The food market at the center of Munich that officially replaced the Marienplatz market in the 1800s. This outdoor market is now enjoyed by top chefs, locals, and tourists looking to purchase gourmet food. The New York Times declared the sausage from Viktualienmarkt one of the meals that they were willing to fly across the Atlantic to eat. There is also a beer garden at the center of the market.
For the month before Christmas, this market is set up at Marienplatz with mulled wine, gourmet treats, and handcrafted gifts from over 150 vendors. A giant Christmas tree sparkles over the market and Santa visits in the afternoon. If you are visiting Munich solely for Oktoberfest, we’re sorry to say that you will miss out! But we didn’t want to leave it out of this Munich shopping list in case you venture back or are visiting Munich another time of the year.
Kaufingerstraße and Neuhauserstrasse
Two of Munich’s major shopping streets are Kaufingerstraße and Neuhauserstrasse. The pedestrian walkway runs from Marienplatz to Karlsplatz (Stachus). You will find fabulous shops and familiar chains along this path. Connecting Kaufinger Strasse to the Fursetenfelder Strasse is a glass roofed passage known as Kaufingertor. This shopping arcade opened in 1994 and presents more shopping opportunities.
Another street with shops lies southwest of Marienplatz on Sendlinger Straße. Sendlinger Straße offers shopping at names you will recognize, such as North Face, The Body Shop and Starbucks, as well as names you won’t.
A modern “shopping arcade” that opened in 2003 near the Marienplatz. The five connected courtyards feature concept stores and designer clothing for upscale clientele.
The first underground level of the Karsplatz Station in Munich is a shopping center with about fifty stores. The area is affectionally known as Stachus, which means gridlock, because the streets above are always jammed with traffic.
The place to go for pewter and beer related souvenirs. This shop has been in business since 1557.
These facilities would rival suburban shopping malls in the United States.
Opened in 2004, Riem Arcaden is Munich’s third largest shopping center, located east of downtown Munich.
The Olympic Shopping Center (known as OEZ for short) opened in 1972 for the Olympic Games and continues to be one of the most popular shopping malls in Munich with over 100 shops, restaurants and department stores.
Perlacher Einkaufsparadies is a massive shopping center with more than 100 shops that is located southeast of Munich in Nerlach.