The Olympia Shopping Center is located in the Northwest of Munich close to the Olympic Stadium. It is Munich’s biggest mall and good for bad weather shopping. You can find everything here from numerous clothes stores, shoe stores, general department stores, drug stores, music shops and food courts offering from German to Italien, from Chinese to Mexican fast food. The center is good if you want to shop for certain things efficiently – the atmosphere is that of a mall – with other words the shopping center cannot compare to the bustling colourful atmosphere in Munich downtown.
What to buy: - clothes
- bags and suitcases
What to pay: for some articles cheaper than Munich downtown.
The Viktualenmarkt (market between Marienplatz and Isartor) is Munich’s most famous market. It is open every day except Sunday and closes around 5 to 6. The market features over 140 fruit and vegetable stores, stores for honey, bread, cheese and meat, stores for flowers and baskets, plant seeds, spices and candles.
Highly recommendable are the fruit stands selling freshly squeezed fruit juices of all kinds – apple-carrot, selery-pineapple… you can get whatever you want.
My favourite stand is the oriental market stand selling turkish bread and different spreads like hummus, eggplant-spread, fish-paste, olives, garlic-shrimp and all kinds of different appertizers. Futhermore you can buy freshly made noodles like Ravioli, Tagliatelle or potato-gnocchi there.
Furthermore the Viktualienmarkt includes two beer gardens, where you can sit in the sunshine and enjoy a “Helles” (local Bavarian light beer) or a small lunch like saussages and sour kraut, “Leberkaes” or spare ribs. During nice weather and warm temperatures it is relaxing to recover from walking downtown with a healthy or not so healthy treat and watch the people – a colourful mixture of Bavarians, students and tourists.
What to buy: Try everything - it is all GOOD. Taste:
- freshly squezzed juices
- Bavarian beer
- saussages and cheeses with some bread
- turkish spreads like hummus with bread
- maybe try "Weisswurst with sweet mustard"
What to pay: Not too cheap, but worth the money
Munich downtown’s pedestrian zones are good for shopping. Visit the main street connecting the Marienplatz with the Karlspplatz (Kaufinger str.), as well as the Sendlinger Street connecting the Marienplatz and the Sendliner Tor. In this street you can find some smaller stores, while the pedestrian zone between Marienplatz and Karlsplatz features the common brand clothing- and shoe stores.
Every day at 5 in the afternoon the famous “Glockenspiel” in the highest town hall tower at the old town hall at the Marienplatz plays its tune and some figures turn and dance. You will notice that it is 5 o clock when most people crowding Marienplatz stare upwards and wait for the horribly mis-tuned “Glockenspiel” to start.
What to buy: most stores feature clothes and shoes. But there are also some drug stores, bookstores, jewelery-, arts and crafts- and houseware stores.
What to pay: Munich is expensive. The common brands for clothing (Esprit, s'Oliver, Levis, HIS, GAP etc etc.) are everywhere the same prices. However, individual stores in Munich are usually more expensive than in the closeby cities of "Augsburg" (1 hour from Munich) or "Ulm" (2 hours from Munich).
The food department in the department store “Kaufhof” is very well sorted (located in the basement). Next to the every day goods you can find a fresh fish and seafood section of large variety, an assorted wine section, many different kinds of German, Swiss and Belgian chocolates, an excellent cheese selection as well as meat and saussages.
What to buy: - fresh fish adn seafood
- Bavarian, Swiss and French Cheeses
- German bread
- German and italian saussages
- German, Italian and French bacon
- red and white wines
- German, Swiss and belgian chocolates
What to pay: not too cheap but worth the money ... yum ;-)
This really is a must see for all you foodies.
We took lunch there on two occasions.
1st time for wonderful sausages, potato rostis and pretzels.
2nd time for the great seafood and some Reisling. Spotted a lovely old couple with a huge plate of Oysters which made me smile - shame I was leaving this day or I would have tried some for sure.
I must go here again during the warmer months... this is the kinda place you could spend the whole day just eating, drinking, people watching! Fantastic.
What to buy: Fruit, vegetables, cheeses, spices - you name it they have it.
What to pay: A little more expensive than normal to shop here I believe, the smaller food markets around the city are more reasonably priced.
Most naturally, Munich is full with food shops. But there is one which is special and which I highly recommend be it to pick up some snack, to buy food or to find special foodie gifts for special friends. It is Dallmayr, one of the biggest delicatessens in Europe.
Its long tradition dates back 300 years and it is still a family business. End of 19th century it even received Royal Warrant appointment. Early 20th century the company added coffee to their product palette. This is how I came to know them, or better through an advertisement on TV. When I walked inside the shop, I was amazed to see that they still have these charming ceramic containers on top of the coffee grinders which are shown in that ad. But it also shows the delicious goodies Dallmayr sells in the shop. From snacks to daily food to delicious sweets and coffee, they have everything. Which was also my problem when I was in the shop: the goodies were too tempting so at the end instead of trying and buying everything I left with only a lovely tea in a lovely wrapping for my sister and nothing for me.
The reason why I like Dallmayr is also because of their social engagement. Nowadays every big giant claims social responsibility and engagement but these are in most of the cases blatant lies. But in the case of Dallmayr I believe their words. They are member of several coffee trading circles, including the Fair Trade organisation, they sponsor Karlheinz Böhm’s ”Menschen für Menschen” (help for people in Ethiopia), Jane Goodall Institute for chimpanzees in Tansania and Rainforest Alliance. And they say that for each pound of sold coffee they contribute five tree seedlings for Ethiopia against the desertification. In May 2012 they terminated contract with coffee supplier Neumann Coffee Group when news surfaced that this one was responsible for brutal eviction of Ugandan farmers.
Thumbs up for Dallmayr.
It is easy to find: from Marienplatz, pass the city hall to the right. It is located to the right, the huge yellow building.
Monday – Saturday: 9:30 (a.m.) – 19:00 (7 p.m.)
Location of Dallmayr’s main shop on Google Maps.
© Ingrid D., September 2012
H & M has relatively cheap clothes that also happen to be relatively fashionable. It's a good place to grab something in style if you forgot to bring the right clothes for a night out on the town (or if you just haven't done laundry on your trip!). This place is a world-wide chain, so you won't necessarily be the most unique dresser in the room, but at least you will have saved enough money to be able to afford dinner!
A great place to head for to start your shopping trip.
Very central and leads off to many streets with all the variety of shops you could dream of.
Oh and some great historical buildings, restaurants and museums within the area too.
Along Neuhauserstrasse and its extension, Kaufingerstrasse, in central Munich, you will find many modern stores such as Zara, H&M, Mango, C&A, New Yorker, and various other shops and department stores. This area is pedestrian-only and vendors set up shop in the street to sell fruits & vegetables, roasted chestnuts, bratwurst, flowers, souvenirs,and the like. If the shopping madness starts getting to you, grab a seat at an outdoor cafe to people watch or notice the architectural details of the surrounding buildings and two churches.
The “Hugendubel” bookstore at the Marienplatz is Munich’s biggest book store and features books from bestsellers to art, history, science fiction, childrens books, audio books, economy, psychology, sciences, travel guides, calendars etc.. There is also a smaller but well sorted section of English books as well as some French and Spanish literature. Reading areas with chairs and couches allow the visitor to stay many hours and flip through all kinds of favourites or books of inerest.
What to buy: - German books of all kind
- English, French and Spanish books
- Audio books
- Newspapers and Magazines
SPECIAL TIP: in the Hugendooble ground floor there is an information desk where you get the magazine "IN MÜNCHEN" for free. This is a city magazine containing for each day all the events that happen (parties, concerts, theatre, performance, sports etc etc.). Very good to have!
What to pay: Books have a fixed price and usually cost the same all over Germany
Schwabing is a quarter of Munich and many students live here. Rents are expensive and stores often feature exclusive products. You will not find the main stream brands you find in the pedestrian zones. Instead, there are many small stores intermingeled between residential buildings, bistros and cafes. There are stores for designer shoes, hats, designer-furniture, glass-art pieces, paper and pens, wineries, asian stores and antique shops. You can find almost anything, if you are willing to stroll along the streets. Most products will be quite pricy though.
Schwabing can be reahced by food from the Marienplatz in 10-15 minutes by foot. Walk towards the Odeonsplatz and then up the Leopold-road and then turn left into e.g. Gidela-street. Look at www.stadtplan.de for a detailed street map of Schwabing.
What to buy: - Furniture and decoration
- Arts, crafts and antiques
- Individual clothes, shoes, hats and bags
- wine, liquors, speciality foods
- etc. etc. etc
What to pay: above average prices
This market place is the biggest market of Munich where to buy food and drinks. You can find here flowers, tons of vegetabels and fruits of all the world and mayn more. It is worth to visit it because of the typical bavarian ambience here, although the prices are not the cheapest here.
What to buy: everything of national and international fruits and vegetables, herbs, meet, fish and also flowers.
What to pay: a bit higher than average
Sometimes is must be hard to be Chinese, Japanese or from another Asian Nation and always eat the same stuff in Germany. Too much fat, too little spices, no chicken feet, no Asian mushrooms, no tofu ....
The biggest store for REAL Asian food can help you. It is located on the
a 5 minute walk from the German Museum.
Be it herbs and vegetables, jiaoze, bouze, curries, spices, soy milk, tofu, coconut milk, soy sauce, Chinese liquor, clams and fish, etc. - you will get it here. They also have a large deep freeze section.
What to buy: I am not Asian so you should now the names. All I can say: it is the only Asian supermaket I have seen in Munich, which really looks like a supermarket in China and all my Asian friends go there to shop.
What to pay: Everything is quite expensive compared to Asia but quite cheap for German standards
Munich being a big city certainly has the advantage to provide more bookstores than the “cultural backwater” town where I live does. The biggest bookstore is Hugendubel with several locations throughout the city. Their biggest store is directly at Marienplatz.
Whenever I come to Munich I make sure I have room enough in my luggage to bring back a good collection of books I can’t get elsewhere, especially books about Bavaria and more specific Bavarian travel books and maps. In addition, I liked their language section books. I could buy more Italian language books here than anywhere else I have looked.
When I was visiting Richie and Doreen in September 2010, Richie and I decided to look at the books Hugendubel’s English store has in the shelves. We were both quite amazed to see how big the store was. And Richie could order the beer book he was looking for.
This bookstore is certainly the one of choice for any foreigner who wants to stock up with books about Bavaria and the region.
The English bookstore is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and located at Salvatorplatz. That’s north of Marienplatz, approx. 5-10 minute walk. The website below has a little map with the exact location.
From Marienplatz, pass the city hall to the left and walk straight ahead (Weinstrasse, then Theresienstrasse) until Salvatorstrasse crosses. Turn left and it is at the next corner (the building with arcades).
Metro station Odeonsplatz.
Location of Hugendubel’s English Bookstore on Google Maps.
© Ingrid D., September 2010 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)
Photo Sauter is - in my opinion - Munich's best assorted store when it comes to photography. You name it, they have it. Be it equippment for slides, black and white film, frames, books on photography, digital memory cards, cheap cameras, expensive cameras up to the best Leicas ...
They develop films overnight or within a week, you can also get posters printed etc.
Mo-Fr 09.30 - 20.00
Saturday 09.30 - 18.00
Foto-Video Sauter GmbH & Co KG
Sonnenstr. 26, 80331 München
U-Bahn station Sendlinger Tor, U 1,2,3,6,7,8
What to buy: - film, 100, 200, 400, black and white
- manual cameras
- digital cameras
- lenses, filters, etc etc.
What to pay: normal price range for Germany
film development is cheaper at the drug store chain "dm", but here you do not get any experienced advise if you need it.