This past October I went to Germany for the Frankfurt Book Fair, and lucky for me I flew there a few days early to enjoy a weekend in Munich. I suggest you tack on a vacation day or two to a work trip any chance you get. I had heard many good things about Munich and I thought two days seemed like the perfect amount of time to get to know a little bit about this city. On Saturday morning, my first thing to do was head to Viktualien Market.
I would say all of Europe is known for their wonderful food markets, and especially their Christmas markets, and Munich is no different. Viktualien Market is open all day every day except Sunday and is located in the city center just steps away from Marienplatz. It started as a farmers’ market in the early 1800s making it the oldest market in Munich. Today, it is a full-fledged food market selling everything you can think of from fresh produce to meats, cheeses, breads, sauces, and flowers and home decorations.
There are also small cafes and restaurants tucked in among the food stalls as well as take away stalls for breakfast and lunch or just a beer. In the middle of the outdoor market are plenty of benches and tables to sit down and enjoy the fare and in October, it is an especially beautiful atmosphere with the green, yellow, and oranges leaves on the trees and sprinkled on the ground.
The market itself isn’t that large but I ended up spending a couple hours walking around in circles because I wanted to make sure I saw everything on offer. Markets and food in any town are such a good way to get a sense of the culture and lets you see how the locals do business. I love the smells, bright colors, and hustle and bustle.
After I was finished perusing the stalls I was ready for some lunch and bought a sausage at one of the stalls on the perimeter of the market. From where I stood on the sidewalk eating my lunch, I had a great view of Marienplatz and the crowds. Strolling around Viktualien was a good, low-key way to spend my morning and I would love to go back to any part of Europe during the holidays to enjoy the Christmas markets.
What food market in Europe have you visited?