April 3, 2007

Best Shopping in Berlin

By Verdict Staff

Galeries Lafayette

While consumer goods were scarce under communism, today business is booming in the old Soviet sector.

Friedrichstrasse is the main retail street in East Berlin and for international fashion it now rivals West Berlin’s great Kurfürstendamm. Berlin also has many upand- coming fashion designers of its own, and visitors keen for an original or one-off should investigate the local talent. Head to the Hackesche Höfe neighborhood in Mitte or to Savignyplatz in Charlottenburg for stunning home-grown collections. While the fashion scene thrives, Berlin has much else to tempt the curious shopper. Flea markets overflow with antiques, and for interior design, you’re in the land that spawned the Bauhaus.

BEST SHOPPING AREAS / DISTRICTS

Label hunters will find all the big brands along Kurfürstendamm (or ‘Ku’damm’ to locals), the historic heart of Berlin shopping and home to the mammoth KaDeWe.

Chic boutiques nestle in its side streets, with the richest pickings on Fasanenstrasse and Bleibtreustrasse. Friedrichstrasse is Ku’damm’s eastern counterpart, with department stores Galeries Lafayette and Quartier 206 taking center stage. Just north of Hackescher Markt in Mitte are the charming Hackesche Höfe, a maze of courtyards teeming with trendy shops and bijou cafés. For antique treasures and a real Berlin experience, browse the weekend Trödel Markt flea market on Strasse des 17 Juni.

KAUFHAUS DES WESTENS

Kaufhaus des Westens

The most distinguished department store in Berlin, Kaufhaus des Westens promises retail bliss for the Elite Traveler. KaDeWe (as it is more commonly known) contains an exceptional range of products, from luxury fashion and scents to exotic fruit and ostrich eggs.

The palatial store offers personal shoppers, a shipping service, a wedding and gift service, a hotel and home service, a tailor, hairdressers, beauty lounges, buggy rental and a bureau de change. The recently expanded luxury boulevard on the ground floor houses jewelry and accessories from the highest caliber brands, and the next three floors are devoted to menswear and women’s wear from the world’s most elite fashion houses. The sixth floor gourmet department has to be seen to be believed, with a staggering selection of wines, cheeses and that old German favorite, sausages. Over its one hundred year history, KaDeWe has earned a reputation for excellence and abundance, and you’ll find the VIP service second to none.

Ursula Vierkötter

+49 (0) 30 21 21 0

Tauentzienstrasse 21-24

www.kadewe.de

GALERIES LAFAYETTE

Galeries Lafayette

The Berlin branch of the famed French department store, Galeries Lafayette enjoys pride of place on the upmarket Friedrichstrasse.

Built during the post- Wall boom of the nineties, the swish glass building was designed by superstar architect Jean Nouvel, and the contents of the shop are equally formidable. Products are almost exclusively French and include highly sought after labels, perfumes and accessories. For more local produce, check out the store’s Labo Mode section, which showcases new collections from young Berlin designers.

Joahir Osman

+49 (0) 30 20 94 80 (general) / +49 (0) 15 22 42 20 92 0 (personal shopping)

Friedrichstrasse 76-78

www.galerieslafayette.de

DEPARTMENT STORES

Quartier 206

F95 Phone: +49 (0) 30 42 08 33 58 Email: sf@f95store.com Address: Frankfurter Allee 95-97 www.f95store.com
QUARTIER 206 Phone: +49 (0) 30 20 94 62 40 Email: info@quartier206.com Address: Friedrichstrasse 71 www.quartier206.com
PEEK & CLOPPENBURG Phone: +49 (0) 30 21 29 00 Email: dialog@peek-cloppenburg.de Address: Tauentzienstrasse 19 www.peek-cloppenburg.com
THE CORNER Phone: +49 (0) 30 20 67 09 40 Email: mail@thecornerberlin.com Address: Französische Strasse 40 www.thecornerberlin.de

FASHION & ACCESSORIES

Quartier 206 (Fashion & Accessories)

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN KADEWE QUARTIER 206 www.alexandermcqueen.com
ALI THOMPSON Phone: +49 (0) 30 21 01 61 86 Address: Nürnberger Strasse 50-55 www.ali-thompson.de
ANYA HINDMARCH QUARTIER 206 www.anyahindmarch.com
 
APARTMENT Phone: +49 (0) 30 28 04 22 51 Address: Memhardstrasse 8 www.apartmentberlin.de
ARMANI COLLEZIONI KADEWE GALERIES LAFAYETTE PEEK & CLOPPENBURG www.armani.com BALENCIAGA
 
THE CORNER www.balenciaga.com
 
BURBERRY Phone: +49 (0) 30 88 54 81 1 Address: Kurfürstendamm 183 www.burberry.com
 
CELINE QUARTIER 206 F95 www.celine.com
 
CHANEL Phone: +49 (0) 30 88 51 42 4 Address: Kurfürstendamm 188-189 www.chanel.com
CHLOÉ KADEWE GALERIES LAFAYETTE QUARTIER 206 www.chloe.com
CHRISTIAN LACROIX KADEWE www.christian-lacroix.fr
D&G KADEWE GALERIES LAFAYETTE PEEK & CLOPPENBURG www.dolcegabbana.com
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG KADEWE QUARTIER 206 www.dvf.com
DIOR KADEWE QUARTIER 206 www.dior.com
DKNY KADEWE GALERIES LAFAYETTE QUARTIER 206 PEEK & CLOPPENBURG www.donnakaran.com
DOLCE & GABBANA KADEWE GALERIES LAFAYETTE QUARTIER 206 www.dolcegabbana.com
DONNA KARAN QUARTIER 206 www.donnakaran.com
EMPORIO ARMANI KADEWE GALERIES LAFAYETTE PEEK & CLOPPENBURG www.emporioarmani.com
ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA Phone: +49 (0) 30 88 71 90 90 Address: Kufürstendamm 185 www.zegna.com
ESCADA Phone: +49 (0) 30 23 86 44 9 Address: Friedrichstrasse 176-179 www.escada.com
GESINE WESSELS Phone: +49 (0) 15 12 26 44 31 3 Address: Meinekestrasse 7 www.gesinewessels.de
 
GIORGIO ARMANI KADEWE GALERIES LAFAYETTE QUARTIER 206 www.giorgioarmani.com
GUCCI Phone: +49 (0) 30 88 56 30 0 Address: Kurfürstendamm 190-192 www.gucci.com
 
HERMÈS Phone: +49 (0) 30 32 70 83 75 Address: Kurfürstendamm 58 www.hermes.com
HUGO BOSS Phone: +49 (0) 30 28 88 45 50 Address: Rosenthaler Strasse 49 www.hugoboss.com
 
JIMMY CHOO QUARTIER 206 www.jimmychoo.com
JOHN GALLIANO KADEWE www.johngalliano.com
JIL SANDER Phone: +49 (0) 30 88 67 02 0 Address: Kurfürstendamm 185 www.jilsander.com
JOSEPH KADEWE www.joseph.co.uk
 
KENZO KADEWE GALERIES LAFAYETTE www.kenzo.com
LANVIN KADEWE QUARTIER 206 www.lanvin.com
 
LOEWE KADEWE www.loewe.com
LOUIS VUITTON Phone: +49 (0) 30 88 25 2 Address: Kurfürstendamm 56-57 www.louisvuitton.com
 
MANOLO BLAHNIK QUARTER 206 www.manoloblahnik.com
MARC JACOBS KADEWE QUARTIER 206 www.marcjacobs.com
MIENTUS Men’s fashion Phone: +49 (0) 30 32 39 07 7 Address: Wilmersdorfer Strasse 73 www.mientus.com
MISSONI KADEWE QUARTIER 206 www.missoni.com
MIU MIU QUARTIER 206 www.miumiu.com
MOSCHINO Phone: +49 (0) 30 20 94 61 55 Address: Friedrichstrasse 71 www.moschino.it
MULBERRY KADEWE www.mulberry.com
 
NARCISO RODRIGUEZ KADEWE www.narcisorodriguez.com
 
OSCAR DE LA RENTA KADEWE QUARTIER 206 www.oscardelarenta.com
PORSCHE DESIGN Phone: +49 (0) 30 88 71 78 30 Address: Kurfürstendamm 190-192 www.berlin.porsche-design.de
PRADA KADEWE GALERIES LAFAYETTE QUARTIER 206 www.prada.com
RALPH LAUREN KADEWE GALERIES LAFAYETTE PEEK & CLOPPENBURG www.ralphlauren.com
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO KADEWE QUARTIER 206 www.ferragamo.com
SKODA Phone: +49 (0) 30 28 07 21 1 Address: Alte Schönhauser Strasse 35 www.claudiaskoda.com
SONIA RYKIEL GALERIES LAFAYETTE www.soniarykiel.com
STELLA MCCARTNEY KADEWE QUARTIER 206 www.stellamccartney.com
 
TOMMY HILFIGER Phone: +49 (0) 30 88 92 08 76 Address: Kurfürstendamm 217 www.de.tommy.com
VALENTINO Phone: +49 (0) 30 31 01 61 66 Address: Kurfürstendamm 57 www.valentinofashiongroup.com
 
VERSACE KADEWE www.versace.com
VIKTOR & ROLF KADEWE QUARTIER 206 APARTMENT www.viktor-rolf.com
 
VIVIENNE WESTWOOD KADEWE www.viviennewestwood.co.uk