Discover Germany's unique shopping places

Luxury labels, vintage and young designers, or simply pretty accessories: you’ll find what you’re looking for in many German cities, whether in large metropolises or rural, even countrylike villages. Germany also offers a wide variety of local markets, flea markets, or food markets. Find out what’s on offer in four of some major German cities.

Düsseldorf: The fashion capital of Germany

Düsseldorf sets trends. Germany’s most influential fashion location, with over 800 showrooms, displays the latest creations of designers and couturiers not only at trade fair time. In the exclusive boutiques of the famous Königsallee, you’ll easily succumb to the temptation to outfit yourself with a whole new look. The same feeling occurs when strolling through Carlstadt, an idyllic neighborhood with antique stores, galleries, and art stores. Of course, there is also the old town, which has attracted many avant-garde shops and offbeat clothing stores.

Fabulous shopping awaits on Königsallee in Düsseldorf.
Fabulous shopping awaits on Königsallee in Düsseldorf, © Düsseldorf Tourismus GmbH/ Simone Stammen.

Frankfurt: City of contrasts

For luxury shopping, Goethestrasse is the place to be. Just a few minutes away is the beautiful Opernplatz with the Opera, one of the most important music theatres in Europe. If you prefer smaller shops and boutiques, you should head to the Sachsenhausen district, where young fashion lives on beautiful Brückenstraße. Also in Sachsenhausen is Frankfurt’s nightlife district. This quarter is also a perfect place to pick up a souvenir from one of the many local shops. On Saturdays, you can even take a stroll along the banks of the Main and explore the flea market.

Shop on the Goethestrasse and then view the Frankfurt Opera House.
Shop on the Goethestrasse and then view the Frankfurt Opera House, © GNTB/ Torsten Krügler.

Hanseatic City of Hamburg: a beautiful metropolis

Hamburg has an extremely lively fashion and cultural scene. Elegant shopping arcades, upscale boutiques, antique shops and delicatessens tempt you to go on extensive shopping sprees. Hamburg’s fish market is always worth a visit. Every Sunday morning, the market barkers trade in more than just fish. In the evenings, more than 300 theatres, music, variety and cabaret stages attract visitors  – and at the St. Pauli weekly market, numerous food trucks and live music invite you to linger.

Take great shots of Pauli's Pier fish market at dusk in Hamburg.
Take great shots of Pauli’s Pier fish market at dusk in Hamburg, © Adobe Stock/ Westend61.

Munich: Germany’s lifestyle capital

Charming and relaxed, lively and yet dreamy: with the Marienplatz. Munich offers one of the most beautiful squares in the country, where visitors can find the old and new town halls. A stroll through the Viktualienmarkt is a feast for the senses. Everything that is good and expensive is gathered on the noble shopping streets such as Ludwigstraße or Maximilianstraße. Things are consistently cheaper but all the more cheerful in Munich’s trendy Glockenbachviertel and Gärtnerplatz districts. Just for a short break in Munich? No problem! The major train stations have dozens of stores and restaurants. In Munich, one wing of the train station building even houses a museum – the Kindermuseum München.

Search for unique finds in antique shops on Adalbertstraße, Munich.
Search for unique finds in antique shops on Adalbertstraße, Munich, © Lookphotos/ Ingrid Firmhofer.

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