Berlin's Kaufhaus des Westens is arguably the greatest of Europe's department stores and is the largest on mainland Europe (Harrods is slightly bigger).

It will celebrate its centenary next year and is renovating the building in preparation.

The sixth floor houses one of the most impressive food halls in Europe, with 33,000 food lines on sale in its 70,000 sq ft, including a 1,000-line deli, 1,300 cheeses, 1,200 sausage and ham delicacies and 400 types of bread and rolls.

Some 33 gourmet stands and 150 chefs and confectioners cater for up to 1,000 diners.

At the Oyster Bar, diners hear from the resident specialist and "oyster god of Berlin" about the "virility and lifestyle" of the oyster and how it can "nurture beauty" better than any face cream.

In the patisserie King of Confectionery Gaston Lenôtre is ready to treat you to gateaux and petits fours, crèmes and crêpes, cakes and croissants, mousses and pralines.

Even potatoes are given special treatment, with a dedicated "potato field" offering everything from potato soup and Valais Cheese-potatoes.

It prides itself on sourcing food from independent, local and international producers - but only ever those worthy of carrying the KaDeWe name.



Location: Berlin, Germany

Established: 1907

No. of stores: 1

Fact: Was hit by an American plane in WWII