Munich has one very prominent, famous, permanent market (Viktualienmarkt) and a number of smaller ones which pop up on various days. Like many European countries there are generally two types: the food kind and the flea market kind, although some tend to merge a bit of both. Which can be a good mixture as there’s nothing better than to go out looking for some fresh veggies and instead return with a second-hand wooden chair. If you love vintage and old design you could conceivably spend hours in the Munich markets.
Food lovers likewise can find themselves in for special treats. Most markets have food stalls with takeaways or finger food you can lounge around and snack on. You can find some great Bavarian breads and home-made cakes, or bretzels if you’re into something more salty. Really a bretzel needs a beer to wash it down though, and being Munich you will find plenty of local beer available.
The best thing about these markets is you can take your time. Bavarians are reputed to be a more laid back people than other Germans, and you’ll find most people that run the stalls are friendly and willing to talk.
There are also Christmas markets as in most of Germany. The origins of the Munich’s Christmas Markets go back a long way with the first mention of “Nicholaus Markets” appearing in Munich town records in the 14th century.
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