Frankfurt may be renowned for its financial institutions and trade fair but the city on the Main has some superlative outlets for the discerning shopper as well – whether you’re the wife of a well-paid banker or a traveller looking for a bargain.The pinnacle of high end and haute couture collections exists in the appropriately beautiful Goethestraße, which runs parallel to Freßgasse. Just under 400 meters long, this elegant strip of shops is home to some of the most famous designers in the world, including Versace, Gucci, Prada, and many other a renowned Italian. A refined tree-lined cobblestone path where luxury and elegance know no bounds in the upscale world of Mont Blanc, Tiffany, and Cartier.
The most popular shopping area is the Zeil Fussgängerzone (pedestrian street), beginning at Hauptwache and stretching all the way to Konstablerwache, with the city’s main department stores (Kaufhof and Karstadt) as bookends. There are ample small shops and boutiques with clothes, shoes, leather goods, and plenty of fast-food joints and bakeries to keep anyone busy for at least a day. On its western end, the Zeil changes its name and becomes Freßgasse (the "shovelling alley") with enough cafés, patisseries, ice cream parlours and delicatessens to recharge from any shopping spree.
In the same area is Schillerstrasse, home to slightly less designer, but nonetheless quality clothing and gift shops. It is also hosts a lovely market every Friday, which is packed with people grabbing a quick lunch, picking up fresh fruit and vegetables or perusing the quirky wares available.