Berlin: KaDeWe or Kaufhaus des Westens

KaDeWe is something I stumbled into.  On the first floor, there is very high end jewelry, handbags, and then the usual cosmetics, perfumes, etc. For an example of high-end jewelry, they had Tiffany’s, Chanel, etc.

It reminded me a bit of Bloomingdales in NYC. It did not just sell clothes, but many other things:

I walked through rows and rows of beautiful, incredibly expensive foods.

One of my favorite sections in a really nice department store is their socks and tights section.

Sock heaven!  If I could afford these socks, I would totally wear them.


I accidentally stumbled into the childrens section.  Below are some normal preppy clothes, but for little boys.  The photo does not show it well because it is really hard to see the scaling.

This is a little boys mannequin wearing the most precious clothes.  I do not think I have seen a sports coat that small.

I would recommend visiting it if you want to see a very high-end department store.  The best part, is the restaurant and the Gourmet Level, but that is a separate post.

Address:

Tauentzienstr. 21-24

10789 Berlin Schöneberg

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Berlin: Markthalle IX: Street Food Thursday

Markthalle IX or Market House 9 is an indoor market located near the U1 U-bahn station Gorlitzer.  To get there, you walk through a little park that has a church in it.

After you get to the end of the park, there is a lovely colorful setting of chairs, bikes and people enjoying food from a cafe.

After one more block, you are there! The bikes of the people inside are lined up along the streets.

You enter a stone building with a great big arch.   Depending on when you go, it could be completely packed, or you could have plenty of room to breath.  There are red and white striped tents that the different vendors have. Strings of Christmas lights are hung around the tents and over them to create a festive and almost-outdoor-market feel.

There are plenty of places to sit down and eat inside.  Sometimes it gets too crowded and people enjoy their food outside.

There is even a little playground inside for children.  This photo was taken when it was really busy, so it is hard to see.

After you get a feel for the atmosphere, it is time to walk around and figure out what to eat.  I recommend just walking around (multiple time)  to see what food options are available.

There are several vendors that sell cheeses, others sell meats, and even more sell wine, beer, mixed drinks, tea and coffee.  One vendor in particular sells tapas.  You get a tray with pieces of cured meats, cheeses, fish, and olives.

Each vendor sells something different.  For meals, there are plenty of assembled meals to buy.  For vegans, this is paradise.  There are multiple food stations dedicated to vegan food.

Mediterranean Street Food Platters from a Vendor

Meat eaters, do not despair, there is plenty for you to eat.  There is a vendor that sells fish (menu below)  There is also a supposedly amazing bbq vendor.  They have baked potatoes, beef brisket, pork belly and other barbequed meats.





After that, there are plenty of asian food vendors.  This is one particular Taiwanese vendor that served Taiwanese burgers.

I decided to order one of the burgers.  They have an original with pork belly, and a “skinny” version with chicken.  When I was there, they had already sold out of the chicken.  So, being on the pork belly!

After assembling it for me, it was time to get what was mine.

The final product.  It was soooo good. It is hard to tell what it is from the photo because they put on a lot of cilantro, just the way I like it.  This was definitely fabulous.  I would recommend it to anyone.  The pork belly was fabulous, and incredibly tender.  I am sure the chicken version would be very good as well.  And as a bonus, if you order the chicken version, your belly will not look like a pig’s belly!

That was not the only kind of exotic food that was there.  There was also a korean place that sold kimchi.

There was some latin american food as well.

There was also an African food vendor.  In addition to that, there were two vendors that sold pies.  Now, by pies, I do not mean american pies, like apple pie.  I mean pies from the United Kingdom:  Steak and ale pies, apple and pork pies, and more.  If anyone is missing there British food, hop on down and get some good old hardy pies.

There was this place that served cups of food.  There layout always looks so nice.  The photos below are of the same vendor, but on different nights.

My friend and I both got a cup from this vendor.  The savory cups were 3 euros while the sweet cups were 3.5 euros.  Below is a photo of another friend holding the cups we got.  The savory cup has potatoes and herbs in the bottom, with speck in the middle and a pumpkin puree on top.  This was then garnished with a potato chip.

For dessert, there were plenty of other options.  From pastries and cookies, to mango lassies, to mint-lemon iced tea and cucumber ginger ale, to apple cobbler and cheese cake, to sorbet, ice cream and gelato, you can hardly go wrong.

Below is the stand that sold the Lemon-mint iced tea, and some apple crumble.

Overall, it was a fabulous market.  I definitely recommend it.  It would be good for friends to hand out.  It is also a perfect place for a date.

This market is every Thursday from 5-10pm or as the Europeans like to say, 17:00 to 22:00.  There are other markets located at this place.  This information is specific to the street food market.  Have fun!!

Hours: 17:00-22:00

Address:  Eisenbahnstraße 42, 10997 Berlin

Berlin: KaDeWe or Kaufhaus des Westens: The Gourmet Floor

KaDeWe or Kaufhaus des Westens is a very high-end department store in Berlin.   I entered it and wandered around.  I saw that there was a food level titled: The Gourmet Floor.  I decided I had to see it.   This is what I found.

The 6th floor of KaDeWe is heaven for a foodie.  They have fabulous selections of just about everything.

They had an entire section devoted to eggs,  EGGS!!

You will not miss out on cheese here.

They have a section dedicated to Champagne.  I took a photo of this champagne, because when I was in Reims, Champagne, France, I visited the Taittinger champagne caves and took a tour of the place.

They even have a section dedicated to asian food.

Right in the center of this section is a little place to order some thai food.

They had plenty of  different types of dried fruit.  In fact, they had a whole counter dedicated to it.


Do not get me started on all the beautiful fruit!

 

Inside the fruit section, they had a counter dedicated to exotic fruit!!

Of course, they had an excellent selection of veggies, including root veggies.

Their wine selection was fabulous as well!

What impressed me more than their wine selection, was there jam selection.  Look at all those shelves filled with jam…

But, I did get upset when I got to the “American” section.  Their selection was horrible.  A lot of the section was filled with pop tarts, EZ-cheese, campbell’s soup, barbeque sauces and lots and lots of soda.

After this section, a man who worked there very rudely told me to not take photos. You see, I was wearing shorts, sandals, a t-shirt and had my backpack on my back.  It was about 87 degrees that day, and I was not planning on going into a high-end department store after work, but an outdoor market in the sun.  I know that he would not have dared to speak to me in that manner if I was older, or if I was with my parents or grandparents.  He must have thought I was a poor person wandering around who could not afford anything.

I would have taken photos of the fabulous tea selection they had, or the cured meats, etc.  They had a fabulous chocolate section too.  They had a counter of Teuscher Chocolates, one of my favorites.  They also had Mozartkugel.  I would have bought some Teuscher and Mozartkugel, but after one of the employees was so rude, I decided not to.

My other blog post about KaDeWe:

https://andersonbettyk.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/berlin-kadewe-or-kaufhaus-des-westens/

Address:

Tauentzienstr. 21-24

10789 Berlin Schöneberg

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York: The Squeaky Clean Sweet Shop

I have mentioned in another post (http://bettyanderson13.blogspot.de/2013/07/york-afternoon-exploring-shops.html) that there are wonderful unique shops in York.  Here is one of those shops.  We walk into this shop because it looked so pretty.  I was surprised that one of the cakes was pink, another was green and even one was blue!

On closer look, it did not look right.  The cuts were too precise, the cake was too perfect.  What do you think?

It ended up that it was actually soap.

In addition to slices of cake made out of soap, they also had bath fizz.  These were little cup that one would drop into a bath and have the entire bath foam up.

They looked like mini cupcakes!

In addition to that, they had cupcakes of actual soap displayed so perfectly.

In addition to that, they had salt scrubs, candles and much more!

So of course we had to take photos of us there!

Everything was just so beautifully displayed.  Even though I knew the cake was actually soap, I still wanted to taste it.

Just one of the many unique stops we stepped into.

York: The Afternoon: Exploring the Shops

York is fabulous.  There were so many unique and creative shops.  A lot of these shops were located in “The Shambles,” an area that looked like something out of a Harry Potter movie.  The houses looked like they were going to spill into the streets!

 

Entering The Shambles

 

Actually in the Shambles

 

 

There were so many little tea shops, craft shops, just see for yourself!

 

This store was styled in the way that my friend envision her house would be styled in.  It was a beautiful hodgepodge of precious and colorful items.

 

See, she is in heaven!

This store even had the table made up for a mix-n-match china tea party!

 

 

 

 

Everything was rustic chic.  It looked like a really cute cottage.

 

 

In the front of the store, there was an arts and crafts section that sold ribbons, buttons, fabric, wrapping paper and more!

 

 

My friend again in heaven again!  In this photo she is completely amazed at how awesome the place was!!

 

 

This one below is a part of the store where my friend bought her Rose Black Tea.  All of the little jars are samples of some of the flavors of tea they had.  This was where you could open any of the jars and smell the tea.

 

 

We walked around the town and took in the sights.  There was an outdoor flower market, a square that had musicians performing, and several churches.  There were also lots of very cute clothing shops as well and many other tea shops.  It was absolutely lovely.