More Places to Shop in Munich, Germany

Posted on
May 7, 2014

Inside the Schrannenhalle Marketplace in Munich’s Old Town.

 

As an American, it’s often weird going to Europe, because their consumer culture isn’t anywhere near what we have at home. There are shops, sure, but there isn’t the same onslaught of … stuff.

In the U.S., we understand that you haven’t really had a proper vacation until you’ve purchased at least three shot glasses, four shirts, one bottle opener, and a teddy bear all emblazoned with the name of the place you visited. If you don’t have those things, how will anyone know you went there three summers ago?

They won’t. And that’s just tragic.

Sadly, Bavaria doesn’t have quite that many tacky souvenir shops. Even the ones that seem to be selling ridiculous souvenir German hats are actually just selling ridiculous German hats. Bottom line: if you want to take back something from a trip to Munich, you’re just going to have to accept that it probably won’t be tacky, and probably won’t have an image of a drunk little character wearing lederhosen with the message, “‘Ich liebe dich?’ Ja, that’s what SHE said.”

I know, I know – I’m sad, too.

I’ve written before about some of my favorite shops in Munich, and this time around, I found two more to add to the list. They are woefully untacky, but I hope you won’t hold that against them too much.

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The Schrannenhalle Marketplace

Viktualienmarkt 15

D-80331, Munich

The stalls are open 10am – 8pm, Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays), but the rest of the store opens at 9 am if you want a jump-start on your shopping.

This sprawling market in Munich’s Old Town focuses primarily on food, which I have absolutely no problem with. You can pop in for lunch at any one of their stalls or grab some treats for the road. It’s a great place to pick up some chocolates for your friends back home, or some random kitchen gadget that you can’t really live without – (seriously, how have you gone this long without a gerkin peeler?).

Rand and I had a ball just wandering through here, perusing all the products, and imagining what would happen if we accidentally knocked over one of the elaborate displays. Bonus: since the entire place is under one roof, like a big indoor mall, it’s the perfect place to spend some time when the weather is lousy.

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Servus Heimat

Various locations, but the one downtown is located at:

Tal 20 / Eingang Radlsteg

80331 Munich

Open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 7pm

This place is like the lovechild of a trendy Portland boutique and … I don’t know, maybe a pair of lederhosen? They have all sorts of fun, kitchy souvenirs that people would actually want (instead of sitting in the back of a closet, or collecting dust on a shelf). I particularly enjoyed their collection of brightly colored t-shirts with different Bavarian icons on the front – from pretzels to beer steins, silhouettes of famous buildings in Munich, and portraits of King Ludwig II.

For some reason this butter dish just cracked me up. “Der butter.” Heh.

I wanted to get my little nephew a t-shirt from here, but they sadly didn’t have his size. Next time, though, I’m totally getting him a tee emblazoned with a giant orange pretzel.

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If you’ve got more suggestions on where to shop in Munich, please leave them in the comments section!

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  • Andy F.

    You want some shopping tips for Munich? Here we go:

    1) If you are rich and famous – or pretending to be – the area north of Marienplatz and from there through the whole Maximillianstraße is the place to be. You will find the usual brands rich people are wearing or using, you name it.

    2) If you are looking for something special I would recommend the area around Platz der Freiheit and west of it, like Leonrodstraße, Frunsbergstraße, Ysenburgstraße or Volkartstraße. There are lots of small shops there, everyone specialized in something. Nice place for a walk too, if you avoid the Mittlerer Ring (mainly Landshuter Allee in this place).

  • Debbie

    Leaving for Europe tomorrow will be in Bavaria by Tuesday so of course you must pave the way with as many blogs possible this week!

  • Jen

    I have never been, so I have no suggestions, but I am dying to know what the colorful bottles are in the first shopping mall. Are they alcoholic?? They look like they might be, which would be awesome, but either way I want to drink them!

  • I want der butter.

  • When my boyfriend brought me a plush potato from Idaho (WTF! A PLUSH POTATO! ) I started noticing too how important souvenirs are for Americans

  • Michael Binder

    Der Butter. I think its worth to say that this is something we Bavarians are proud of. Its gramatically incorrrect, should say “die Butter”, which is even more funny. Its incorrect in the rest of Germany, but who cares about that, they cant hardly understand us anyway. Probably something largely unknown, but german dialects are probably just exceeded by chinese dialects.

  • Kristina Cline

    Remember, kids grow a lot. They will fit it eventually.

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