More than just a historical, cultural and artistic centre, Leipzig also offers a shopping experience in Germany like no other. The vibe and trends in Leipzig are wide-ranging, which is reflected in the huge variety of shops selling original wares. While fashion chains and department stores sate the shopping appetite of some, small boutiques and independent tailors appeal to the search for authenticity among others. One thing is for sure – you’ll discover something new and original on a shopping trip to Leipzig.
Everything under one roof in Leipzig
Shopping centres, departments and malls – Leipzig has it all. Find everything you need under one roof, discover tempting sales and soak up the original architectural design of the buildings.
The Promenades at Leipzig Central Station
Leipzig’s most famous shopping centre is in the city’s central train station, which is also the largest railway station in the world by floor area. The shopping experience at Promenaden Hauptbahnhof is popular with visitors and locals, who especially love to come along on Sundays to get their weekly shopping fix. The shops here are also open an hour longer than other shops in Leipzig.
Höfe am Brühl
The modern shopping mall spans three floors and is home to a whole range of shops, from the usual suspects of the high street to some more original brands. As well as the likes of H&M and Media Markt, Höfe am Brühl also has flying tiger – copenhagen and Ossiladen. You’ll find everything here from fashion to souvenirs.
This shopping centre in the east of Leipzig is a family favourite. Discover shops big and small at the Paunsdorf Center, which stocks everything from fashion to homeware. Look out for the regular promotions and special offers too! Another big pull-factor for this mall is that it’s opposite Sachsen Therme – a spa, thermal baths and wellness centre.
Downtown shopping along iconic Leipzig streets
The centre of Leipzig is a beautiful place to stroll around and with much of it pedestrianised too, this is a truly pleasant experience. Keen shoppers will be pleased to hear that plenty of shopping can be done at the same time too!
Start off in the Market Square (Marktplatz) near the gorgeous Old Town Hall (Alte Rathaus) before starting your shopping trip on Grimmaische Straße. The 350 metre, totally pedestrianised zone is the stronghold of street music and Leipzig’s central shopping experience. Here you’ll discover shops from Gerry Weber and Michael Kors, to Tamaris and Galeria Kaufhof.
Enjoy the main stretch of Grimmaische Straße in all its shopping glory, but also take a stroll on some of the side streets to discover yet more shopping opportunities. At Neumarkt, turn right onto Messehofpassage to reach Petersstraße. This street has everything from florists and perfumeries to fashion houses and furniture shops. If it’s time for a well-deserved lunch to reward all your shopping effors, head onto the Market Square for a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and cafés here. Or carry on to Hainstraße for everything from skaters’ paradise at Titus to big name bargain hunting at TK Maxx.
Strolling through Leipzig’s off-the-beaten-track passages
Something truly unique about Leipzig is its network of passages – which are narrow, covered pedestrianised promenades of amazing architecture and a cosy feeling. Discovering them makes you feel like you’ve been let into a Leipzig secret. Each and every passage has a story to tell and something different to offer. Walk in the footsteps of history, discover one of the world’s most famous restaurants or enjoy the abundance of high-end shops and boutiques.
Mädlerpassage is the place to start on your shopping spree in Leipzig’s passages. Shops range from Bazar Royal – a high-quality brand for men and women – to Stefanel and Aigner. Mein Gewürzschlösschen (‘My Spice Castle’) is also a must visit for foodies. Have a look at the adjoining Königshauspassage too – it was once home to Augustus the Strong and Napoleon Bonaparte.
A slightly more modern passage worth checking out is Strohsackpassage. Hat fans cannot leave without paying a visit to the hat shop, Der Hutladen, which has a range of really originally headwear.
Your final stop should be Marktgalerie, which includes the four-storey fashion house Breuninger and the amazing chocolate shop,Goethe Chocolaterie.
Leipzig has approximately 30 passages and courtyards just waiting to be explored. So take a little time out to discover these amazing architectural wonders for yourself.
Fill your shopping bags outside Leipzig city centre
There’s much more to shopping in Leipzig than the city centre. Leipzig has ten neighbourhood districts, all within minutes by tram or bicycle from the centre. Each has its own unique shopping culture and style, and this is where you’ll find Leipzig’s most creative and original goods to buy, with a focus on the original rather than the mass produced.
This street is part of the reason Leipzig has been nicknamed ‘Hypezig’. Leipzig has become a colourful melting pot, with a growing number of people flocking to live, work and study here. This young and trendy district of the city gives Leipzig yet more uniqueness and appeal.
The neighbourhood here is the Plagwitz neighbourhood, where locals have a saying: “Plagwitz is not a district, it’s a way of life.” This is reflected in the multitude of original and unusual shops to be found here. One popular spot is the fashion studio, Modeatelier Rosentreter, which is located in Westwerk – an old industrial building that is now a creative space. Westwerk also hosts regular flea markets, dance events and festivals, ideal for shopping and socialising in the city.
For those who loved shopping for pre-loved items, Garderobe is the place to go. Thrift shopping is a Leipzig experience of its own and very much fits the ethos of the city. Plus, you never know what you might find!
Wildwechsel is another independent brand that forms part of the shopper’s paradise in this neighbourhood. Specialising in original fabrics, find everything here from cushion covers to interior design pieces.
This 2.5km long street in the south of Leipzig is affectionately known as Karli, and there’s always something going on here. Peppered in between the many cafés, restaurants and bistros are a number of unique shops. One of the most popular spots with locals is Feinkost, a cultural centre and cult landmark of southern Leipzig. As well as selling original clothing and other goods, Feinkost also has a regular calendar of events, from cinema screenings to dance shows.
The courtyard of Feinkost is the place to find some very original goods. Mrs. Hippie has some authentic and alternative clothing – staying true to its name. Find a range of Nepalese goods in the globetrotting shop Patiperro, while the toy shop Capito has some rare finds.
pussyGALORE is a great place to shop for women who want the opposite of off-the-shelf-clothing! A couple of doors down, men can discover some original clothing at the trendy herMAN. Across the road, Perlentaucher is a fabulous shop for accessories.
You have to visit Karli to feel the vibe – and you’ll love it!
This lively street in the east of Leipzig is also one of the most up-and-coming trendy streets in the city. Bursting with totally original fashions together with food delicacies from around the world, this is a true melting pot of culture. Part of the Neustadt-Neuschönefeld neighbourhood, this is a place where more and more students and creatives are flocking to, making it a hotbed for young start-ups, hip cafés and the new Leipzig scene. Wander along the street and discover it for yourself – and keep your eyes open for the impromptu flea markets popular here.
Here are the dates for Leipzig’s next flea markets:
Feinkost flea market Leipzig
When: 6 October, 3 November, 1 December 2018
Where: Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 36, 04107 Leipzig
Night Market Leipzig
When: 20 October, 17 November, 29 December 2018
Where: An den Tierkliniken 42, 04103 Leipzig
Shopping in Leipzig is far from ordinary!