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 Chr
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. Art
Munich has three of Germany's most exclusive shopping streets as well as flea markets to rival those of any other Europe

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 | Crafts

    Bavarian craftspeople have a showplace of their own, the Bayerischer Kunstgewerbe–Verein. Here you'll find every kind of handicraft, from glass...Read More

  • 2. Christkindlmarkt

    Altstadt | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    From the end of November until December 24, the open-air stalls of the Christkindlmarkt are a great place to find gifts and warm up with mulled...Read More

  • 3. Hugendubel

    Altstadt | Books/Stationery

    There is a good selection of novels in English on the fifth floor of Hugendubel. ...Read More

  • 4. Spielwaren Obletters

    Altstadt | Toys

    In the corner shop beside Hugendubel, Spielwaren Obletters has two extensive floors of toys, with the usual favorites plus many handmade playthings...Read More

  • 5. Viktualienmarkt

    Altstadt | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    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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  • 6. Antike Uhren Eder

    Altstadt | Antiques/Collectibles

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

  • 7. Breiter

    Altstadt | Department Stores

    For a classic selection of German clothing and hats, including some with a folk touch, try Munich's traditional family-run Breiter, with one...Read More

  • 8. C&A

    Altstadt | Clothing

    For a more affordable option on loden (water-resistant woolen material used for traditional coats and hats) and general fashion, try the department...Read More

  • 9. Chocolate & More

    Altstadt | Food/Candy

    Opened in 2001, this tiny shop, located in the Viktualienmarkt, specializes in all things chocolate. ...Read More

  • 10. Dallmayr

    Altstadt | Food/Candy

    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...Read More

  • 11. Die Puppenstube

    Maxvorstadt | Antiques/Collectibles

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

  • 12. Elisabethplatz

    Schwabing | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    If you're in the Schwabing area, the daily market at Elisabethplatz is worth a visit—it's much smaller than the Victualienmarkt but the range...Read More

  • 13. Fünf Höfe

    Altstadt | Department Stores

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

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  • 14. Galeria Kaufhof

    Altstadt | Department Stores

    With eight floors of offerings in this department store, you'll find midprice goods from cosmetics, fashion, and jewelry to greeting cards,...Read More

  • 15. GötterSpeise

    Isarvorstadt | Food/Candy

    GötterSpeise is across the street from the restaurant Faun in Glockenbachviertel. The name of this delectable chocolate shop means "ambrosia...Read More

  • 16. Hirmer

    Altstadt | Department Stores

    Hirmer has Munich's most comprehensive collection of German-made men's clothes, with a markedly friendly and knowledgeable staff. International...Read More

  • 17. Internationale Presse

    Ludwigsvorstadt | Books/Stationery

    Various locations in the train stations have magazines and novels. ...Read More

  • 18. Johanna Daimer Filze aller Art

    Altstadt | Textiles/Sewing

    In an arcade of the Neues Rathaus is tiny Johanna Daimer Filze aller Art, a shop founded in 1883 that sells every kind and color of felt imaginable. ...Read More

  • 19. Karstadt

    Ludwigsvorstadt | Department Stores

    Karstadt commands an entire city block between the main train station, Hauptbahnhof, and Karlsplatz. It is the largest and one of the best department...Read More

  • 20. Kaufinger Tor

    Altstadt | Department Stores

    Kaufinger Tor has several floors of boutiques and cafés packed neatly together along a passageway under a high glass roof. ...Read More

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