Munich is one of the most expensive cities to live in in Germany, so people that live here usually are pretty well off and they want others to know it. That combined with the fact that the next big city, which really isn’t even that big, is at least 250 kilometres away means that Munich is a shopper’s paradise. Mall shopping in the American sense isn’t really a thing in Munich, but we’ve put together a list of the best covered shopping areas in town. Get your credit card ready!
These are the places to shop in Munich where the clothes are beautiful, the brands high fashion and service delightfully old-fashioned. That said, your wallet will be emptied in 30 seconds flat.
This mixed-use building has shops, offices, and a concert hall. And also a massive glass roof with enough plants to make you feel like you’re shopping in the world’s snazziest jungle. Shops like Lagerfeld, Armani, Boggi, and Coccinelle sit alongside art galleries and posh furniture stores. Stop in at the Pageou for a resorative lunch.
Fünf Höfe, Theatinerstr. 15, Munich, Germany, +49 89 2444 9580
Also in the centre of the city, Hofstatt is where all the cool kids go to shop, provided their parents are funding them. Snap up something special at Gant, Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, Schuster, Thomas, or OhJulia, and then stop for a bite at Le Copain.
Hofstatt, Sendlinger Str. 10, Munich, Germany, +49 89 1433 3650
Get a few special things
Just a couple of hundred metres from Marienplatz, and also Stachus Passagen and Hofstatt, you’ll find Kaufingertor shopping centre. Look for women’s fashion at the two-storey Hallhuber shop, fine jewellery at Arntz, all sorts of fancy olive oils at Olivier, and a little bit of everything at Kaufhof, one of Germany’s oldest department stores.
Kaufingertor, Kaufingerstraße 9, Munich, Germany, +49 89 2126 9541
It’s 25 minutes by Ubahn due east of Marienplatz, but with 112 shops under one roof, Reim Arcaden is one of the few places in Munich that Americans would recognise as a mall. Buy clothes at shops like Desigual, Comma, Park Lane, Pimkie, and Tommy Hilfiger, or relive all your childhood fantasies at the Lego store.
Reim Arcaden, Willy-Brandt-Platz 5, Munich, Germany, +49 89 930 060
Stock up here
Up in the north part of Munich by the Olympic Stadium, BMW Welt, and the BMW Museum, you’ll find a massive mall with stores like Fossil, Meyra, Camp David, and even Crocs. Both of Germany’s main department stores, Kaufhof and the more fashion-forward Karstadt, round out the offering.
Olympia Einkaufszentrum, Hanauer Str. 68, Munich, Germany, +49 89 1433 2910
Just up the street from the main train station in Munich, Stachus Passagen is the place to go for a quick shop to pick up an essential but missing outfit item. Decathlon, the massive sporting goods chain, dominates the space, but there are also some shops for women’s clothes and, of course, a Swiss chocolatier.
Stachus Passagen, Karlspl. 11, Munich, Germany, +49 89 5161 9664
Just 20 minutes from Marienplatz on the U5, Pep Munich has a surprising number of shops American and Canadian visitors would recognise from home. Bench, United Colours of Benetton, Esprit and Levi’s sit alongside European brands like Mango, H&M, Tamaris, and Peek & Cloppenburg.
Pep Munich, Ollenhauerstraße 6, Munich, Germany, +49 89 673 3510