Best Flea Markets and Thrift Stores in Munich
Munich hasn’t caught on to the trend of thrift stores as much as many other cities have, but you can still find a store or two, including some that sell used designer labels. Munich really comes into its own at its flea markets, which happen every weekend from spring to fall. Read on to find out where you can get the best deals.
The one that takes place every week at Olympiapark may be the most well-known of all the flea markets in Munich. It’s a big, civilized event put on by the Red Cross. There are bathrooms and food stands. It is open every Friday and Saturday, except on holidays, and has more than 450 stalls. Between the Werner von Linde Halle and the Munich Arena is the market.
Neuperlach, in the southeast of the city, has a flea market every Saturday in the parking lot. It’s about 30 minutes by train from Marienplatz. But the third Saturday of every month is extra special because it’s all about books. Under the roof of the terrace, there are tables with all kinds of books, from picture books for kids to novels. The U5 line stops right by the Neuperlach Center, so it’s easy to get there, but it might be harder to carry your books back.
It is Bavaria’s biggest flea market, with more than 2,000 sellers. On the many picnic tables set up at Theresienwiese, you can find everything from arty prints to bikes. Because there are so many stalls, there is a lot of competition to stand out. Many use brightly colored tarps, funny signs, and music to do this. This huge market happens once a year for Frühlingsfest. This spring tradition has been going on for over 25 years, and each year, up to 80,000 people come to the market to look for deals.
Antikmarkt in Aubing
If you want to go to a more upscale flea market, go to Aubing on Friday or Saturday. There are stalls selling everything from beautiful vases to old toys in the old car factory. The people who put it together call it “a museum where you can also shop.” Most of the stalls are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., but it depends on the vendor.
Want to find something that’s really different? In the middle of Neuhausen is a great second-hand store called Stoffwechsel. The clothes and jewelry are well organized by size, and they don’t just take anything that comes their way; they specialize in bright, vintage clothes and jewelry. The store is a non-profit organization that hires people who might not be able to find work elsewhere. It is full of hidden treasures and good deals. Sundays and Mondays, it’s closed.
There are two Oxfam shops in Munich. One is near the university in Maxvorstadt, and the other is near the river in Isarvorstadt. Haidhausen also has a store just for fashion. Like their counterparts in other parts of the world, they have everything from sloppy knitted cardigans to tea sets and everything in between. They are usually well-organized, and you can find a hidden gem with a lot less competition than at a flea market.
If you don’t like getting up early on Saturday mornings, you might like the night flea market at TonHalle. The stalls don’t open until 5 pm, and this market has a laid-back vibe with snacks for sale and live bands playing until midnight. It’s inside, so it’s a great option if it’s too rainy to go bargain hunting on the weekend. It happens once a month, usually in the middle of the month, and it costs €11 to get in.
This isn’t a traditional thrift store. It’s more like a second-hand shop, and even that name doesn’t do it justice. Macy caters to the wealthy people of Munich by selling designer clothes and accessories. It is especially good at selling shoes and boots for women. Don’t expect rock-bottom prices because all the clothes are cleaned and fixed if they need to be. This is a treasure trove for people who care about brands.
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