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With everything from niche designer boutiques to sprawling flea markets, Frankfurt has superb shopping options to suit all tastes. Just remember that everything will be closed on Sundays. Read on for Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the best shopping in Frankfurt.
1. Fashion. The city’s main retail street is simply known as Zeil, and it is home to many international fashion brands (like H&M and Zara), several large German department stores (like Galeria Kaufhof and Karstad) and the odd ultra-modern shopping mall (like Zeilgalerie and MyZeil). But if you’re only looking for the highest of high-end fashion, head a little west to the pretty, tree-lined Goethestrasse, which is home to exclusive designer boutiques such as Versace, Cartier and Tiffany’s.
2. Souvenirs. You can pick up kitschy German souvenirs in the airport or the main train station, but if you want a more authentic memento you’ll have a look a little harder. For traditional handmade ceramics, you’ll find a couple of small stores on Kaiserstrasse; for German antiques and other hard-to-find historical items, try Berger Strasse; for distinctly local jewelry and accessories, head to Leipziger Strasse; and for designer furniture and expensive German-built cars, visit Hanauer Landstrasse.
3. Markets. Frankfurt has more than its fair share of great markets. In fact, with examples like the excellent indoor grocery and butcher’s market Kleinmarkthalle, the always-fresh Friday farmer’s market on Schillerstrasse (opposite the city’s stock exchange), the colorful flower market Hauptwache-Biebergasse and the popular second-hand and handicrafts flea market Schaumainkai, you’ll see market stalls being put up somewhere in the city every day of the week, every week of the year.