KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens), Berlin
Ka-We-De nowadays is known as one of the most expensive shopping centers in Europe. I believe it depends on its rich history. Shops here appeared already in 1907, I believe, building itself is quite old as well. It was wide variety goods shopping center in Germany, presented already even exotic sea fruits, new World fashions, so on.
As for me, who is not lover of shopping, in was just interesting how it looks and where is it located. I believe prices are really "good" ones :)
KaDeWe is known to Berliners and its a nice shopping mall. It is complete, well organized and very clean. Expensive but buy special gifts its worth it. I also like their cafe and wine selection for a short break whilst deciding which gift to buy.
Kaufhaus des Westens (abbreviated KaDeWe) is a German department store in the center of the capital Berlin. It is located in the Tauentzienstraße in the Schöneberg district, close to the Kurfürstendamm and Memorial Church. It is the largest department store in continental Europe with approximately 60,000 m² sales area and more than 380,000 different items, mostly from the more luxurious kind. The number of employees of the department store is approximately 2400. KaDeWe is slightly smaller than Harrods in London and is since 1999 owned by Karstadt Quelle AG.
The store was founded in 1907 by Adolf Jandorf and fourth in 2007 so its 100-year anniversary. The design of the building was designed by architect Johann Emil Schaudt. The name Kaufhaus des Westens (Department Store of the West) refers to the location to the west of the historic center, in an area where from the beginning of the twentieth century a new commercial and entertainment center arose. During the division of the West Berlin was obviously a political connotation. The City-West, which is the KaDeWe, developed in this period, moreover, to the center of West Berlin.
At the entrance is a map of the store offered, which is necessary because the architectural layout of the store, the visitor is not easy and because it is so big. On the 6th floor is the Feinschmeckeretage, with a lot of different delicacies and exclusive islands, where you can also eat.
This is the Berlin equivalent of Harrods in London and the largest department store in Western Europe. I read in a guide book to try coffee and cake in this department store. Being someone with a sweet tooth I was not disappointed, but the problem is, you’re spoilt for choice with so much on offer. The staff are extremely polite and there was no rush. Suitably refreshed it was time have a look around the shop. For those with money to spare and in urgent need of retail therapy this could be place to invest your hard the earned cash, or you could just window shop.
KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) is the largest department store in continental Europe and there's something for everyone. Even if you don't want to buy anything, I recommend a visit to the food hall, it's amazing!
I grew up going back and forth to germany to visit family. My uncle lives right off the Ku'dam and the first time he took me to ka de we I was floored! It's been a few years since I've been there but if you are a gourmet food connoisseur or wine lover then it's worth the trip. The store is indeed pricey but if you want a good meal and some good wine or beer, some nice chocolates to take home you won't be disappointed if you go.
What to buy: Berlin (Kurfurstendamm the main street) in itself is full of high end shops, wonderful restaurants and bars. It's a diverse city and even more so since the wall has come down. I find it to be very friendly and most people speak some english.
What to pay: Hmm. I believe last I was there a beer was a few euros but if you go into the supermarket down below it's pretty competetive but you are there more for the atmosphere than cheap prices.
If you are a tea-addict, like myself, I am sure that you will enjoy the superb tea stalls at this department store. They also have other peculiar food and drink sections, for instance a Moet & Chandon champagne bar
What to buy: Si eres un adicto al te, como yo, estoy segura de que disfrutaras de los magnificos puestos de te de este gran almacen. Tambien tienen otras secciones peculiares de comida y bebida, por ejemplo, la champagneria de la marca Moet & Chandon.
KaDeWe – or "Kaufhaus Des Westens" is the most famous shopping center in Berlin and even the 2nd largest in Europe (after Harrods in London). You can find almost everything here... name it and you can buy it here, if you can afford it.
The 6th floor is welknown for the, like the German call it “delicatessen”, so a Gourmet Mecca offering different products : from “Wurst” to lobster.
(PS it is forbidden to take pictures in the entire “Kaufhaus”, the security in general is of a high level.)
Whenever strolling around on Ku-damm, you can’t miss KaDeWe – Even the outside walls are worthed to raise your head
In general - spend some time on the Damm and enjoy the other many beauties of this great street, or the “Champs d’Elyssee” of Berlin.
What to buy: Just name it - you will find it here - From A to Z
The KaDeWe prides itself in offering everything, so I was very surprised they don't sell ready- made sandwiches. I didn't want to go to a restaurant, so I thought I'd just get some sandwiches. But to my surprise I was told the KaDeWe doesn't sell them. I was told to look around the food stalls, choose what I want to have and I would get my sandwiches made on the spot. Of course that took a lot longer, cost a lot more than prepacked sandwiches, but was also a lot more interesting and in the end I had a much better meal.
Kaufhaus des Westens or, as it is more commonly know, Ka De We is a seven story department store located in the Charlottenburg district. Dating back to 1907, it is the largest store in Europe, offering more than 3 million products!
It stocks everything that you would expect from a department store - clothing, jewellery, luggage, homewares, furniture, food etc - but just in copious amounts.
What to buy: If you don't have a lot of time to browse, at least pay a visit to the top floor which is home to the gourmet food hall. Not only are there a few nice places to eat up there, but you can choose from around 1800 cheeses, 1,400 breads & pastries and 2000 types of cold meats. I know it sounds unbelievable, but I saw them!
There is also a good range of clothing and handbags to keep any girl happy ; )
Ka De We is open Mon-Fri: 10am-8pm and Sat: 9.30am-8pm
Experience in this famous Department Store the international world of shopping.
With 60.000 square meters, this department store is the biggest on the European continent. On a total of 6 floors you can see all the glamor you can buy. The ladies would enjoy just alone 3000 square meters for beauty articles and cosmetics.
On the ground floor all luxury items such as watches, jewelry
Attention: special hours during World Soccer championship
from June 09, 2006 until July 08, 2006:
Monday to Wednesday 10 am - 8 pm,
Thursday to Saturday 10 am - 10 pm,
Sunday from 2 pm - 8 pm
What to buy: Very much favoring my personal taste onm electronics, multimedia and home entertainment is the 4th floor. Brands such as Bang & Olufsen, Revox, Braun are displayed in abundance. Staff is very helpful
In the 6th floor there is a delicatessen shop for the connoisseurs and gourmets. Recommendable! - spread over well 7000 square meters. They sell around 2400 wines from around the world, even an extensive selection of fresh fish and seafood specialties.
The road of gourmet stands is unbelieveable! Oyster bars, snack bars, famous French bakeries and champaign bars invite to a quick bite to maintain your good shopping spirit.
Actually that's the best place I liked in this Department Store. The atmospohere is very casual, people sit there on high bar chairs in front of high tables, chatting among colleagues, friends. Various topics. The people in Berlin are very easy to make friends with - join them in the chat!
What to pay: Prices are fairly normal for all kinds of quality goods. No excessive pricing could be noticed.
Multi-floored, all polished glass, marble and chrome. Security guards at the door. Attentive sales clerks, quick to smile, ready to serve you in any way possible...that is KaDeWe!
I think most everyone has to make a tip for KaDeWe if they are creating a Berlin page. It is a well-known shopping facility. I've visited a number of times with a German friend who is absolutely bonkers for imported American foods. The place is always amazingly crowded but mostly with foreign shoppers and residents or tourists, or nouveau rich people as opposed to those who live in the city who are more thrifty. But if you are a visitor or have the funds why not browse inside? The "food court" is excellent, the employees are generally more attentive than at some other shops, its bright, colorful, busy and stylish inside.
Also for those tourists and visitors, if you have purchased items, before you leave see the attendant at the "tax-free" kiosk at the main entrance. If you have your passport or a picture ID like a driver's license they will print out and sign a Global Refund Cheque for to refund the tax on your purchases. No cash refunds in the store, but you must have your cheque stamped before you check your baggage at the airport.
From the brochure they give you: "On leaving the EU show your purchases to Customs officials and have your Global refund cheque stamped within 3 months of purchase. By air, before baggage check-in, by rail ask for information about stamp formailities."
You have to have the customs stamp to get a refund. You can also mail your stamped cheque to Global Refund and get a bank draft sent to you or direct deposit to your card or bank account.
What to buy: Well, certainly they have imports from all over the world. The most expensive clothing, handbags, luggage, make-up, perfumes and colognes and such things. As I said before, one can get the same items or similar for cheaper prices elsewhere. The only thing I really suggest buying here (especially if you are an ex-pat) is the imported food and drink items that might remind you of home.
Occasionally I will buy a few Mountain Dews for example, as one cannot buy them generally here in Berlin, or the rest of Germany either I would imagine. Also if you are planning a special authentic ethnic dinner, etc. you might find the items you need here definitely, instead of trying a half dozen different shops elsewhere in Berlin and still not finding what you need.
What to pay: If you are buying clothes, perfumes, make-up, accessories, or anything it's more expensive here than most other shops in Berlin.
Kaufhaus des Westens (or KaDeWe - pronounced 'kah-day-vay') is the largest department store on the European continent. If Harrod's isn't larger, then KaDeWe is the largest on earth.
What to buy: Just head right upstairs to the food hall and forget everything else!
The special thing is that in this department store is the former and present glory of the wealthy and wannabe rich represented most. It is an escape from reality and also a big entertainment for many.
Everything you can consume, can be bought. Especially the food department on the upper level seems to be a Gourmet Temple, where you can indulge in delicacies from all over the world.
Compare the KaDeWe to the atmosphere in an department store at Alexanderplatz! It is different. It gives an idea of the atmosphere it must have been during the 1920ties, where there have been many deparment stores like this....
Look at the webside for opening times!
What to buy: Food department on 5th floor has everything available which someone imported into Germany. All brands seem to be there. Relax and enjoy the world going by at a champagne bar or a seafood place for example.
What to pay: much more than average
The KaDeWe is Europe's 2nd largest department store. No, that number 1 is not Harrods but the GUM in Moscow. Though it is bigger, the assortiment is a bit more limited than the KaDeWe offers.
On 7 floors, several items are being sold. Naturally it's not very cheap. The most interesting part is the food section on the 6th floor. Many different kinds of food are being sold and often cooked as well. All sections contain small restaurants where all sorts of dishes are being served. One more floor up you are on the rooftop (well, just under the rooftop), where you can eat and have a nice view over Berlin.
What to pay: Cheap is not known in the vocabulary of the KaDeWe, prices are generally a bit higher than in other stores.