Cheese, Hats, and Nutcrackers: The Best Shopping in Leavenworth!

05/31/2017 | by Louisa Cranston | Concierge Kid Friendly Things to Do Tourism


Part of the fun of a weekend getaway is browsing the local boutiques for hidden treasures, right? And Front Street in Leavenworth is a haven for unique shops with unusual themes that are sure to have the kids (and the grown-ups) giggling. When every building has a Bavarian theme, it’s hard to pick where to start. Everything looks so much more interesting when it has a curly font! To make shopping in Leavenworth just a bit easier, here’s a list of a few of our favorite stops.

1) The Hat Shop & The Wood Shop

From trendy to adorable to just plain wacky, The Hat Shop has the hat you didn’t know that you needed.  The Wood Shop was opened in the summer of 1974 selling handmade wooden toys. As Leavenworth grew, so did their  business, opening The Hat Shop in 1987. Though the founders have passed away, both of these stores remain family owned and operated. These two shops are the perfect place for a goofy selfie. #LeavenworthVacay!

2) Village Alps

Craving something sweet? Village Alps is a great place to stop for a treat! With 59 varieties of taffy, fudge brittles and tons of candies! They also have a large variety of sauces and  food to take home for later. Walking through the front door will make you feel reminiscent of the Wonka chocolate factory that you’ve always wanted to see. Gobstoppers, anyone?

3) Kris Kringl

It’s Christmas year-round at Kris Kringl! Leavenworth is a winter wonderland, and there is no denying that it’s the perfect place to be when you want a cup of eggnog and to listen to some carols. But what if you just want a little bit of cheer in the summer? When shopping in Leavenworth, keep in mind that the elves at Kris Kringl are always looking to make your Christmas wishes come true!

4) Nussknacker Haus

Nutcrackers, smokers, and collectibles are all available at the Nussknacker Haus. We’ve always said that the Nutcracker Museum is a great place to spend an afternoon, and the Nussknacker Haus allows you to take home some of the magic with you when you go.

5) The Cheesemonger’s Shop

A short walk down the stairs will show you a fantastic array of cheeses, Bavarian beers, delightful sausages, and fine wine in The Cheesemonger’s Shop. Feeling fancy? A cheese tray might be the perfect snack after your day of shopping in Leavenworth. The Cheesemonger’s Shop has a huge number of both domestic and imported cheeses in every variety that you could possibly imagine. It’s a cheese-lover’s dream!


Shopping has never been more fun than shopping in Leavenworth! While staying in the mountains, be sure to come down and explore the beautiful Bavarian town below. Wander through Front Street and you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.