Caro­line Evans browses the très chic shops of Friedrich­straße.

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Browse the high-class shops of Friedrich­straße in Mitte.

Although Kur­fürs­ten­damm usu­ally gets all the hype for be­ing the epi­cen­ter of Ber­lin cou­ture, Mitte's Friedrich­straße is a fash­ion des­ti­na­tion in its own right. Head south from S- Bahn Friedrich­straße and you'll find such fa­mously la­beled stores as Gucci (p. 29) and

Mau­rice Lacroix (p. 32), not to men­tion sev­eral ex­clu­sive depart­ment stores.

With its cos­mopoli­tan ar­chi­tec­ture and up­mar­ket brands, Depart­mentstore

Quartier 206 (p. 27) is ideal for the shop­per with re­fined tastes, whether it be for cloth­ing, beauty prod­ucts, art, or even books. In ad­di­tion to well-known de­sign­ers, such as footwear mavens Manolo Blah­nik and Ru­pert San­der­son, the depart­ment store fea­tures spe­cialty brands that are lesser known but just as stylish, such as Le Prince Jar­dinier, which of­fers unique sou­venirs for gar­den lovers.

At Ga­leries Lafayette (p. 27), dis­cover a Parisian shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence that tran­scends fash­ion to in­clude French gas­tron­omy, with epi­curean spe­cial­ties from the food counter and tea from the cel­e­brated Mariage Frères, founded in 1854. The depart­ment store, no­table for its cen­ter­piece in­verted glass cone, is renowned for its fine cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories, as well as an as­sort­ment of per­fumes and beauty items.

If it's that in­spi­ra­tional je ne sais quoi you seek, lo­cate the red store­font of Duss­mann

das Kul­turKaufhaus (" the depart­ment store of cul­ture", p 27). An im­mense ar­ray of both non-fic­tion and clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary literature – in­clud­ing a large se­lec­tion of English ti­tles – can oc­cupy bib­lio­philes for hours (good news: They close at mid­night). See their web­site for up­com­ing mu­si­cal per­for­mances and book pre­sen­ta­tions, many in English.

When your arms can't hold any more bags, Friedrich­straße's many cafés and restau­rants are a draw unto them­selves. Ex­pe­ri­ence fine Ger­man spe­cial­ties at Max­i­m­il­ians (p. 51), up­scale veg­e­tar­ian cui­sine at Cook­ies Cream (p. 51), or fur­ther

French in­spi­ra­tion at Bor­chardt (p. 51).

"Friedrich­straße is a fash­ion des­ti­na­tion in its own right."

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