Berlin Shopping

As one of the largest cities in Europe, Berlin, Germany is a shopper’s paradise. While each of Berlin’s districts offers it’s own unique and exciting shopping experience, Kurfurstendamm, Friedichstrass, and Potsdammer Platz are the most renowned and should be on every visitor’s must-see list. With it’s staggering array of enormous department stores, awe-inspiring shopping plazas, and chic boulevards, shoppers will find something to suit every taste and budget.

As Berlin’s longest street, the two mile long Kurfurstendamm, better known as Ku’damm, is often compared to the Champs Elysee in Paris. Located in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf borough of western Berlin, the boulevard is home to Berlin’s chicest designer boutiques such as Gucci and Valentino. This important avenue is also home to a number of historic markers and impressive statues and fountains. The side streets around Ku’damm are quieter, with small and independently owned boutiques and cafes.

An absolute must on every shopper’s to-do list should be a visit to Kaufhaus des Westens , or Ka De We. Located on Ku’damm, Ka De We is Europe’s second largest department store. Encompassing 60,000 square meters and seven floors, Ka De We welcomes between 40,000 and 50,000 visitors each day. Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Chanel, Montblanc, Cartier, and Bulgari have their own boutiques on the first floor and a massive food hall featuring delicacies from around the world fills two floors.

For some of Berlin’s most eclectic and renowned architecture and design as well as hundreds of shopping opportunities, be sure to visit eastern Berlin’s Friedichstrasse. This area is made up of three large blocks, Quartier 205, 206, and 207, connected by a shopping arcade. Each Quartier features spectacular architecture and a different style of shopping. An international food market can be found in Quartier 205. Quartier 206 features a variety antique shops, cafes, and international designers such as Bottega Veneta, Moschino, Yves Saint Laurent, and Gucci. Quartier 207 is home to the renowned department strore, Gallerie Lafayette.

As one of Berlin’s most visited areas, Potsdammer Platz receives around 70,000 visitors per day. A bustling shopping district before it was destroyed during WWII, this area was rebuilt after the fall of the Berlin Wall in a futuristic architectural style. Now a thriving shopping and entertainment center, it is home to the 3 story Potsdammer Platz Arcaden.