The Kaufhaus des Westens (German for ‘Department Store of the West’), abbreviated to KaDeWe, is a department store in Berlin, Germany. With over 60,000 square meters (650,000 sq ft) of retail space and more than 380,000 articles available, it is the second-largest department store in Europe after Harrods in London. It attracts 40,000 to 50,000 visitors every day.

The store is located on Tauentzienstraße, a major shopping street, between Wittenbergplatz and Breitscheidplatz, near the heart of former West Berlin. […]

KaDeWe has eight floors, each focused on a different type of merchandise.

  • The ground floor is for beauty accessories and luxury goods. The services offered include beauty salons as well as nail and foot spas. The so-called “Luxury Boulevard” is also situated here, with various luxury brands.
  • The 1st floor for is men’s apparel.
  • The 2nd floor is devoted to women’s fashion.
  • The 3rd floor is referred to as “the Loft” and is Germany’s biggest luxury shoe department. Women’s leather goods and lingerie are also sold here.
  • The 4th floor contains interior and design items, as well as the in-house wedding and gift registry services.
  • The 5th floor is for arts, books, entertainment, electronics, toys, office supplies, and souvenirs.
  • The 6th and 7th floors are entirely devoted to food, and are advertised as having two football fields of food. The 6th floor food hall is called “Delicatessen” and is famous for its wide variety of food and beverages. It has around 110 cooks and 40 bakers and confectioners, supplying more than 30 gourmet counters. The top floor (added in the early 1990s) includes a winter garden with a 1000-seat restaurant surrounded by an all-windowed wall offering a view over the Wittenbergplatz. […]

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