Quality Hotel Plaza Dresden
Koenigsbruecker Strasse 121a
Phone: (49) 35 180630
Fax: (49) 35 18063721
If you are looking out for quality wine, then Weinselig- der Weinladen im Hecht is among the best in town. Opened in 2004, this cozy wine shop on Hechtstrasse has more than 200 wines from wineries all over the globe. Though their collection features predominantly from the regions of southern France, they also have a good list from Italy, Germany, Spain and The Americas. Connoisseurs and collectors will love the vast selection, tastings and occasional live gigs as well as the affordable prices. Since they procure their vinos directly from vineyards, you can buy them without denting your wallets as is the case with most of the enoteca.
There are five branches of Richters Buchhandlung in Dresden, three of them in the New Town alone, as well as the one on Förstereistraße; you'll find the book chain stores at 18 Bischofweg and 18 Rähnitzgasse (entrance on Heinrichstraße). Moving to the other side of the Elbe, there are also branches on Georg-Treu-Platz right next to the Albertinum and Theaterplatz next to the art gallery. The store's strong point is in imaginative books for spare- time reading the shelves are filled with choice novels and children's books, volumes on art, travel guides and maps rather than dry academic texts.
REWE is a well-known supermarket chain in Germany with approximately 15,000 branches all over the globe. In Dresden itself it has multiple outlets; this one being conveniently located in the prime area of Äußere Neustadt. Customers can shop for a variety of foodstuffs such as ready-to-eat packets, noodles, spices, gourmet coffee and champagne bottles. It sells rare wine, categorized according to the vegetarian, poultry and seafood dishes that each wine best complements. This supermarket offers regular discounts and deals on its wares, making it an attractive option for household essentials.
Located at a short distance from Baroque Quarter, this major tourist attraction falls in the Äußere Neustadt neighborhood of Dresden. The Bohemian Quarter is truly amazing when it comes to shopping, eating, interacting with locals, or simply adoring the beauty of this city. Boasting of trendy little shops selling handicrafts, jewellery and garments, the quarter is also home to some of the best restaurants in the city. Also, you must visit the Pfunds Dairy, which is claimed to be the most beautiful dairy shop in the world. A visit to this area is highly recommended, if you are a compulsive shopper or crazy foodie.
The Kunsthofpassage Dresden is a must-visit spot for its whimsical architectural elements. This wacky neighborhood consists of a series of five courtyards with buildings in each displaying individual themes: Hof der Tiere (Farm Animals), Hof der Metamorphosen (Courtyard of the Metamorphoses), Hof der Elemente (Courtyard of the Elements), Hof des Lichts (Yard of Light) and Hof der Fabelwesen (Court of the Mythical Creatures). In the first one, pista green buildings are adorned with wicker balconies and animal reliefs such as monkeys jumping on a giraffe. It is a pleasure to spot hidden animals like buffaloes as well. The houses in the third coutyard are painted an intense blue color and have a series of twisting pipes and funnels. Its design is such that when it rains, this system creates melodious music and whistling tunes, reminiscent of an orchestra. The Yard of Light is replete with metallic mirrors to reflect sunlight in a spectrum of colors. This neighborhood is also known for its colorful shops selling local souvenirs, knick knacks and designer apparel.
A quaint little bookstore, Büchers Best is located at Louisenstraße, in the Äußere Neustadt neighborhood. With a huge selection of books in all possible genres, the store is known to stock up some vintage and second-hand books too. The cozy seating inside the store is inviting, where you can choose to pick up a book and spend your time.
Opened over ten years ago, Zentralohrgan is without doubt one of those record stores run by avid music lovers rather than business people. The selection includes the likes of indie, punk, ska, industrial, progressive and dance on CD or vinyl. Rarities can also be found, as can a range of posters and retro clothing.
Every child's favorite place, LouisdoOr at Äußere Neustadt has some of the best collection for baby clothes and toys. Located at Louisenstraße, it stocks up some beautiful varieties of garments, that are cute, comfortable and totally trendy. Right from new born clothes and shoes to baby accessories and bags, you are sure to find something of your choice. And when it comes to toys, there is no looking back. This whole range of soft toys, swings, puppets, learning games, slides and driving cars are available at this lovely store. Take your tiny tot here for shopping, and you will be surprised to see what all you end picking up. To see their complete range of products, please have a look at the website.
Tranquillo is more than just an unconventional fashion store, it sells products to build up an entire lifestyle. This fashion label liberally designs its clothes in splashes of bright colors, wild prints and globe-spanning styles. It also crafts cushions and cushion covers, boots, woollen accessories, coin purses, cuffs, ceramics and pocket mirrors in whimsical patterns. Other products include henna powder for hair coloring, strings of beads and bells, unusual toys, patterned cups, mugs and sweet boxes. They specialize in a range of fabrics for fashion designers, tailors and those who wish to sew their own clothes, table covers and curtains.
The shopping gallery in the backyard of the Alaunstreet should not be missed because here you will find fantastic, one-off clothes. Not only is the tailored work designed for theatre performances, but also for special festivities. Those who feel up to it can enroll for a course in weaving or spinning. Spinnwebe und Kleiderei Okulu's primary tailor gladly passes on her knowledge. However, should you not regard yourself as that talented, you can relax on the upper floor of the shop, in the gallery, or in the café and smile at the busy passing crowd.
Drop Out Records on Alaunstraße, is arguably one of the best record stores in Dresden. A gem of the Äußere Neustadt district, this place offers large collections most music genres - soul, blues, rock, pop, punk, indie, trance, house - you name it, and they'll have it! They also have a good stock of vinyl. The staff is pretty knowledgeable and often successful in procuring rare CDs or vinyls as per customer requests. Drop in if you're a music enthusiast and collector - this store won't disappoint you.
Located across three cities in Germany, this quaint little boutique should not be mistaken for yet another local store. The Dresden outlet of Peccato is situated at Rothenburger Straße, right in the heart of Äußere Neustadt. With a wide collection of women's clothing and accessories, the store provides for a colorful and chirpy atmosphere to shop. Gorgeous prints, good quality fabric and latest designs is something you will consistently find at Peccato. To check out their latest collection, just drop by the store or have a look at their website.