If you're in Munich you have to go to the Viktualienmarkt. Here you can eat, drink, buy souvenirs, clothing, fresh produce, or simply walk around and enjoy this beautiful outdoor market. I liked coming here for breakfast, where I'd hit up the very efficient (of course) beer kiosk and the wurst stand for an epic breakfast of a beer and a bratwurst sandwich. While sitting and enjoying the market you can also enjoy some amazing people watching. My favorite was the guy who, every morning at 9, would sit down at one of the tables and eat lobster tail and drink a beer. Ah, Munich.
Every great city has a great open market -- hey, it's science -- and Munich does not buck the trend.
This huge playground of gourmet goods is located in the heart of the city, just south of the famous Marienplatz and Glockenspiel. And that's the tricky part -- unlike other open air markets, Viktualienmarkt is just TOO convenient. That means the place is swarmed by tourists and locals alike during the lunch rush or on Saturdays.
But fear not, because there are great things to be had for those who wait. Early morning when the shops are open or early evening when the professional crowd has headed home are a great time to peruse the nearly unending stalls, shops and eateries. Oh yes, and the evening is the best time to snag a seat in the little central biergarten and watch the world go by.
Another tip: don't stick only to the stalls, but explore the shops and locations on the edge of the market. The Vmarkt has become such a pull for gourmands that a slew of cool eateries and professional cookware shops have popped up along the edge of this foodie wonderland.
Very cool market with a nice assortment of stalls.
Heavy on the meat and cheese. Wow, Germans seem to really like their meat and dairy!
I got yelled at by a lady for taking a picture of one of the stalls so you might want to size the vendor up before you snap a picture.
Now before everyone hates on me for giving it only three stars, it's nice but there didn't seem to be that much variety. It seems like every time I turned a corner, I saw another stall selling the same stuff as the prior one. Now I know that maybe one butcher uses better meat than another one but there was a lot of redundancy.
For my money, Borough Market in London and the Boqueria in Barcelona are a but more interesting just because there is a more diverse product mix.
I would definitely recommend visiting this place and buying some food if you wish...just ask before you take a picture.
Great assortment of shops and stalls in the heart of Munich. They have all sorts of produce, meats, cheeses, and there are heaps of restaurants and a beer garden to boot. All in all, a very pleasant spot to walk around for the afternoon.
If you're coming from the US and are used to eating typical supermarket quality stuff, get ready for a taste explosion. Man, the stuff here tastes amazing. The hearty wheat breads, the funky, aged cheeses, the seemingly unlimited assortment of handmade sausages, and real butter. The quality of the goods here is phenomenal. But its also pricey, so bring stacks of Euros.
We spent a lot of time here just walking around, trying new things, soaking in the vibe, and chatting with friendly locals over beers and bratwurst. If you're in town, you can't go wrong at Viktualienmarkt.
I didn't feel nearly as positive as most of the other reviewers seem to about this market. I enjoyed wandering through it for a little bit but I don't think I would actually ever come here if I lived in the area. There's a lot of variety in terms of what is being sold but I found a lot of the produce and food products shockingly expensive, even compared to organic farmer's markets in the United States. Some of the shopkeepers were also rather rude and there's definitely a big "look but don't touch" mentality at a lot of the booths. It was offputting. It's worth a look if you're in the area but I wouldn't spend too much time (or money) here.
I love exploring open air markets when we're travelling, but to be honest, one of the best in Europe is located right in our backyard.
The Viktualienmarkt is an amazing square just south of the famous Marienplatz. You can find everything here that a foodie needs for a good time, from over a dozen high quality butchers, stands and stands of fruit and vegetable purveyors, specialty shops for cheese, wine, butter, etc.
But the real treat is finding the little takeaway or eatery stands snuggled in between the stalls. I come here a lot for lunches and there's almost always something new to find. My favorite is the soup kitchen, but the little panini stand and the Lebanese takeaway are also amazing. There's just too much good stuff and so little time!
Highly recommended for home chefs or gourmands, whether travelling through or if you call Munich home. Oh yeah, and of course they have one of the best biergartens in the city. Sigh.
Ah, spargel (asparagus) season. I love you, spargel. I love walking through this market and seeing piles of pristine, white spargel just waiting to be added to some spargelcremesuppe.
The Italian cherries glisten. The succulent strawberries sing to me in rapturous tones. Fresh pressed juices and litres of beer. Plump wursts that offer flavor explosions to those that succumb. Tropical fruits to take the edge off a dreary German day.
Next time I head to Munich, I plan on coming here everyday and trying one new thing. A goal I can't wait to realize. Better yet, I need a kitchenette next time. I am going in deep, my friends. This market is the truth.
Aisles and aisles of exotic fruits and finds and traditional Bavarian dishes await you at this idyllic, quaint market bustling with happy locals and curious visitors. As if you've been transported back in time, you really get a glimpse of what life might have been like in the early days of Munich.
Beer gardens mark the center of the market while booths boasting local grown cheeses, hams, mustards, and the like flank the hoppy drinkers. Each stall is more interesting than the next, but be warned your eyes may get bigger than you stomach with all the wonderful samples. You are in Germany after all - it's only necessary you have a beer pre and post market stroll.
How could I have neglected to review one of the finest treasures in all of Munich!?
Even in the blustery, wintery, snowy months...Viktualienmarkt was a shelter from the storm. The sun always shone while I was there on several visits. It's like it just knew it had to for me, and the other Vmarkt dwellers, it just must.
My favorite? Münchner Suppenküch (which I did remember to review!) I told y'all, it was cold back then, soup was in order! yelp.de/biz/münchner-sup…
I also sampled wonderful fruits and veggies...and my favorite way to ingest them? Fresh juices! There are several stands offering this, and I have a penchant for carrot/beet juice. Go figure.
A lovely and lively market to find a few speciality items, grab a beer and sit in the sun, enjoy a quick meal, or grab supplies for a picnic nearby. A local treasure most surely, and one I'll definitely be returning to when I get back to Munich! Weekends of course are a bit more busy and tourist-laden, but during the week one can find the respite needed.
*easily accessible by public transit.
*get cash! There are several cash machines nearby.
After our visit to the Deutsches Museum (yelp.com/biz/deutsches-m…), we still had about an hour to spare before heading to the airport. My coworker and I were kind of hungry, and was wondering where to eat.
Should we head to the airport, and grab something there? We looked at each other, and said "nah." We spotted this place on our first day in Munich, and thought it would be a good place to find a quick bite, and it was less than a block away from our hotel.
Even though it was snowing at the time of our visit, this place was pretty lively. It was the mid afternoon, and many people were out for their late lunches.
This should have been the first place we visited when in Munich. It's a large open area, with small, permanent buildings set throughout this area. Here you'll find vendors selling meat and produce, delis, small beer gardens, and vendors selling various hot foods such as roast meats and sausages. My coworker and I were in the mood for some brats before leaving from Germany.
I found this one vendor (can't remember the name) that had curry brat with chips (yelp.com/biz_photos/DniS…). The sausage was lean, and juicy, but not really heavy. The curry sauce spicy, slightly tart from the tomato base. The chips went perfectly with the sauce.
The next time I'm in this part of Munich, this will be one of my first stops as there are so many shops to see. But we happy to make a stop here before heading back to the States.
I like to visit markets in every city I travel to as you get to learn a lot about the people of that city from their local markets. This one is lots of fun. Has a good variety of foods, cooked and uncooked, wines, beers, fruits, vegetables, cheese shops, delicatessens in addition to many other specialty shops. The market is centrally located and is surrounded with all types of attractions, department stores, and hotels and very easy to get to by public transportation. We shopped and had a great lunch here. Make this one of your first stops in the city.
Fresh salami and swiss panini sandwiches... avocado, basil, lime and orange juice smoothies... about a trillion kinds of honey and locally made crafts... yeah, this market rocks.
The panini sandwiches are available at a stall near the traffic light at Frauenstraße, and Müller's juice stand is down the same aisle going towards the center of the market. After that you've got a sea of craft and jam stalls, and the Honighäus'l with its honey wine and plethora of flavored honeys. And that's just scratching the surface!
I'd plan multiple return trips.
It's as great as everyone says. Want a case study in its awesomeness?
I walked up to a counter, pointed at a raw, fishy mixture, watched it get shoved into a fresh roll and squirted with a pinkish/white sauce, and finally, tucked snugly between a few pieces of lettuce. It was the best sandwich I've ever had.
In fact, it was very Little Mermaid Les Poissons-esque. Except in German. You know what I mean. (And you'll probably have that catchy little number running through your head all day. You're welcome.)
This market is full of experiences just like this - just pick your European cuisine of choice and roll with it. Then simply insert your Disney theme of choice. First I cut ouf zeir heads, zen I pull out zee bone...
This place makes me want to do the following:
-Sit outside and drink beer.
-Sit outside and drink more beer.
-Buy fresh juice or some fresh vegetables and fruit.
-Sit outside and drink more beer.
This is truly a lovely gem in Munich. We passed through here on a chilly, but beautifully sunny March day. Sadly, it was just too chilly for my bones to sit outside and drink beer, but we did warm ourselves with the soup kitchen. (Review on THAT spot forthcoming.) We followed the soup with a fresh juice from one of the many stands and were on our merry way.
In the event I make it back to Munich again, I will definitely come back. In the summer. And I will check all of the above off the list.
The Viktualienmarkt is an attraction in itself, but it is also a great spot to go for lunch in the middle of a day of Munich sightseeing. There are plenty of options, so you can find something to suit everyone in your group. Even horse sausage.
My friends and I had entered the market only a few minutes before, staggered by all the choices, trying to figure out what to get, when out of the diminutive shop in front of which we happened to stand--not much more than a glorified shack, really--stepped a small old woman. Her face was very wrinkled, but practically beaming, as she approached us to offer her absolutely unsolicited advice. Unlike with most Müncheners, there was a severe language barrier, but in the course of a few moments' conversation, between her very broken English and my toddler-grade German, her message emerged: "Go in here. Get the horse sausage. You won't regret it."
Eh? Horse sausage? We shuffled our feet and drawled equivocatingly. Then I figured "Eff it. When in Rome, brother." So my buddy Amit and I stepped into the shop while our three more timid friends remained outside.
It looked just like any butcher shop--a long glass cold case full of chops, steaks, sausages, ground meat, etc. None of the clerks spoke any English, as we stood there asking "Horse? Horse sausage? Cheval? Horse? Anyone?" Thankfully there were some buddies of one of the clerks hanging out there, one of whom spoke English and cheerfully stood to our rescue. "Which is the horse sausage?" I asked. The friend translated. The clerk, looking confused, asked a similarly phrased question back to the friend. "Ja," said the friend. The clerk turned back to us and swept his arm across the entire store. "Horse. All horse."
Wow, we were in an all-horse butcher shop. I knew then that this was going to be one of the most sublime experiences of my life. I felt like a total rube, but inside I was smiling enormously.
So we asked for whatever horse sausage the old lady was talking about, and what they dished up was actually a mega-sweet deal--for two euros we got two short, fat sausages out of a crock pot, with a crusty roll and some mustard on the side. It was a damn cheap lunch and of course the story is priceless.
And how was the horse sausage? I wouldn't eat it again, at least not with all the other excellent and tasty choices in the Viktualienmarkt, but it wasn't bad. The sausage was soft and light-colored, similar to weisswurst in look and texture.
But anyway--whether or not you visit the horse butcher, do not miss the Viktualienmarkt. Cheap, quick lunches abound, and you cannot beat the atmosphere.
A wonderful open-air market that serves the finest produce available.
Meats, Seafood, Cheeses, Wine, Beer, you name it and it's here.
View my pictures to get a better feel for what is available and spare me a half-hour of writing.
The historical Viktualienmarkt is a food lovers paradise. Similar to London's Notting Hill Market and the Borough Market, the Viktualienmarkt sells everything from food to flowers, to Oktoberfest steins and more. Viktualienmarkt is a food paradise, ideal for wandering about and conducive for sampling fresh fruits, olives in feta, and aged cheeses. You will be awing and ewing over all the lovely gourmet foods to good bio fruits. Their are even provayers of meats who sell everything from wild game to weisswurst sausage -- the velvety, soft sausage I could eat on a daily bases. I was in paradise sightseeing, shopping and eating here. I dined on lovely olives with feta cheese, fabulous fruits and sampled the best German cheese.
Viktualienmarkt is well-known for the statues of the ladies of the market -- the famous ladies known for being guardians of the market. These women have long passed away, but their likeness, spirit and good intentions live on at the market. They are ever present by the statues that honor each women throughout the market square. You can feel them looking after the market even today. You can't help but to reflect on the care these ladies gave to their market. That care and appreciation for quality food extends throughout Germany today, as by all the bio foods available throughout the market and German shops. Bio foods, also known as "Organic" were first embraced by Germany back in the early-90's and have long been popular. Go Germany for embracing organic foods before everyone else. This country knows quality.
I am definitely not fluent in German, but I can express my love in English!
Viktualienmarkt reminds me of a quasi-Farmer's Market that you'd see here, but with much better products and a huge area for community seating. The selection of wurst is definitely among the best you'll ever find (certainly not the worst...heh).
I felt like the options looked to be of much higher quality than what I'm used to, even at higher end places here in the US.
What's better than cheese, wines, a wide variety of seafood items and amazing meats?
I really wanted to love this place (because nothing makes me happier than walking around a food market), but I kept comparing it to the top food markets that I have been to:
1) Barcelona's Mercat de La Boqueria
2) Vienna's Naschmarkt
3) NYC's Chelsea Market
Viktualienmarkt seemed too spread out and didn't give me that "I need to shop and squeeze every piece of produce" feeling.
Gorgeous! Plus - great people watching!
Viktualienmarkt is always my first stop in Munich. I love that you can leave the bustle of the main square, and enter a different kind of bustling market. There are people everywhere, but it's a mix of locals and tourists and everyone is eating and drinking and making friends.
The stalls are beautifully set up - fruit, flowers, vegetables, herbs - everything is gorgeous (great photo op!).
I speak almost no German, but all of the vendors (including at the little restaurants) are very helpful and will direct you and find whatever you are looking for.
I love all of the areas to buy food - there are cheese vendors, meats, flower arrangements, crafts. It's a shoppers paradise! I usually eat lunch there (weisswurst (spell?) and beer) and sit and enjoy the atmosphere. I've managed to pick unique gifts there as well. The photos I've taken have also turned out so well, I've received requests to have them framed as gifts.
Definitely a must-see in Munich - visitors and locals alike!
Munichers, you are lucky people! This market is hands down awesome in every way.
Housed in semi permanent stalls and open 6 days a week, Victualienmarkt is full of fresh delicious things: bread, pretzels, meat, fish, sausages, veggies,fruit, wine, cheese, and so much more. There are places to get a fruit smoothie, places that sell tea, coffee and chocolates and even crafts.
When I visited, a few stalls had traditional Christmas decorations made from whole spices that smelled heavenly but would not have survived the trip home, sadly. It's a wonderful spot to browse, wander and work up an appetite. In the center there is a small beer garden where you can picnic, or multiple little cafes to grab a meal.
So much to look at, but don't you dare touch anything!
Some of the vendors are friendly, some are downright rude and hostile.
Lots to see, interesting foods on offer, along with a smattering of goods for sale.
Crowded, and of course there may be a pick-pocket on the prowl. Keep your stuff and wits about you.
A touristy market (think Ferry Building in SF), which even has a beergarden in the middle of it. If you're lucky, there will be an oompah band playing in the beergarden. But even on normal days, you can get all your groceries done here. So it's cool that people who do live around here do their shopping here and it's not a complete tourist trap.
The meat stores on the side will vacuum pack for tourists wanting to take a piece of Munich weisswurst home - if you dare run those past the customs gauntlet give it a try!
I don't want to spoil it. Just go. Get a beer or coffee and enjoy life. If you feel like it, get some lovely produce, cheeses and meats. It's a very happy place.
Loved it. I had a great time wandering through the stalls, peeking at the displays of food and just soaking up the atmosphere.
It's a farmer's market done right; there were many stalls selling different things, from ready-to-eat foods to raw veggies and fruits. They had varieties of apples I've never seen on the West Coast in the US. All the vendors were super friendly.
Highly recommend this as a must-stop/must-see if you're ever in Munich.
Now this is how Farmer's Markets should be! Wow. Everything is a great quality - from cured meats to cheeses to fresh produce...fresh baked goods...it's the epitome of FRESH! Fresh flowers even, yep :)
Just all around an awe inspiring experience, the colors the smells, the local Bavarian folks milling around doing their daily groceries...it's really my favorite part about München. I love to go there, grab a beer and some tasty german sausage and just people watch. A must experience.
The Viktualienmarkt - München, Bayern, Germany is an other must in the inner city of Munich! -
There is every kind of food and very nice dishes like people!
Take your photo camera with you!
The place to go shopping for fine foods. Everytime I go here, I get a coffee sit down in the middle of the place and just watch people. One of my favorites in Munich!!!
Loved it! The food, flowers, atmosphere..outdoor sitting sipping of a dunkles weiss bier, chatting with all kinds of people. LOVED IT!
I spent my first weekend in Munich and came across this market by accident. I hadn't heard about it previously, and it ended up being one of the highlights to my weekend. We really enjoyed wandering throw the stalls. It is a delight for the senses. There is always something great to see, taste, or smell around each corner. I would have to echo everyone's reviews. It is true. This is a farmers market done right. If I lived in Munich I would go regularly to buy my produce and food here. There was a lovely coffee stand that I bought some espresso out, and the coffee was phenomenal! Would definitely recommend a stop here.
Stock up on fresh, flavorful, and reasonably-priced ingredients for dinner if you're staying in a flat (as I was). Produce, meats, fish, cheeses, bread, it's all here. You can also get a sandwich or lunch on the go in many of the little stands.
This is what an outdoor market should be. Great product, great location. If I lived in Munich I'd shop here every day.
One of my favorite outdoor markets in Europe or anywhere else. What is better than collecting all sorts of fresh meats, cheeses, olives, breads, produce etc? I can tell you....it is getting hammered off of giant maß beers next to a 75 year old lady doing the same. Whats better than that? Also sharing a table with men in full lederhosen happy to cheers you. And whats better than that? Wurst and sauerkraut and potatoes to help you stay nourished while you put those beers down the hatch.
A lovely market in the heart of the city.
When the food market of the city had grown too large for the central square Marienplatz, King Maximilian I issued a decree in 1807 to have it moved a few metres to the south-east, to the square between Heiliggeist-Kirche and Frauenstraße. Charity buildings that had once belonged to the church were demolished to make way for the market square or Markplatz, which only much later came to be known as Viktualienmarkt or victuals market.
in 1823 the market was enlarged by the addition of various halls like the Great Market Hall which burnt down in 1932.
In the old days, seven brooks, which were connected to the river Isar, flowed across the square. The Maypole in the centre carries figurettes displaying the trades and crafts of this part of Munich.
Today it has 140 stalls and shops offering flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables, venison and fowl, eggs, butter, honey, fish, meat, sausages, herbs, spices, delicatessens, wine and tea are assembled on an area covering 22,000 square metres.
Around the market are to be found numerous little restaurants, so it is a hive of activity around lunch time with some bargain eateries offering excellent value.
Viktualienmarkt is a food market with about 140 little stalls, just behind Marienplatz. Mainly fruit and vegetables, you can also find organic juices, Turkish flatbreads and olives, an organic shop from a religious collective outside Munich, meat, honey, flowers, Gluhwein and a large number of little restaurant around the edges. The maypole in the middle is a perfect meeting point, and lunchtime is the perfect time to visit. When buying veg and fruit, don't pick up your own - these ladies are fierce and they'll give you what they think you deserve. An experience!
This is the most expensive fruit and veg market in Europe, the produce tastes good, but sadly never lasts. after living here for over a year i now rarely use this market as it is reserved for tourists paying top dollar.
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