5 large department stores in Berlin

Berlin has a lot to offer for people who like shopping. The article with the best shopping-areas already summarised some great places to visit if you like an afternoon of shopping. Besides the regular malls and shopping-streets there are also a few extraordinary department stores which every shopaholic should visit when they are in Berlin. And if you do not like shopping you will probably still like the impressive buildings and architecture of these department stores in Berlin.

Large variety of products

The department stores in Berlin sell a very broad variety of products. This is especially great for larger groups and families. When daddy is searching a new book, mommy can have a look at the latest fashion and the children can check out the music-section. Just agree on a time and meet back at the entrance or the checkout and everybody wins. Don’t forget that the time is flying when you are shopping in these large stores.

Below you can find our selection of the best department stores in Berlin:

1. KaDeWe

The KadeWe is one of the most famous department stores in Berlin. The store opened its doors in 1907 and brought exotic products from all over the world to Berlin. The name KaDeWe stands for Kaufhaus des Westens and up to 180.000 people find their way to the store every day.

KaDeWe Berlin
KaDeWe Department Store in Charlottenburg

Nowadays, more than 100 years after the opening, the KaDeWe is still one of the most popular shops of Berlin. Tourists see it as a real attraction to visit the historical department store which is located in the Tauentzienstraße 21. The KaDeWe has 6 different floors, 2000 employees and more than 60.000 square meters of shopping pleasure.

Tip: Make sure you checkout the top-floor of the KaDeWe, this is where they sell exclusive and foreign foods and specialities.

Name: KaDeWe
Address: Tauentzienstraße 21-24
Public transport: Ubahn Wittenbergplatz
Opening-hours: 10.00 – 20.00 (friday 21.00)
Website: www.kadewe.de


2. Galeria Kaufhof

Another large department store in Berlin is the Galeria Kaufhof. The most famous store is located at Alexanderplatz but there are also several branches further outside the center of Berlin. The Galeria Kaufhof has been offering their products in Germany for over 130 years and has many stores throughout the whole country.

Galeria Kaufhof
Department Store Galeria Kaufhof in Berlin

The Galaria Kaufhof offers a wide range of different products: From clothes to kitchen equipment and from books about Berlin to Berlinsouvenirs. In the basement of this department store in Berlin you can also find food and drinks (like a supermarket). The Galeria Kaufhof at Alexanderplatz can be reached very easily because this is one of the main train and underground stations in Berlin.

Tip: There are several Galaria Kaufhof’s in Berlin. Check Google to find the nearest one to where you stay.

Name: Galeria Kaufhof Alexanderplatz
Address: Alexanderplatz 9
Public transport: S or U-bahn Alexanderplatz
Opening-hours: 10.00 – 20.00 (Friday 21.00)
Website: www.galeria-kaufhof.de


3. Galaries Lafayette

In the more expensive part of Berlin, around the Friedrichstraße, you can also find another impressive and famous store. It is called Galeries Lafayette and as the name already suggests, this store is originally from France. The building is build by a french architect and is seen as one of the most interesting builded objects of the 1990s.

The architecture of Galaries Lafayette
The architecture of Galaries Lafayette

The Galaries Lafayette can be reached from station Friedrichstraße and offers the latest trends when it comes to clothing and shoes. The building looks great from the outside but is also quite impressive from the inside. This part of Berlin is definitely worth a visit. After you done with Galaries Lafayette it is also not a long walk to Berliner attractions like the Brandenburger Tor.

Tip: The architecture of the Galaries Lafayette is worth checking out even for people who do not want to go shopping.

Name: Galaries Lafayette
Address: Friedrichstraße 76-78
Public transport: S-bahn Friedrichstraße
Opening-hours: 10.00 – 20.00 (friday 21.00)
Website: www.galerieslafayette.de


4. Peek & Cloppenburg

A large store which is located not very far from the KaDeWe, is Peek and Cloppenburg. This multilevel-store does not have as much different products as the other department stores in Berlin but it most definitely is specialised on the field of clothing. The Peek & Cloppenburg can be found in the Tauentzienstraße but also in the new Mall of Berlin (Potsdamer Platz).

Peek and Cloppenburg
The Peek and Cloppenburg in Berlin

If you are looking for new clothes, the Peek & Cloppenburg is a great place to go shopping. The upper-floor focuses more on business-clothing and clothing for “older” people but in the basement youngsters and more leisure brands can be found. Peek & Cloppenburg offers more than 400 different brands. Some examples are Scotch & Soda, Levi’s, Lee, Cheap Monday and Superdry. The store can be reached from station Wittenbergplatz or also with a 10 minute walk from Zoologischer Garten.

Tip: The Peek & Cloppenburg can easily be combined with a visit to the KaDeWe. They are in the same street.

Name: Peek & Cloppenburg
Address: Tauentzienstraße 19
Public transport: S or Ubahn Alexanderplatz
Opening-hours: 10.00 – 20.00 (friday 21.00)
Website: www.peek-cloppenburg.de


5. Dussmann KulturKaufhaus

A shop which is quite different from the other department stores in Berlin is Dussmann KulturKaufhaus. This shop is a heaven for media-lovers. If you are looking for the latest music, books about Berlin or anything related to media you have to visit this large store in Berlin.

Dussmann Kulturkaufhaus Berlin
The several floors of the Dussmann Kulturkaufhaus Berlin

Dussmann KulturKaufhaus is more than just a shop. The owners really want you to feel at home. You can take as much time as you want to decide on the right item and there are plenty of comfortable corners where you can sit and get an impression of what you are about the buy.

The Dussmann KulturKaufhaus has the most extreme opening-hours of all the department stores in Berlin. You might want to call it the Berghain of the department stores, it opens at 09.00 and closes at midnight.

Tip: The Dussmann KulturKaufhaus is open till midnight almost every day of the week!

Name: Dussmann KulturKaufhaus
Address: Friedrichstraße 90
Public transport: S-bahn Friedrichstraße
Opening-hours: 09.00 – 00.00 (friday 21.00)
Website: www.kulturkaufhaus.de

Combine with other shops

Hopefully this article helps you to find a nice store to go shopping. If you did not find what you were looking for you can always take a look in our article with the best shopping areas in Berlin. The department stores mentioned in this article are not located in the middle of nowhere, most of the time there are plenty of other shops around the corner.

If you have any suggestions we love to hear about them.

Tags : Listshopping

The author: Job

My Name is Job and originally from the Netherlands. In 2012, a girl I met in Australia motivated me to move to Berlin. I love to share the best places, activities and events in Berlin with you on my blog.

2 Comments

  • Hello Job, we are visiting Berlin from 26/07 until 30/07. Can you recommend a great party? We are staying in the Nhow hotel.
    Grtz, Michele

    • Hi Michelle,

      we will publish the next party-calendar this Friday. There are some great parties the last weekend of July as well so check it out later this week.

      Thanks for your patience 🙂

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