May 14, 2018

Galeries Lafayette, Berlin: France is in the basement

This place rightfully belongs to Paris: French department store Galeries Lafayette is one of the few flagship branches outside their french home.

Galeries Lafayette building, Berlin Mitte. Photo: Daniel
Galeries Lafayette building, Berlin Mitte. Photo: Daniel

This place rightfully belongs to Paris: French department store Galeries Lafayette is one of the few flagship branches outside their french home.

French architect Jean Nouvel reconstructed, one of the main symobls of the 1990s regrowth of central Berlin, and they got 9000 square meters of fashion, fragrances and accessories and all the right brands.

In Berlin, though, nothing can really match the iconic status of the KaDeWe – which fills the same role as the original Galeries for Paris, or Harrods for London. And it would be just another major posh department store, if it weren’t for the basement.

The escalator behind the Metro-styled entrance will take you down to the “gourmet” section, and here you’ll find an actual oasis of frenchness: The food section does carry french brands that are otherwise hard to find in the teutonic capital. You’ll also find tableware, a selection of pâtisserie – naturally including Éclairs and Macarons – and a fishmonger and butcher there.

They’ll also have a number of restaurant areas, and although it’s not exactly a french tradition they do serve a surprisingly nice sushi down there.

Practical Details: Galeries Lafayette

  • Französische Straße 23, 10117 Berlin
  • U Französische Straße
  • Open: Mo-Sat 10:00-20:00

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