While the rise of malls and big box retailers do tend to make countries shops seem uniform and bland, Germany still has a lot of smaller places and quirkier districts where you can find more eclectic products and perhaps more real “German” products. In smaller streets of large cities you can discover a lot of specialist shops which sell quality (and often expensive) items like fashion clothing, china, glassware, leather goods, flowers, spices, antiques, candles, and more.
Another feature of Germany (like many European countries) is the prevalence of markets. There are permanent or regular food and flea markets around most cities, especially on weekends, where many Germans do their basic food shopping, or hunt for bargains for the home.
As far as shopping hours go you won’t find anything much open on a Sunday. Germany had some of the strictest opening hours in the world until fairly recently. It’s an irony that West Germans has less shopping freedom than their counterparts in the DDR. There workers could shop till later in the evening and also on Sundays. So with the fall of the Berlin Wall East Germans suddenly found themselves with much less freedom to shop than in the “free” west.
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