Ku-Damm (Kurfürstendamm), Berlin
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
("Kudamm") It's the representative street of West Berlin and a great shopping mile with luxuary boutiques and international store chains. It's not really my piece of cake (and not my budget), but it was a nice experience to walk down the street on a saturday afternoon and what the people :-)
My strong recommendation for everyone (esp. women) who is looking for beautiful top class shoes at reasonable price. Simply shoes worth the cost.
It's the first store of Italian shoe designer Gino Rossi (from Tuscany where my lovely Florence is located) in Germany opened in November 2003 at the best location in Germany - the most representative part of famous Kurfürstendamm. And there were many German costumers when we were there.
The store was not too large but the interior design was beautiful. The staff was very well-trained, exactly what one can espect in top class store. The very kind (and pretty :-) lady - saleswoman informed us (in English) that they had over 300 designs of shoes in collection which changes twice a year (fall/winter and spring/summer).
What to buy: Beautiful and very comfortable shoes for women and (less variety) for men made of grain, nubuck and varnished leather: formal, unconventional, everyday and weekend shoes. Most of them looked like small masterpieces of art.
Urszula bought two pairs a few years ago (in Poland) and she still is very satified about them.
They offered some leather gallantry there as well: handbags, belts, purses and even jackets.
What to pay: Not as much as one can expect: from say 60 € for beautiful shoes for women to 120 € and over. Hmm... a little more expensive than the same shoes in Poland.
I came inside this luxury German cake shop and cafe (on 1st floor) when Urszula was doing shopping (or rather window shopping) in nearby Gino Rossi shop (btw there were great shoes there).
They sold pralines, cakes and sweets (chocolades, marzipan, truffles, various fruit jams) and champagne inside the impressive disigned interior of the cake shop on the ground floor. On request everything was put inside lovely, colorful boxes (red hearts) and/or wrapped with colorful paper with a gift/greeting card added.
I didn't know that name "Leysieffer" when I came there. Now, I know that it's the German chocolate manufacturer who offered sweet specialties since 1909. I saw some of them in KaDeWe supermarket later.
What to buy: As I have a little experimental soul when I travel I bought: white chocolade with... chili :-). I never ate it before. Interesting taste but not worth almost 4.00 ? as I remember.
Next time I will buy something else there: maybe some cakes from my picture and something as gifts from Berlin to my family/friends :-)
What to pay: Expensive stuff! Approx. 3.00 - 4.00 € for 100g chocolade.
When I saw Bundespost (German Post) logo at the corner of Joachimstaler Straße and Ku-Damm I went to the post office located nearby to buy postage stamps there. Although it was busy Saturday midday there were no lines (I remember them from... the USA).
Despite the post office was located in the same heart of Berlin it wasn't open non-stop. But I can't complain. I was told that it was the longest operating post office in Berlin.
Mon - Sat: 8.00 am - midnight,
Sun: 10 am - midnight!
What to buy: Postage stamps - available exclusively at post offices.
I was told that there were some automats selling them located by post boxes in Berlin but I didn't find any.
What to pay: Postage stamps for postcards to:
Europe - 0.40 €
Outside Europe - 1.00 € (they gave me LUFTPOST = air mail labels).
It was the photo lab which sold some random photo equipment, films, postcards etc.
What to buy: Films or batteries for your camera if you need.
What to pay: Beautiful postcards, sold on a street, usually costed 0.30 € or 0.40 € never mind in which area of Berlin I was. But there was one place when they were over twice more expensive: they costed 1.00 € in front of photo lab marked "Fix Foto". Hmm... rather kind of tourist trap easy to avoid as there were the same postcards for 0.40 € at a newsstand on a walkway next to the photo lab.
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.
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 !
There was small shop (newsstand) put in the middle of broad southern walkway of main shopping and upscale Berlin boulevard Kurfürstendamm. They offered there: newspapers, magazines, postcards, cigarettes, some gifts (small mascots of Berlin bears), tickets for public transportation (but not one-day tickets) and other small things.
What to buy: Large variety of beautiful postcards for 0.40 € each.
What to pay: Everything at normal prices despite the location on the famous shopping boulevard - Kurfürstendamm.
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.
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 €.
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.
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.
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.
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!