The Kaufhaus des Westens (‘Department Store of the West’), abbreviated to KaDeWe, is a world-famous department store located in the borough of Charlottenburg. It is one of the largest and most renowned department stores in Europe, often compared to Harrods in London or Galeries Lafayette in Paris. The KaDeWe is celebrated for its luxurious shopping experience, a vast array of high-end brands, and an extensive selection of gourmet food products.
Sometimes we’d go shopping at KaDeWe, the giant department store in the Centre of West Berlin, which had the hugest food counters anyone could imagine with displays that are only imaginable in a country which either must have been seriously deprived of food at one time or where the populace just plain likes to eat a lot. We’d stock up occasionally on what felt like luxuries at the time like chocolates or a small tin of caviar. One day, while we were out, Jim had come in and ate everything in the fridge we had spent all morning shopping for. It was one of the few times that Co and I were truly mad at him. I could write a lot more on all this… but.– David Bowie, Uncut, 1999
The department store is mentioned in the lyrics of Bowie’s song “Where Are We Now?” from his 2013 album “The Next Day”.
Sitting in the Dschungel– David Bowie, “Where Are We Now?”, The Next Day, 2013
On Nürnberger Strasse
A man lost in time
Just walking the dead