KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens), Berlin
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
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
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.
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 (KaDeWe) was built in 1906 and is one of the top five department stores in the world!
Prices are high, so for me it was kind of a nuseum, where I couldn't afford much, but it never hurts to look!
On the sixth floor there is a huge "grocery store" where you can buy virtually any delicacy.
There are a lot of small cafes on the 6th floor too.
KaDeWe is open:
Mon-Fri - from 9:30 to 20:00
Sat - from 9:00 to 16:00
Closed on Sunday.
I had never heard of this store and as a man would never have visited except for "she who melts credit cards" leading me there.
It is an old-fashioned store with a modern feel that really is not like Galeries Lafayette or Selfridges.
Prices in Germany are very low and we were tempted to buy everything in sight but as we were travelling light were luckily restrained.
My favourite part was at the top where the "eateries" were. They cannot be descibed as restaurants, as most were counters with high stools, each counter with its own type of food.
They were packed with Berliners, always a good sign and I was sorry that we had already eaten and did not sample the menus.
Next time in Berlin we will definitely head there for a meal.
What to buy: We did not buy anything this time.
This is the second largest shop inEurope (after Harrods), and sells practically everything you want but barely anything I could afford.
What to buy: The food hall alone is spectacular. It's an entire floor full of luxurious types of food and you#ll just be so tempted to try it. Wandering around it, I felt like Oliver Twist must have felt when thinking of food, glorious food. You can try many of the products but it will cost you!
What to pay: Lots & lots of Euros
A huge department store where you can buy everything you like - there is not a lotyou woudn't get here. Their fancy top (6th) floor delikatessen department is huge and so are the fish in the tanks there ;) The food department even has its own website at www.feinschmeckeretage.de
What to buy: Everything from A as Apples over L as Lobster to Z as Zebras (in the toy department - my favourite ;)
What to pay: Oh well, that depends on what you want to buy eh?
The KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) is one of the largest department stores in Europe although in my opinion it is not quite Harrods!
If there is something you want you will most probably find it here!
What to buy: I always head for the upper floors which house the food and drink. There is a restaurant with views along the Ku'dam. There are also numbers of smaller eateries which cater for an upmarket taste! The seafood is top class and nothing quite like a plate of oysters and a nice chablis after a bit of shopping with the missus! Or perhaps lobster and a refreshing glass of Mumm?
What to pay: You are probably looking at about 50euro for two.
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.
Founded in 1907, the 'Department Store of the West' (Kaufhaus des Westens) is the largest of its kind in continental Europe.
It has a huge range of name brand clothing and other merchandise from around the world and the 6th floor food hall is reason enough to visit - the gourmet foodstuffs and exotic produce will be sure to tempt the tastebuds in between dressing room forays.
Monday - Friday:
9.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
By bus: Take the number 119, 129, 146, 185 or 219 bus and get off at the Wittenbergplatz bus-stop.
By underground: Take the U 1, U 2, or U 15 underground line and get off at the Wittenbergplatz underground station.
By foot: The Bahnhof Zoo station is about 7 minutes away by foot. And it only takes 5 minutes to get to the Kurfürstendamm.
KaDeWe means "Kaufhaus des Westens" (Shopping center of the West). This biggest shopping center of the continent (excluding England I believe) was opened in 1907, and sells just about anything. It's pretty crowded though.
What to buy: Anything
What to pay: Probably a lot?
The KaDeWe is just as much a part of Berlin as the Brandenburg Gate, the Gedächtniskirche and the Television tower. On the other hand, the Berlin atmosphere, Parisian perfumes and the unique flair of the metropolis make their mark on the image of our store. The KaDeWe is the largest department store on the European continent. The choice and spectacular assortment of goods turn a shopping spree in the KaDeWe into an unforgettable experience.
The original building was designed by the architect Emil Schaudt. He endowed the building with everything a department store needs: generous proportions, functionality and atmosphere. The entire inner architecture radiates lightness and elegance. High above the roofs of Berlin, a glass-domed restaurant invites you to stop and enjoy. You can soar up through the open-roofed atrium in modern panorama elevators to the glass dome.
What to buy: 60,000 square metres (equivalent to the Olympic stadium plus 4 football fields)
over 380,000 articles of merchandise
2,400 members (70% female) including 100 trainees
The most popular department at KaDeWe is the delicatessen floor. It is the gourmet´s Mecca. The discerning palate can choose from around 33,000 different products in this, the largest food-hall in Europe.
about 1,300 different sorts of cheeese
about 400 types of bread and rolls
about 1,200 sorts of sausages
about 2,400 wines from 5 continents
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 :)
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