You’ll see a whole lot of shopping going on in Munich. A seemingly endless network of shopping streets rays out from Marienplatz and wide, pedestrian-only Kaufingerstrasse and Neuhauser Strasse. You can find anything you want here, but it’s unlikely that you’ll find any bargains. What you will find is high-quality, for this is a shopping society that does not spend its money on junk.
The best streets for elegant boutiques and specialty shops are Briennerstrasse, Maximilianstrasse (which also has the leading art galleries), Maffeistrasse, and Theatinestrasse. On these streets, all the top European couturiers and Germany’s and Munich’s own designers have shops: Jil Sander, Joop, Bogner, Max Dietl, and Rudolph Moshammer. Antiques devotees with deep pockets find what they want on Ottostrasse. The biggest concentration of shops selling secondhand goods is on Westenriederstrasse.
When you’re shopping, remember that you will always pay more for items imported from the U.S., and less for items made or manufactured in Germany and the European Union.
Christmas Market in Marienplatz
Beer-drinkers in Munich have their festival, called Oktoberfest. And holiday shoppers have theirs, called the Christkindlmarkt, or Christmas Market. From late November through December, Marienplatz, the main square of the inner city, overflows with stalls selling toys, tree ornaments, handicrafts, and a mouthwatering array of traditional snacks and sweets, including gingerbread, sugarcoated almonds, fruitcakes, smoked meats, and piping hot Glühwein, a spiced red wine. You may not want to buy anything, but the atmosphere itself is guaranteed to put you in a festive mood.