Whether you are a tourist or a new citizen of Munich, most people begin their explorations of the city in the downtown pedestrian zone, which is also a great place for your first shopping spree.
At Marienplatz, on Neuhauser- and Kaufingerstraße you can find branches of nationwide chains, such as Galeria Kaufhof, Karstadt, H&M or C&A, but also a local department store, Ludwig Beck, that was founded in 1874. Maximilian- and Residenzstraße are dominated by expensive designer brands. Famous director Willy Bogner and Aigner Shoes have their stores there.
In between there are traditional stores like “Ed Meier” on Residenzstr. 22 - Munich’s or may be even the world’s oldest shoe store was founded 500 years ago and even solves extraordinary repair problems. The “Fünf Höfe” on Theatinerstraße are a combination of exclusive shopping mall and an art museum, the Kunsthalle.
Shopping highlights in the Altstadt district
Retail area covering 16,600 square meters, including Emporio Armani, Hugendubel, Manufactum, Strennesse and Zara.
›› City, between Theatiner-, Kardinal-Faulhaber-, Maffei- and Salvatorstraße, www.fuenfhoefe.de
Popular department store at Marienplatz, great selection on seven levels, ranging from fashion to toys, electrics, housewares and food. High quality and competent, multi-lingual service are the main targets. Latest highlight of the house is the downstairs delikatessen paradise with its exceptional assortment.
›› City, Kaufingerstr. 1-5, Tel. 23 18 51 und Tel. 0800/0 74 23 11, www.galeria-kaufhof.de
Karstadt, Hertie and Oberpollinger have merged. Great selection. They even offer a store card with free Mastercard.
› City, Neuhauserstr. 18+21, Tel. 29 02 30
› City, Sporthaus, Neuhauserstr. 20, Tel. 29 02 30
› City, Bahnhofplatz 7, Tel. 5 51 20
This traditional Munich department store was founded in 1861, ladies’ and men’s fashion, beachwear, hosiery offering Germany’s largest select-ion, classical music and jazz department, Europe’s largest selection of traditional haberdashery and buttons.
›› Altstadt, Marienplatz 11, Tel. 23 69 10, www.ludwigbeck.de
The Schrannenhalle, a celebrated 19th-century architectural gem, has finally won back its original splendour. It now offers a marketplace and various restaurants. In addition, it hosts cultural events and exhibitions. Customers can watch traditional basketweavers, hatters, silversmiths and bookbinders at work as well as buy their products on the spot.
›› City, Prälat-Zistl-Str. 7, Tel. 5 18 18 18, www.schranne.de