DE­PART­MENT STORES

Where Berlin - - Shopping - Ga­le­ria Kaufhof

This for­mer GDR de­part­ment store was ren­o­vated in 2006. Browse over 600 ex­clu­sive brands and an ex­quis­ite gourmet sec­tion cov­er­ing 35,000 square me­ters of space. www.ga­le­ria-kaufhof.de. Alexan­der­platz 9. T: 030.247430. S+U Alexan­der­platz. F3

Ga­leries Lafayette

The Ber­lin branch of the ex­clu­sive Parisian de­part­ment store is de­vel­oped around an ex­tra­or­di­nary glass cone. The three cir­cu­lar floors rise up around this cen­ter­piece, packed with per­fumes, cloth­ing, and ac­ces­sories. The food counter of­fers a wide range of French spe­cial­ties and there’s a cor­ner sell­ing teas from the famed French tea house Mariage Frères. www.ga­leries­lafayette.de. Friedrich­str. 76–78. T: 030.209480. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. E3

KaDeWe

This is the big­gest and old­est de­part­ment store in Ger­many. Only prod­ucts of the high­est qual­ity are sold in this lux­u­ri­ous build­ing. If you are short on time, the leg­endary gourmet food hall on the 6th floor is not to be missed. www.kadewe.de.

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