Munich City Center
Within the Munich City Centre you have a wide choice of shops, boutiques and department stores. Find out which shopping area suits you best.
One of the representative boulevards planned by King Ludwig I, Maximilianstraße is one of the most exclusive areas in Munich. Sauntering between the Bavarian Parliament, Maximilianeum, the National theater,and the Bavarian State Opera, you can enjoy the flair of one of the boulevards that gave Munich the nickname - "Italy's most northern city". Along rows of classicist buildings, you will find internationally renowned luxury shops as well as a haute-couture phenomenon "Mooshammer", which can only be found in Munich.
Theatinerstraße and Fünf Höfe
This street connecting the central square, Marienplatz, with Odeonsplatz and Ludwigstraße, is a primary address for luxury shopping. It is also the home of traditional cafés and restaurants, in addition to an arts cinema showing original international films with subtitles. The entrance to one of the largest art exhibition areas, the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, leads into Munich's latest shopping centre, called Fünf Höfe or Five Courts. Exclusive shops, bistros and cafés are located in this fascinating ensemble of modern art and architecture.
The boulevard between Marienplatz and Karlsplatz/Stachus, with the medieval city gate Karlstor, has been a pedestrian zone and Munich's busiest shopping area since the 1970s. Half way between Marienplatz and Stachus you can turn left into "Arkaden", a roofed alley which is home to more individual shops and cafés.
Clearly one of the most typical shopping districts of Munich: the small street leading from Marienplatz to the medieval city gate Sendlinger Tor in the south of old town is home to many family-run retailing shops. It is the ideal place to go if you are looking for arts and crafts, unusual gift shops or arty posters. After shopping, there are plenty of little cafés and restaurants where you can sit down, relax, and enjoy the evening.