Ku-Damm (Kurfürstendamm), Berlin
They sold young, trendy, up-to-the-minute clothing and accesories for girls in their teens and twens. In opinion of Urszula(matcrazy0) good choice of interesting clothes for young feeling women - simply her recommendation.
What to buy: Woman's clothes.
What to pay: Reasonable prices.
Ku-damm is comparable to oxford street in london... it's basically the shopping centrale of berlin. You can find pretty much anything you need here. from hot chocolate to haute couture it's a great place to just come and browse and shop til you drop.
What to buy: Oh germans know how to make dessert and chocolate... I'm getting hungry just thinking about it all
If you are in search of bags, head towards Bree shop on Kurfürstendamm and chances are quite good that you would find something.
The selection is mostly feminine, as usual with bags and other accessories. Bree has also a small travel series that is unisex.
You can find both cheery, juvenile bags as well as very business oriented briefcases on the shelves. The materials vary from the normal leather to ballistic nylon, depending on the intended usage of the bag.
Swiss and fashion usually do not belong to the same sentence, but Bally is an exception to the rule. The sleek and minimal designs are typical for this brand that does not make too much noise of itself. It is enough, when the wearer knows what he or she is wearing.
Bally's flagship store is located, among other fashion boutiques, on the busy shopping street Kurfürstendamm. The store follows Bally's new concept for the flagship stores, a lot of streamlined space with light materials with some brown to add warmth.
The store stocks both gentlemen's and ladies' fashions, including shoes, bags and other accessories. The price may be steep, but the quality and the design are excellent, too.
Porsche Design flagship store on Kurfürstendamm has a wide range of ultra-designed items on its shelves. The variety can boggle your mind: shoes, luggage, pens, pipes, pocket knives, glasses, and host of other items.
Everything has been designed with the same principles, and it shows. You can mix and match any and every item with something else in the shop, and they look like they have been designed as a pair.
Porsche's design is based on form follows function principle, but it has its own twist with dark materials accompanied with metal. It may not be for everybody, but I sure liked it. Too bad that most of the items are hugely expensive.
Of course you can buy everything here. For the die-hard shoppers among us, KaDeWe has it all - more or less. And if that's not enough, the entire area is lined with consumer candy!
What to buy: What's not to buy? If you can't buy it here, it'll be hard to find in all of Germany!
Before I arrived in Berlin, my eyeglasses (4 years old, anyway) snapped in two in Krakow. Luckily, I had some contact lense with me, but as I have a stigmatism my contacts don't fit my eye as well as they could.
So, I had to get new eyeglasses in Berlin. What to do? Well, head to the place where you can get just about anything -- The Kurfuerstendamm.
Germans are know for their functional style, so finding a cool pair of specks should be a snap- no matter what your tastes.
I found Apollo Optik and after I explained that I only had five days in Berlin, they put a rush on the order and got the eyeglasses made in just four days.
The optician, Ulrich, has worked there for 20 years and is a very genial, helpful guy - who speaks English. All around a great, stress-free experience.
What to buy: They were even running a special on anti-glare and other cool features for the prescription, so I actually got a bargain in the process. They had designer frames costing around 200 euro, but in the end I found the perfect pair for me at around 69 euro. So I was pleased.
What to pay: 60 - 300 euro for the frames + 80 euro for a simple prescription.
Upscale shoe boutique with hand made italian leather shoes and boots.
What to buy: Anything, its all excellent
Don't forget to ask for the customs tax refund form as you will get money returned back to you as you leave the country.
What to pay: Lowest price shoe that I saw was 143euro. I bought a beautiful pair of boots for 229 euro
In Ku-Damm you can find very broad selection of different shops and department stores. One of my favourites is C&A (cheap & awful?:) clothes store, where you can find normal clothes, (t-shirts, jackets, trousers, ...) with very low prices. Not very trendy clothes, but beats H&M in every category. There are also very good music shops in the area. Not to mention shops for adult entertainment..:)
What to buy: German rock music: Rammstein, Guano Apes, Die Ärtze, ... You name it, they have it.
What to pay: About average
This story didn't look very luxary neither outside nor inside. Despite this there was stuff worth millions of euros there: various fur, sheepskin and leather coats. The prizes were fixed but... the saleswoman decided to lower one for us (25%).
We didn't meet any animal rights activists there. Are there any in Berlin? As I know they often protest aggressively in front of these stores against what they believe to be cruelty against animals. Right?
What to buy: I am neither Rockefeller nor Bill Gates (+ I am travel addicted :-) so I did buy nothing there. Among hundreds of clothes Urszula found (she has talent to it) beautiful, long, almost white (dirty white) sheepskin coat which looked like 100 yo.
What to pay: The sheepskin coat Urszula liked so much costed... 2,000 € (first price) and 1,500 € (last price). Sadness :-(. Hmm... should be much less in Poland when made by a furrier.
There were many designs of pretty casual and more elegant clothes both for women and men. Take more time to choose what you like. Urszula liked their spring 2004 collection.
What to buy: This Italian company sells very nice casual clothes at reasonable prices.
What to pay: Average prices. For example T-shirts for 10.00 - 20.00 €.
Getränke Hoffmann was a chain drink and liquor store. There was limited but quite good choice for budget travelers looking for mineral water, juices, beer, wine, champagne or vodka.
What to buy: Mango-Nektar (quite good if you like mango) or choose among numerous German beers and wines.
What to pay: Reasonable or low prices.
It was typical store of French worldwide chain which sold plant-based cosmetics at low and reasonable prices. There were discounts for some products there.
Mon - Fri: 10.00 am - 8.00 pm,
Sat: 10.00 am - 4.00 pm,
What to buy: What you need: anti-aging, face and body care, makeup, fragrances.
Anti-aging cream/serum: Force + Intensiv-Pflege Augen und Lippen (Force + Eyes & Lips 15 ml only) for 16 € or so - apply morning and evening to reduce wrinkle depth around eyes and lip contour area - it really works :-)
What to pay: Reasonable or low prices. Some discounts.
It was the first H&M store I ever visited. I got to know that H&M (Hennes & Mauritz) company was established in Sweden in 1947.
In Berlin they sold clothes and underwear for ladies, gentelmen, youth, kids and H&M cosmetics as well. Good choice of interesting, trendy, good quality clothes, various but fashionable in style (retro, say 20' of 20th century at spring 2004 collection). Urszula liked one jacket there a lot but... hmm... it was too expensive or maybe we had too few euros haha.
What to buy: Interesting and fashionable good quality clothes.
What to pay: Expensive or moderatately priced - depends on... where you are from maybe !
Typical C & A (Dutch company since 1841) store with collection for both men and women. There were mostly informal and casual good quality clothes for leisure. Good offer especially for young feeling folks (like hip hop or bad boy collection), some pretty and at reasonable prices in my opinion.
Mon - Fri: 9.30 am - 8.00 pm
Sat.: 9.00 am - 8.00 pm
What to buy: Clothes both for men and women.
What to pay: Reasonable prices as for good quality clothes.