One way of getting to know a city is chatting with a hotel concierge. Another is perusing the local paper. But for a true bead on a town and on the personality of its people, visit a wine shop. It isn't just a place to discover affordable alternatives to hotel minibars; it's also a likely source for tips on restaurants, cheese shops and bakeries, not to mention a window onto the culture of the city itself. Recently F&W sought the advice of seven well-traveled journalists, asking them to tell us about their favorite wine shops in the foreign cities they know best.
KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) Wittenbergplatz; 011-49-30-212-10.