Shopping Malls and Centers
Go for convenience, accessibility, and selection. Those are the perks of Frankfurt's best malls and shopping centers. You can get in and out quickly and see a ton of things. Loads of local shopping options include high-brow and low-brow stores, along with food offerings should you need a drink or a bite along the way. Check out the wide variety at places like Hessen Center or City Center. Indoors or outdoors, there's a bounty to be had.
Peek & Cloppenburg
Although they offer high-end designer labels, Peek and Cloppenburg also features a great assortment of mid-priced clothing, for women, men and children. Their boutique offers funky casual wear, and a DJ usually plays there Saturday afternoons. The department store also has a full range of shoes and accessories. (+49-(0)-69-2989-50)
Perhaps best known for its food hall, on the same level as the subway stop, this large mid-range department store has everything you could possibly want or need: clothing for everyone, toys, electronics, housewares, cosmetics and plenty more. The aforementioned food hall is quite impressive, and well-stocked with fresh baked goods, olive and sushi bars, sweets and chocolates, a deli, exotic imported treats and wine. (+49-(0)-69-2191-0)
Modern causal wear. Natural fibers and fabrics with neutral, youthful looks dominate this clothing line. They carry an extensive offering for both men and women. Shoes, pants, shirts, jackets and much, much more. Great casual line. (+49-(0)-69-2199-7026)
Lovely, amazing and well-priced trends reign supreme in a store sleek and spare with a slightly industrial feel. Tunic tops, dresses and unstuffy career-wear mix with men's casual jackets, slim trousers and knit shirts reminscent of the clean lines and simple palettes found at Banana Republic or Club Monaco. (+49-(0)-69-2199-9768)
A popular mall in the city center, Zeilgalerie is renowned as much for its unique architecture as its shopping. The super modern structure of steel, glass and concrete, has an interesting spiral-shaped interior with central escalators and a spiral staircase. The other big draw here is the view from the roof, a must-see for anyone fond of grand vistas. (+49 69 9207 340)
Beyond its rather nondescript exterior, the Kleinmarkthalle is a colorful food market abuzz with activity. On three floors you'll find everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, cut flowers and plants, just butchered meats and fine German sausages, and a nice assortment of baked goods and prepared foods, all from local producers. A good place to wile away a couple of hours soaking up local color. (+49 69 2123 3696)
Often called "the Fifth Avenue of Germany," Frankfurt's Zeil (Golden Mile), between the Hauptwache and Konstablerwache, is where all the biggest department stores are clustered. An attractive pedestrian zone, it's also home to a wealth of boutiques and specialty shops, plus two shopping centers, the Zeilgalerie and Frankfurt Hoch 4. If you're visiting on a Thursday or Saturday, you'll be able to enjoy the outdoor farmers market on the Konstablerwache.
A large three-level shopping mall, the Hessen Center houses more than 115 diverse shops. Other retailers include a major department store, food and beverage specialists, restaurants and cafes. (+49-(0)-6109-7336-30)
The section of Goethestraße between the Alte Oper and Roßmarkt is an amazing sight, especially if haute couture makes you swoon. Chanel, Ferragamo, Burberry, Jil Sander, Gucci, Versace, Tiffany, Prada and Hermes are just a few of the top designers with boutiques here.
Foodies take note: this is the place where you'll want to start your visit to Frankfurt. Fressgass is the nickname given to the stretch of Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse between Opernplatz and Börsenplatz — it's the only place in Germany with such a high concentration of delis, restaurants, cafes and gourmet shops. Charming little tables line the street, and there are several lively public events here through the year. And here's a fun tidbit: in German the word "fressen" means "to devour," such as a hungry animal might. The word "essen" on the other hand, is the more polite one usually used in reference to the human act of eating. It's a good example of the sometimes self-deprecatory Frankfurt humor!