Gummibaeren (gummi bears) are my favourite sweets. Of course I couldn't resist buying 1kg of them when I discovered this great shop in Heidelbergs pedestrian zone. They've got a selection of some dozen different sorts of candy and I suppose that everything is good. You are even allowed to try it!
What to buy: gummi bears!
What to pay: slightly more than in a supermarket, but the bears are far better than most other sorts
There are some very unique shops in Heidleberg. One of these shops is the so called Zuckerladen (sugar shop). You can get here all the candies you can imagine. And the best: You don't buy them like in a supermarket, in a bag from the factory. Here, you choose them. You choose the candy, how much you take, you make your own bag! Ah, what a perfect place!
My fiance used to be an underground house DJ and nowadays works as an Audio Engineer, so I know that there is NO WAY we can walk past this record shop without spending a considerable amount of time! Nowadays, I usually "drop him off" and do some shopping alone, whilst leaving him happily in his element... haha!
At any given time, Vinyl Only stocks over 70.000 records! Here you will find anything from Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, to the Beach Boys and ABBA, The Doors and INXS, to old-school dance classics and cutting-edge club tunes (many professional DJs are regulars here). As the name promises, the emphasis of the business revolve around vinyl (excuse the pun) but for those of you that are too young to even remember the black discs, CDs are also available.
On certain days of the week, the store welcome local DJs to spin a few tunes in a free set for its customers. Ask the staff for dates and details.
What to buy: And even if you're not interested in buying much, settle down with a set of headphones, listen to your favourite or some new tunes, and join-in the musical appreciation, trivia & history discussions that always pop-up between the owners and some customers. The staff here are extremely helpful and knowledgeable... everything here is in alphabetical order, but if you're not sure about the artist or song title, simply singing the tune to them usually works as well ;-)
This is a real place for music lovers of all ages. Don't miss it!
What to pay: Prices range far and wide: starting at 5.99 EUROS for "one-hit-wonders" and lesser known artists, up to big bucks for rare collectors' pieces. They also often have a special offers section where you can make some fantastic finds.
There are over 150 types of absinth in this shop. It's on a side street off of the main marketplatz. Prices range from cheap to very expensive. The sell the spoons, and other paraphanalia including mixed absinth drinks.
What to buy: there are a few head shops, hello..college town...good food, clothing stores looked a little expensive, bakeries, ect.
What to pay: prices are reasonable overall.
Near the cloister Stift Neuburg there is a very good grocery shop. They sell organic food produced in the region. Above the milk and the joghurts you can see photos of the cows who gave the milk. That was a first one for me! When we were walking down to the bus stop, we passed the cows on the meadow. I must admit, though, that I didn't recognize any of them. I probably hadn't looked closely enough at all the photos.
The store is open all day from 10 am - 7 pm , the website is outdated and the times are now much better.
As usual with organic food,the prices are higher than in a supermarket,but the same level as any other organic store.
Hauptstrasse is the main shopping street and pedestrian for most of the day but in the mornings there are quite a few delivery vans and there are cyclists everywhere all day long so beware! As for the shops, they are quite a good mix (see the website below) even if bookshops (it's a student town) and clothes dominate along with cafes to rest your feet in and the odd gift shop with interesting things. You will also find a Käthe Wohlfart's Christmas shop here which is almost as big as the one in Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber and as impressive with its many rooms full of Christmas delights.
This was a very nice shop despite the weather. I think we could have roasted the coffee beans on the side walk it was so warm.
The Janssen Kaffee house roasts their own beans in the several roasting ovens one could see from the shop interior.
What to buy: I highly recommed Janssen Kaffee. I bought the "Heidelberg" roast which is a mild blend. It came in a very nice cannister that made it easy to transport in my luggage.
What to pay: I believe I paid 8 euros for a cannister. The cannister holds a little better than a pound of coffee.
In Heidelberg I have had many opportunities to have a look at souvenirs from Germany. I was shocked what the image of Germany must be with tourist when all they sell is coockoo clocks, beer mugs and Bavarian style dressed Teddybears.
What to buy: Maybe a postcard (watch out it's not one of the Rhine or Neuschwanstein castle when sending one from Heidelberg though). The rest is just ugly trash!
What to pay: Every Euro spent is too much if you ask me!
What to buy: There are quite a few souvenir shops along Hauptstraße (Main Street) Heidelberg. They do have coockoo clocks that are wonderful to look at, but they sure are expensive!!! You can always ask about tax free shopping - it should be no problem in Heidelberg.
Here the sweetest seducers are made, hand-made....
A real must to visit GUNDEL in the very heart of the ALTSTADT....
It is an excellent Bakery, Konditorei and Caf?
You can sit here and have a taste while letting your eyes dwell on the rows and rows of attractively wrapped SWEET CHOCOLATES......after that.....buy.
What to buy: just pay for what you bought, what else....
What to pay: How thick is your purse and how easy are you being seduced??
Are you stronger than TEMPTATION ITSELF??
The Heidelberg flohmarkt is a good place to find European antiques, be it a big piece of furniture or a small lamp or knick-knacks. There are are vintage clothing, art, vases, dishes, flea market cheap items, and all sorts of stuff.
It is only open in the summer, every other Saturday.
What to buy: I wouldn't think that it is typical for Heidelberg, but it definitely is typical for Germany: beer steins - in various sizes and colors. But watch out: they are HEAVY! Usually you can find those mugs in any of the souvenir shops!
Along the main street you will always find artists either exhibiting and selling their artwork and/or scheming and sketching and painting right there. I think this adds to the wonderful and lively atmosphere of Heidelberg!
My fiance and I love this shop. If you are interested in spirituality or simply some unusual items for your home then this is a great little place to visit.
I often see students here looking for an interesting read, or after having returned from a back-packing trip through Asia they seek "musical enlightenment" and memories of their travels here.
According to the owner's business card, she is specialised in "Clothes, Joy & Music" ;-)
What to buy: Here, you can find everything from hippy clothing, to CDs with world music (everything from Native American Shamanic songs to Mongolian throat singing), Tibetan sound bowls, healing crystals, unusual jewellery designs, photography books, etc.
You can also find some very interesting literature here, and if Lil is there she's usually available for a friendly and mind-opening chat with you.
Whatever it might be: if you consider yourself slightly "new age"
and interested in alternative beliefs, I highly recommend this little gem of a shop.
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art & true science". - Albert Einstein.
What to pay: Prices vary according to design, age, material and country of origin.
I LOVE Christmas and I'm like a child when it comes to Christmas decorations. Käthe Wohlfahrt is a shop that sells ONLY christmas decorations and most of them are traditionally german (or so I've been told) wooden decorations.
What to buy: Buy the traditional Christmas pyramid! I have one and it's appreciated by almost everyone who sees it. It's a memory from Heidelberg!
What to pay: If you're anything like me you could spend a never ending amount of money here!