Munich is a paradise for shopaholics. Where else will you find trendy traditional costume shops for the next 'Macht der Tracht' costume party, quirky studio boutiques in the bohemian district, designer shoe shops, flagship stores with the latest designer fashions, and shops and markets selling delicious Bavarian and international specialities right next door to each other? With everything literally just round the corner, Munich is the perfect place for an extended shopping spree.
What better way to start your shopping trip to Munich than in the bohemian quarter around Gärtnerplatz square? This is where you'll find out what Munich style is all about. The boutiques, jewellery designers and concept stores are great places to find those special gems, many of which are 'made in Munich'. The area also has a wealth of cafés and all-day bars. When the sun is shining, the green space at the heart of the square is the ideal place to take a break from shopping and meet young local people.
Just a short walk from here, the Viktualienmarkt is a feast for the senses. Visit the Unterm Maibaum beer garden to savour gherkins, cheese specialities, pretzels, exotic fruits and a variety of other Bavarian snacks. You'll more than likely get chatting to the person sat next to you too.
The streets around the market, Tal, Westenriederstrasse and Sendlinger Strasse are sure to hit all the right notes with young fashionistas, with their fashion, shoe and accessories boutiques as well as trendy and traditional costume shops.
If you are looking for something a bit more upmarket, head for Maximilianstrasse where you'll find the flagship stores of famous fashion labels. The mediterranean-style pavement cafés here are the ideal place to have a rest and plan which shops to visit next. Featuring the award-winning architecture of von Herzog and de Meuron, the Fünf Höfe shopping centre is popular with discerning shoppers. Here, you can stroll around under the 'hanging gardens', browse specialist outlets and enjoy an Aperol Spritz in the Bar under the Globe, an installation by Olafur Eliasson. Don't miss the chance to explore the lanes around the Hofbräuhaus beer hall, an absolute must for any international visitor. It's the perfect location for souvenir hunters, music lovers and football fans.
Only in Munich will you find the shops appointed to supply the Royal Bavarian Court, which are among the city's top shopping venues. Well worth seeing is the display of live lobsters in marble tanks, terrines and canapés at the traditional Dallmayr delicatessen. The Nymphenburg porcelain manufactory, the Ludwig Beck fabric store on Rathauseck, Radspieler specialist textiles and interior design, and Lodenfrey traditional costume and fashion store all have a long history. Once suppliers to the Bavarian kings, they are still attractive places in which to browse and shop.
The best place to start and finish a Munich shopping trip is in the city centre. The pedestrian area between Karlsplatz and Marienplatz squares has been attracting shoppers in their droves for 40 years. Here you'll find department stores and arcades with small shops and espresso bars, alongside boutiques and specialist outlets. This is the ideal spot to round off a shopping trip in style over a glass of prosecco or a coffee in the fresh air, listening to the music being played by talented street performers.