In Germany, there are three types of supemarkets where you can do your daily shopping. In this short article, we would like to explain the differences and to recommend you where to buy your food and any other things that you might need in Germany. Discover the supermarkets in Germany!
The most well-known supermarkets in Germany are the discounters like Lidl, Netto, Aldi and Penny. They are everywhere and you should have already seen them. Most of the people shop here, prices are really affordable although fruits and vegetables are not always so fresh. The range of products is not so wide as in other grocery stores and they usually sell white brands. They open weekly from 8:00 – 21:00, Sundays are usually closed. If you need to buy something on Sunday, stores are always open in the central station. There is usually a supermarket there.
Major Grocery Stores
The most well-known major supermarkets in Germany are Real, Rewe, Edeka and Kaufland.
They are usually larger and offer almost everything you need (although Edeka and Rewe have “city supermarkets” with less range of products). Real and Kaufland sell almost everything that you might need: food, bicycles or even clothes. The selection is much greater than the discounters mentioned above.
Rewe and Edeka are a bit more expensive, but you always have the possibility to buy white brands which are normally less expensive. For those who love cooking fish, some Kaufland stores have a small fish market. They open weekly from 8:00 – 21:00, Sunday is normally closed.
Local Farmers Markets
Most of the districts have a local market once a week. There you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, it is normally a bit more expensive than a normal supermarket or discounter, but the quality is excellent. If you go there at the end of the day or when they are already closing, you can buy for cheaper prices.
International supermarkets in Germany
Turkish, Spanish, Arabic or Asian Markets
Many cities have international supermarkets where you can buy products that are not normally sold in discounters or major grocery stores (for example: Arabic bread, unusual cheeses, Asian noodles or Spanish specialties). Here you can buy particular things from certain countries, unfortunately prices are not very affordable. Advantage: some Turkish markets open all week long from 8:00 – 22:00.
Address: Steintorstrasse 4, 30159 Hannover
Address: Karmarschstrasse 49, 30159 Hannover
Salih Ince GmbH
Address: Münzstrasse 7, 30159 Hannover
Address: Allerweg 1, 30449 Hannover
Address: Joachimstr. 8, 30159 Hannover
These small shops are everywhere, especially in Hannover! The range of products is very limited like drinks, tobacco and lottery. Prices are expensive but they open from 8:00 – 22:00 every day.