The Viktualienmarkt in Munich is a popular location for both tourists and locals. Enjoy a wander through the crowds or shop for the essentials, stop for lunch with a beer or pick up a freshly pressed juice – the choice is yours!
This market, the Viktualienmarkt, is like none I’ve visited before. It’s a unique place full of seasonal sights, interesting aromas and a character all of its own. It’s one of the places I know I’ll miss when I leave Munich.
In English, this is the victuals market, located on a cobbled area of land close to the Marienplatz. It’s easily accessible by S-Bahn, with the station no more than two minutes walk away. Whilst all the shops should be open between Monday and Friday from 10am til 6pm and Saturdays until 3pm, you’ll find some are open both earlier and later.
I often get to the market between 9 and 10am on a weekday. Whilst the stalls I’m visiting will be open, not everything is. I enjoy watching the city slowly wake up… Plus the peace and quiet of the early morning is lovely. It’s not so easy to do your shopping on a Saturday – the market draws impressive crowds!
Over the years, the market has evolved from a farmers’ market to a popular market for fresh food and delicatessen. It offers exotic ingredients that are not available anywhere else in the area, and is renowned for its diversity and size: 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. | Muenchen.de
There’s impressive range and variety at the market but one rule should be made clear. Please, don’t touch the fresh produce. I know, the fruit and veg looks incredibly inviting. Bright colours, dark leaves and fresh scents are so enticing… And that’s the point. Produce is arranged beautifully by the stallholders – so that’s how they want it to stay! Of course there’ll be the odd exception dotted around the market, just keep an eye out for any signs and do as others do.
As someone used to figuring out by touch and scent whether something is at the stage of ripeness that I want, this is admittedly a bit confusing. Catch the attention of the stall holder – tell them what you want and they’ll select the items for you. Of course, if there’s a particular something you want, feel free to ask. The times I’ve purchased from the market (and no it’s not as cheap as a supermarket, naturally) the quality has been excellent.
The Viktualienmarkt is more than a produce market. You’ll find restaurants and places eat, whether it’s a quick bite or leisurely lunch – from traditional Bavarian fare to salty, delicious toasties. At the heart of the market you’ll find a biergarten – because no activity in Munich is complete without beer. If you’re a tourist looking for a traditional foodie experience, stop for a Weißwürst in the morning – split the sausage skin and enjoy the meat filling with a breze. You can find out more about the beer garden here.
I’ve only shown you a snapshot of the Viktualienmarkt here – there’s still so much more to explore! Have you been? I’d love to hear your favourite thing about this characterful market!