KaDeWe Food Hall, Berlin

KaDeWe department store in Berlin is the largest department store in Continental Europe, and its sixth floor houses one of the biggest - and most impressive - food halls we've ever seen. With some 30,000 items spread out over more than 7,000 square meters, KaDeWe claims to be the world's second-largest food market, after Takashimaya in Tokyo.

You'll find a bewildering variety of foods from every part of Europe as well as farther afield. KaDeWe sells some 1800 kinds of cheese, more than 1500 types of meats and sausages, and 400 varieties of bread. The sausage section is especially inspiring, with separate counters from each region of Germany and dozens of different sausages from each region.

The store (the full name is Kaufhaus des Westens) opened just over 100 years ago (in 1907), but the food floor dates back to 1956. There are actually two food floors, as the top, seventh floor was built as a "winter garden" space surrounded by windows and filled with mini-restaurants and food stalls. The sixth floor also has a number of restaurants scattered throughout the market - there are more than two dozen in all.

KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens)

Tauentzienstrasse 21-24, Berlin, Germany
Wittenbergplatz U station
Tel: +49 (30) 2121 0
Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday 10am-9pm
Saturday 9.30am-8pm
Some special Sunday hours - check the website

Wintergarten (LeBuffet) on the 7th floor
Tel.: +49 (0) 30 2121-2623

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