Munich

Munich has three of Germany's most exclusive shopping streets as well as flea markets to rival those of any other European city. In between are department stores, where acute German-style competition assures reasonable prices and often produces outstanding bargains. Artisans bring their wares of beauty and originality to the Christmas markets. Collect their business cards—in summer you're sure to want to order another of those little gold baubles that were on sale in December.

Munich has an immense central shopping area, a 2-km (1-mile) Fussgängerzone (pedestrian zone) stretching from Karlsplatz to Marienplatz along Neuhauser Strasse and Kaufingerstrasse, where most of the major department stores are, and then north to Odeonsplatz. For upscale shopping, Maximilianstrasse, Residenzstrasse, and Theatinerstrasse are unbeatable. Schwabing, north of the university, has more offbeat shopping streets—Schellingstrasse and Hohenzollernstrasse are two to try. The neighborhood around Gärtnerplatz also has lots of new boutiques.

A few small shops around Viktualienmarkt sell Bavarian antiques, though their numbers are dwindling under the pressure of high rents. Antiques shoppers should also try the area north of the university—Türkenstrasse, Theresienstrasse, and Barerstrasse are all filled with antiques stores.

If you're looking for something really rare and special and money's no object, try the exclusive shops lining Prannerstrasse, at the rear of the Hotel Bayerischer Hof. Interesting and inexpensive antiques and assorted junk from all over Europe are laid out at the Friday and Saturday flea markets at Olympiapark (7 am–4 pm), not far from the Olympic Stadium, with hundreds of sellers.

If you want to deck yourself out in Lederhosen or a Dirndl, or acquire a green loden coat and little pointed hat with feathers, you have a wide choice in the Bavarian capital. There are a couple of other shops along Tal street that have new and used lederhosen and dirndls at good prices in case you want to spontaneously get into the spirit of the 'Fest.

Munich is a city of beer, and items related to its consumption are obvious choices for souvenirs and gifts. Munich is also the home of the famous Nymphenburg Porcelain factory. Between Karlsplatz and Viktualienmarkt there are loads of shops for memorabilia and trinkets.

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  • 1. Bayerischer Kunstgewerbe–Verein

    Altstadt

    At this gallery showcasing Bavarian work from craftspeople, you'll find every kind of handicraft, from glass and pottery to textiles....Read More

  • 2. Ludwig Beck

    Altstadt

    Ludwig Beck is considered a step above other department stores by Müncheners. It's packed from top to bottom with highly original wares and satisfies even...Read More

  • 3. Spielwaren Obletters

    Altstadt

    Spielwaren Obletters has two extensive floors of toys, with the usual favorites plus many handmade playthings of great charm and quality....Read More

  • 4. Viktualienmarkt

    Altstadt | Market

    Munich's Viktualienmarkt is the place to shop and to eat. Just south of Marienplatz, it's home to an array of colorful stands that sell everything...Read More

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  • 5. Almliebe Store Munich

    Altstadt

    Shop for both traditional and trendy takes on Bavarian and alpine attire, including Dirndls and Lederhosen....Read More

  • 6. Antik 92

    Maxvorstadt

    Set on Türkenstrasse, a street lined with antique shops, this store specializes in 19th- and 20th-century watches, jewelry, and fountain pens, as well as vintage...Read More

  • 7. Antike Uhren Eder

    Altstadt

    In Antike Uhren Eder, the silence is broken only by the ticking of dozens of highly valuable German antique clocks and discreet negotiations over the...Read More

  • 8. Breiter

    Altstadt

    For an enormous selection of contemporary and traditional caps and hats from international brands as well as its own Hut-Breiter Munich label, stop by the...Read More

  • 9. Chocolate & More

    Altstadt

    This tiny shop, located in the Viktualienmarkt, specializes in all things chocolate, with more than 120 varieties of chocolates and truffles....Read More

  • 10. Chocolaterie Beluga

    Altstadt

    A wide array of artisanal chocolates, truffles, and chocolate spreads, plus delicious hot chocolate, is on offer at this snug shop and café just across...Read More

  • 11. Dallmayr

    Altstadt

    Dallmayr is the city's most elegant and famous gourmet food store, with delights that range from exotic fruits and English jams to a multitude of...Read More

  • 12. Der Wachszieher am Dom Franz Fürst

    Altstadt

    This small shop around the corner from the Frauenkirche has been producing handmade candles since 1862. Look for beautifully decorated wedding, christening, and holiday-themed candles. ...Read More

  • 13. Die Bierothek

    City Center/Isarvorstadt

    More than 300 kinds of German and international beers, including many rare styles, are sold at this Gärtnerplatz-area shop. ...Read More

  • 14. Die Puppenstube

    Maxvorstadt

    For Munich's largest selection of dolls and marionettes, head to Die Puppenstube....Read More

  • 15. F.S. Kustermann

    Altstadt

    In business since 1798, this large retailer stocks an impressive array of fine china, glassware, and ceramics, as well as everyday household goods....Read More

  • 16. Fünf Höfe

    Altstadt

    For an upscale shopping experience, visit the many stores, boutiques, galleries, and cafés of the Fünf Höfe, a modern arcade carved into the block of...Read More

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  • 17. GALERIA Kaufhof

    Altstadt

    Across the seven floors of this mid-priced department store, you'll find everything from cosmetics, fashion, and jewelry to greeting cards, office supplies, household items, and...Read More

  • 18. GötterSpeise

    Isarvorstadt

    This chocolate shop and café serves chocolate every which way, from delectable chocolates to hot chocolate, as well as seasonal treats....Read More

  • 19. Hirmer

    Altstadt

    Spanning six floors, Hirmer has Munich's most comprehensive collection of German-made men's clothes, with a markedly friendly and knowledgeable staff. International brands are also here,...Read More

  • 20. Hugendubel

    Altstadt

    This multistory bookshop has a good-size English-language section, with fiction and nonfiction selections. There are also nearby outposts at Marienplatz (Marienpl. 22) and close to...Read More

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