Stroll the famous shopping and cafe district along Kurfurstendamm , where stunning designer boutiques rub elbows with falafel joints and T-shirt shacks. The centerpiece of this shopping megaplex is KaDeWe (Tauentzienstrasse 21-24; KaDeWe.de), the largest department store on the European continent, famous above all for its gourmet food department on the sixth floor. Everything you'd expect in a major store, only in quantities and varieties to make the Queen of Sheba green with envy. For edible gifts and a bite to eat, don't miss the gourmet shop. You'll need to take time off to take this gargantuan entity in.
On and around Schonhauser Allee , the main drag through Prenzlauer Berg, you'll find plenty of shops and other attractions of interest to gays and lesbians. Another popular shopping area is Wilmersdorfer Strasse in the Charlottenburg district.
If you want to read something other than work files, head to funky Friedrichshain and foreign language bookstore East of Eden International Bookshop (Schreinerstrasse 10; +49-30-423-9362; East-of-Eden.de), run by two friendly expats.
Hipster threads and home accessories await at funky rung.napa (Knesebeckstrasse 27, +49-30-886-77934, RungNapa-Berlin.com).
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