Munich is such an awesome city with a real retro vibe. The Viktualien market just completes it being the heartbeat right in the center of the old town. A stone’s throw from Marienplatz, this is a daily market which is usually crowded with both locals and tourists.
Its said in 1800s when the main market at Marienplatz was getting too crowded with its growing popularity, King Maxmillan ordered it to be shifted a little further to expand it. Since then this area houses 100s of small and medium sized businesses selling fresh produce and artisan bakes and crafts.
What can you find in Viktualienmarkt?
I spent a lot of time browsing through the market. It can spoil you for choices. From souvenirs to choicest cheeses to some fragrant lavender from Provence, there is something for everyone at this market.
Groceries, delicatessen, pizza joints, dried flowers, handicrafts, wine, seafood and lots of other shops selling home products. Its quite a delight.
I visited few days before Easter, the market was getting ready and the early decorations were up and spotted few shops with painted easter eggs as well. However as i have read it gets a total facelift during Easter and is magical. So if you get a chance do visit during this time.
You can enjoy a meal at one of its sitting restaurants or just buy a takeaway and perch in one of its open squares with some live music playing. There are few fountains of fresh water where you can get your fill (I didn’t try though but saw people filling their bottles)
If you are in Munich you must visit this market to get a taste of the local flavour of the city.
Further from here?
You have the entire old town of Munich at your doorstep. Why not take a walk around the center or head to one of its iconic beer halls for a loca; brew or head to Maxmillanstrasse for some designer retail therapy. The options are unlimited.