Large department stores and small boutiques, designer labels and affordable fashion, and a buzzing gastro scene.
All that is just a stone's throw away in Mannheim.
The shopping area "Planken" in the heart of the city is considered Mannheim's longest catwalk. Here, alongside many small retailers and traditional department stores, you will find concept stores and bookshops, as well as the major chain stores and a selection of shoe shops that is second to none. The small side streets and passageways offer even more opportunities for discovery, from exclusive perfumeries to boutiques. Since April 2019, the "Planken" shine in new splendour and cement their reputation as one of the best shopping miles in the Southwest of Germany.
If you are a gourmet and enjoy fashion in all its forms, then "engelhorn” is an absolute must during your visit. This traditional Mannheim department store offers a wide range of brands, from prêt-à-porter collections from international designers to exclusive accessories and a culinary offering that will captivate you with its variety and exclusive quality. The store's four restaurants are all located on the sixth floor, so you can enjoy fine dining in Le Corange or the Michelin-starred Opus V above the rooftops of the city.
The two shopping streets running parallel to the Planken — “Fressgasse” and “Kunststraße” — are definitely worth the detour. Here, you will find small individual shops, some of them quite historical, selling all kinds of products from foreign countries, unique pieces, one-of-a-kind and niche items from stationery to culinary art, accessories, furniture and much more. Are you in search of Hungarian specialities or French delicacies? You'll probably find them in these streets.
The Fressgasse is also home to the new shopping centre "Q 6 Q 7": an absolute must for every shopping lover. The individual mix of stores, which extend from handbags to craft beers, creates a very special shopping experience amid the airy architecture. Fashion, interior design, beauty products — you could be in for a small shopping spree. The restaurants and cafés are also a great reason to visit.
Mannheim is known as a place that encourages innovation, especially in the field of fashion and design. In the central squares, you'll find independent designer shops rubbing shoulders with textile manufacturers, where young and innovative start-up entrepreneurs are offered an environment in which to live out their visions. The focus here is on handcrafted products, upcycling, unique pieces and individual design of the highest standard, manufactured with passion and love. You can also get clothes made to measure here, perhaps by a famous designer of tomorrow.
No matter what you may be looking for — whether for yourself or your loved ones, from great value to outrageous luxury, from unique niche products to a fantastic bargain — Mannheim leaves nothing to be desired.