Gift local: We list a few of the businesses in Munich offering offline and online shopping – from traditional department stores to museum shops.
It's easy to see why the Ludwig Beck am Rathauseck department store is known as the “store of the senses” by some. With its seven floors packed with beautiful, high-quality products, it is the perfect place to find a gift to suit any taste. One of the main attractions on the ground floor is the extensive beauty department, where you will find dedicated counters for many premium brands, from Hermès to Kiehl's. The upper floors are devoted to men’s and women’s fashion – and Beck is particularly proud of its traditional dress products as well. Another highlight is the music department which, according to the company, accounts for around one percent of the world market share in the classical music sector. The Christmas market on the fourth floor showcases Christmas jewellery and cards, while online shoppers are able to browse a special selection of Christmas offerings including luxurious Advent calendars, selected fragrances and high-quality confectionery.
Ludwig Beck, Marienplatz 11
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Kunst und Spiel is a true institution in Schwabing. For 67 years, parents and children have been enjoying its high-quality toys, vast selection of crafting supplies and lovingly created children’s books. The shop has always set great store by sustainability, which is why purchases are always packed in paper bags, and you won’t find predominantly plastic products on the shelves here. Quality and durability are just as important as buying local; Kunst und Spiel counts many small and medium-sized German enterprises among its suppliers, meaning that when you shop here you are doubly benefiting local businesses! From eco-friendly baby clothes to wooden toys for bigger kids – you can find everything you want here, whether you prefer to shop online or in-store.
Kunst und Spiel, Leopoldstrasse 48
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The gift shop at the Deutsches Museum has everything you'd expect from a good museum shop: it enthuses visitors and wows them with amazing things that they didn't know existed. If you’re on the lookout for an unusual gift you need look no further – whether you're buying for children (from unique board games to DIY wooden toys) or adults (from calligraphy sets to designer wall clocks). The three museum shop branches offer beautiful, exciting and practical items, so with a bit of luck, you could find gifts for the whole family. And the online shop means you can even do it all digitally!
Deutsches Museum Shop, Museumsinsel 1
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If you're in search of delicatessen and speciality foods, Munich's Käfer is the place to go. With sites on Prinzregentenstrasse and in Schwabing, the stores are especially popular in the run-up to Christmas – no wonder, as they are a great place to go for presents as well as to pick up exquisite specialities for the Christmas celebrations, from fine Champagnes to unusual spices. If you simply can't decide, you could opt for one of their popular gift hampers, or a voucher which can be redeemed not just in Käfer stores, but also in any of the many restaurants that serve Käfer's excellent cuisine. The store's gingerbread hearts, which you can personalise with your own inscription, make a wonderful keepsake. Those who prefer to use the internet to buy speciality foods, wines and gifts will find a great selection of products in the online shop.
Käfer Feinkostladen, Prinzregentenstrasse 73
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Munich locals and visitors have been buying jewellery at Juwelier Fridrich for 150 years. Situated between Marienplatz and Sendlinger Tor, the shop is impossible to miss. Fridrich has always been a family business and is one of the oldest jewellers in the city. In the store, a highly experienced team offers customers expert advice, while the company's watchmaker and goldsmith work in the workshop. Engagement rings and wedding rings are the most popular items sold from the location in Munich's pedestrianised area, though the shop also specialises in exclusive, carefully selected pearls. Customers can use the company's online shop to order watches and jewellery from the comfort of their own homes.
Juwelier Fridrich, Sendlinger Strasse 15
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The wonderful Hackenstrasse in Munich's Altstadt is home to another of the city's traditional, historic department stores. Radspieler was awarded the title of Royal Bavarian Purveyor to the Court at the turn of the century, because of the fine, unusual fabrics it offered. You can still buy wonderful textiles in the store today too – both to wear and for your home. The store sells cushions, curtains, carpets, and other textiles, as well as a range of beautiful home accessories made from high-quality materials. Located in the city centre, the shop is well worth a visit for its historical building and beautiful courtyard alone; however, it also offers a small selection of products to buy online.
Radspieler, Hackenstrasse 7
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You can also find more Munich-based online shops on the Kauflokal website!