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KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) Tips (34)

KaDeWe

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?

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TinyTuck
Nov 07, 2002

KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens): Europs biggest department store

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

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alexberlin
Sep 23, 2002

KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens): Forget Harrods! Forget Macy's! Forget Singapore!

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

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dircelo
Dec 11, 2005

KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens): KaDeWe

This huge, not very pretty, grey building on my picture housed very elegant and the biggest department store in Germany and in Europe founded in 1907 and called KaDeWe.

It was pretty crowded on Saturday early afternoon, so we had to wait a minute to get into an elevator/lift. It was really huge store and after searching woman's clothes store we coudn't find lifts for a while.

On the ground floor we found a lot of parfumeries, ReiseCenter (travel center) and departmens with Samsonite and other bags for travelers. Hmm... Samsonite suitcases were 10-20% more expensive than the same ones in Poland.

On the last 6h fllor in huge deli there were packages of Berlin gifts (food and drinks: sweets, champagns, wine + Berlin bear - mascot) at a price above 100.00 ? each. The most expensive wine costed 298.00 ? for a bottle of French Bordeaux from 1944: Chateau Latour, Pauillac.

HOURS:
Mon - Fri: 10.00 am - 8.00 pm
Sat: 9.30 am - 8.00 pm
Sunday: closed.

What to buy Everything was sold there.

What to pay Rather expensive department store but good quality always costs a lot.

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Apr 25, 2004
 
 
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KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens): The biggest department store in Europe

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!!!

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Gillianina
Oct 24, 2003

KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens): Go At Least Once Just Because>KaDeWe

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.

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JourneyOf1
Jun 09, 2006

KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens): Some lovely clothes for women

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.

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matcrazy1
Mar 24, 2004

KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens): Don't miss the food hall!

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!

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KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens): Worth the trip for the food hall

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.

tarmale
Sep 04, 2007

KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens): If you like department stores...

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!

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jglsongs
May 24, 2006

KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens): KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens)

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.

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Twan
Feb 14, 2012

KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens): Designer shopping

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.

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Oct 17, 2005

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