Shopping in Dresden
All shopping wishes become true in the Dresden city centre. This is also ensured by the Karstadt department store and three large shopping centers: The Altmarkt-Galerie, the Centrum Galerie and the Quartier QF on the Frauenkirche. From young fashion to haute couture, and from local design up to international brands: International customers can find great shopping in Dresden. For example, watches from the world-famous manufacturers from Glashütte, traditional arts and crafts from the Erz Mountains or Meissener porcelain.
In every district of the city there are a bakery, butchers and at least one small supermarket. Larger supermarkets offer a very wide and, depending on the chain, a reasonable priced selection. In supermarkets you bag your own groceries at the checkout counter. For enviromental reasons, plastic bags are not provided to customers free of charge. If you need one you can bring your own from home or buy it at the checkout counter. There is a deposit on almost all drink bottles apart from wine and spirits bottles.
Like in every German city, Dresden also has weekly markets. They take place at specific places on one or more days of the week. Farmers and traders from the region present their goods for sale here. The quality of the products is very good, but they are somewhat more expensive than in the supermarkets. The biggest weekly market in Dresden is on Fridays in the city centres on Lingner-Allee.
Shopping centres are not as widespread in Germany as in other countries but they have experienced a boom in recent years, especially in Eastern Germany. Through on-line shops and catalogue shopping, many people have access to a very wide and varied selection of goods. These transactions are considered safe in Germany and are therefore popular here.
Since September 2013, Altmarkt-Galerie Dresden offer a wide range of world-famous labels such as Armani Jeans, H&M, and Laurèl. The Armani Lifestyle World in the Altmarkt-Galerie was the first Armani Jeans store in Germany. Many of our stores, e.g. Apple, Boss, Marc Cain, Guess, Gant, Högl Shoes, or Thomas Sabo are unique in the eastern states of Germany. The US cult label Hollister attracts young people from all over Saxony.
Centrum Galerie today is the biggest shopping mall in Dresden. Its development completed the regeneration of the Altstadt area in Dresden city centre. The success of Dresden‘s largest shopping center lies besides its top location in the city center, in the attractive mix of retailers, international catering trade and a wide spread offering of services. Centrum Galerie is the first building in Germany, and the first shopping mall in continental Europe, to receive BREEAM Excellent.
A versatile shopping center, Kaufpark Dresden is located in the heart of Prohlis. A modern shopping mall, it houses 72 stores, which sell a variety of products, that range from clothes, accessories, home decor and furnishings. To a name a few, the mall includes brands like Deichmann, Street One, Thalia, C & A and Florentine. Apart from the massive shopping area, Kaufpark also offers a lot of options for dining, that are sure to please everyone's taste.