Frankfurt

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Everything is decidedly shutdown on Sundays (as is the case all over Germany), except for the shops at the train station and the airport. Monday through Saturday, shops remain open until 8pm (after a battle to get places to stay open past 1pm on Saturdays). Popular souvenirs include apple wine, cuckoo clocks, and beer steins.

Shopping in Frankfurt

Goethestrasse

Home to the most famous designer shops in the world (including Mont Blanc, Gucci, Prada, and Versace), these 400 meters of boutiques and shops will suck more out of your wallet than the rest of Frankfurt combined if you’re not careful!

between the Alte Oper and Roßmarkt, www.goethestrasse-frankfurt.de
Tags: shopping | expensive | boutique | designer | eclectic

Kleinmarkthalle

This two-story, covered market is chock-full of vendors hawking fish, meat, sausages, bread, vegetables, and everything else you could possibly want for your kitchen.

Hasengasse 5-7, 011-49-69-2123-3696, www.kleinmarkthalle.de
Tags: shopping | culinary | market | eclectic

Mainufer Flea Market

Saturday mornings from 8am to 3pm, the Mainufer turns into a large flea market with clothes, books, and all kinds of knickknacks.

Schaumainkai - Sachsenhäuser Ufer, Höhe Eiserner Steg,
Tags: shopping | souvenirs | crafts | market | clothing | books

Rainer Brenner

If you really want to “go native,” nothing says local more than a pair of German-designed glasses (haven’t you ever noticed a German tourist because of their quirky eyewear?). Goethestrasse’s Rainer Brenner is the last word in eyeglass shops.

Goethestrasse 24, 011-49-69-299-9080, www.rainerbrenner.de
Tags: shopping | expensive | smart splurge | designer

Schillerstrasse

A wonderful fresh-produce market on Friday, a more affordable alternative to the glamourous Goethestrasse, turns this shopping street into a gathering place for happy office workers ending their week.

Between the Hauptwache and Konstablerwache,
Tags: shopping | culinary | market

Zeil

The Fifth Avenue of Germany is one of the country’s greatest shopping streets. This pedestrian-only walkway has all the department stores you could ever hope to empty your pockets on, and is loaded with cafes and bakeries.

Between the Hauptwache and Konstablerwache,
Tags: shopping | expensive | designer | eclectic | department store

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