Shopping around Munich’s Gärtnerplatz
Find yourself some wonderful things beyond the large department store chains
The Gärtnerplatz district offers a special shopping experience – you won’t find any large chains here, but a whole lot of alternative and handmade items instead. And Gärtnerplatz with its beautiful street cafés is never too far away!
The history of the district
The area surrounding Gärtnerplatz is not an official district but it belongs to the municipality of Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt. Thanks to numerous bars and pubs – including classics like the “Trachtenvogl” (a café-style restaurant) or the “Baader Café” (laid-back café) – it is one of Munich’s hotspots for going out and partying. Through the streets Klenzestraße, Reichenbachstraße, Corneliusstraße and Baaderstraße you can see influences from Munich’s gay scene which has found its home here. All in all, this makes it a particularly colourful, relaxed and very tolerant corner of the city. Which is why many young families have moved here. Incidentally, the Gärtnerplatz district used to be a not-so-hip and rather poor working district.
Shoes, shoes, shoes!
Funnily enough, those looking for something for their feet don’t need to walk far in the Gärtnerplatz district as the streets are short. Slightly tucked away is “Heels Angels” in the rear building in Klenzestraße while “Morgantini”, on the other hand, cannot be missed, prominently situated right on Gärtnerplatz. As well as this, there is also “Shoemates” in Baaderstraße, “Zoom” in Reichenbachstraße and “Schritt für Schritt” (Step by Step) in Klenzestraße – a specialist in comfortable ‘barefoot shoes’ which are still stylish and look just like normal shoes despite their lightweight design. For those in a sporty mood, it’s worth the walk to Reichenbachstraße to “Schuh Seibel”, the expert for wide high boots.
Second-hand fashion and designer labels
A popular photo motif can be found at the shop of Clara Niggl in Rumfordstraße – on the corner of Reichenbechstraße – where the old lettering “Alles für den Herrn” (everything for the gentleman) is still emblazoned. However, inside there’s also women’s fashion: classic, pure, simple and also tailored upon request.“Shop yourself happy”: this is possible a few metres further down Reichenbachstraße – a mix of small, local designers and hip European brands, the likes of which isn’t seen anyhere else. International labels such as Strenesse can be found directly on Gärtnerplatz, and just three minutes away you’ll find something completely different with “MILK”, for example, a vintage label whose trademark is colourful, 70s-style fashion. Even those looking for second-hand clothing or children’s clothes will find something every few metres in this area!
Decoration and jewellery
When heading from Viktualienmarkt, you can’t miss “Bo Concept” at the start of Reichenbachstraße. At “Oasis” on the other side of the square you’ll find matresses, furniture and everything you need for healthy, stylish living. But even the small shops in the Gärtnerplatz district will set your heart aflutter – simply head out for a bit of window shopping and surprise yourself! If you prefer decorating yourself, then there are plenty of jewellers here, for example the traditional “Janich” and “Stöckle” stores in Reichenbachstraße – they really take the time for their customers here. Hidden away in the rear building in Klenzestraße is “Skusa Schmuckgeschichten” (Skusa jewellery stories) which is also worth a visit.
A special discovery: jeans repairs instead of buying new
On the outskirts of the Gärtnerplatz district, in Rumfordstraße, you’ll find a large jeans shop: “Nudie Jeans”. Here, not only can you trade in your old jeans, you can also have your new favourite jeans repaired by Nudie free of charge. This allows 110 million litres of water to be saved each year in the 23 “Nudie” stores worldwide.
Text: Anette Göttlicher
Photos: Anette Göttlicher