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Dresden Shopping

A. Lange & Söhne
8 Topferstrasse
Germany 01067
Tel: 49 351 48 18500

Here you'll find new and vintage watches by the kingly and über-expensive A. Lange & Söhne brand. The shop is intimate in scale and features a limited selection, but what it has is spectacular, including the "Saxonia" model, which features a unique date-revealing mechanism that reproduces the clock at the Semper Opera House, all for a modest $17,700.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 8 pm.

Meissner Porzellan
Hilton Dresden Hotel
5 An der Frauenkirche
Germany 01067
Tel: 49 351 86 42964

The best place in Dresden to buy the famous local porcelain is in a boutique stuck in one of the wings of the otherwise anonymous Hilton hotel. The porcelain on display is hand-painted and created in a labor-intensive process, reflected in its exorbitant cost ($3,540 for a tea set, anyone?). Traditional bowls, vases, and tea accessories, as well as figurines that look straight out of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, dominate the shelves.

Open daily 9:30 am to 7 pm (closes at 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday).

Mode de Vie
10 Obergraben
Germany 01067
Tel: 49 351 45 68717

Sophisticated clothes for ladies who lunch. Anchoring the Quartier Frauenkirche shopping center, this boutique features the grand old names of German couture, impeccably tailored and expensive. You'll find everything from fox stoles to leather handbags, with names such as Rena Lange (a $3,680 skirt-suit), Trixi Schober (fur-collared eveningwear), and Iris von Arnim (tailored woolens for the horsey set). Service is unexpectedly warm and friendly for this level of luxury.

Open daily 10 am to 8 pm.

Pfunds Molkerei
79 Bautzner Strasse
Germany 01099
Tel: 49 351 80 80 80

Pfunds calls itself "the most beautiful milk shop in the world," and the claim seems quite plausible. The interior is as intricate and ornate as the Zwinger galleries or the Semper Opera—a mosaic of antique porcelain tiles, mainly in blue and white, covers the walls, ceiling, and virtually every surface, resembling a heavily frescoed mini-palace. True to its name, the shop sells milk products and souvenirs downstairs, including fresh milk, yogurt, cheese, and butter. Upstairs is a sit-down restaurant that's slightly less thrilling (and rather conventionally decorated), with a menu that's heavy on cheese (fondue, Râclette, cheesecake, etc.). Stop by for a quick snack downstairs and just take in the interior—the shop is out of the Inner Neustadts pedestrian zone, but it's worth the walk.

Open daily 10 am to 6 pm.

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