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Viktualienmarkt Munich Reviews

sarahelaine sarahela…
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Viktualienmarkt May 03, 2013
The viktualienmarkt is a major food market in the centre of Munich, which is one of the best food and drink markets I’ve seen in Europe. It has fresh fruit, vegetable, cheese and meat stalls, flower stalls, and other stalls selling prepared food like soup or sausages and (of course) beer. The beer stall is supplied on rotation by various Munich breweries so the choice is limited (big, small, Weiss or Dunkel) but changes often. Whilst I was there it was supplied by Lowenbrau.

People who read my ramblings often know that I very much travel with my stomach in mind, and there are few things that I like better than being able to eat lovely fresh local food outdoors. One of those things is to drink nice beer in gardens, and with cooking in my top ten favourite things as well it’s no surprise that this was one of the highlights of my trip to Munich. The market is lovely and vibrant, with whole families crowding around wooden tables to eat local specialties and catch up. I was there in asparagus season, and many market stalls were joining in with what at first sight is an inexplicable asparagus craze. But it turns out that fresh white asparagus (as opposed to the weird canned stuff I’ve had often in Spain) is amazing.

Frustratingly, there is a limit to how many of the products would have survived the journey home. I probably *could* have stuffed my suitcase with cured meats and cheeses, but I’d just bought a new dress that I wanted to survive the journey too. So I contented myself with a jar of spices and some culinary-grade lavender as a souvenir. But if you were planning a longer trip, or staying in a hostel and planning to do some of your own catering, then buying some meat and bread on the market would be a great way to keep meal costs down and try some amazing foods.

Entrance to the market is free, beer costs about the same as it would elsewhere in the city, and sausages and so on are very affordable.
sarahelaine says:
There used to be far more produce markets in Britain, but a lot of them have either got smaller or become much more expensive "farmer's markets". Good markets are one of my favourite things about going to Europe. :)
Posted on: May 21, 2013
davidx says:
Sounds great
Posted on: May 09, 2013
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roadrunner23 roadrunn…
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most known market in Munich Mar 20, 2011
The Victuals Market, only a few steps from the Marienplatz, is Munich's most popular open air market.

The market is frequent visited by both locals and tourists.
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froggoddess froggodd…
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For an excellent meal Sep 12, 2008
This is an open-air market in downtown Munich that sells all sorts of specialty and mid- to high-end foods. It helps to be somewhat familiar with German food names, because here it can be one stall for your brot, another for your speck, still another for the kase and another if you want senf. Still, the vibrant atmosphere is amazing. Once you manage to get a table in the crowded sit-down area, you can relax, people-watch, drink beer and eat good food to your hearts content.

If you're not feeling brave, there are also restaurants that serve full meals and will speak fair English. Another hint: scope out the bathrooms before you need them. They were hard to find!
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