticket.de

Here you can waive the refund of your cancelled event and instead donate the money to the Munich cultural scene – so that your favourite festivals can continue to take place!

EVERYWHERE | #poetryforlocals

On this Instagram page you can share your favorite poem with the world and dedicate it to your favorite shop. By making a video of you reciting your poem, naming the author and title, and dedicating it to your favorite cafe, restaurant or flower shop, using the #poetryforlocals hashtag, you’ll support your favorite restaurant with authentic advertising!

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If you know of a #supportyourlocal initiative that is still missing here, just write a short mail to rebekka.hesse@vostel.de! 🙂

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