Walking Tour of Munich: Viktualienmarkt

by Antonia on August 4, 2012

Today I got to do something I’ve been looking forward to for months. I went to the Viktualienmarkt. I’ve always thought that shopping at a local farmers market is more fun than always going to the same ol’ grocery store. When I moved to Munich almost a month a ago the first thing I did was google the location of the farmer’s market. Not surprisingly at all, there are about 20 markets in Munich, each open on different days of the week. So, if you’d really want to buy all your produce at the market, Munich is the place where it’s possible. The most famous market, the one which is also open from Monday- Saturday is the Viktualienmarkt, located in the heart of Munich, just a 10 minute drive from where I live…so naturally this was the first market I chose to explore.

The Viktualienmarkt is located on a big square covering 22 000 m2 and offers EVERYTHING you could possibly think of. In Austria a lot of the farmer’s markets focus on selling meats, cheeses and bread and somehow don’t really have that much choice when it comes fresh produce…so I was very happy when I saw the amazing selection of fruit, vegetables along with cheese, bread, spices and herbs. While the produce is not exclusively local or organic (only some of it is) I was blown away by the amount of stalls and the quality of the food. See for yourself.

As expected, the Biergarten which is located in the center of the market was packed with people enjoying their first MaรŸ of beer and WeiรŸwรผrstl at 10am. I think you’ve got to be a true Bayer to do that.

No matter what you’re looking for, I’m sure you’ll find at one of the stalls…

Lots of fresh vegetables.

A wide selection of potatoes and different stone fruits.

Pfifferlinge, also known as Eierschwammerl. I was very tempted to buy some of these because they are one of my favorite foods (I know I say this a lot but I really LOVE them). I might go back next weekend and buy some to take home so my mom can make me a delicious lunch or dinner….making Eierschwammerl with Knรถdel is one of the things my mom has perfected over the years!! You just wait and see.

Herbs, spices and dried fruit are also available.

And last but certainly not least: lots and lots of cheese :)

Even though I would have liked to buy a lot more, my fridge only holds a certain amount of food + I did my weekly grocery shopping yesterday, so these are the items I left the market with: nectarines, a bag of plums, bread and of course a big Bretzel or Bretzn’ as the locals prefer to call it.

After spending 2 hours at the market it was time to continue my sightseeing tour….

The Alte Hof.

I didn’t really know where I was going since I prefer to explore a city without a map and somehow landed on this road…

With what I get paid during my internship this probably isn’t the place where I’ll be doing my regular clothes shopping but it’s nice to know where I could spend the big bucks in case I ever have them.

After running a couple more errands I headed home and since the weather was actually better than predicted, I decided to go for a walk/ run…but that’s another story for another day!

Hope you’re having a FANTASTIC weekend!!!!!

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Shannon (Healthiful Balance) August 4, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Lovely blog post! :) I stayed in Munich for one week but it was at the airport. So I didnt get to see much of the towns or cities.
It looks beautiful, though! I love walking through markets.. it’s so fun!

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Antonia August 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Hi Shannon. Great to hear from you. Hope you’re enjoying your summer vacation?!
Yes, it’s absolutely beautiful. If you ever get the chance you should come to Munich. I’m in love with the city and the people are all very friendly.

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Christina August 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I absolutely love food markets! They are always my favourite part of going on holiday – especially as I don’t speak any other languages!

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Antonia August 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Then I’m sure you’d love it here in Munich. There’s small markets everywhere, even in places where you’d least expect them.

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Tessa at Amazing Asset August 7, 2012 at 1:39 am

I seriously cannot get over these brilliant pictures Antonia, they are just sooo so gorgeous and allows me to fall in love with summer and everything that has to do with it even more than I already do! I would have spent a whole lot of time there too, just seeing everything possible must have been wonderful :)

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Meghan@cleaneatsfastfeets August 7, 2012 at 4:00 am

Your pictures of the market were so beautiful I had to wipe the drool off my face. Yum!

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Emilie @ Hungry Delights August 8, 2012 at 4:29 am

wow the produce looks so fresh and delicious! I would love to go there/I wish my town had such a great food market. Your photography is so lovely!
xo Emilie @ Hungry Delights

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