Shopping in Berlin: Ku'damm, a famous city street

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By Paul Sullivan, a Travel Professional

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The “Oxford Street” of Berlin, Ku'damm offers everything from high street brands to serious haute couture

The upper part of Charlottenburg’s Ku'damm (as the somewhat long-winded Kurfuerstendamm is usually abbreviated to), with its leafy, pleasant side streets and slew of upmarket stores and boutiques has long been a shopaholic favourite. You can easily spend a whole day exploring and shopping. Here are some of my favourite places to get you started...

Clothing and shoes

KaDeWe (Tauentzienstr. 21-24; www.kadewe.de), having opened in 1907, is something of an institution in Berlin. Its name “Department Store of the West” and not only is it the largest department store in mainland Europe, it’s also a pretty good place to start exploring the area’s world of clothing, with brands like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gucci, Chanel, Bulgari, Cartier and Montblanc for men, women - and children.

Those with a penchant for more individually tailored elegance – men and women – should take a stroll to the flagship store of German designer Jil Sander (Kurfürstendamm 185; www.jilsander.com). The shop will appeal to both men and women interested in not only clothing, but accessories, shoes, and jewellery. Pricey, but beautiful.

More haute couture sophistication can be found at Anette Petermann (Bleibtreustr. 49; www.anette-petermann.de), whose designs are favoured by many local Berlin celebrities. For something a little cheaper yet still stylish, Bally’s flagship store (Kurfürstendamm 219; www.bally.com) is a lovely space with some great clothing plus bags and accessories. Kramberg (Kurfurstendamm 56) is a good place for women seeking international labels like Gucci, Armani, and Chanel.

Men with a taste for shoes can head to Budapest Schuhe (Kurfürstendamm 199; www.budapester.eu), which specialises in handmade shoes and brogues from England, Austria and Hungary. The range is extensive and the service friendly. Another option is Riccardo Cartillone (Savignyplatz 5; www.riccardocartillone.de), which has a superb range of hand-made Italian leather shoes and boots.

Accessories and cosmetics

At Harry Lehmann, (Kantstr 106; www.parfum-individual.de), the Lehmann family showcases its generations-old family recipes of perfume; they’ve been brewing here since 1926. There’s a wide selection of scents - or you can choose to customise your own.

Bree on Kurfürstendamm (Gerberstraße 3; www.bree.com) is the place to go if you’re in search of the perfect handbag. Men might also find something here, as they do carry unisex travel bags, too. For upscale accessories, check out Bucherer (Kurfürstendamm 45; www.bucherer.com), whose company has sold Swiss watches and designer jewelry since 1888.

The German designers featured at Klaus Kaufhold (Kurfürstendamm 197; www.klaus-kaufhold.de) specialise in a style of minimalism. Their less-is-more approach combines rubber and diamonds in understated pieces that are certainly unique. The Porsche Design (Kurfürstendamm 190-192; www.porsche-design.com) flagship store, meanwhile, sells exquisite products - everything from shoes and luggage to pipes and pocket knives – at equally exquisite prices.

Books

If you enjoy getting lost in labyrinthine book stores, check out Bücherbogen on Savignyplatz (Stadtbahnbogen 593; www.buecherbogen.com), right under the S-Bahn train. Housed in four separate buildings, the shop specializes in arts, architecture, design, film and theatre. Around the corner is the delightful Marga Schoeller bookshop (Knesebeck Strasse 33), a popular store with a wide selection of fiction and more in English and German.

Antiques and collectibles

There are several antiques stores at the eastern end of Ku’damm. L. & M. Lee (Kurfürstendamm 32) is one of the most established, selling porcelain, silver, and glass from the early 20th century, as well as 19th-century pieces from all across Europe.

On weekends you can also try your hand at the Berlin Flea and Art Market (Berliner Trödelmarkt und Kunstmarkt), which is held from 10am to 5pm at Strasse des 17. Juni. Here buy antiques, handcrafted items and a range of art that can keep shoppers busy for hours.

Food

Serious foodies head to Confiserie Melanie, (Goethestrasse 4; www.bei-melanie.de) a small, old victual store owned and operated by Sabine Dubenkropp. The store sells treats from around Europe in addition to original specialties like handmade truffles spiked with absinthe.

Leysieffer (Kurfürstendamm 218; www.leysieffer.de) is the place to go for chocolate. Open for a century at this original location, they’ve perfected truffles, nougat, dark chocolate and more. If sweets aren’t your thing, then head to the 6th floor of KaDeWe (Tauentzienstr. 21-24; www.kadewe.de), world famous for gourmet foodstuffs and exotic produce.

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Hi Paul

I guess when writing a guide to shopping in a city it's difficult to avoid it turning into a list of shops, but what would have brought this guide to life for me would have been some photographs showing the outlets you describe. Also the nearest Metros stations would have been handy to help find the places you mention.

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