There are uncountable shopping possibilities in pedestrian- friendly Leipzig. From fashion to jewellery, books, antiques, furniture and electronic items, there is almost everything the heart desires. The main shopping mile is Petersstraße, which, with its numerous shops and shopping centres, is one of the busiest shopping areas in Germany. In addition, Grimmaische Straße, Nikolaistraße and Hainstraße all offer a variety of interesting shops.
For an especially enjoyable shopping experience, try wandering around Leipzig’s 45 or so historical passages. In particular there are many interesting things to discover in the Mädlerpassage, Speck’s Hof, the Königshauspassage and the Messehofpassage. The passages are also yet more evidence of Leipzig’s unusual architecture.
Leipzig, famous for its trade fairs, is also well known for its Bahnhofpromenaden, a building which was finished in 1998 after a complete renovation. This is a place where station meets shopping-heaven. Here you can wander in comfort around more than 140 shops, which is appealing whatever the weather. There is no need to hurry, as most shops are open until 10pm. Furthermore, in the largest terminal station in Europe, you will find numerous cafes and restaurants, which will offer you a break from shopping.
The Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, in the Südvorstadt, is another of the city’s most popular shopping areas, which is most notable for second hand and scene clothing. In addition, there are many more shops, restaurants, cosy cafes, pubs and small clubs.
On certain days you can find flea markets at the central stadium, the AGRA-Messepark in Markkleeberg and at the Kohlrabizirkus. You can also buy various regional products at the weekly market in the city centre.
Throughout the whole year there are also special markets, such as the Easter Market, the Flower Market, the Ceramic Market and the Book Market. Leipzig’s traditional Christmas Market is particularly popular. With around 250 stands, it is one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany.
Alongside the Fairytale Land, a giant pyramid with Feuerzangenbowle (a traditional German alcoholic drink) and the traditional Christmas Market, there is another special attraction to see; the biggest free standing Advent calendar in the world, which stretches across the front of a whole house.
Another shopping mile in Leipzig city centre is the “Höfe am Brühl”. About 130 shops make your shopping heart beat faster. For this shopping center, the former “consumer” department store, affectionately called “Blechbüchse” by the Leipzigers, was completely demolished and rebuilt.