The Zeil, Frankfurt’s premier pedestrian promenade, is also one of Germany’s most profitable shopping streets. Here, numerous department stores and retail chains attract shoppers to a stroll beneath beautiful sycamore trees. Those more interested in luxury brands are urged to pay a visit to the nearby Goethestraße. And there are many more shops, stores and boutiques to be found in other parts of the city.
Berger Straße in the city district of Bornheim, for example, is a great place for a leisurely shopping spree. There are also the wares on offer along Schweizer Straße in Sachsenhausen, and the trendy boutiques on Brückenstraße, which feature the latest creations of up-and-coming Frankfurt fashion designers. Another highlight is the new Skyline Plaza shopping centre, which opened its doors in the new Europa Quarter, right behind the fairgrounds, in autumn of 2013. The many malls and shopping centres outside of Frankfurt’s city centre also provide an excellent shopping experience. Arts and crafts and other forms of miscellany, meanwhile, may be found on offer at the weekly flea markets down along the riverside. And for culinary excursions, there’s the Kleinmarkthalle, the city’s famous central market, a popular destination of locals and visitors alike.
Welcome to Frankfurt’s most popular shopping street, which is at the same time the shopping promenade with the highest turnover in all of Germany. More than 500.000 clients are being served here every day. At Zeil, you will find Europe’s largest ”Douglas” beauty store. On top of this, all the big department stores there are in Frankfurt can be found in this street, from “Galeria Kaufhof” and “Karstadt” to “Peek&Cloppenburg”. As any important German retail chain has at least one outlet at Zeil, you have to make a decision: do you want to start with shoe-shopping at “Deichmann” or do you prefer looking for clothes at “Zara”, “New Yorker”, "Primark" or “H&M” first?
MyZeil – the new Shopping-Dimension on the Zeil
Welcome to MyZeil, Frankfurt’s premier shopping and leisure world. Experience a new Shopping-Dimension. On eight floors, with its spectacular, light-flooded architecture, MyZeil brings you an equally spectacular retail and leisure mix.
MyZeil combines familiar brands, regional stores and international labels, some of which are new to Frankfurt. Experience and enjoy our comprehensive mix of stores, bringing you fashion, accessories, jewellery, shoes, handbags, restaurants and groceries, home electronics and a variety of services. Everything you could wish for – all under one roof. All for you. MyZeil - My Style.
Aside from numerous shops proffering international brand names, this brand-new mall is also home to a modern day spa. The absolute highlight is the “Skyline Garden”, a unique oasis of green situated on the mall’s rooftop and featuring a restaurant, children’s playground, various recreational facilities, an observation platform and, surprisingly, a small vineyard.
The Zeilgalerie is a shopping mall directly located at Zeil. Not only can you enjoy the futuristic interior, you can also visit the numerous trend shops, which mainly attract young people.
You should definitely pay the roof terrace of Zeilgalerie a visit – the entrance is free of charge and you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the skyline.
Close by, you will find Frankfurt’s culinary mile, the so-called “Fressgass’” (“munching street”). Here, you can recover from an exhausting shopping outing in one of the many cafes, lunchrooms and snack bars. Nowhere in Germany will you find a greater diversity of restaurants within only a single street. Women can “park” their husbands here while they continue to shop till they drop!
This is Frankfurt’s most luxurious street where you will find exclusive shops with high-end products. Goethe Street is just a few steps away from Fressgass and yet, only few people with big money end up in the shops of this tiny but charming alley where the most exclusive designer brands –such as Cartier or Tiffany’s- are waiting for their affluent clients.
Kleinmarkthalle, one of Frankfurt's most popular indoor grocery markets, offers shoppers a superb selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and meat as well as other specialities such as herbs and spices from all around the globe.
This street is one of the few places in Germany where you can still find authentic 18th century buildings that have not been destroyed in WWII. While the part of the street that leads to the main station is now famous for its erotic shops and for its nightlife, the other end of Kaiser Street, i.e. the one leading to the city center, still reflects the wealth and glory of epochs long forgotten. It is in this part of Kaiser street that you can still find expensive jewelry shops and furriers.
While marvelling at the modern industrial architecture of this street, you can buy exclusive and rare designer furniture or antiques and other sensual home items from the Far East. For those of you who love cars, Hanauer Landstraße with its many car dealers is definitely a must. You can also stop at one of the international supermarkets and wholesalers and try some canned Chinese specialities.
Take a breath of authentic Frankfurt life at Berger Street and enjoy the small-town atmosphere which coexists peacefully with the buoyant bar and retaurant scene in this street. As many people live in the four-storey townhouses of Berger Street, the shops here are rather food shops and small corner shops run by immigrants than big department stores. You will, however, also find some book shops (including many second-hand bookshops). After shopping, it is up to you: you either choose to eat in one of the numerous restaurants or you prefer to end up in an authentic apple wine tavern.
Located in the heart of the student area of Bockheim, Leipziger Street offers a colourful and multicultural mixture of small shops. Speciality shops such as small shops offering jewelry and accessories created by young upcoming designers and shops for esoteric books can be found alongside Turkish Fruits’n’Vegetable markets. Some shops are situated in the backyards of the houses, for instance a traditional coffee-roasting establishment and a wine shop. Whoever is looking for a unique present might find it in this street.
True “shopping victims” absolutely have to pay the malls in and around Frankfurt a visit. You’ll find outlets of all major German retail chains here and, besides, some malls even offer free-of-charge parking facilities. A special highlight for those of you who cannot get used to the restricted shop opening hours in Germany: the shops located in Terminal 1 of Frankfurt International Airport are open daily from 7 am to 9:30 pm.
Frankfurt has many different weekly markets. Many parts of the city have their own market, which takes place at least once a week and where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, cheese and dairy produce, flowers and many other products.