It is one of the main shopping centers in Berlin's center. For sure, the main thing here was to find food shop for some snacks, drinks. I should tell, food shops in Berlin center looks a bit hidden, and not too many of them (sure, locals know more).
Anyway, this shopping mall near Alexanderplatz has really big variety of shops, from clothes to food.
You need one day of visit only to find out where are the most exclusive and the most expensive shops in Berlin, in Friedrichstrasee. Quarties 206 is situated in ultra modern building which is even much more attractive in its interiors. This mall carries international high labels products, such as cloths, shoes, jewelry&watches, designed furniture, cosmetics and accessories.
Quartier 206 has almost harlequin - deco interior with spiral staircaseswhich leeds up and down in between luxury and very expensive shops.
What to buy: Here you can obtained extremely expensive cloths and shoes designed by worlds leading designers, such as Gucci, Moschino, Trussardi, Armani and many others. Most of the visitors coming here just for a window shopping, or maybe my impression was wrong. Anyhow, I haven't noticed too many customers who are buying something.
Most tourists and visitors or Berlin prefer Arkaden for shopping, rather then those big malls in the outskirts of the town. Arkaden has three levels in one narrow straight block and therefore easy to walk around without being too overhelmed or tired. It is place where most of your shopping needs can be obtained. Arkaden is spot for a lovely time, leisure, fun, relawing or just window shopping. Besides colths and food it offers exciting corners and unusually good Italian gelato (ice-cream).
Arkaden is stacked with food joints of all kinds; sushi, pizza, wurst, fish or bagels. Many known and unexpensive brands could be find here, such as Zara, H&M, Mango, Benetton...etc.
Dussmans is an interesting shop to visit. The shop covers 7,000 square metres and is spread over five floors. It sells a huge selection of books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, Games and stationary. It has a large selection of books in English, both non-fiction and fiction, and if you are looking for a local guide book or a map, this is the place to visit. Besides all the regular guide books for Berlin you see in your local bookshops, Dussmanns stocks books about the Berlin Wall and places to visit off the beaten track which you do not normally see. The shop has comfy armchairs and if you are really cheeky like me, you can sit down and thumb your way through the various books. The shop is open from 10am to midnight - Monday to Saturday.
In comparison to the many of Berlin's malls whether it's Alexa at Potsdamer Platz or Europa Center at Kurfuerstendamm etc. this mall, located in Berlin's Steglitz, is rather modest, cosy and very little crowded: To me that's basic, no crowds when ever I need to shop for what ever. Speaking of basic, every thing basic does SCC provid anyway. And beyond basic too. What would that be? Electronics? Jewelry? Toys and games? It's all there. Also SCC is greatly connected with different subways and buses. Since Berlin's Steglitz is a rather quiet and lovely district anyway, this mall fits there very nice.
This was the first place I visited on my recent trip to Berlin. If you travel there by subway the station is conected to the shopping mall, so there was no walking through the snow. This shopping centre is reputed to be the largest in Berlin, which was one of the reasons for my visit. It was decked out for the Christmas period with lights and tree etc. There are over 160 shops covering an area of 85,000 square metres as well as a multiplex cinema and fitness centre. I tried a coffee in a well known chain of shops and was delighted to be given a chocolate St Nicholas figure as a treat, before braving the snow outside.
The Tempelhofer Hafen is a new shopping centre next to the Teltow Canal. The shopping centre opened in 2009 and it has over 70 stores and restaurants. The surrounding area and Harbour has been redeveloped from former abandoned warehouses and looks attractive. On a warmer day it would have been nice to have sat outside over looking the harbour looking at the boats and ducks.
As if to keep up with the popularity of Fassbender & Rausch, Ritter Sport has also opened up a chocolate shop at the Gendarmenmarkt. The Ritter Sport Shop is closer to the French Dom but still close enough for serious chocoholics to get their fill. It is a very crowded narrow shop that features a store, a museum, a café, and a chocolate bar.
Ritter Sport is a popular prepackaged brand of chocolate that comes in a multitude of flavors and sizes. Here at their shop you can find just about any variety you could ever hope for. By the handful or by the bagful, there is plenty of choice at Ritter Sport.
The main attraction of the shop is their chocolate bar. No, not the kind of bar that you belly up to, but rather more like a designer shop that brings your most ingenious chocolate imaginations to life. After selecting your choice of base chocolate (dark, milk, or white) you can then instruct the Willy Wonka wanna-bes behind the counter on what additions you want in your personalized 5 in x 5 in chocolate bar. After you have finished creating, the servers behind the counter finish up the bar (which takes an advertised 30-45 minutes) and then your bar is wrapped up for you to collect. So, while you are waiting for your bar to be completed, head on upstairs.
On the second floor of the shop is a small chocolate “museum” where one can quickly walk through how chocolate is made from forest to shop. The museum is free and just at the top of the escalators. Just after the museum is Ritter Sport’s café where one can go for a coffee and cake or other delicacy while waiting for your personalized chocolate bar to finish.
If you are looking for a delicious souvenir to take home to family and friends, this may be the place to stock up!
What to pay: The create your own chocolate bar runs €3,90 (2012 prices).
This has to be my favorite store in all of Berlin – maybe even all of Germany! And I didn’t even buy anything! It is a chocoholic’s delight – a veritable buffet for the senses. Not only can you see, smell, and taste (after purchase) the wonderful chocolates in this popular shop, I found the displays to be just as much fun! Large chocolate versions of the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Fernsehturm (TV Tower), the Titanic, a chocolate volcano and many smaller chocolate statues graced the tables, window displays, and even a chocolate airplane hung from the ceiling!
The shop doesn’t seem to mind all the people wandering the shop and taking photos of the displays – after all, getting people into your shop to buy your goods (or goodies) is the point of it, isn’t it? There were many people in the store doing just that – taking photos, looking around, and making purchases. All they ask is that you do not touch the displays (fair enough!).
Upstairs from the store is a café that sells wonderfully yummy cakes and other delicacies along with hot and cold beverages for the weary shopper. Reservations can be made through the shops website.
Fassbender & Rausch is in the Gendarmenmarkt on the corner across from the Deutsches Dom and next to the Hilton). They are open Monday - Saturday from 10 am - 8 pm and on Sunday from 11 am - 8 pm.
If you find yourself feeling ill during your visit to Berlin, there is plenty of help nearby in the form of Apotheke shops. These pharmacy shops are located all over Berlin and the clerks can assist you in finding whatever you may need. There are basic items that are available on the shelves, such as toothpaste and lotions. For medicines, you will need to ask for assistance as these are typically kept behind the counter.
While in Berlin, I realized that I had forgotten my Tylenol and I felt the start of a headache (probably from late night lectures with my class!). I was near the central train station so I headed over to the Apotheke located there; I simply asked for what I needed by the name of the active ingredient rather than a particular brand name (i.e. acetaminophen or ibuprohen). Quick service and I was on my way feeling better already!
The shops are clearly labeled with the word Apotheke – if you can’t find one quickly, simply ask at your hotel and they will be able to direct you to the nearest shop. Or, if you are planning ahead, this medical college website maintains a comprehensive list of pharmacy shops in Berlin.
Kurfürstendamm dates back to the 16th century when Electoral Prince Joachim II constructed a path connecting his palace on Unter den Linden with his hunting lodge in Grunewald forest. In the late 19th century Bismarck transformed the simple street into a prestigious boulevard lined by stunning town houses. Destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt in the ensuing decades, Kurfürstendamm is no longer the beauty it once was. Yet 'Ku'damm'—as Berliners affectionately call it—is still a symbol of wealth and prosperity.
What to buy: The Kurfurstendamm, or Kudamm as locals say, is Berlin's answer to London's Oxford Street – this beautiful tree lined boulevard is packed with fancy shops and cafes, Christmas markets in winter and blossoms in spring. At the centre of the avenue stands the Gedächtniskirche or Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church that suffered severe bombing during WWII Allied raids. It has been left in ruins as a memory of the past. The magnificent department store KaDeWe would rival Harrods or Bloomingdale's with its crystal chandeliers, famous designers and scrumptious food hall, serving everything from champagne breakfasts to Marmite.
Those that know me can't help but notice that I am an invertebrate (sic) smoker and my tobacco of choice is the French Gauloises Hand Rolling. Here in the UK this is only available from specialist tobacco shops and is very heavily taxed and so I have been making tobacco runs to Europe about three times a year in order to take advantage of the much lower prices.
I used to go to France - usually just a quick in-and-out to Calais by ferry - but the French kept putting up their prices and the trip was becoming less economical with each visit. I therefore switched to Amsterdam where I could fly in and out from my local airport and this had the advantage off keen prices and made for some fun trips with usually a night or two spent in what is one of my favourite cities.
The Dutch though started following the UK and France's lead and kep squeezing the taxation and once again my runs became less cost-effective. I now go to Belgium regularly, to the tobacco-town of Adinkerke, as here I get very good prices, an enjoyable visit (places like Gent, Ostend, Brussels etc) and if I book well ahead on Eurostar I can get relatively cheap train tickets.
This time round, because I'd recently changed jobs and am now here on my Island (Lundy), I'd gotten my Belgian runs out-of-sync and needed an interim shopping trip. I had already booked a holiday for my attendance at our VT Eurmeet in Bergamo in late May (2012) and had tagged a visit to Berlin to get some more pics of the "East Side Gallery" on to the end of the meet.
I knew that German tobacco shops stocked my particular brand and that the prices, whilst not as low as those in Adinkerke, would be reasonable. The only problem was to find a shop which carried enough stock to make it a one-stop purchase - I needed about two kilos. Asking around friends here I got a couple of reccommendations but these looked to be a bit too small for my requirements. I did a bit of research myself and found what looked like a likely candidate at the Forum Mall in Koepenick (hence the "Off The Beaten Path" tips on this page). That turned out to be a very good tobacconist, part of the Davidoff network, but only a pipe and cigar outlet.
Most tobacconists and kiosks did stock Gauloise but only in limited quantities and so plan B was a matter of running around a few of these until I'd filled my quota. I had an ABC public transport pass and so getting around was no problems and so I started with a small newsagent in the Forum Mall in Koepenick with a couple of packs. Then back by S-bahn to Ostkreuz where I found a couple more shops, a swift wander to the Ostbahnhof yielded one more, then to the U-bahn at Warschauer Strasse where another couple of kiosks were located. I was still about half a kilo short and so my next potential outlet I reckoned would be at Alexanderplatz. Here I found the excellent Durek which turned out to be the sort of shop I'd been looking for in the first place and was happily served with a full carton, plus a couple of loose packs and so job done!!
Then it was beer time ;-HIC!
Hussel is a store at the ground floor of the mall, that offers every thing sweet and lovely to eat yet mostly chocolate made. Their chocolate taste kinda reminds me on Hershey's as both of'em are less creamy and sweet like the Milka or Nestle or Lindt things are, which I personally prefer. However, Hussel's various selection & deco are just awesome. I purchased a chess game pure chocolate made. Service & staff are very nice, and they beautifully wrapp up things if bought as gifts/souvenirs like chocolate made mini Brandenburger Tor.
Alexa's stores and restaurants are providing every thing possible. They are spread colorful and tempting over the malls' as many as 4 floors with more than 56 000 m2, and about 180 shops and about 20 dining outs. Parking lot offers 1600 spots. The area was the former HQ of police dept, destroyed during WWII. Malls' investors are from Portugal and France, for my understanding.
Mon - Sat
Shops: 10:00 - 21:00
Grocery/E-Reichelt: 08:00 - 22:00
Food Court: 10:00 - 21:00
Kindercity: 10:00 - 18:00
Nice, huge, famous IKEA factory offers thousand of lovely things, very low in price, for furnishing, decorating, clothing, bathing, gardening and on and on and on. New to me was that their stuff is often Taiwan or Turkey made nowdays. Ikea-Berlin Tempelhof is located on Sachsendamm right at A100, exit Alboinstrasse. Easy to get there by public system as well: U6 to station Alt-Tempelhof or subway lines S2 and S25 to station Suedkreuz. Also with bus 204 or trolley M46 it's easy to get there. Question then would be how to get the purchased items packed. Their parking options are enormous, and very comfortable.
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