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Shopping in Munich: shop till you drop

Shop window displays on Marien Square
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Shop till you drop is the motto in Munich. The variety of markets, stores, boutiques and shopping centers is overwhelming. The offer is enormous, and something can be found for everyone: young or old, on a budget or not. And you can easily combine shopping with sightseeing because most places of interest in the Altstadt (Old Town) are within walking distance.

Besides the “Einkaufsmeilen” (Shopping Districts) and “Einkaufszentren” (Shopping Centers), here are some of the most famous shopping destinations of the city: 


Check out the Theatinerstrasse by Marien Square. A huge variety of local and international shops can be found there, as well as the exquisite noble shopping center Fuenf Hoefe (Five Courts). The street gets its name from the Theatinerkirche, a baroque church located right next to the Frauenkirche.

Schwabing is considered one of the trendiest areas in Munich. The Leopoldstrasse is famous for its little unique boutiques and shops. Come to Schwabing if you are looking for something different. Trendy locals and tourists shop here rather than in the big shopping malls. 


Munich’s flea markets are the perfect place to find anything: something old, something new, something exceptional, a gift for a friend or something useful for your garden. The biggest one takes place once a year on the Teresienwiese. 2,000 vendors and up to 20,000 visitors are usually present. 


Designer clothes and stores of world famous brands can be found in any city. If you are looking for a unique local shopping experience, check out the local markets, and make sure you purchase a real Bavarian souvenir for your loved ones at home. 


Besides the Viktualienmarkt, the most famous markets worth checking out are the following: 


Elisabethmarkt: Named after the Bavarian princess Elisabeth, this market is the smaller version of the Viktualienmarkt. The offer is quite similar to the offer at the Viktualienmarkt, but the atmosphere is much more relaxed. Less crowds, less stress. Check it out for flowers, spices, arts and crafts, wine, bread, meat, delicatessen and organic fruit and vegetables. 

Public Transit: U2 exit Josephplatz, Tram 27 exit Elisabethplatz.

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 3pm.


The Auer Dult: This Fair and Jumble Sale, held three times a year, is one of the oldest markets in Munich, and fun for young and old. 

Public Transit: Tram 27 to Schwanseestraße (departing from Karlsplatz/Stachus) or Bus 52 to Tierpark/Alemannenstraße (departing from Marienplatz).


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