Travelling to Stuttgart? Here are my three spots for some on the go food shopping!
1. Stuttgarter Markthalle
Replacing a former vegetable warehouse, the original market hall was completed in 1914. Unfortunately during World War II the Markthalle and its beautiful fountain were destroyed. Now rebuilt the market is a busy place, it’s aisles bustling with people browsing, shopping and eating. Their website describes it as:
The Stuttgarter Markthalle is an Art Nouveau building in Stuttgart’s city center. It is a well-visited shopping center with 43 different sales stands and 33 retailers. The hall covers around 5,000 square meters of sales space.
The market hall isn’t far from the popular Schlossplatz, so is easy to find being just tucked away behind the Altes Schloss. Split over two levels, the ground floor hosts the market stalls whilst the upper floor has a restaurant and gallery. Wandering around the lower level, keep an eye out for the surviving cable car tracks in the floor – once essential in 1914 for getting goods unloaded! Don’t miss the Ceresbrunnen either – finished as recently as 2009, this reconstruction of the 1916 original is a pretty majolica fountain celebrating Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture.
Stopping near the restaurant on the first floor is a perfect spot for leaning over and taking in the view. Keep to the stairs side and you’ll be greeted with the beautiful aroma of fresh cut flowers from the florist below. Around the upper gallery you’ll find a range of shops selling things from Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin to high end cookware, bed linen and clothing. We even found Barbour here!
2. Feinkost Böhm
Roughly translated, this is “Delicatessen Bohemia”. A beautiful upmarket deli stocking a whole range of gorgeous looking produce, from fish and meat to cheese, chocolates and wine. They say it best themselves:
A visit to delicatessen Bohemia is like a stroll through exotic countries and indigenous landscapes. There are exquisite delicacies for the special moment and fresh variety for everyday needs. Excellent wines and champagnes, meat from local farms and the world’s best breeders, fresh fish and seafood, crisp fruits and vegetables, pies and sausage specialties, hundreds of cheese varieties, genuine bakery and artful patisseries.
With around 300 cheese varieties from all over Europe, patisserie that includes macarons and some beautiful jars of own label Black Cherry jam, there’s surely something you’d want to take home! I even spotted some British Billington’s Golden Caster sugar in here – it makes lovely cakes, if you don’t mind carrying a large bag of sugar around!
3. Hafendörfer Bakery
A Stuttgart based bakery, Hafendörfer have a few outlets plus a Café in the centre of the shopping district on Eberhardstraße. I’m adding it to the list because of one thing: Dinkel Bobbes. No, really. I’m not swearing or making it up. That’s the name of the pastry I’m now, quite frankly, obsessed with finding again.
The photos were taken from the outside the shop window – I’d only stopped to look, I promise! But then I saw this pile of something that looked like it could be a German version of a Rock Cake (you know, the things with currants in a heavy scone dough with sugar on top). It was surprisingly heavy to hold, made of a rolled up dough that comes somewhere between a shortcrust pastry and a super dense scone. Filled with raisins and marzipan and topped with powdered sugar. If you’re a fan of English treats like Eccles cakes or old fashioned pastry slices filled with currants, this is absolutely for you. They’re sturdy, so will keep well in a bag if you fancy a snack on the train home.
So that’s the end of my little food list! Have you been to Stuttgart? Share some of your favourite food shopping spots in the comments below!