DEPART­MENT STORES & MALLS

Where Berlin - - SHOPPING -

Alexa

Hardcore shop­pers love this mall for its sheer size, with over 180 stores spread over five lev­els. High­street re­tail­ers are well rep­re­sented, and a large food court obliges when hunger over­whelms your de­sire to shop. www.alex­a­c­en­tre.com. Gruner­str. 20. T: 030.269340121. S+U Alexan­der­platz. F3

BIKINI BER­LIN

Opened in April 2014, BIKINI BER­LIN is an ex­tra­or­di­nary ur­ban mar­ket square that ex­em­pli­fies the idea of mixed- use space. Amid the mix­ture of pub­lic and com­mer­cial en­deav­ors, the strik­ing rooftop the size of a foot­ball field of­fers sen­sa­tional views of Tier­garten and ac­cess to a plethora of restau­rants and shop­ping at­trac­tions. www.bikiniber­lin.de. Bu­dapester Str. 42-50. T: 030.55496425. S+U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten. C4

De­signer Out­let Ber­lin

Your favourite de­signer brands with dis­counts up to 70 per­cent, at just 30 min­utes from the city cen­ter. Also fea­tures cafes and restau­rants, a chil­dren’s play area, free park­ing and more that 100 in­ter­na­tional brands. Shut­tle bus from cen­ter on Fri-Sat. Bring a copy of Where Ber­lin to the of­fice and get a fur­ther 10% off. Mon–Thu 10am–7pm, Fri and Sat to 8pm. www.de­signer­out­let­ber­lin.com. Al­ter Span­dauer Weg 1. T: 033234.9040. Take the re­gional train to El­stal. Off Map

Europa Cen­ter

This shop­ping mall on the Ku’damm of­fers a range of goods from over 70 shops. Check out the in­ge­nious wa­ter clock de­signed by Bernard Git­ton in 1982. www.europa- cen­ter- ber­lin.de. Tauentzien­str. 9–12. T: 030.26497940. U Kur­fürs­ten­damm, U Wit­ten­berg­platz. C4

Ga­le­ria Kaufhof

The for­mer East Ger­man depart­ment store, ren­o­vated in 2006, show­cases more than 600 ex­clu­sive brands and an ex­quis­ite gourmet sec­tion cov­er­ing 35,000sq.m (377,000sq.ft) 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

Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe)

The big­gest and old­est depart­ment store in Ger­many sells only prod­ucts of the high­est qual­ity. If you're short on time, the leg­endary gourmet food hall on the sixth floor is not to be missed. www.kadewe.de. Tauentzien­str. 21–24. T: 030.21210. U Wit­ten­berg­platz. C4

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