Shopping in the city begins in the historic Mainz Old Town area, as the hundreds of stores housed here, specializing in works of all sorts—from candles to handicrafts to wines and chocolates—make for excellent places to pick up quality gifts at affordable prices.

The Mainz Market takes place next to the city’s cathedral and sports some of the best produce, cheeses, and spices to be found in the country.  Operating Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, in addition to food, market vendors here are also known to hawk some of Europe’s best aromatics, apparel, candles, games, herbs, soaps, and toys.  The Mainz Market thus makes for a great place to pick up not just food, but souvenirs and mementos as well.  An international and atmospheric draw, even if you don’t buy anything more than a beer, the Mainz Market is a tourist site in its own right and as such is a most worthwhile visit.

In addition to this market, there are farmer’s markets in the neighborhoods of Bretzenheim, Gonsenheim, Hartenberg, Munchfeld, Neustadt, and Weisenau.
 
Quality local designer apparel can be found at Sinn on Am Brand boulevand.

For modern art items, check the Galerie H.G. Lautner at 52 Augustinerstrasse.