Shopping Streets, Frankfurt (Self Guided)

Frankfurt is an amazing shopping destination, it will impress any and all of its guests with its countless exquisite shops, shopping centers and shopping streets, selling just about anything. Take a walk with us today down Frankfurt's most famed shopping streets.
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Shopping Streets Map

Guide Name: Shopping Streets
Guide Location: Germany » Frankfurt (See other walking tours in Frankfurt)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: helenp
Münchener Straße

1) Münchener Straße

Münchener Straße runs parallel to the Kaiserstrasse, and is easily accessible by tram. High buildings have at their base many shops and restaurants. The street is dominated by international visitors who dine at cafés and restaurants. Small stores sell a wide range of products: including groceries, household equipment, electronics, and jewelry.
Kaiser Strasse

2) Kaiser Strasse

Architecturally, the Kaiserstrasse is one of the last remaining avenues in Frankfurt. The historic houses date to the beginning of the 19th century, and visitors are constantly impressed with the ornate sandstone facades. The Kaiserstrasse also provides multi-purpose retail stores, an attractive weekly market, as well as sidewalk cafés and restaurants.
Neue Kräme

3) Neue Kräme

Neue Kräme is a shopping street with centuries of tradition. In the Middle Ages, people sold glasses, dishes, and other household goods. Also, the Monastery Liebfrauenkirche provides a special oasis of peace and reflection by the busy shopping crowds in Neue Kräme.

4) Tongesgasse

The Tongesgasse is a shopping street in the old district of Frankfurt. In contrast to the Zeil, the Tongesgasseis does not offer inter-regional chain stores, but rather privately owned specialty stores. It's a nice place to spend an afternoon.

5) Zeil (must see)

Once the center for large scale cattle trading, this old and busy shopping lane extends from the Konstablerwache Plaza to the Hauptwache Plaza in Frankfurt. The Zeil is a shoppers’ paradise where visitors with varied budgets can find a range of products from mid-priced supermarket fare to high-end brands.

The Zeil has been Frankfurt’s retail hub since the 14th century. The name Zeil comes from the German 'Zeile' that means row. At first, it meant a row of residential houses that later became the city’s popular marketplace. Before World War II the street had many grand buildings that were destroyed and subsequently restored.

Among the three major buildings located on the Zeil is the Zeilgalerie, a ten-storey shopping center with a unique spiral design (there are many music and electronic stores and restaurants in the building). Modern architecture and baroque are blended in another shopping center called the PalaisQuartier, which has a spectacular vortex-like glass façade, glass columns and irregularly shaped ramps. Finally – the 12-storey Beehive House, a commercial and office building which is also one of the Frankfurt’s early skyscrapers – is also located on the Zeil.

Visitors will enjoy the unique shopping experience offered by the shops at the Zeil. Products available include luxury items, designer brands, handicrafts, clothes designed by young Frankfurt designers, outlets of all major German retail chains and produce from the Frankfurt area.

Why You Should Visit:
Could be referred to as an "outdoor shopping mall", but it is so much more than that; it's the perfect place to acclimate to Europe if you arrive in Frankfurt, fun to shop, eat and explore while admiring its architecture. You don't need to worry about cars to cross the street – that's a bonus.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Schiller Straße

6) Schiller Straße

Despite nearly 40 shops and several dining facilities, Schiller Straße is one of the shortest shopping streets in Frankfurt. The major attraction at Schiller Straße is the weekly market, which takes place every Friday.
Goethe Strasse

7) Goethe Strasse

The Goethe Street is Frankfurt's Fifth Avenue. Classy shops with the latest collections of top international designers. The range of designer clothing ranges from Armani to Versace. You can find here selected jewelry, representing exclusive brands such as Cartier and Tiffany. In addition, the nearly 400 meter long shopping street provides examples of transactions in the fields of art trade, household goods and eye wear.
Fressgass (Große Bockenheimer Straße)

8) Fressgass (Große Bockenheimer Straße)

Freßgass (literally, "Grazing Street") is an upmarket shopping street in the city centre of Frankfurt, Germany, located in the district of Innenstadt and within the central business district known as the Bankenviertel. It is commonly regarded as Frankfurt's culinary main street. The street is a broad pedestrian zone, and located between Opernplatz (Opera Square) with the Alte Oper and the Börsenstraße (Stock Exchange Street) with the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The street is also the direct continuation (in the western direction) of the Zeil, and is a parallel street of Goethestraße, one of Germany's busiest luxury shopping streets. Freßgass was originally an unofficial name, adopted around 1900 by its local population, for the streets Kalbächer Gasse and Große Bockenheimer Straße, because of their many high-end food shops, bakeries and butcheries, making it the most famous food shopping street serving the bourgeoisie of the Westend. Today the Freßgass is famous as the street where the bankers from the Bankenviertel meet for lunch. In 1977, the name Freßgass became an official name for the streets Kalbächer Gasse and Große Bockenheimer Straße. Since 1977, the Rheingau Wine Festival takes place annually during the late summer in Freßgass, showcasing wineries from Rheingau and Rheinhessen.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Frankfurt, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Frankfurt

Create Your Own Walk in Frankfurt

Creating your own self-guided walk in Frankfurt is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museum Embankment Walk

Museum Embankment Walk

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Downtown Churches of Frankfurt

Downtown Churches of Frankfurt

Frankfurt is home to a wide range of religious sites and places of worship. Religious or not, everyone is likely to be impressed by the huge cathedrals, small chapels and humble cloisters this city offers. We invite you to take this walking tour of Frankfurt's downtown and visit some of the most formidable churches in town.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
East Innenstadt Sights

East Innenstadt Sights

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
North - East Leisure Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Souvenir Shops, Innenstadt

Souvenir Shops, Innenstadt

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km

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