When Is the Best Time
The Viktualienmarkt or Victuals is my favourite place to shop for fresh delicatessen, cheese, ham, bread, seasonal veggies and fruits and excellent wine. Drink a glass of wine or a "Maß Bier" which is one litre of beer, and enjoy the vibrant market. The open-air market is located in the heart of Munich, a five-minute walk from Marienplatz and the tram/subway station. Google Maps Location
There is plenty of food to buy, smell, and try and take tons of pictures. Due to the location, some prices are higher; however, you get the best quality, excellent “Leberkäs’ Semmeln” and this vibrant and energetic atmosphere. It is really worth coming here for a couple of hours and experiencing this all by yourselves.
What is "Leberkäse"
The "Leberkäse" is made of minced pork or beef mixed with bacon, potato starch, water, onions, and lots of spices baked in the oven in a pie tin similar to meatloaf. It was prepared out of pork or veal liver in former times, where the name originates from.
When to Visit Viktualienmarkt
To experience the typical flair and mixture of people, I recommend visiting the market not before midday from Thursday to Saturday. Lots of stalls are closed on Mondays. If you just wish to buy groceries, it is the opposite; come in the morning before the tourists arrive.
- Officially open from 8 am until 8 pm from Monday to Saturday
- Closed on Sundays
- Many shops already open at 7 am
- Some stalls stay closed or open later on Mondays
Four fountains are spread on the Viktualienmarkt, great for washing your hands, filling up your bottle, or letting your dog drink.
Traditional Bavarian Food
If you visit Bavaria, you almost can't "escape" the delicious food. It is heaven for meat-eaters, and also vegetarians can find a wide variety, but vegan is definitely a bit tricky here. However, I added one vegetarian and vegan shop, which offers a small but delicious menu.
Another good reason to come to Munich is the beer which is part of the Bavarian culture.
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The open-air farmers market has a more than 200 years old tradition; initially a farmer’s and herb market and now a meeting place for people from around the world. You can hear so many different languages, and if you order a “Mass Beer” which is one litre of beer in one of the beer gardens in the shade of chestnut trees, you easily mix up with other tourists and locals.
Except for early morning, it is crowded here, but that makes the difference watching people and having a chat. It is truly a tourist magnet and a Must-Visit place in the heart of Munich.
More than a hundred merchants offer their goods, some shops sell snacks and meals also for vegetarians and vegans, take a vitamin power and drink a fresh juice. Most of the vendors speak English, and credit cards are widely accepted.
The Traditional Maypole
A 35 m high maypole made from spruce is in the middle of the market. It is quite an effort to create this traditional tree for the first of May. It gets logged many months before. The bark and branches have to be removed, and afterwards, the trunk has to dry for three months before it is painted white in April. The first of May is always a big festivity when the maypole has been put up since 1962 also in Munich.
What Can You Buy at Viktualienmarkt
Two hundred years ago, the market covered the daily needs of food today, you can find here not only local products but also delicacies from all over the world, exotic fruits, fish, beautiful flowers etc.
Fruits and Veggies
Seasonal fresh and exotic fruits and vegetables are available at several stalls. May and June are my favourite months for strawberries and asparagus.
Local and European Cheese
There are ten stalls offering dairy goods, mainly from the nearby Alps but Europe as well. This mentioned small stall provides some of the most delicious cheeses! The staff is always extremely polite and happy to explain exactly where the cheese comes from! I love the old Emmentaler from Switzerland and "Wiesenblumenkäse" a cheese with meadow flowers at the rind.
Meat and ham are already offered for 700 years here in Munich. In former times the stalls were situated on the outskirts due to the terrible smells and scraps without any cooling.
Munich Soup Kitchen
They offer a large selection of delicious soups served in a bowl for vegetarians and also with meat for reasonable prices. Therefore, you usually have to wait a couple of minutes. It is ideal for a quick lunch; the only issue it is hard to decide what to choose.
You get all kinds of mushrooms fresh, mainly in autumn, but they also sell dried porcini mushrooms, truffles, herbs, spices, oil, etc.
Greek Style Spreads and Olives
They offer a wide selection of antipasti, olives, fresh pasta, olive oils, etc. of excellent quality in addition buy pita bread and enjoy the tasty spreads.
Do you need some energy and vitamins? The freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices are healthy, tasty, and despite the location, reasonable priced. Of course, several stalls offer fresh juices; this is the one I know best.
Seafood From Around the World
There are four seafood shops and restaurants where you get the freshest fish and clams. All shops are close together, offering indoor and outdoor seating, but I highly recommend making a reservation. It is a bit overpriced, but the quality was excellent when I ate here.
Typical Bavarian Bakeries
There are ten different bakeries more than I had known to sell giant pretzels, bread, cakes, and cookies. The mentioned Hofpfisterei was once the emperor's bakery; under the Wittelsbach Duke Ludwig IV from 1328-1346, Emperor Ludwig called the Bavarian. What makes the difference here is the traditional maintained way of baking in the stone oven and the pure natural sourdough, which makes the bread so digestible. This is just my opinion, also Fritz bakery and many more provide excellent quality.
You get an excellent grocery quality on the entire Viktualienmarkt. For those who prefer organic products, "Lebe Gesund" "Live Healthy" has a vast variety of veggies, fruits, and lots of homemade products.
Several flower and plant shops offer seasonal and exotic fresh flowers providing green and colourful spots between the other stalls at Victuals Market. Flowers bought here last definitely longer.
If you love honey, this is the right place. In addition to the different types of honey, you can also get care products as well as honey wine, sweets and much more.
Are you looking for some presents to bring back home? There are plenty of crafts and souvenir stalls spread on the Victuals Market.
Why Is It Called Viktualienmarkt
The name originates from the Latin word Viktualien for groceries or victuals.
History of the Viktualienmarkt
Originally the farmer’s and herb market was situated at Marienplatz in former times called Schrannenplatz until the beginning of the 19th century. What once was a small farmer's market is now a huge market and meeting point with almost 19.000 sqm. The Victual Market already had this size at the end of the 19th century; the market had to move to the present square of 200 meters distance.
Schrannenhalle, a huge market hall, was built next to the city wall in 1852, which is the "Großmarkthalle" today. During WW 2, Viktualienmarkt got severely damaged, and there were considerations to demolish and relocate the market to build large apartment buildings and company buildings instead.
A big thanks to the city council for rebuilding the infrastructure and market. In the end, it was more expensive than expected, but a piece of Munich's history has been preserved, as it is so often the case in this city. This makes Munich unique to me.
This article gives an overview of the existing stalls on the Viktualienmarkt, but I can't list all 140 shops here. Of course, the quality of most of the stalls at the market is top-notch. The listed stalls are my favourite market stalls; these are not paid ads.