From small independent shops to modern malls and luxury boutiques, shopping in Hessen caters for every taste and budget.
Browse original clothes from local designers or high-end pieces from global brands, hunt for treasures at flea markets or handmade souvenirs such as traditional ceramics and textiles, or splash out on state-of-the-art German-made, high-tech goods. (Photographers shouldn't miss out on the Leica store in Wetzlar!). At Hessen's vibrant weekly farmers' markets and gourmet delicatessens you'll find delicious local produce and regional specialties. And don't forget the Christmas markets for festive decorations and local arts and crafts!
Strolling through a town soaking up the local atmosphere is just as enjoyable a way to experience a city as exploring all the sights. With pedestrianized areas in all of Hessen's largest cities and most of its smaller towns and villages, shopping here is a stress-free pleasure to be enjoyed at your own pace.
Whether you prefer cobbled streets lined with independent shops or busy, trendy areas offering the latest fashions, Hessen offers shopping for everyone. Head to Frankfurt or Wiesbaden for luxury boutiques; go on a shopping spree at over 600 specialty shops in Kassel; or enjoy a leisurely wander in Fulda's beautiful Baroque town centre, where you'll find all manner of independently owned shops.
Many of Hessen's larger cities are also home to shopping malls. At the Frankfurt Zeil, in the heart of the city's so-called shopping mile, the Galerie Neustadter Tor in Gießen and the Luisencenter in Darmstadt you can visit chain stores and independent shops and take a break at a café or restaurant all under one roof.
Speaking of food: Hessen's farmers' markets are a treat for locals and visitors alike. As well as fresh local fruit and vegetables and local meats and cheeses, you'll find international specialties and food and drink to eat on the go - the perfect opportunity to try some local snacks! In the summer months, try wines from local wineries poured by the winemakers themselves or enjoy an apple wine amongst the stands in Frankfurt. And locally made, non-perishable goods such as jams and vinegars make for excellent souvenirs!