International labels and designer fashion can be found next to typical bavarian gifts and clothing such as Lederhosen and Dirndl. Discover Munich's truely various shopping scene.
Major Shopping Areas
1. Shopping in the Inner City
Neuhauser- and Kaufinger Straße
The boulevard between Marienplatz and Karlsplatz (called Stachus) is a pedestrian zone since the 1970s
and the busiest shopping area of Munich. You will find here a accumulation of department stores and bigger shops for lower and middle budget.
Theatinerstraße and Fünf Höfe
This street connecting the central square Marienplatz with Odeonsplatz is a primary address for
luxurious shopping. Many boutiques and fashion accessories shops. An entrance leads to Munich's
latest shopping centre, called Fünf Höfe (Five Courts), a fascinating ensemble of modern art and architecture with shops, bistros and cafés.
The representative boulevard planned by King Maximilian II. is the most exclusive shopping area in Munich.
Home of the international haute couture and other internationally renowned luxury shops (Cartier,
Mont Blanc a.o.).
The street leading from Marienplatz to Sendlinger-Tor-Platz is home to many family-run retailing shops. Sportswear and equipment, shoes, fresh fashion boutiques, books, arty posters.
Westenrieder Straße and Radlsteg
These small streets between Viktualienmarkt and Isartor in the east of old town are the ideal place to go if you are looking for antiquities or gold and silver goods.
In many small antique shops you can find century-old toys, beersteins, porcelain. The jeweller shops are not too expensive.
Orlandostraße and other streets round the Hofbräuhaus are the main area to buy Munich and Bavarian
souvenirs. The shops offer picture postcards, flags, beersteins, Bavarian dressed bears and dolls
and much more. They will make you remember your trip to Munich. A souvenir shop is also installed
in the Hofbräuhaus itself.
2. Gärtnerplatz Quarter
The area around Gärtnerplatz is home to Munich's gay and lesbian scene. You will find here the
most trendy shops in Munich. Individual and unique clothes for courageous people created by
young designers themselves.
3. The Student Quarter by the university
The area between Amalienstraße, Türkenstraße, Theresienstraße and Adalbertstraße close to the university
is the student quarter of Munich. Many small cosy shops with clothes and innumerable second-hand bookshops.
After shopping, there are plenty of little cafés and old pubs where you can sit down, relax, and
enjoy the interesting ambience.
Schwabing, the legendary home to artists, intellectuals and writers in the early 20th century, has a special atmosphere.
The main streets of Schwabing, Leopoldstraße and Hohenzollernstraße, offer boutiques for everybody's taste and style.
1. The Viktualienmarkt
The Viktualienmarkt (Victuals Market) is Munich's central food market. A stroll around the colourful stalls
is a seduction for all senses. Offered are vegetables and fruits that can't be found anywhere else in the region,
delicious cheeses from everywhere of Europe, meats, sea food, breads, honey products, rare and special herbs and spices. Hand-made straw animals are also for sale.
2. Seasonal Markets
Munich's most traditional fair, Auer Dult, is held 3 times a year at Mariahilfplatz: End of April/beginning of May Maidult, end of July/beginning of August Jakobidult, midst of Oktober Kirchweihdult.
Offered are household products, all kinds of second-hand wares, antiquities.
The Munich Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market) runs every year from end of November until December 24.
Christmas tree decorations, manger figures, arts and crafts.