Leipzig Shopping and Districts
(Leipzig, Saxony, Germany)
If you take a walk through Leipzig city centre you will discover endless shopping streets, specialist outlets, prominent department stores, bustling local markets and stylish shopping arcades. Much of central Leipzig has been well pedestrianised with shoppers in mind and is simple to find your way around, with the majority of shopping areas being easily accessible by foot, particularly around the popular Passagen arcades.
Amongst the shops in central Leipzig are plenty of cafes should you wish to take a break from your shopping trip, many of which boast pavement areas, allowing you to sit outside, relax and soak up both the atmosphere and sunshine. Some of the best shops in Leipzig lie along the stretches of Hainstrasse, Petersstrasse and also Nikolaistrasse, together with both the Specks Hof and Madler shopping arcades.
Where to Shop
A good selection of shops are to be found around Leipzig's Madler Passage and the adjacent Königshaus-und Messehofpassage, where fashion stores and upmarket shopping opportunities abound. The Madler shopping arcade is always worth a visit and known for its historic buildings and period architecture. One of the grandest shopping centres in the whole of Leipzig, the Madler arcade is surrounded by further arcades and clusters of shops.
Particularly notable in this area is the Specks Hof shopping centre, which can be found next to St. Nicholas's Church Square and is brimming with shops. Relatively new additions to the ever-improving shopping scene in Leipzig include the arcades in Petersbogen, Städtisches Kaufhaus and also Strohsack-Passage.
The Central Train Station (Hauptbahnhof Promenaden) in Leipzig is much more than just a major local transport hub, it is home to the enormous Hauptbahnhof shopping centre. With around 150 different shops and stores, many of which remain open until as late as 22:00 Monday through Friday, Leipzig's Hauptbahnhof shopping centre will not disappoint and you are sure to leave with far more than you came for.
Spread over three floors and featuring stylish architecture at its best, the Hauptbahnhof shopping centre boasts excellent modern amenities and plenty of eateries, should you require a quick rest and a snack.
For a true taste of traditional shopping in Leipzig, a visit to one of the city's many markets is a must. Saturday markets are held at the Festwiese and close to the central stadium, with traders selling virtually everything that you could imagine. Seasonal markets are often based in the Leipzig market square and include the flower markets each May, the farmers' markets in early summer, the September Book Market, and also the huge Christmas market at the beginning of December, where a range of gift ideas await.