Shopping & enjoyment in Mannheim: short distances, large department stores, small boutiques, lots of designer labels and a buzzing gastro scene. From the Planken to Q 6 Q 7.
In the heart of the city's squares, the shopping area "Planken" are 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. As of spring 2019, the redesign of this area will give Mannheim's catwalk a whole new splendour. The small side streets and passageways offer even more opportunity for discovery, from exclusive perfumeries to boutiques.
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 a modest detour. Here you will find small individual shops, some of which hark back to former times. Places where time seems to stand still. In which almost forgotten or newly interpreted styles live, supported by expert personal advice. Individual products from foreign countries, unique pieces, one-of-a-kind and niche items from stationery to culinary art, accessories, furniture and much more can all be found here. A true paradise for rummaging and indulging. In search of a Hungarian speciality retailer or a French delicatessen with every conceivable delicacy? You'll find them in these streets.
The Fressgasse is also home to the latest shopping centre, Q 6 Q 7: an absolute must for every shopping lover. The individual mix of shops, which extend from handbags to craft beers, creates a very special shopping experience amid the airy architecture. Fashion, interior design, beauty - you could be in for a small spending spree. The gastronomy on offer is also a great reason to visit. From lunch in "Die Küche", coffee in "BRUE", the Italian specialties on offer in "OH Julia" or the haute cuisine of "Emma Wolf", a culinary trip should definitely be on the menu.
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.
A short stroll from the main shopping area is another shoppers' paradise, set among the arcades of the square “Friedrichsplatz” and far from the mainstream. Exclusive fashion, interior design, delicatessens, tableware, coffee-table books, antiques and art can all be found here.
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.