Where to buy…

It’s taken me a while to get this list together but it covers all the shops I use frequently (it’s not finished yet). From the basics, to where to find foods from home, to bargains and places to splurge at. I’ve linked the shops to their websites, where applicable for convenience.

Supermarkets – Take a Euro for a trolley and your own bags to carry your shopping in

Kaufland – Covers all your essentials and include a drink section within the shop. Also sells housewares, bikes (and associated products) and household electrical items. This is the most basic and cheapest of the big supermarkets, no frills but it does sell Cheddar cheese at the cheese counter!

Rewe – A step up from Kaufland with more choice but their selection of vegetables is usually quite small relative to the size of the shop. You can usually find some ‘international foods’ and a selection of Tchibo products, limited selections of housewares. Their own brand ‘Ja’ products are usually pretty good and well priced.

Edeka – The priciest (comparatively) supermarket and the place you are most likely to be able to pick up ‘speciality’ products like fresh cranberries and ginger! Most shops also have a play area for kiddies and the Alterlangen Edeka boasts a champagne bar (incase shopping gets too much for you).

Norma, Netto, Aldi, Lidl – Discount supermarkets, tend to be smaller than average so they only run limited lines. They do however have ‘fancy goods’ sections which change weekly, from international foods to ski gear to sewing machines, you can pick up some great bargains here! Lidl have a limited selection of English goods twice a year.

Globus (Forchheim) – A proper superstore with good fresh fruit and veg, meats and fish selections. You can find everything under one roof here, including toys, undies and shoes, a little more expensive than Kaufland but less than Rewe. They do have an international section where you can find Crunchies and penguins, totally worth it.

Drinks Supermarkets – Like a bulk off-licence, they have everything from water to spirits

Franky – If you’re buying in bulk head here, great for buying party supplies and they have snacks and munchies next to the till (excellent product placement guys).

Rewe – Usually connected to the supermarket but can be found next door too, some have an excellent selection of speciality products, GIN included.

Kaufland – Usually connected to the supermarket, basics here, nothing special but the prices.

Edeka – Since they have a champagne bar in the supermarket you would expect a good selection, not enough decent gin for my tastes but a good wine selection and every type of soft drink going.

Asia shops or Foods from home *Blog post available

Ghandi – Great selection, this place is an Aladdin’s cave of goodies. Every spice going, lots of noodles and you can get bulk amounts of flour, rice and pulses here.

MyLong – Small shop crammed with thousands of items, if you want something specific, ask, because you will never find it on your own. Really good selection of fresh produce.

Wing-Xing – Very neat and easier to find what you want, it is crammed full of wonderful stuff though.

Asien-Kauf – More American foods than British but good deals on teabags. If you want Pop tarts check the prices first, they are pretty dear.

Body & Beauty *Blog post available

Home and housewares (Wohnaccessories)

IKEA – So it’s the same story in every country, there is very little difference between the products in Germany and those sold in the UK. When checking things out online, open both the UK and DE site so you understand exactly what you are buying.

Hoeffner – It’s probably not going to rock your world style wise but there are some useful bits and pieces.

Butlers  Everything you didn’t know you needed, but you really do, beautiful displays. They have a real habit of marking items as sale and then putting them back to full price the next week, if you see a bargain here, buy it.

Depot – For decorative home stuffs this place is pretty much it, their stock is very seasonal and changes really quickly so grab that christmas stuff before christmas because there is no January sale. There is a discount section at the back of the Erlangen store which can be a goldmine, you’re welcome.

Wicky – Cheap as chips but they have some really fun stuff, you have to look for it though.

Nanu Nana – Cheap but full of stuff that you just have to have, best place to go if you need some little bits for presents. Very seasonal, stock changes very quickly here, want it? buy it!

Mueller – Limited selection of accessories, but they change seasonally and are very reasonable prices. Leonardo glassware is a good bet for presents.

Tchibo – Stock changes weekly, sometimes its sportsware, sometimes its cooking, always pop in and have a look, on the off chance.

Furniture (Moebel)

IKEA – The cheapest place around to buy new furniture. Yes it’s the same in every country but when you’re working with a budget and only need furniture for a certain length of time, like most expats, it has all the essentials. They do have a delivery option, which works out well when you live on the top floor and/or you don’t have any help on hand or a huge car and they also offer a trailer for hire that’s free for 3 hours.

Hoeffner – Furniture to suit a wide range of budgets and tastes. From sofas to kitchens to washing machines, it really is a one stop shop. Kids play area and restaurant as standard. Delivery options here too. They just opened a new HUGE one of these nearby, it’s worth checking out on your way to IKEA.

Butlers – Cute furniture for most budgets and tastes, mass produced but with some classic vintage feel items thrown in. You will find the shop on every high street but for the full furniture selection check their website.

Depot – A smaller selection of furniture but plenty of options for different budgets. Their shops do not carry all the furniture lines but grab a catalogue and check out their website for details.

4 Responses to “Where to buy…”

  1. Alex, Denglish Speaker May 8, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    No Pennys in your area? Penny is my favorite discount market as it has some actual organization in comparison to its competitors.

    • The Erlangen Expat May 8, 2014 at 7:43 am #

      Not within my cycling radius of the whole of Erlangen 😦 They have them in Nbg and Fürth, not sure why we don’t have one.

  2. Dana (@WantedAdventure) January 20, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

    On a completely side note: it is a lot of fun to listen to tourists pronounce “Rewe.” 😀 😀 “Let’s stop at Reewee…” they say 😀

    • Alie C February 2, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

      Reewee is one of the best, it’s not just tourists, I have friends who’ve lived in Germany for years who still say it much to my amusement

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