Höfe am Brühl
This big Zentrum shopping mall is near the Hauptbahnhof. It opened in late 2012 and is probably Leipzig’s trendiest shopping centre. Some call it the ‘tin can’ because of its metal facade at one end, but we think it’s a really nice building that fits in well with the streets around it. There’s a broad mix of fashion, electronics, health and beauty, necessities, services and restaurants. The best places to eat are in the basement where you’ll also find a really good Edeka grocery store. The McDonalds and other restaurants on the ground floor stay open on Sundays.
Hours: 7am to 9:30pm Mon-Sat, sometimes entire Mall is open Sundays
Tram: Take 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 12, 14 or 15 to
Leipzig’s answer to the big box out-of-town outlet mall experience. There’s 200 plus shops and more car parking space than the surface of the moon. There’s an IKEA across the road and you’ll pass by the Löwencenter if coming from the centre of Leipzig. There’s an ice rink, something called the Crazy House, and an impressive Kinderland (‘kids land’). This is the place to go for a serious big ticket shopping expedition. Not great opening hours, but hey this is Germany.
Hours: open til 8pm. 10pm on Friday
Tram: This is car territory. But there’s a bus from the Hauptbahnhof (#131)
Open Sunday. Let’s repeat, Open Sunday. Due to a quirk in the otherwise strict German Sunday shopping laws an exception is made for shops located in transport hubs. Thus, the huge Promenaden shopping centre in the Hauptbahnhof is open (and busy) every Sunday. And on any other day of the week this is a really great place to shop. And eat. Restaurants cater to a varied clientele of travelers and locals and you can get a filling lunch time meal here for €5 / €6. There are Aldi and Rewe grocery stores in the basement which, ahem, are both open Sundays…
Hours: Did we mention it’s open on Sundays?
Tram: Take 1, 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 Hauptbahnhof stop
This area in Zentrum-Südost is still undergoing massive transformation. Alte Messe (‘old fair’) has a fascinating 100-year history. The new Leipzig Messe was opened in 1996 and this former site went into disrepair. During the GDR era the Alte Messe hosted trade and cultural exhibitions with former Communism allies as well as Western countries. Today you’ll find Soccer World, automobile dealers, big box furniture stores, Lucky Bike, a bathrooms showroom, and a large HIT supermarket.
Tram: Take 2, 15 to Altes Messegelände stop
This lovely square in front of the Altes Rathaus (‘old townhall’) in the Zentrum sits right above the S-Bahn Marktplatz underground station making it ultra convenient to get to and from. You’ll find a wonderful market here on (most) Saturdays. It’s not the cheapest but it’s a genuine shopping market and the nicest in the city. Always fresh food for sale but some weeks there’s a special theme. You’ll see flowers, fresh bread, organic stuff, fish, handicrafts etc. From late November the square is taken over by the Leipzig Christmas Market. Put this on your list of Leipzig things-to-do.
Hours: most Saturdays til evening
This is the full-on department store experience you’re looking for. Leipzig’s answer to London’s Selfridges or New York’s Macy’s. There’s a fancy supermarket in the basement and a surprisingly good buffet with daily specials (€5.95) on the 3rd floor. Computers, sofas, pots and pans, clothing, travel agent, the lot. Not the cheapest place to buy stuff but a very civilized shopping experience, albeit one with opening hours barely longer than a bank.
Hours: 10am to 8pm, Mon-Sat
Paunsdorf Center (P.C.)
The P.C. is a huge modern suburban shopping mall with just about every kind of shop imaginable. There’s nothing particularly noteworthy but if you want to shop at a giant Kaufland (like a Walmart), eat at a big food court and get your fix of generic consumerism then this is a good destination. Very big, very comprehensive, very suburban, with loads of free parking. The mall has “core opening hours” but many shops/restaurants are open longer hours. It’s also open on certain Sunday’s check the website.
Hours: “Core hours” are 10am to 8/9pm, Mon-Sat
Tram: Take tram 3, 7 to Paunsdorfer-Center stop
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