Books. Wine. Glassware. Designer clothing…Stuttgart produces a lot of very good wares, and they’re abundant in the shops of the city.
Among the well known, busiest and longest shopping streets in Europe, Königstrasse is lined with a number of departmental stores and luxury brand stores like Valentino, Cartier and Boss. The street is over a kilometer in length and has been converted into a pedestrian zone with a fountain, rows of trees, kiosks and gaming machines. You will find just about everything, trendy styles, elegant fashion and up coming designers.
Schulstrasse links Königstrasse with the market square and is lined with a variety of trendy fashion shops and restaurants. Hover around the shopping districts of Calwer Strasse and Klett Passage where you will find shops and boutiques selling chic fashion wear, handcrafted items, art and crafts, jewellery and leather goods. Breuninger, on Marktstrasse, the largest departmental store in the city is the right place to pick up just about anything you want.
The Königsbau Passagen is situated on the Schlossplatz in the heart of Stuttgart. The shopping mall is very well known for its high end luxury brands, antiques, household items and souvenir shops.
Bohnenviertel (Bean Quarter) district is located in the old town quarter of Stuttgart and is the best for wine taverns, sophisticated shops, boutiques, international restaurants and tiny shops selling unusual wares from around the world.
If you’re looking for cheaper souvenirs, head for the flea market held on Saturday mornings on the Karlsplatz - all sorts of interesting things, from furniture and old books to linen and embroideries, antiques and other unique collection are found here and can often be bought at good bargains.
Shops in Stuttgart are open on weekdays, from 9:30 am to 9:00 pm; however, smaller shops close down at 6:30 pm. On Saturdays shops open at 9:30 am and close down at 4:00 pm. Small shops generally close down early like at around 1:00 though some big stores and departmental shops remain open untill 8:00 pm. All shops remain close on Sundays.