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Dresden’s best shopping quarters

The inner-city mall Altmarkt Gallery offers over 100 shops.
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Dresden offers a number of centrally located shopping districts, each with a unique flair.

 

The city’s main shopping streets are Prager Strasse, Altmarkt and Wilsdruffer Strasse. They are all located close to the Altmarkt Square near the historic city centre. The Prager Strasse for example, which is much frequented by the locals, offers numerous department stores, large fashion chains, malls, cinemas, hotels and restaurants. This broad pedestrian zone came into being in the mid 19th century. After its total destruction in World War II, Prager Strasse was rebuilt in socialist architectural style.

 

At the end of the bustling Prager Strasse, one automatically enters the Altmarkt Gallerie, a true shopping magnet for locals and visitors. This mall contains more than 100 shops, cafés and restaurants and brings a cosmopolitan shopping vibe to this town. Those who like a more sedate atmosphere for shopping should check out the smaller stores around the Altmarkt Square and the Neumarkt Square. 

 

Dresdens’s most exclusive shopping district is the baroque quarter around Koenigstrasse. This tree-lined and quiet street is located in Dresden’s Neustadt district, on the other side of the Elbe.  Numerous upscale boutiques, interesting craft shops and gourmet restaurants give this shopping street a classy and relaxing feel that is perfect for strolling and window shopping. If you are in search of antiques or old pieces of Meissen porcelain, the Heinrichstrasse, Obergraben and Raehnitzgasse, all located in the baroque quarter as well, is where you need to go. Also nearby, you find the Neustadt Market Hall, a jewel of late 19th century architecture. This beautifully rebuilt three-floor market building offers everyday stores and all sorts of specialty items from around the world. 

 

Not far from the baroque quarter and within walking distance is the Outer Neustadt district. If you like looking for trendy pieces of fashion, jewellery and music, then this bohemian feeling district with its narrow streets is where you need to go. The Outer Neustadt was once Dresden’s poor quarter. Now it’s a much coveted stylish and fashionable neighborhood that is  home to students and young families. The Outer Neustadt offers a great spectrum of galleries, stylish cafés, bars, hip boutiques and a thrilling nightlife.