Pick up a free copy of the Haben & Sein magazine (also on the internet) to get latest information of shopping in Munich. Munich closes early: Most shops close by 20:00, some as early as 18:00, and most are closed all day on Sundays.
Maximilianstraße / Residenzstraße / Theatinerstraße —These streets around the Opera (Nationaltheater) in the city center are the place to go if you are looking for high end luxury goods. All of the usual international suspects and some local designers and clothiers are present. A few art galleries are left despite the high rents.
Kaufingerstraße / Neuhauser Straße —This pedestrian zone stretches from Karlsplatz (Stachus) to Marienplatz and is the primary shopping zone for mid-priced goods. Numerous department stores, chains and a few remaining independent boutiques line the corridor. The side streets are less crowded and offer some less homogenized shopping. Plenty of restaurants, open air cafes and beer halls and gardens offer the weary tourist a rest. Foot traffic is among of the highest of any shopping zone worldwide. Warning: during the summer, on Saturdays around Christmas and during Oktoberfest, this area will be jam packed with locals and tourists alike and can be unpleasantly crowded.
Shopping Centers—For a collection of shops under one roof, go to the shopping centres PEP (U-Bahn U5 : Neuperlach Zentrum), OEZ (U-bahn U1, U3: Olympia-Einkaufszentrum), Riem Arkaden (U-Bahn U2: Messestadt Ost) or the brandnew and pleasantly uncrowded MIRA (U-Bahn U2: Dülferstrasse).
Hohenzollernstraße—This street has a collection of clothes shops, such as Mazel, Vero Moda and especially during the summer in the months approaching the Oktoberfest, numerous shops selling comparatively cheap traditional German clothing (Lederhosn and Dirndl). You can reach it by getting out at the U2 stop Hohenzollernstraße and then walking in the direction of Münchner Freiheit (the locals will be able to tell you which direction that is). You can walk down there in about 15 minutes. At the end of Hohenzollernstraße you reach Leopoldstraße, which is also predominantly a shopping area.
Leopoldstraße—This busy boulevard can be reached by the U-bahn U6 or U3 at the stops Münchner Freiheit, Giselastraße or Universität, and has chain stores such as The Body Shop, fast food joints, inexpensive restaurants, cinemas, sidewalk cafes and coffee shops, such as Starbucks. In the side streets you can find a wide selection of boutiques and lesser known local designers. On warm summer evenings along the sidewalks dozens of local artists will be showing and selling their works.
Gärtnerplatzviertel—The area around beautiful Gärtnerplatz (U-Bahn U2: Frauenhoferstrasse) is a heaven for vintage lovers. You can find local designers and other quirky shops.
Schellingstraße— The neighborhood west of the main university campus (U-Bahn U3, U6: Universität) offers nice studenty clothes shops, small book stores, hip cafés and eats (e.g. the Pommes Boutique in Amalienstrasse with their fantastic Belgian fries)
For fresh food markets, visit the Viktualienmarkt in the Altstadt or the Elisabethmarkt in Schwabing.
During Christmas time, there are many of these Christkindlmärkte, or Christmas fairs, including the large Tollwood, but also smaller markets, where you can buy Christmas biscuits (Lebkuchen), souvenirs, and the typical Glühwein (hot spiced wine).
—There is an artisan market at the subway stop in Schwabing
Marienplatz—A bigger market, very commercial, it stretches across the shopping street, so you can mix Christmas market shopping (and eating) with "normal" shopping. If you walk south towards Sendlinger Tor, you'll reach more traditional woodcarvers' stands.
Chinesischer Turm at Englischer Garten has a nice Christmas market in a pretty park surrounding. Highly recommended if there's snow! It can conveniently be reached from U/Bus station Münchner Freiheit on the Bus 54, which has a stop Chinesischer Turm.
Wittelsbacher Platz—Close to Odeonsplatz, there is a medieval Christmas market where you can buy medieval clothes, food and drinks, swords / bows, and arrows and watch the performances of medieval dances and music.
Residence courtyard—A Christmas town with fairytale stories for kids.
ChristkindltramA Christmas tram that runs only during Advent through the city center every half an hour (departure is from Sendlinger Tor). The tram is nicely decorated, where people can enjoy Christmas songs and mulled wine (Glhwein). One-way ticket costs 1.50.
Seasonal and Flea Markets
Throughout the city one finds regular markets that are well worth the visit when they are taking place and a Saturday morning must when the sun is shining! The flea markets in Munich can be exceptional in that they are generally genuine private citizens selling their unwanted belongings with a minimum of commercial interest. In addition to the weekly offerings, you'll find several neighborhood 'courtyard fleamarkets' events in the summer months.
Auer DultIs a week-long market and festivity, that take place three times a year (Spring, Summer and Autumn) in Haidhausen primarily dealing in household goods and antiques but also offering beer and amusement rides. Definitely try to see this if you haven't seen Oktoberfest! TheresienwieseThis is supposedly the largest annual flea market in Europe, taking place on the first Saturday of Frhlingsfest (Spring Festival - occurs in the middle of April) on the same site as the Oktoberfest in Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt. There are generally several thousand citizens offering up their second-hand goods while dealers of new wares are forbidden. A yearly highlight for flea market and antique lovers, if the weather is reasonable.
Hofflohmärkte—This is where particular Munich city quarters encourage their residents to open up their courtyards whereby entire sections of the city become a combination flea market and private courtyard siteseeing—very interesting for viewing corners of the city one usually would not see. The event dates are coordinated by the city. Inquire at local information centers for specific dates.
Messegelnde RiemAt the site of the former airport, where in recent years the new convention grounds and residential neighborhood has bloomed, one also finds the current longest running weekly flea market. Although it's at the edge of town, the underground U2 will take you almost directly there. Saturdays 06:0016:00 (provided there is no trade fair taking place!) OlympiaparkFine weekly flea market throughout the year, breaking only when there are events in the Olympic Stadium. Taking place in the nicely tree-shaded parking lot of the stadium on Fridays and Saturdays 07:0016:00. FlohpalastDaily flea market in a store. Open Monday to Saturday. Here you can rent a space for the fleamarket articles you would like to sell. Over 200 shelves which are full of different things. Two locations in Munich.