Former Hertie, now named Karstadt, offers a variety of items. Stretching the full block betweem the S-Bahn stations Hauptbahnhof and Karlsplatz/Stachus it offers a grocery section with some average items but also displaying specialty and unusual foods. Browse the amazing selection of perfumes and make-up and discover their vast amount of clothing. Most on offer in this store is sorted by brand, not by category so be sure to browse several sections in your search for a specific item. They also have a book and stationary area as well as a food court on the Karlsplatz/Stachus side of the building.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Munich's largest department store has almost everything from high end clothing to electronics, perfumes and groceries.
Mike's expert tip: The Karstadt directly across from the Hauptbahnhof (main train station) is the largest as well as easiest to find.
Enjoy shopping without being dependent on weather or temperature. You can shop at the common German department stores, shoe store chains or jewellery. You can get your hair cut, go to the pharmacy, get your pictures taken, buy your groceries or browse the food court. A total of 135 different stores try to cover everything that you may want and a lot of things that you did not know you needed. The mall offers free rental services of both children's carts and wheel chairs at their service center for a small deposit. Throughout the year they include fun displays in the open center of the mall, most of them can be explored by children.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: This is Munich's largest and best known shopping center which has anything and everything that is downtown.
Mike's expert tip: You can take the U1 or the U3 to the mall with just a fifteen minute ride.
Dallmayr, founded by Alois Dallmayr, is the biggest delicatessen store in Europe and one of the best known coffee brands in Germany. The store in Munich gets approx. 2,8 million visitors each year and has 19 different departments. You can buy everything from coffee, pralines, wine, sausage and ham to fish, cheese, bread, pasta, and meat. Most of what is on sale is produced by Dallmayr at production sites in and around Munich, some of it even in their kitchen on the second floor that houses up to 70 cooks. Go in and buy souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones or just browse and discover edibles that you never even thought of.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: The Dallmayr name represents the highest of quality in German coffee, but also groceries. This place is worth fifteen minutes for anyone in Munich.
Mike's expert tip: Dallmayr's coffee is what the Germans go crazy for, so you might want to go upstairs and have some.
This renowned porcelain dealer was established in 1879 and has been selling beautiful pieces ever since. Styles are contemporary and represent the finest workmanship. The store also sells furniture, glass and cutlery of the highest quality.
This men's clothier features a good selection of men's casual and business attire and is located in the walking district amid shopping and sightseeing. They carry leather jackets, an array of ties, shirts, and sweaters. This very fashionable shop is perfect for the business traveler on the go.
Fun Fact: this distinguished fashion store was founded by Germany's Olympic downhill skier Willy Bogner. Bogner showcases a fine assortment of men's and women's clothing and accessories for all seasons, but they are especially famous for their line of winter clothing. So if you're looking for some high quality ski gear, this classic department store is the place to go!
Founded in 1893 this book store chain is a true Munich institution and still family owned. This popular German bookshop has three locations in the city center. There is a large selection of German-text fiction and non-fiction as well as many titles in English. They also offer a reading corner in the store. U/S-BAHN: Marienplatz or Karlsplatz/Stachus (The location at Karlsplatz/Stachus offers free WiFi to their customers.)
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Munich's largest book store is right on Marienplatz, although this is a chain found all over the city.
Mike's expert tip: English books have their own section. At the Marienplatz location it is upstairs and to the right, or South-West corner.
This bustling public market developed from a farmer's market into a hotspot for gourmets int he last 200 years and is located just south of Marienplatz. It features numerous street vendors selling an array of food items. You can find an excellent selection of fruits and vegetables as well as traditional Bavarian foods. Some more exotic variants such as horse meat are also available and you can even buy flowers or bee's wax candles. You will not find a bigger selection of fresh food and specialties. Stop by after a trip down Marienplatz and barter for some of the delectable foods for sale here. A Munich institution. U/S-BAHN: Marienplatz
Recommended for Best Shopping because: The Viktualienmarkt is the main market of the city. It has the best fruit, vegetables, and meat. It's an outdoor grocery store.
Mike's expert tip: If you're looking for the same thing, but cheaper, then go to any of the normal grocery stores. Quality may go down, but the price certainly will as well.
This hip neighborhood north of the city center is bordered to the west by the English garden and features great caf�s and restaurants, shopping options, and nightlife venues. Italian, French, and ethnic restaurants abound. Young and vibrant locals make for a great people-watching excursion. For a nice tour, take the subway to the M�nchener Freiheit and walk north on the Leopoldstrasse.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: The trendiest section of Munich, this is where all the small boutique stores are located, if they can afford it.
Mike's expert tip: The best shopping is either around the University or Hohenzollern strasse.