Luxury Shopping on Hohenzollernstraße, Munich
The Bavarian capital might be famous for its beer gardens, the beautiful Isar River and a famous Glockenspiel clock on Marienplatz, but make sure you save some time for retail therapy. Bypass Munich’s popular department stores and head to the city’s most glamorous street, Hohenzollernstraße.
Hohenzollernstraße is one of the city’s most exclusive shopping destinations, just a few minutes on the U-Bahn from Park Inn by Radisson Munich Frankfurter Ring. This is where you’ll find Munich’s well-heeled socialites gliding along the pavements, snapping up the latest designer threads and must-have accessories. Your holiday cash might not stretch to a Louis Vuitton handbag or a pair of Jimmy Choos, but there’s no harm in dreaming.
Shoes, glorious shoes
The street is a haven for shoe lovers, with a convenient mix of chain stores and smaller boutiques. The brightly-lit glass shelves of Bartu show off designs from beloved global names like Converse, Michael Kors and Ugg. You can find statement footwear by trendy German brand Buffalo, which specialises in boots but also sells beautiful heels and pumps, or head to popular chain Tretter for a huge selection of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes.
Leading German labels including Kandis & KandisMann, OSKA Concept and Gerry Weber have their own stores on or adjacent to Hohenzollernstraße, alongside high-end fashion houses like Lacoste, Virmani and Kult by Samuel Sohebi. Sartorially-savvy gents can browse in Herdt while ladies explore the S-affairs lingerie store, which stocks designs from Gossard, Dita von Teese, Verdissima and Hanky Panky.
If bling is your thing, head to charming store Leaf for elegant vintage-inspired pieces, or to Juwelier Weissberg for a statement watch. With so many shops to fit in, keep in mind that Germany’s Ladenschlussgesetz, or trading laws, are among the strictest in Europe. It’s only since 1996 that shops have been allowed to stay open after 2pm on Saturdays, and even now nothing opens on Sundays except stations, airports and small convenience stores. Make sure you look up the opening hours of individual stores in advance to avoid turning up to a ghost town and a firmly locked door.
Hohenzollernstraße has a great selection of eateries where you can rest your feet and get your daily caffeine fix. Cosy Italian restaurant La Tazza d’Oro serves excellent pasta lunches and daily specials, rounded off with their unmissable tiramisu. Watch the world and its convertibles go by over brunch at Caffe Florian, a local institution that’s well known for its coffee. If you’re struggling with the meaty German cuisine, fill up on chilli sin carne and vegetable lasagna at family-run vegan spot Cafe Knorke.
Hit the sales
In Germany, the sales usually take place at the end of January and again in August – though many stores will reduce prices throughout spring, clearing out the last of the winter lines to make room for summer and autumn collections. Hohenzollernstraße is a mile long, so you’re sure to bag a bargain somewhere. When you need to escape the rush on the racks, head east to the beautiful Englischer Garten – it’s just a 10-minute walk from the edge of the street. You can sunbathe by the lake and or relax with a beer from the Chinese Tower, surrounded by all your fabulous new belongings.