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KaDeWe, Berlin

21–24 Tauentzienstrasse
Germany 10789
Tel: 49 30 21210
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At the height of the Cold War, KaDeWe, Berlin's largest and most lavish department store, played the role of never-never land for the whole Eastern Bloc, tantalizing victims of state planning with a drop-dead display of capitalist loot and lucre. Today it perpetuates this tradition with a spectacular sixth floor devoted entirely to food and wine: easily the most stunning gourmet extravaganza to be found anywhere in Europe. Happily, you don't need to spend a fortune to have a good feed here, since the 33 different stands sell everything from freshly shucked oysters to sushi, bouillabaisse, smoked salmon, shrimp sandwiches, and perhaps most impressive of all, more than 1,200 different sausages and cold cuts that can be consumed on the premises with a variety of beers and wines. Almost every major German city has a wurst (sausage) to call its own, and this is the place to sample as many of them as you can manage.

Closed Sundays.

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