In Munich there are four large shopping malls, each with some 120 shops. They are: the OEZ Olympia Shopping Centre, the Riem Arcaden, the Einkaufs-Centrum Neuperlach (pep) and the Pasing Arcaden. Besides the three large malls, there is a number of smaller malls (Einkaufszentren). Below is a brief introduction into some of them.
OEZ Olympia Einkaufszentrum
The OEZ opened in time for the 1972 Olympic Games. It was then that the Olympia Einkaufszentrum, called OEZ for short, opened its doors and presented what at that time was a completely new type of shopping.In the course of the decades Bavaria's largest shopping centre has been expanded even further and modernised. An innovative world of shopping established itself as an attraction for the region. The Olympia Einkaufszentrum presents itself on two light-flooded levels as a multi-faceted shopping landscape. Department stores, 135 trendy shops, large clothing businesses as well as many attractive cafés and restaurants under the impressive glass roof turn a stroll through the centre into a relaxed shopping experience. Not only exclusive labels and current fashion trends are represented, but almost everything that enriches and inspires life: individual accessories, the very latest beauty products and market-fresh foods.
In the Olympia Einkaufszentrum it is not only pleasant to go on a stroll, rummage around and try on clothes, but also to enjoy a gourmet meal to your heart's content. Whether fish or meat, vegetables or pasta, German cuisine or exotic culinary delights – the gastronomic choice in the OEZ is diverse and attracts the gourmet into the world of shopping. Creative events, such as fashion shows and exhibitions, contribute to the wide-ranging ambience of the Olympia Einkaufszentrum.
Convenient and varied is how the popular Riem Arcaden shopping mall presents itself in the Trade Fair City. With its 120 shops and restaurants on three floors the Riem Arcaden offers a large variety of very attractive stores which invite you to take a look around and shop in a relaxing atmosphere.
Whether fashionable boutiques for her and him, trendy shoe shops, perfumeries, jewellers' or opticians' shops – as far as fashion and lifestyle are concerned the Riem Arcaden also offers a large selection of stores for every taste. Shops for electric and photographic equipment as well bookshops and stationery stores extend the goods on offer for leisure time and the daily routine. Service providers, such as banks, hairdressers, a dry cleaner's and a travel agency as well as supermarkets and numerous specialized food shops round up the offer.
The attractive range of cafés, restaurants and ice-cream parlours offers a welcoming place to relax in case a shopping break is needed. Whether fast-food restaurants, pizza, sushi bar or genuine Bavarian – the Riem Arcaden has much to offer in food. In addition, regular cultural events and happenings provide many highlights and a varied program for the visitors.
Shopping center Neuperlach pep Munich
125 specialty stores, more than 2,000 parking spaces – this is pep, the Neuperlach shopping center in the east of Munich. Three floors of diverse stores mean that pep offers a great number of top fashion brands, cosmetics and personal care items, watches and jewellery, electronics and multimedia, flowers, books, confectionary, shoes and purses, gifts and much more. In addition, there are numerous service providers, such as hairdressers, opticians, travel agencies, a pharmacy, drycleaners and a special store for hearing aids. Three banks, a ticket shop as well as a large supermarket on the lower level and a full-service department store on the ground level complement the range of offers.
The impressive appearance of the shopping centre Neuperlach pep is determined by the large, light-flooded atrium with a glass cupola around which the numerous stores and boutiques are grouped. Thus all stores in pep are within easy walking distance. The atrium also serves as place to linger a while. Entertaining activities, such as fashion shows, Easter and Christmas displays as well as retail markets are organized here throughout the year.
Be it a brief coffee break during a shopping spree, a light snack in between or an extensive restaurant visit, the broad culinary offer ranges from an ice-cream parlor, juice and coffee bar, fast-food chain, pizza parlor, Asian snacks, sushi to Chinese restaurant meals. This gastronomic variety is one of the reasons why pep is not only frequented by residents from the east of Munich but by visitors from the entire municipal area and surrounding communities. The excellent transport connection makes this possible: The subway line U5 as well as five bus lines stop right at the door.
The Pasing Arcaden is a shopping mall located in the district of Pasing. The first section of the Pasing Arcaden was opened in 2011 and the second in 2013. It is located near the Pasing train station, in the west of Munich. The total area of the Pasing Arcaden covers 63,000 m2, making the Pasing Arcaden the fourth major shopping mall in Munich, after the Einkaufs-Center Neuperlach – pep, the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum, and the Riem Arcaden.
Regarded as the most elegant shopping malls in Munich, Fünf Höfe spans over some 17,500 sqm, this architectural synthesis of the arts presents a mix of fashion, lifestyle, art and enjoyment and attracts more than seven million visitors every year. The Fünf Höfe (Five Courts) complex offers a total of 64 exclusive shops, restaurants, bars and specialty stores as well as displays of culture at the Kunsthalle of the Hypo-Kulturstiftung and the Galerie Wittenbrink.
Sunglasses to match your new outfit? No problem. An unusual gift for lovers of interior design? The selection is inspiring. Looking for your next coffee-table book? German and international literature and press products are available, as well as fashion, cosmetics, accessories, interior design ideas, artistic expression, goldsmith’s craft, books or groceries for daily living – small delicatessen stores, individual boutiques and the representatives of world-renowned labels invite you for a lavish shopping spree and provide new inspirations.
Even beyond the opening hours of the stores, the Fünf Höfe is a lively and popular place in downtown Munich. It’s also not the worst place for a morning Espresso, a business lunch or a romantic dinner. There are many nice cafés, bars and restaurants from Italian to Thai, and even star cuisine is represented here.
The mezzanine between Karlsplatz/Stachus in the city centre and its train station in the underground harbours a shopping centre right in the very heart of Munich, including 53 stores, two department stores, and a car park with more than 800 spaces.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9am - 8pm
A small but special shopping centre in the west of Munich: in Pasing's Eschenhof you can find hairdressers, delicatessens from all over the world, natural skin and hair care, flower shops, a CD shop and several physicians. Opening hours: Depends on the individual store; some open at 6am, some at 10am. Generally shops will be open: Monday to Friday 10am - 8pm Saturday 10am - 2pm
FÜNF HÖFE, Theatinerstraße 11, 80333 München
Eschenhof Pasing, Planegger Straße 9a, 81241 München
PEP, Ollenhauerstraße 6, 81737 München
Stachus, mezzanine between Karlsplatz/Stachus and train station Karlsplatz
OEZ Olympia-Einkaufszentrum München, Hanauer Straße 68 80993 München
Riem Arcaden, Willy-Brandt-Platz 5, 81829 München
SUMA Center München, Margot-Kalinke-Straße 4, 80939 München
Einkaufscenter MIRA Nordheide, Schleißheimer Str. 506, 80933 München
Pasing Arcaden, Pasinger Bahnhofsplatz 5, 81241 München
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9am - 8pm.