Frankfurt, Germany’s most international city and Europe’s largest financial center, has been a premier destination for leisure and business travelers from different parts of the world since past several decades. For those seeking a shopping vacation, Frankfurt is proving itself as a real “El Dorado” for shopaholics. With its numerous shopping streets and centers, the city continues to be a major attraction for millions of people from across the globe.
If Frankfurt is your next destination for your shopping vacation, here are some of the famous areas to explore that will take care of all your shopping needs. These include Zeil, Fressgass and Goethestraße. A tour of all these areas will provide a great insight and help out with your shopping.
The ‘Zeil’ is widely popular shopping mile in Frankfurt. Whatever you might be looking for, it is most likely that you will find it all here. This famous shopping destination is home to some of the renowned department store chains, as well as many specialized shops offering a wide range of items. The Zeil is among the few streets in Europe with the highest turnover.
As you explore the Zeil and head to the Hauptwache, you will discover many shopping centers with the prominent ones being t Frankfurt Hoch 4 and Zeilgalerie. The viewing platform is the special attraction to be found on the rooftop of the Zeilgalerie, from where you will get fascinated with amazing views of the Taurus Mountains, skyscrapers, and even the entire city of Frankfurt.
If you are in the midst of your shopping tour or completed it, visit one of the restaurants, snack bars or cafes to enjoy the delectable cuisines, snacks and beverages available here. You will enjoy sitting outside in this leafy pedestrian zone of Zeil when the weather is pleasant. You needn’t carry your heavy shopping bags throughout the shopping spree as you can hire one of the many lockers available on the B-level of Frankfurt Hauptwache for your use.
If you are visiting the Zeil on a Thursday or Saturday and completed shopping, consider visiting the growers’ market on the Konstablerwache located here. Here you will discover the growers selling their own products such as wines, tasty cheese and fresh vegetables. You can also buy regional specialties as well like the Grüne Soße. It is a traditional sauce which is usually prepared from seven different types of herbs and hard-boiled eggs.
Goethestraße is situated in the west of the Zeil. It is popularly called Frankfurt’s ‘Fifth Avenue’. It is home to many classy shops displaying latest collections of top designers renowned globally such as Versace and Armani. Here you can also purchase expensive jewelry from leading brands such as Tiffany and Cartier. The 400-meter-long Goethestraße shopping street also has a number of shops dealing in art works, optical and household goods. The adjoining streets such as Steinweg and Schillerstraße are quite popular among the shoppers for moderately-priced and affordable products. A number of shops and restaurants are found on both these streets. The Schillerstraße is particularly great to visit on Fridays, where a weekly market is held with around 5o stalls.
The Fressgass is a stretch of street between Börsenstraße and Opernplatz. It is popularly known as “Große Bockenheimer Straße”. However, this pedestrian zone is quite famous among the locals and they always call it as “Fressgass”. It is here that Frankfurters fulfill their culinary temptations. You will discover many fine food shops and some great restaurants offering local German and international cuisines. Venture into one of the street cafes here to savor traditional cuisines, which are moderately priced. These street cafes are great to visit specially during the summer, from where you will be able to watch the activities of the visitors. There are many exclusive shops and boutiques particularly for all those who are on a diet and are unable to enjoy the delectable cuisines at this culinary paradise. If you are visiting Frankfurt during the months of June or August, consider attending annual Fressgass festival, which is held in June, and also the Rheingau Wine Market held in August every year. Both the events are quite popular and worth attending whenever in Frankfurt.
The Frankfurt am Main Airport is a great shopping destination. It offers shopping opportunities round the year. The vast 20,000-square-metres shopping area will delight you with a host of delicatessen outlets, supermarkets, photo shops and classy clothes boutiques. The duty-free shop at the Frankfurt am Main Airport is however open only for the passengers traveling to and from the airport.