After checking out all the cool stationery in London I just had to find out whether Frankfurt, Germany, had any. Let me tell you there are many and they are awesome! Several ones are in the middle of the city, so you can check it out while you’re getting your pen fix. 😄 One really great one is a little outside so you’d need a car or take public transport.
My first stop was the Papeterie Bathelt in the shopping center MyZeil in downtown Frankfurt. They have display cases for Moleskine, Leuchtturm1917, and Paperblanks journals. Only thing they are missing are the special metallic edition of the Leuchtturm1917, but apparently stores had to order all three colors and one manager told me that they didn’t like some of the colors (really? how?). So I had the hardest time to find the anniversary edition anywhere in Frankfurt!
The Papeterie Bathelt carries a number of other journals as well. A whole arrangement of Semikolons and some fun ones in trapezoid shape. Then there are the pens: Faber-Castell and Lamy fountain pens, glass nibs and all kind of inks. It’s quite a small place, but has a lot of neat stationery supplies.
Next came Flying Tiger, it’s also in MyZeil. It opened in December 2016, so no wonder I didn’t even know that they had one in Frankfurt! It is not really a stationery store, but a quirky design store from Denmark. It carries affordable own-designed and branded products. You can pick up some cute journaling supplies, like a mini-ruler (I love mine!) or some practice brush pens.
Papier Kraemer was the one stationery store I knew in Frankfurt before I became a journaling and stationery addict. The family-owned store in the 5th generation opened in 1859(!) and recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. Holy moly! Downstairs they carry a large selection of journals – a whole corner is dedicated to filofax – and fountain pens. The sales people will help you find the perfect one, even if you have to try all of them. 😄 I was also able to find some new sealing wax here for my Slytherin wax seal. Upstairs they have all kinds of papers (especially for painting), pencils, and pens. Unfortunately they don’t have any Posca Markers and only a small selection of Tombow Dual Brush Pens. They do have a whole Copic Marker display though and a large selection of other pens. You’ll definitely find something here!
Frankfurt also has the much talked about Muji store. It’s really small so be careful to not miss it 😄 They have a great selection of pens. My absolute favorite are their gel pens that come in different sizes (0.25, 0.38, 0.5, and 0.7). I picked up a black 0.38 and an additional black 0.5 because I am absolutely in love with them. They are awesome for journaling with no bleeding in my Leuchtturm1917.
Vowinckel is more an arts and crafts store, which doesn’t mean you can’t find a bunch of great supplies here. They have cute little washi tapes on a tape dispenser, more sealing wax, Copic Markers, and a lot of (practice) paper. And, best of all I could pick up some of my favorite Edding Brush Pens.
You won’t believe it, but I ran across a Faber-Castell store by accident! We were just walking down the street and there it was! It was incredible! Downstairs they had all those Faber-Castell fountain pens and you can try them to find the right one for you. Upstairs they have all their pencils and pen color-coordinated(!) on this huge wall and in the middle a large table to test them all, including their brush pens.
Hugendubel is really a bookstore, but it is huge and carries a large supply of stationery products as well. They, too, have a Leuchtturm1917 display with all their regular colors and … drumroll … they had a special display for the 100th anniversary metallic colors. Finally I could look at them live and see for myself that the copper one is not orange-y at all. So I bought one right away!
I’ll start with the absolute amazing boesner store – they have 44 stores in Europe: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Denmark, and Sweden. And a great online store. The one I went to is in Frankfurt (August-Schanz-Straße 12).
So basically they have absolutely everything!
Look at all those pens! A full Tombow Dual Brush Pens, Copic Markers, and Posca Markers display. In addition, you find all kind of journals, papers, and pads. And inks, nibs, fountain pens … You guys, this is place is heaven for any stationery lover. You will be able to spend all your money there.
Note: You do have to sign up with them to be able purchase anything, because they are a wholesaler. Don’t worry though, it doesn’t cost anything.
Extra for us nerdy ones
Check out Elbenwald which is also located in the MyZeil shopping center in downtown Frankfurt. It’s a super nerdy store for all your merchandise needs in film, fantasy, and games. And they have some special things for us journalers as well – look at those gorgeous journals (they also have them for DC characters). They even light up! How awesome is that?!? Definitely getting the Iron Man one soon, no wonder there I guess…
Which of these stores would you be most excited about exploring when visiting Frankfurt?