Bielefeld shopping offers some fun and uniquely German retail experiences for its visitors.
Bielefeld Shopping Tip
Bielefeld shops run on a typical German opening schedule. This means they are generally closed on Sundays! So don’t save your souvenir shopping until the last minute.
Opening hours during the week are, generally, from Monday to Saturday until 19:00. Some larger department stores won’t shut their doors until 20:00.
A good place to begin your day of Bielefeld shopping is along the Bahnhofstraße. This pedestrian shopping street is certainly a paradise for retail lovers. There are big-name department stores and famous designers line this attractive promenade that stretches from the train station to Bielefeld’s landmark Sparrenburg Castle. It’s a perfect combination of consumerism and beauty.
Old Market Square
This Bielefeld shopping center offers a quieter and quainter shopping experience. You’ll find smaller boutiques and specialty stores here. This tourist center is a wonderful place for window-shopping or picking up some souvenirs for friends and family back home.
And with its wonderful location right in the middle of the historic center, you can bet there are a multitude of cafes and bistros to fill you up and let you rest your feet on a busy shopping day.
Galeria Kaufhof (City Passage)
This Bielefeld shopping center offers 75 shops and the title of Bielefeld’s largest shopping mall.
The Galeria Kaufhof has been around since 1977 and provides all of the shopping experiences and services you’d expect from a big-name shopping mall. Here you can find leather goods, jewelry, watches, stationery, sweet shops, lingerie, perfumes and books. There’s even a carousel for your young ones.
Sunday And Midnight Shopping
If you’re visiting at just the right time, you can take advantage of Bielefeld’s extended shopping hours. For just a handful of Sundays during the year, you can do some leisurely shopping on this last day of the weekend. Midnight shopping happens a bit more often, but is just as fun and unusual.
Hang out with the locals and shop til you drop, or at least til the bell tolls midnight. :-)