The Manufactum Warenhaus can be found in the Alter Hof (Old Court) of Munich. Whilst it looks more like a small deli and household goods shop, there may be a few things that surprise you!
Manufactum is easy to get to, needing only a short walk from the Marienplatz S-Bahn station. With the Fischbrunnen (Fish Fountain) on your left and the large department store Ludwig Beck on your right, head down the street in the direction of Odeonsplatz. Manufactum will appear just after the large Dallmayr store.
It’s housed in the Alter Hof, carefully rebuilt following the destruction of World War II. The store itself isn’t dedicated to food – so the section I’m talking about here is actually quite small. The products here are also not the cheapest around… though they are high quality and traditionally made. It’s part of their company ethos.
Products have increasingly shorter life cycles, they come and go, are launched and disappear again. Everyday items have been turned from commodities into consumer goods, not built to last, but to be thrown away as soon as possible in order to make way for the latest fad or ‘special offer’. | Manufactum
The store contains a selection of goods from kitchenware to gardening equipment, traditional toys, bathroom products, clothing, luggage and more. As you enter the store, food products are currently directly in front, with the “Brot & Butter” section on your right.
Though here I’m only showing you the bits of UK goodies I found on my visit in late June, Manufactum also stocks high end French confectionery and artisan German products.
Here you’ll find handmade breads, along with both regional meat and cheeses. There’s also a small menu if you’d like to grab a bite to eat – you can get an idea of what’s on offer by flicking through the TripAdvisor pictures!
As for the Home Comforts bits (and the reason I’m talking about this store in the first place!) – well, they can also be a bit on the pricey side. I’ve seen biscuits at around €5 and the Buttermilk fudge shown below is €7.50! Though it really does depend on what you’re looking for, it’s purpose and your budget as to whether you’ll decide if it’s worth it or not.
Melting Pot fudge is made by Blackthorn Foods, a family business based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It’s run by three sisters and (though I can’t remember where I bought it) I know I’ve tried and liked the Rum & Raisin variety before. I suspect I picked it up at a food festival… it seems like the sort of thing I’d do!
The Island Bakery is based on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. Though the branding on this is quite small, the top left corner shows that these biscuits are Soil Association approved Organic. Despite the price tag, I’m still pretty tempted by the Apple Crumbles – butter, oats, cinnamon and apples? These things are calling my name!
Kent and Fraser are all about the Gluten Free goodies. Again, it’s a family business and they’re based in London. If you struggle with gluten allergies or intolerances, this bit is good to know: Their products are approved gluten-free by Coeliac UK. You can buy and happily munch away!
Summerdown spent more than 10 years re-learning how to successfully grow Black Mitcham – a traditionally English peppermint. As with many things, in the rush to drive prices down and quantity up, the traditional mint growing industry in England vanished… and the knowledge along with it. Whilst the imported price of a box of peppermint thins might be eye-watering, there’s a whole lot of history and effort behind it.
I’ve used the Billington’s Golden Icing Sugar before and a word of warning, it really is golden – you don’t want to use this on something you need to be bright white in colour! It does, however, look fabulous on anything with a slightly darker hue – think toffee, coffee or even chocolate based cakes.
Fentimans and Billington’s aside, Manufactum doesn’t seem to repeatedly stock the same products. Even if there’s nothing that suits you on a first visit, it’s always worth popping back in at a later date… you never know which Great Taste award winning product will turn up next!
Location | Manufactum Warenhaus im Alten Hof, Dienerstraße 12, 80331 München
Opening Times | Monday – Saturday, 9:30am to 7pm
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