There are 140 shops and stalls at the Victualienmarkt in Munich, selling gourmet delicacies and local foods as well as beautiful flowers and plants. This was our first morning in Munich and indeed our first morning in Germany, and after an overnight flight the market had just the atmosphere we needed to reclaim our bearings and start to enjoy all that Munich had to offer. The market has been trading in the square behind the Church of St Peter since 1807 and has become an important meeting place for local shoppers and visitors.
Asparagus season was in full swing and it was for sale at many stalls. The white variety was new to us and its fresh, plump tenderness was very tempting.
At the greengrocers we were amazed to see the countries of origin of many of the fruit and vegetables. There were bananas from Panama, tomatoes from Spain. The variety was endless.
The garden shop was lush with greenery and gorgeous flowers ready to take home. Most of the flowering plants were familiar to us – it was strangely comforting to see them in unfamiliar surroundings.
We bought our evening meal of bratwurst at the butchers and some fresh crusty bread to go with it from this bakery. The enormous pretzels were on our “must eat” list immediately.
There is a beirgarten – of course, which opens an hour later than the market, at 9am. All of Munich’s beers are served here as well as those giant pretzels that are so salty and delicious…
probably more delicious than this spirulina brot!