Established in 1907, is now the largest department store on the European mainland, with around 60.000 square meters of shop floor. With a grandiose abundance of goods on eight floors and excellent service, the store is synonymous with up-market shopping. A particular attraction for both Berliners and visitors from all over the world is the legendary delicatessen floor. It is a mecca for gourmets and the largest delicatessen department in Euope. Exhibitions, fashion shows and signings help KaDeWe to combine shopping and culture in a unique way.
What to pay: An awful lot!!!
KaDeWe, short for Kaufhaus des Westens, is over 100 years old and is Europe’s second largest department store just after Harrods in London. The store itself has become a tourist attraction with nearly 50,000 visitors a day. That may seem like it would be very crowded, but with 60,000+ square meters, the people are spread out over a large area with seven stories of shopping space.
The original concept for KaDeWe was to bring goods from around the globe to Berlin and sell them under one roof. The store began in 1907 and was an instant success. Today, the success continues and KaDeWe not only offers a wide range of products from around the world, but their service is top-rate.
We visited KaDeWe just to see it – and we were told not to miss the food section upstairs. Hubby and I made our way upstairs and we were amazed at not only the selection and variety, but the personal service. Everywhere we turned there were clerks standing by ready to assist us, whether in selecting a unique piece of produce or just to answer our questions.
I enjoyed the way the food section has little areas set aside from different countries with the products they have from those countries – although I was a bit dismayed at the products that came from the USA (is that really what the US is known for – pancake syrup, chocolate brownie mix, Crisco shortening, and Pop Tarts?). The meat section seemed never ending and the produce section was fresh and inviting. Prices were a bit steep from the normal grocery store, but many of the products have traveled a long way (and there is that unique factor that they are being sold in an upscale shop).
We didn’t really do much browsing in the clothing or household goods sections of the store, but we could see brand names all over the place and lots of people looking around.
KaDeWe was a place I wanted to see and I don’t really need to go back. Those that know me know I am not much of a shopper, so I can’t see myself spending hours and hours in here. But for others that enjoy that sort of thing, you could literally spend the entire day at KaDeWe and still not see everything.
Open Monday - Thursday 10 am to 8 pm, Friday 10 am to 9 pm, and Saturday 9:30 am to 8:00 pm.
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.
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 :)
There was men's world on the second floor (1 etage). The third (2 etage) was a paradise for women and we almost got lost there. There were more elegant than casual clothes there.
What to buy: Urszula (matcrazy0) liked a lot these clothes on my picture. The dress with a blouse and trousers costed... almost 400 ?.
What to pay: Rather expensive stuff but good quality always costs a lot.
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.
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!
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.
Ah, where to begin!? the most fantastic "designer" shop i've ever been in. Everything from Gucci, to Hilfiger, Lacoste, Diesel, Levi's, Hugo Boss, Versace... And thats just the mens level! There's almost everything in this shop, but it's everything at the top end of the range, so its EXPENSIVE!
What to buy: Mainly clothing in this store, though they do have a large book section (All in german though), and a fantastic toy department (what?). And their food department is out of this world!
What to pay: oh dear... I didn't even take my wallet.
This place is huge and expensive. But shopping with your eyes is very cheap ;-).
Would have like to watch some more but my feet were very tired by the time we got here.
It was a lot harder to find despite its name.
They were refurbishing this place at this moment so parts where closed for public.
TIP: In the entry hall are couches! Ideal to rest your feet and watch the other people shopping.
We also saw an elderly Japanese couple taking a short nap there lol. Guess the jetlag hit them hard.
Look at just one example of huge choice of stuff to buy on my picture. There were a few hundreds various models of brassiere - real paradise for women and... fetishists :-). Great place to choose what you like.
What to buy: Underwear.
What to pay: Rather expensive stuff but good quality always costs a lot.
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.
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.
The largest and most magnificent department store on continental Europe invites you to shop and window shop.
Its six floors are home to the famous food department, a conservatory restaurant under the roof, the well-known glass panorama lift and countless departments selling everything anyone could possibly want to buy. The store, built in 1906 to plans by Emil Schaudt, drew the shopping crowds in from the very start. During the Second World War, the building was almost completely destroyed, but it was opened again in 1950 and completely rebuilt six years later. In the 1950s, the Department Store of the West became the symbol of the market economy. Having undergone repeated redesigning and expansion, its appearance is as brilliant as ever.
What to buy: You can get everything there. Me, for example, I like the book store most. Time is flying when I'm in there. Just enjoy!
What to pay: It's not very cheap, of course. Go there not only to buy things, but also to watch them.