From the city’s signature dish of white sausage served with a freshly baked pretzel to an obsession with doner kebabs, Müncheners love to eat. Don’t limit yourself to sit-down dinners – Munich has a fantastic selection of food markets where you can grab anything from sushi to Flammkuchen. For a true taste of Munich, try one of these five markets, and be sure to arrive with an empty stomach!
The best-known market of all is Viktualienmarkt, the grandfather of Munich food markets. After outgrowing its original home in the heart of the city in Marienplatz, it moved just a few streets away to the square between Frauenstraße and Heiliggeist-Kirche. Today, you’ll find everything from fresh vegetables and spices to butchers. It’s also expanded beyond just food, and you can pick up homemade toiletries and fresh flowers. Its official opening hours are from 8 a.m–8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but exact times depend on the stall owner.
A true Bavarian market, this spot even takes its name after a local princess who went on to become Empress of Austria. Unlike Viktualienmarkt, Elisabethmarkt has stuck to its roots, focusing mainly on local cheese, meat, and homemade beer. After being demolished in World War II, the city chose to use pavilions rather than buildings, and this is still the hallmark of the market today. You’ll find the 24 stands between Elisabethstraße, Nordendstraße, and Arcisstraße in the pretty Schwabing neighbourhood. It’s open from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Munich’s newest food market has done away with traditional stalls selling fruit and vegetables, focusing instead on gathering the best street food the city has to offer in one place. On the first Friday of each month, food trucks and street food aficionados gather outside the Pressehaus Bayerstraße. Hall of Taste is the place to tuck into Germany’s favourite import – the doner kebab! As well as great food, you’ll be well entertained with live music, artists and DJs, and plenty of beer and cocktails to wash down your meal.
It’s a case of good things come in small packages for Wienermarkt, which is Munich’s smallest permanent food market. Located in the trendy Haidhausen district, it’s a place for residents to pick up their fruit and veg for the week. For a real treat, buy a fresh pumpernickel loaf – Germany’s most famous bread. As well as the market itself, there are many little delis in the surrounding area. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in authenticity; completing the Bavarian feel is a huge maypole at the heart of the market.
It might not be a permanent fixture, but three times a year, the Auer Dult pops up around Mariahilf church to mark various events in the church calendar – the word ‘Dult’ actually means observance. It takes over the surrounding area with fairground rides and around 300 stalls selling everything from lederhosen to brooms and random cooking equipment. This market is the place to try classic bayerisch ‘on-the-go’ foods such as Steklerlfisch – literally fish on a stick that’s been barbequed over an open flame until it melts in your mouth.
Another major Munich festival and food hub, Tollwood takes places twice a year. The summer site is near the Olyympiazentrum and has a big focus on music, with several global artists performing. When Oktoberfest is over, winter Tollwood begins on the same site, offering a mix of street performers, shows, and incredible hot cocktails. There’s a whole host of food stalls to line your stomach, and don’t leave without trying Flammkuchen. A cross between a hot pita bread and pizza, the traditional crème fraîche, bacon, and spring onion topping will have you coming back for seconds. Winter Tollwood also has a dedicated vegetarian food tent.