We wandered into this delightful little world of bears and bear ephemera, purely by accident and found ourselves totally engrossed and enchanted by it! Everything you could possibly imagine you could buy for a bear is in here - every type of outfit from a tutu to Lederhosen! It was amazing - and I don't even particularly like stuffed bears - but these came in all shapes and sizes and were sweet and it was hard to resist buying one because I know where this kind of hobby can lead - to obsessions-ville!!!
My friends mother already lives there and she bought her a little Strandkorper (a typical German beach-basket chair - bear sized of course) and some little clothes - including echt Leder (real leather) Lederhosen (soooo sweet!) and a little felt Austrian hat, as well as a few other bits and pieces.... but was surprised at the price... 61E!
It was great fun looking round though - we were in there for hours! A real Aladdins cave of bears! :))
11-18.30, April - Dezember auch Sa. und So. 11-18
What to buy: Absolutely anything you need for your bear!
What to pay: There is no upper limit to what you can pay for this kind of hobby!
This street was transformed into a lively mall with a lot of shops where you can find all kind of stuff.
Every Saturday morning there's a flea market at the bank of the Weser river. Here you can get all kind of stuff and the atmosphere is great. But be careful. Not anything is worth the price.
The Sögestrasse is the obvious street going from the Marktplatz to the train station.
It still has some of the traditional shops of Bremen (like a hidden konditorei).
The pig statues at the end of the street are a public attraction.
Karstadt is the biggest department store at Bremen.
As far as I can recall it's there next to the market.
It has a great buffet restaurant.
The Musik Laden CD store in the basement is fabulous.
What to buy: Whatever you want; it's all there.
The Mall of Fame is a shopping mall not far from the Market Place. It is an ultra modern metal structure which houses all the usual stores you expect to find in a German city. It is just as interesting to look at as it is to shop.
While walking across the Schnoor area, I noticed a lot of small shops selling souvenirs, gift items, jewelleries and even warm woollens. A view from outside seemed really interesting although I did not prefer to go inside for lack of time.
Everyone seems to know this place,but since everyone only talks about their chokolade,I must tell you:Go upstairs!If you love tea,like I do,there´s a lot of choises!i bought 6 different!We also found good nougat(littele like fudge in Britain) upstairs.
What to buy: Chokolade,nougat and tea
What to pay: Tea is 3,20 for 100g and 1,60 for 50g.Chokoladees are many prices.
Lots of souvenir items, tiny, small and big are available in the stalls at the fair of Ischa Freimarkt. I came across, small souvenir bottles of Beck's beer, the stadtmusicians, statue of Roland and even soft toys of the Stadtmusicians. For myself, I got a tiny little flag of Bremen from a shop at the main station.
1) Souvenirs of the Bremer Stadtmusikanten are the same everywhere – what you see around the Dom is pretty much what’s available. 2) I don’t think there’s a really well-done mini statue available anywhere, but there are a lot of truly bad ones. 3) The same item costs the same everywhere; maybe marginally less in the Marktplatz. (Even if you buy something, get your picture taken with the real thing, and be sure to touch the donkey’s foot for luck.)
Beyond the statue:
· there’s a larger store at the northeastern end of the Böttcherstrasse that has some good reproductions of old etchings and modern drawings of Bremen and the local sights (they aren’t cheap)
· there are a couple of places that sell small bottles of some of the wines available in the Ratskeller (supposed to be a great collection)
· Hachez chocolates are divine (the store is located just northwest of the Marktplatz on the main road leading in)
· there’s a small shop at the Dom end of Schnoor that specializes in souvenirs of the seagoing merchant history of Bremen and Bremerhaven with models of ships in and out of bottles, of all sizes and quality of construction
At first this was a dull shop. Beware, when you enter at streetlevel, you only will encounter uninteresting material in a small space.
DO GO UP to the first floor and you will be busy for the next 2 hours.
It's impossible to leave without a purchase.
What to buy: Records
What to pay: From Euro 1.00 for a second hand record to normal prices for the latest CD's.
Bremen's Rathaus has one of Germany's best wine cellars and you can buy these wines from the shop at the rear of the Rathaus. It's the type of ship where you know you'll probably have to buy something just for looking and it's probably more expensive than the local supermarkets. Nevertheless, a great place for buying presents.
Any souvenir shop
What to buy: I think the flag of our little state is a good buy. Why? Nobody will know where that is from and it is extremely decorative. It is called the "Speckflagge". Speck = bacon due to its red and white stripes. You see the two lions holding up the "Bremer Schluessel" (key). The Hamburg flag (not a good buy, pretty boring ;-) shows a gate. The story back from the good old time when ports and trading were even more essential to our cities life, goes that Hamburg is the gate to the world and Bremen holds the key to it. Convinced to buy?
What to pay: With 10 Euros you should be able to get one.
If you like outlet shopping, there is one just outside Bremen. Good for fashion and sports clothes. I bought two nice things for a good price.
Open Mon-Fri from 10-19 hrs
Saturday: 10-18 hrs
The following Sundays from 13-18 hrs:
Bremen is a city of coffee. The coffee beans were brought here in huge ships and until today there are coffee roasting companies in Bremen.
One of the smaller ones is Münchhausen.This is the only roasting company still owned by the same family who founded it 75 years ago. They run a small shop which also looks like it hasn't changed in the last 75 years.
It's only open Monday to Friday from 10 to 12:30. We decided to go there, looked up the address, found the building but no sign of a shop.
There was a door which looked like leading to an office building. We went in and smelled right away we'd come to the right place. I love the smell of freshly roasted coffee.
There is a shop window, small and inside the building - no wonder we couldn't see it from outside.
The shop looks like out of a picture book and I could easily spend a lot of money there. Their coffee is a little bit more expensive than what you'd pay in supermarket, but it's worth it.It's fair trade which always costs a bit more. We bought some Festtagskaffee - holiday coffee. We had to wait until we were home again to try it, it's very good.
They have an online shop, a concession to modern times.