"Go there on a Saturday!" Offenbach Favorite Tip by Weissdorn
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Favorite thing: Saturday is Fresh Market Day, and Flea Market Day. The market is the meeting place and shopping place on Saturday. Even if you are going to eat your meals in a hotel, this is still worth it to go here, because you get to see Germany how it lives. And who can resist buying a pound of cherries fresh from Turkey, Italy or Germany, from the friendly young man, harking his wares.
There are 3 fine cost shops (specialty food stores) that sell fine liquors, chocolate in every imaginable form, special coffees and teas and mediterranean food stuffs that you usually cannot purchase in Germany, which all make really nice gifts for your friends and family at home. They are so service oriented, that they can even help you send your gift directly from the store to your home.
Even if you don't want to buy food here, you can relax in one of the numerous cafés here that line the square and watch the world go by, or read the sunday paper in your language from the Newspaper Kiosk on the corner and leisurely eat your breakfast. Because the cafés are crowded between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. you can always meet someone new, because typically if space is available at your table, someone will ask to sit with you.
Fondest memory: Buying an rather large etching at the flea market in Offenbach. The flea market is along the Main bank (left bank) every Saturday morning from the beginning of April until the end of September. When the weather is nice, it's full.
Anyway, the etching was an angel decending to a child on a balcony from the end of the 19th century. The etching had a lot of water damage, but it somehow made the picture more interesting. I was able to dicker the person selling it for 50 DM! Then I had it appraised, and found out it was worth well over 3000 DM!
This kind of treasure hunt can only happen if Offenbach. Although Frankfurt also has a flea market on Saturday, they mostly sell new brand new products. In Offenbach, they still sell garage sale items, antiques, old books, long-play records, and sometimes antiques and pieces of furniture. My tip is bring money, and search for nothing. I never found what I was looking for there, but I always found a nice surprise!
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