Located in the heart of the old city, The Viktualienmarkt is Munich's oldest farmer's market. It has been in operation since 1807 and its one of my favorite places in the city.
Its easy to lose one's self amongst the stunning variety of booths, over 140 in all, each more beautiful than the next. The market vendors offer every conceivable variety of edible delights, literally from soup to nuts, as well as spices, wines, chocolates, flowers and more.
Of course there are sausages ... by the dozens ...
but by far, its the veritable cornucopia of vegetables and produce which charm me.
I ask you, is that garlic not a thing of beauty? Do those chili peppers not cry out to be taken home and turned into something magnificent? Of course they do. And the real pity is that I've now twice found myself strolling the Viktualienmarkt, eager to buy everything, yet without a kitchen in which to conjure.
They say the third time's the charm ... so I'm making a promise to myself. The next time I visit the Viktualienmarkt, it will be as a shopper ... even if I have to accost some unsuspecting resident of Munich and commandeer her kitchen!
Perhaps a giant cookie will serve as my bribe?
The Viktualienmarkt is open Monday - Saturday from 8:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. and is located just off of Munich Center's historic Marienplatz.