Shopping at Frankfurt airport’s Terminal 2 ….
Terminal 2 (T2) is the younger, smaller sibling of Frankfurt international airport’s two terminals. It was opened in 1994, some 22 years after the older Terminal 1, and is dedicated to airlines other than German flag carrier Lufthansa and Star Alliance members such as those in the Oneworld and Skyteam alliances. Like its older sister T2 offers travellers a superb range of both international and local shops, as well as a wide choice of restaurants and services.Before we kick off our shopping tour a word or two about finding your way around. Despite boasting over 40 gates, T2 is a cinch to navigate in comparison to T1. There are just two levels: one for departures and one for arrivals. However, as with T1, it is worth remembering the bulk of the shopping and catering at T2 is pre- rather than post-security. As for the arrivals area, it won’t detain us long. Travellers will find the usual selection of car rental agencies, a handy bureau de change, a mini-supermarket and a Relay newsagent.The main shopping action at T2 is in the large 1,000 square-metre Shopping Plaza, which is located slap bang in the centre of the building with great views out to the southern slopes of Germany’s beautiful Taunus Mountains. Open daily from 07.00 to 22.00, the Shopping Plaza majors on fashion, offering travellers everything from the preppy all-American look of Tommy Hilfiger with that instantly recognisable red, white and blue flag logo to smartly tailored business attire from Hugo Boss.
For younger, more cutting-edge fashion labels seek out the oddly named Three Frogs and a Crown. Jeans and street wear for men and women are the focus here with brands stocked including well-known names such as Diesel, Police and Converse, but also up-and-coming names Superdry, which specialises in retro-print t-shirts, washed denim and casual hoodies.
For great-looking jewellery at affordable prices look out for the Pilgrim jewellery store, which is also situated in the Shopping Plaza. This Danish jewellery brand has been trading for over a quarter of a century and now has stores all over the world. The prices may be attractive but Pilgrim’s jewellery is still handmade, the materials high quality (16-carat gold, for instance), and responsibly sourced. Pilgrim is fashion-driven, releasing four seasonal collections a year. Check out the retailer’s website for the latest look:www.pilgrim.dk.
Elsewhere in the Shopping Plaza travellers will stumble upon a well-stocked chemist, the Metropolitan Pharmacy and a self-explanatory Rolling Luggage store. The Pfendt Airport Optic outlet goes in for high-end, branded sunglasses and eyewear. Unlike most other airport sunglasses stores, this place is a proper optician’s where travellers can get an eye test and be fitted out with glasses or contact lenses within an hour. Now that’s what we call service. They also repair broken spectacles•perfect when little junior decides to use your best reading glasses as his very own chest-expander!
Once through passport control and security you can’t fail to notice Heinemann’s large duty-free and travel-retail store. After renovations it doubled in size back in 2008 and the roll call of fashion and accessories brands now filling the shelves in this outlet is undeniably impressive. Travellers will find leather goods, jewellery, watches, sunglasses and writing instruments from blue-chip brands such as Hugo Boss, Versace, Burberry, Montblanc, Bvlgari and Swarovski.
Branded jewellery and watches also get a high profile in the Christ jewellery shop-in-shop with names such as Rolex, Chopard, Cartier and Fossil very much to the fore. We recommend that you take a look at Gebr. Heinemann’s excellent website, heinemann-dutyfree.com/frankfurt_en/?___from_store=frankfurt_de , before you travel to check up on the latest launches, promotions and competitions. You can even pre-order your shopping and pick it up on your arrival at the airport.
Aside from the Heinemann shops, there is not too much else to wow shoppers airside in T2. Granted, there is a decent shop selling both German and international magazines and books (ImPressed), and the Capi electronics shops offers a solid range of digital goods and travel accessories, but the shopping scene on this side of the terminal could do with a little bolstering.
And that’s about it for our whistle-stop shopping tour of T2, but the shopping offer at Frankfurt airport looks to set to continue improving in the coming years. A brand new third terminal (T3) is on the cards and will be up and running by 2017 at an estimated cost of €1.1 billion (£920 million). T2 may be Frankfurt international’s youngest terminal at present, but not for long.