Must-see shopping in Germany

  • Nivea Haus, Shop

    Nivea Haus

    Historic Mitte

    Nivea is Latin for Snow White, whose ‘castle’ sits right on prestigious Unter den Linden. At the flagship store of this German beauty purveyor, you can…

  • Ampelmann Galerie, Souvenirs

    Ampelmann Galerie


    It took a vociferous grass-roots campaign to save the little Ampelmann, the endearing fellow on East German pedestrian traffic lights. Now the beloved…

  • 4711 House of Fragrances


    A classic gift for Grandma is a bottle of eau de cologne, invented in, yes, Cologne in the late 18th century. The most famous is 4711, named after the…

  • Fiona Bennett


    Local lass Fiona Bennett hand-makes stunning made-to-measure millinery for women and men who know the worth of topping off a good outfit with not so much…

  • Bürstenhaus Carl Töddensen

    Bremen City

    You might find yourself pulled in by the lush smell of this store if the door's open. Dozens of gorgeous artisanal soaps, including handmade local…

  • Skyline Plaza

    Frankfurt am Main

    Near the Messe, this state-of-the-art mall has scores of high-street chains and a range of restaurants. It's a great place to unwind, thanks to its…

  • Dannhus Keramik

    Lower Saxony & Bremen

    This pocket-sized shop sells a range of ceramic housewares in pleasant blues and greens, all handmade by potter Annette Dannhus in her studio out back:…

  • Pick & Weight Concept Store


    This huge, light-filled loft has great used clothes going back to the 1960s for both men and women, plus a smaller selection of new street- and club-wear…

  • Perlerei


    Looking for a unique souvenir? Simply make it yourself. A piece of jewellery, that is, and don’t worry if you don’t know how. At Meike Köster’s bead…

  • ausberlin

    Museumsinsel & Alexanderplatz

    It may look like any other tacky souvenir shop but the big difference is that most items sold here are actually 'made in Berlin', usually by small,…

  • Handwerkerhof


    A recreation of an old-world Nuremberg crafts quarter, the Handwerkerhof is a walled tourist market by the Königstor. If you're in the market for…

  • Ampelmann Berlin

    Museumsinsel & Alexanderplatz

    It took a vociferous grass-roots campaign to save the little Ampelmann, the endearing fellow on East German pedestrian traffic lights. Now the beloved…

  • Eisdieler

    Prenzlauer Berg

    The urban streetwear designed by this co-op is as cool as the ice cream once sold in the shop before it became a boutique. Sharing rack space are clothes…

  • Space Hall


    This galaxy for electronic music gurus has four floors filled with everything from acid to techno by way of drum and bass, neotrance, dubstep and whatever…

  • Hamburger SV City Store


    Fans of SV Hamburg, the city's most successful football team (Kevin Keegan played here in the 1970s), and those looking for a souvenir for that football…

  • Chapeau St Georg


    Arrived in Hamburg without your hat? Fear not, because Chapeau St Georg will have your head covered in no time. These aren't headgear of the I-Love…

  • Lister Meile Food Market


    Every Thursday afternoon numerous stalls set up along either side of the pedestrian Lister Meile just north of the Sedanstrasse U-Bahn stop, selling fresh…

  • Bremer Bonbon Manufaktur

    Bremen City

    Different varieties of fudge, peppermints and a wall of candies in every colour of the rainbow, all made with natural flavours right on site. A small jar…

  • Corner Berlin East

    Historic Mitte

    Luxe label lovers, including the occasional celebrity, have this industrial-slick concept store on their radar. Peruse the latest wearables by established…

  • Antik- und Buchmarkt am Bodemuseum

    Historic Mitte

    This book and collectibles market has about 60 vendors in a gorgeous setting with Museum Island as a backdrop. Bookworms have plenty of boxes to sift…

  • Loonies

    St Pauli & Reeperbahn

    St Pauli logos emblazon the shirts, other clothing and accessories here, and there's plenty of other retro fashion choices to enhance your local street…

  • Leine Flea Market


    Germany's first flea market, established in 1967, is still going strong in a lovely spot along the Leine River Canal. Dozens of tables are set with any…

  • Ply


    Furniture designs from the 1920s to 1960s, updated for a modern audience, make for a fascinating trip through German home design. There's so much you'll…

  • Crellemarkt


    For exotic flair and flavours, head to this often overlooked farmers market where bargains on fresh fruit and vegetables abound and you can pick up such…

  • Flea Market

    Bremen City

    A renowned flea market is held in spring and summer (until the beginning of September) on Bürgerweide (a short walk north of Hauptbahnhof) and at the…

  • Thatchers


    A Berlin original, Thatchers has been making well-tailored and sophisticated women’s fashion since 1989 but only opened this Neukölln branch in recent…

  • Art of Hamburg


    Fun clothes, bags and other accessories with nautical colours and Hamburg slogans or other references make this a good place for cheerful souvenirs from…

  • Thalia Bücher


    One of Hamburg's largest bookshops, this branch of Thalia has a large selection of English-language books. It's inside the Europa Passage shopping centre.

  • MyZeil

    Frankfurt am Main

    Behind its mirrored vortex facade, designed by Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas, MyZeil has dozens high-street chain stores.

  • Blendwerk


    Blendwerk caters to all your stationery needs, from Leuchtturm notebooks to knick-knacks for your desk you never knew you needed.

  • Bären Treff


    This entire shop is dedicated to chewy gummi bear sweets (with free samples). A poster on the wall shows how they’re made.

  • Stachus Passagen


    Europe's biggest underground shopping mall, with 36 escalators and 250,000 shoppers a day wandering its 58 mainstream shops.

  • Wochenmarkt

    Stuttgart & the Black Forest

    This produce market is held twice weekly on Ludwigsburg's baroque square.

  • Brauseschwein


    This wacky toy store sells everything from penny candy to joke articles and wooden trains.

  • Lago Shopping Mall


    This small mall houses a supermarket, cafes and a cluster of high-street stores.

  • Kaufhof


    There is a supermarket in the basement of this large department store.

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