Shopping is fun in Stuttgart and there are some great souvenirs to take home – obviously, with both Mercedes Benz and Porsche made in the city, a new car is the best souvenir! If your bank balance doesn’t allow it, a wander around the car manufacturers’ museums is the perfect place to ‘daydream’! The main shopping street in Stuttgart is Konigstrasse and the largest department store is Breuninger. Calures Stasse has a wonderful mix of grand houses and luxury shops and Eberhardstrasse has a good selection of elegant top-end shops too. Schwaben Gallerie is the city’s new shopping mall and there is a fun flea market at Karlsplatz. The two markets are at Karlsplatz on a Saturday morning and Schillerplatz on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
With so much info about the marketplace, it is now time to know about the top 10 souvenirs to buy in Stuttgart. Have a look!
1. The most delicious horse droppings in the world
Stuttgarter Rossbollen ( meaning ‘horse droppings’) the truly delicious local chocolates are nicknamed ‘horse droppings‘ as they celebrate the city’s long historical links with horse breeding. To add to the humor, the chocolates can be bought in a presentation bucket!
2. Get a lovely object in Objectz
This has to be the trendiest shop in the city! Objectz is a great hunting ground for unusual items of home décor, jewelry, watches lamps, mirrors and much more- so much choice, but remember the size of your suitcase!
3. A sense of history in Bohnenvietal
This truly beautiful and interesting shop is situated in the old part of the city and specializes in art and antiques as well as unusual pieces of jewelry – a great place to just enjoy even if you don’t have space to pack something special!
4. Browse for foodie souvenirs
Situated next to Altes Schloss, the Markthalle is a popular place with locals and tourists alike. There are more than 50 stalls with all types of foodie souvenirs including great cheeses, wines and city specialties such as the sausages. There are a couple of really good spice stalls selling a great variety of really fresh aromatic spices.
5. Definitely, think pretzels
Stuttgart – like several other locations in France and Italy- lays claim to being the birthplace of the pretzel. Certainly, there is plenty of ‘brezel’ (said to come from the word for ‘bracelet’ ) to buy in every bakery in the city and they taste really good at any time of the day. The trouble is that they do taste best fresh, but maybe if you buy some en route to the airport you can freeze them as soon as you get home.
6. And Ritter Sport chocolate bars
Ritter Sports bars with their distinctive 16 squares of delicious chocolate are made in Waldenbuch which is a suburb of Stuttgart. There is a Ritter shop in the middle of Waldenbuch which is well worth going to as prices are lower even than in local supermarkets! There is a huge range of flavors to choose from including the new ‘trail’ bars and there are bio, vegan and lactose varieties too. Upstairs there is a little museum explaining the history of this great chocolate. There is a café on-site serving food and there is a good nature trail nearby if you fancy making a bit more of it.
7. Be tempted by great coffee
The Germans are known for their coffee with Tchibo and Melitta being the two biggest brands, so what better souvenir than some good coffee to enjoy at home and bring back happy memories of Stuttgart!
8. Or some Eierlikor liqueur
This is a rather good German egg liqueur-like advocaat. Eierlikor is really thick and creamy – a creamy egg nog – and can be bought with a variety of spirit bases, with rum being the most popular. It is available all year round but particularly popular during Christmas and Easter. Eierlikor can do wonders as a drink (keep it in the fridge and it lasts ages) and a spoonful as a topping gives a luxe taste to ice cream and rice pudding!
9. A rather special spice
If you would like a rather special spice mix that works brilliantly on a roast chicken, have a hunt in the city’s supermarkets for German Brathähnchen Wűrzsalz which contains paprika and an excellent blend of other spices.
10. And the perfect place for book lovers
Buchhandel Wittwer is five floors of heaven for those who love books, old maps and prints. There are books on every subject imaginable including some titles in English and some really good guide books. The old city maps are really interesting and make a very special souvenir (you can buy them rolled and frame them once you get home).