Munich is an amazing city for shopping. Its elegant designer avenues rival the trendiest Paris chic. But your desire to find the latest in fashion at reasonable prices can also be fulfilled while indulging in some Munich shopping.
If you are looking for international names, then Munich shopping has it all. Visit Maximilianstrasse, an elegant avenue, where small boutiques with exclusive names like Chanel and Armani are the epitome of luxury.
However, there is variety in Munich shopping. There is something for every budget and every taste. Neuhauserstrasse and Kaufingerstrasse are main shopping areas, both lined with big department stores and smaller shops. You can shop for Bavarian gifts such as traditional clothing for both men and women; beer mugs (steins), wood carvings, pewter wares and the famous Nymphenburg porcelain as well as specialty foods like Christmas shtolen and marzipan.
Tip: Large Department stores open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Smaller shops open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Some of the smaller shops close for lunch.
Shopping centers are the new scene for Munich shopping, and a favorite pastime. The largest Bavarian center, housed under an impressive glass roof, is Olympia Einkaufszentrum, with 135 shops, three large department stores, cafes and restaurants. Here you’ll find the latest beauty products, fashion and more. Special exhibitions and shows make the experience even more enjoyable.
Another of these large structures and a great place for Munich shopping is the Einkaufs Centrum, with 120 shops and cafes. You can find everything you need or want including beautifully crafted furniture. Or visit Riem Arcaden, a huge shopping mall with 120 shops displaying the latest high tech items, furnishings and clothing for the entire family.
On your Munich shopping extravaganza, you will find out that Bavarians love flea markets. That is why there are about a dozen of these flea markets, and some only open during special times of the year like Christmas.
Viktualienmarkt is the favorite and largest, with 140 shops and stalls, mostly displaying gourmet foods. It is a great place to buy sausages, honeys and exotic fruit, ideal for a picnic on a beautiful day.
At the Christmas markets you can find everything you need for decorating your home or the tree, where you’ll enjoy traditional music and delicious mulled wine to keep you warm throughout the season.
One must not forget however, that Munich shopping must not only include traditional souvenirs but must also include a piece of its culture. Around the university area and throughout the city, you’ll be able to find well-stocked book stores with works by literary figures like Thomas Mann, or beautiful art books of painters from the Bavarian expressionist and post-expressionist eras; you will also find the great classics of Munich composers such as Mozart, Wagner, Strauss, Mahler and more.
Munich shopping is thoroughly an enjoyable experience you won’t want to miss.