Tel: 49 89 213 50
Long a local landmark (and familiar across Germany from its coffee commercials), Dallmayr's elegant yellow facade features arched windows with a display of tempting comestibles. Wine, tea, coffee, chocolate, and cigars are all on offer behind the glass; inside is a high-end food market on a par with Paris or Rome, with the added bonus of a huge wurst counter. Prepared foods, condiments, and the famous coffee, the smell of which is omnipresent in the store, are the specialties of the house. A café upstairs serves snacks, while the ground-floor Champagne and oyster bar and a full-service restaurant make the shop a destination in itself.
Tel: 49 89 235 459 00
Right next to Dallmayr is the local branch of Germany's funkiest and most cultish chain store (other branches are in Berlin and Hamburg). This outlet is more elegant than its cousins, a deep, columned hall that morphs from kitchenware to clothing to office supplies as you walk through it. Manufactum's somewhat pretentious motto loosely translates to "There are still good things in the world," but the place is piled high with oddities and best-of-class objects from manual typewriters to enameled pots and staplers. An extensive papeterie and clothing section feature goodies from all over the world, and the Brot & Butter food shop in the front of the store has obscurely sourced condiments as well as fresh-baked country bread that is simply to die for.
Tel: 49 89 224 845
Separate women's and men's boutiques (women's on Maffeistrasse, men's in the nearby Theatinerhof off Theatinerstrasse) that feature a limited, well selected collection of seasonal fashions from big designers. Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent and the ubiquitous Prada are all represented here, though often only by a few choice items. Beyond clothing, the store features luggage, shoes, and accessories, all on a manageable and intimate scale.
Tel: 49 89 223 292
This Venice-based shoe and accessories boutique is more reasonably priced, and certainly more distinctive, than its high-end neighbors on Maximilianstrasse. Funky women's pumps, many decorated with a skull-and-crossbones motif (costing around $300), and exotic animal-skin bags are the rule in the Maximilianstrrasse side of the store; across a passage is a unisex boutique with shirts, dresses and accessories.
Tel: 49 89 220 871 0
For every woman who has been dreaming her whole life of a dirndl, or every man with an eye toward acquiring some choice lederhosen, Wallach is paradise. This is Munich's spot for traditional clothing, including fancy hand-embroidered country dresses as well as riding gear (loden wool coats with leather trim are not uncommon sights on local women of a certain age), luggage, Tyrolean hats, and accessories. It's as "authentic" and antimodern a store as you're likely to find in Europe, even if the clothes are not exactly typical for a night on the town.