August and September 2013 saw the opening of two of Karl Lagerfeld’s new Concept Stores. The Men’s Shop is situated in the exclusive small shopping archades “Fünf Höfe”, the Ladies’ Shop on the nearby Maffeistraße. They sell fashion and accessories by Karl Lagerfeld, as well as his merchandise products and books of photography. As a little gimick the Ladies’ Shop provides specially built in photo booths where customers can take photos of themselves in their Lagerfeld looks and edit them with Karl’s very own filters. In April 2013 Europe’s third largest Louis Vuittonshop opened in Munich. It is one of the most exclusive flagship stores of the Paris luxury brand. There are plans for permanent art exhibitionsas well as a select showroom lavishly expanded over 1,500 m2. Louis Vuitton has already rented 3,000 m2of the 23,000 m2available in the new Palais an der Oper.
Another new premium address to shop, work, live and enjoy life has emerged in Munich’s historic center, just a stone’s throw away from Marienplatz, the Hofstatt. Since April 24, 2013, the Hofstatt presents itself to Munich’s public as metropolitan, distinct and committed to the demands of a modern design. Hofstatt has been able to sign several lease contracts and with “Abercrombie & Fitch” win a traffic generator for the former SZ building (newspaper offices) in Sendlinger Strasse. Other labels like Hollister, Gant, Adidas, J.Lindeberg, Depot, Thomas Schuhe, Li-LA-LO, Liu Jo, Brandy Melville and Lambert already followed.
Marienplatz, with the Town Hall (Rathaus) and its famous Glockenspiel, is the best place to start a shopping tour. Many of Munich’s major retail streets converge here, such as Kaufingerstrasse, Rindermarkt, Rosenstrasse, Weinstrasse, Taland Dienerstrasse. As a rule all of the stores here are open until 8pm. In the morning some shops start as early as 9am, but some open their doors a little later. A typical feature of Munich is the number of small shops that focus on a few articles, for example, umbrellas, amber, felt, gloves, candles or wood carvings, and which are still found in the center of town, especiallyin the arcades of the New Town Hall right on Marienplatz. The city’s major sports shops like Sport Schuster, Sport Scheck and Sport Münzinger also gather around Marienplatz. Dallmayr’s delicatessen store is situated immediately behind the New Town Hall, from where it tempts shoppers to buy its delicacies. It’s worth discovering the adjacent area “Alter Hof” with shops for jewelry, clocks and watches, delicatessen, kitchen utensils, furniture and clothing, a vinotheque and the Infopoint of the Museums and Palaces in Bavaria, which also offers attractive and unusual souvenirs.
Talking about souvenirs, the City Museum’s shop on St.-Jakobs-Platz square, also just a few minutes from Marienplatz, offers a wide range of authentic Munich souvenirs for sale. The shop is open during the museum’s regular opening hours (Tuesday to Sunday 10.00am to 6.00pm, closed Mondays), which means visitors can also purchase gifts and keepsakes on Sunday, when most other stores are closed. It’s worth making a detour to visit the streets and lanes north of the Tal in the direction of the Hofbräuhaus where visitors find Bavarian souvenirs in every price category as well as fan shops of the two local football teams, FC Bayern and TSV 1860. And visitors who are still looking for a matching Dirndl dress or leather pants to wear to the Oktoberfest will find the suitable attire in traditional costume stores such as Angermaier and Loden Frey as well as in numerous specialty shops and second-hand stores in downtown Munich, especially in Tal and Rosental. Tailor-made traditional costumes can be had at “Tracht &Heimat” at St.-Jakobs-Platz square.
The Viktualienmarkt, only a few steps from Marienplatz, displays its fruit, vegetables, herbs, bread, cheese, wine and many other tasty tidbits from all over the world, extending an invitation to enjoy its wares with all the senses. A real Bavarian beer garden in the center of the market, cafés and flowers in a blaze of colors do their best to beguile the visitor. The historical market hall Schrannenhalle right at the corner of Viktualienmarkt was rebuilt and reopened in 2011. Parts of the hall date back to the middle of the 19 th century. Nowadays it offers great opportunities for exquisite shopping and dining.
“Königlich Bayerische Hoflieferanten” (Purveyors of the Royal Court) While strolling through the old town, if you’re planning on shopping like a King or Queen, it’s worth looking out for the coat of arms of the “Königlich Bayerische Hoflieferanten” — the purveyors of goods and services by appointment to the Bavarian monarchy. Although the Kings of Bavaria are no more, the title is still considered a great honor for the Munich companies which bear it. The title carries with it a duty to adhere to the highest standards of quality.
Turning back across Marienplatz, you come to the high-class shops in Theatinerstrasse. In delightful passages, arcades and courtyards you will find tasteful boutiques. The latest destination for the lovers of select consumer worlds: the “Fünf Höfe”, five courtyards between Theatinerstrasse and Maffeistrasse, which are also impressive for their award winning architecture. In addition to fine shops, cafés and offices, you will also come across the newly-designed premises of the Hypobank Cultural Foundation, an art gallery famous for its spectacular exhibitions. Munich’s ultra-chic shopping area also encompasses Perusastrasse, Residenzstrasse, Brienner Strasse andOdeonsplatz. You will discover gems in the shop belonging to the Nymphenburg Porcelain factory (Odeonsplatz 1), which has been based in Munich for over 250 years. Equally exclusive is Maximilianstrasse, where a number of top couturiers present their creations. Weary shoppers regain their strength in the street cafés while they watch Munich’s kindred spirits strolling past with colorful shopping bags. The “Maximilianshöfe” – Maximilian’s courtyards – will also carry you off into the world of international design. You can take a break from shopping in the columned hall of the former “Marstall” – the royal stables, as a new restaurant has been established in the classified historical building.
Outside the old town center, for example in Schwabing, Haidhausen, around Gärtnerplatz and in the Glockenbach area, the shops – and the customers – are quite obviously more unconventional. The Gärtnerplatz and the Glockenbach district are also ideal shopping areas for gays and lesbians. Shop ateliers, boutiques and concept stores, with many cafés and bars in between that are open during the day, invite you to go shopping, to look and enjoy yourself.
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