Named after the Bavarian princess Elisabeth who became empress of Austria, this market is a quaint and relaxed Schwabing version of the Viktualienmarkt.
Originally this market, founded in 1880, was located at Maffeianger, but had to be moved due to planned road works. Thus the market on Elisabethplatz was founded on October 1, 1903. Up until the end of WWII the market consisted of a market hall, a few permanent stalls and day stalls which the magistrate either auctioned or raffled every five years. The market hall was heavily bombed during the war and traders and city magistrates had to improvise to keep the market going. When the market was rebuilt after the war, the market hall was replaced by pavilions, which are still the main trait of this market.
The pavilion facing Nordendstraße, called Milchhäusl or milk hut, dates back to the late 19th century. Carl Brendel, a physician and militant teetotaller, initiated the construction of a stall that sold milk from 5 o'clock in the morning. He was concerned about the health of the population and had set himself the task to "keep the poison of the people, namely alcohol, in check". If he knew that a small restaurant and beer garden is located there now, he would probably turn in his grave; but beer is not alcohol but a basic part of nutrition in Bavaria.
Nowadays the range of products at Elisabethmarkt is very similar to that of Viktualienmarkt. Cheese, meat, fowl, wine, herbs, bread, delicatessen, fish, fruit, vegetables, flowers and organic products, and even home-made beer are offered at the 24 stalls between Arcisstraße, Elisabethstraße and Nordendstraße.
Opening hours During the following hours all stalls are open; individual opening hours depend on each stall. Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm Saturday 10am - 3pm
Public transport U2 exit Josephsplatz Tram 27 exit Elisabethplatz