Maximilianstrasse is a key retail destination in Munich thanks to its plethora of international designer stores. As Munich’s style hub, it offers a kilometre-long stretch of luxury shops, from Cartier and Montblanc to fashion houses including Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Gucci. While the street has an impressive number of luxury-brand giants, discerning fashion lovers also make a bee-line for the street thanks to top secondhand stores selling past-season designer clothing at a fraction of the original cost. The street is also a hotspot for those wishing to invest in German design excellence, such as Rimowa luggage, Daniel Fendler traditional clothing and Fochtmann jewellery.
Another primary spot for luxury shopping in the city is Theatinerstrasse. Connecting the central Marienplatz square with Odeonsplatz, it is lined with upmarket stores. Look out for Fünf Höfe, one of the best shopping arcades in the city; a harmonious blend of bistros, cafés and cool boutiques, the ‘five courts’ is a particularly rewarding to place to seek out top menswear brands.
Pedestrianised Kaufingerstrasse is a prime shopping area. The street is best known for its top high-street brands, making it popular with locals and visitors alike. With so many familiar stores, it is no surprise that this is the busiest shopping street in Munich. For those looking to escape the crowds, there are plenty of streets running off Kaufingerstrasse that offer interesting boutique-style stores.
As one of the oldest shopping streets in Muncih, Sendlinger Strasse offers international shoppers something a little different from the designer stores of Maximilianstrasse. Many of the buildings along the street are occupied by smaller, more local shops. The majority of these stores are family owned and therefore offer a more intimate shopping experience. Visitors can shop for antiques, books, jewellery and art along the route – ideal for picking up some unique souvenirs.