Did you get a chance to do a bit of shopping or to check the places what I advised you in my last blog? If not or it’s not your nearby area, don’t be upset 🙂 There are many shopping places in Berlin and with 2nd part of “Shopping passion in Berlin” blog we are going to visit popular shopping district in West side of Berlin – Kurfürstendamm or also called Ku’damm area.
Kudamm is the most famous shopping and pedestrian promenade in Berlin comparable to Champs-Élysées in Paris or Oxford street in London. Within 3.5 kilometer (2.2 mile) long street you can come across many affordable brand stores such as Zara, H&M, S.Oliver, Uniqlo, United Color of Benetton but also a big range of high end brands and prestigious boutiques such as Valentino, Chanel, Hermès, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, MCM, Prada, Gucci, Bvlgari and many more. Everyone can find here own price range and taste shops. As every shopping area, Kudamm has also several department stores.
The KaDeWe (short version of “Kaufhaus des Westens”) was built in 1907 at Wittenbergplatz on Tauentzienstraße, now well known as Department store of the West. KaDeWe targeting the upper class by offering luxurious items and special services. It is the largest department store of its kind in Europe after Harrods in London, spanning over 60,000 square meters across seven floors. It attracts 40,000 to 50,000 visitors every day and during the Christmas time it comes to 100.000 visitors daily. All in all about 2,000 employees take care of the needs and wishes of the customers.
Shops located in KaDeWe provide high-quality design clothing, cosmetics, jewellery and living items. You can find there brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Michael Kors, Miu Miu, Dolce & Gabbana, Mont Blanc, Cartier, Burberry, Rolex, Tiffany & Co., Prada and many more.
Often, you can stumble across fashion or cosmetics presentations and events of those brands.
Furthermore, the KaDeWe is known for its legendary gourmet department on the sixth and seventh floor with amazing glass-front rooftop garden which provides a spectacular view over the Kudamm area. You can purchase premium food products from all over the world at several bars, restaurants and cafés or just enjoy tasty breakfast or lunch.
Open: Monday–Thursday: 10am–8pm; Friday: 10am–9pm; Saturday: 9:30am–8pm
Address: Tauentzienstraße 21-24, Berlin, Germany
Bikini Berlin is a new concept mall located in the neighbourhood of Zoo-Palast and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church also known as “Broken Church”. It was opened in april 2014 and now is well known for Temporary wooden “pop-up stores”. These 20 wooden boxes offer a special kind of exhibition space which can be used for various presentations therefore you can find there many unique boutiques, handmade products and more. In total, around 60 so called “concept shops” are strolling on three floors including as well cafés and restaurants.
The name “Bikini” is a nickname, since the original building was optically separated into a lower and an upper part.
Open: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 am – 08:00 pm
Address: Budapester Straße 38-50, 10787 Berlin