Historic city love
These are Munich's classic shopping destinations
Munich has a special knack for combining the traditional with the modern. This means offering more than just “Dirndl” fashion and trendy “Lederhosen”. The historic city quarter is home to a select number of long-established emporia, where Munich's residents still flock to, even today.
OBERPOLLINGER: STUNNINGLY SOPHISTICATED
The “Oberpollinger am Stachus” is a Munich classic - even though it was a Hanseatic and not a Bavarian family that opened its business’ doors in 1905. Back then it wasn't just top-drawer merchandise quality on offer, but also a tearoom, its own travel agency and public telephone booths. Today, Oberpollinger is a hallmark of tradition and glamour - incorporating names such as Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Fendi.
OBLETTER: A KIDS PARADISE
Directly opposite on the other side of Munich’s famed city wall - the “Karlstor” - stands the enduring favourite of all children in Munich. And no, to be clear: we don't mean that well-known American fast food restaurant; rather we mean “Obletter”, the oldest and largest toy shop in the city. What makes it so special:] is that its visitors can also enjoy playtime classics such as rocking horses, wooden toys, board games, puppets and steam trains, alongside today's modern toys.
HIRMER: MORE THAN JUST A PHOTO SCENE
The Hirmer-Haus situated on Kaufingerstraße is not just one of the most popular photo scenes in Munich - given that the “Frauenkirche” and its imposing exterior create such a stunning backdrop - it also has another superlative up its sleeve: it's the largest men's fashion house in the world. Despite 1.2 million visitors every year, real value is placed on customer proximity. For example, customers can enjoy the “Personal Shopping” experience by appointment, a tailor’s service (incl. express option) and an all year round, free-of-charge packaging service.
KONEN: AN INNOVATIVE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
“Oberpollinger” is a familiar name, but very few know that there was also once an “Unterpollinger”. A former guest house that was once rented out by a certain Isidor Bach in 1880 on Sendlinger Straße, with the intention of opening up a business selling ready-made clothing. This later became what we know today as “Konen”. Here, customers can enjoy services such as Click & Collect, a practical fusion of online and offline shopping: order online, try it on in the customer lounge and collect. The display windows are always worth a look, as they reveal the latest trends from glossy magazines in life-size.
SPORT MÜNZINGER: ONE OF THE PURVEYORS TO THE COURT
And one more superlative for good measure: “Sport Münzinger”, a business located on Marienplatz is the oldest sports shop in the city. It's been going since 1889. At that time, Munich was home to just 300,000 inhabitants - and a horse-drawn tram. One further person to make the city his home was a royal purveyor to the court by the name of Münzinger. Even the Wittelsbach Royal household considered sport to be important. Today, it's football fans that are drawn to the location more than anyone else - and not just avid followers of FC Bayern!
LUDWIG BECK: ATTRACTION STYLE-COACHING
The mind boggles at just how many photos have been taken by people visiting Munich, which show the wonderfully captivating exterior of Ludwig Beck situated at the “Rathauseck”. In 1861 it was still home to a factory producing buttons and trimmings. These were trimmings, tassels and borders sewn on to textiles. And today? Alongside many other things, today's visitors will discover the trends of tomorrow, fashion not limited to the small size segment, a large stationary section and a personal shopping service with style coaching.
Text: Anette Göttlicher
Photos: Anette Göttlicher, Hirmer, Konen, Ludwig Beck