Between the four-day weekend and the school holidays and the family obligations, many people leave Munich for the Easter holidays. For those of us staying in town, it’s a chance to relax and enjoy a few days of usually nice spring weather and fewer people around. Right? Yes – but only if you’ve planned your shopping correctly. Holidays in Munich mean that all the stores are closed and Easter is the perfect storm with public holidays Friday, Sunday, and Monday.
I can do my shopping on Saturday, right?
Many small business take a day off on Easter Saturday. While the larger stores will be open, I wouldn’t recommend leaving your grocery shopping until Saturday, at least not if you want to find fresh food or half the items on your list. You see, Thursday night will be like 6pm Saturday at the grocery, where there is no chicken left or much bread or almost any produce because everyone is stocking up before Sunday. And on this particular weekend, they’ll be stocking up on everything to last through Tuesday. And overbuying because everyone goes on a crazy shopping spree knowing they have to go 4 days without a grocery store! Remember those videos of empty shelves before hurricanes? That is Easter Saturday.
I forgot ____, and now it’s the weekend
The options may be a little more limited than a normal holiday or Sunday, but your best bets are:
- Ostbahnhof – the DM inside the station is open on holidays for all your baby supplies, toiletries, and even some frozen foods at this location.
- Hauptbahnhof – in addition to food and drink kiosks, there is a small grocery store.
- Bakeries – Many will close on Easter Sunday, but for Friday and Monday some bakeries (Aumüller in Berg am Laim, for example) sell eggs, butter, yogurt, and milk.
- Munich airport – it’s a long way to go for groceries, but it’s open 365 days a year and has a large Edeka just inside Terminal 1 and smaller grocery just inside Terminal 2.
- Gas stations – these cover all your snack and alcoholic beverage needs, as well as a surprising amount of other random household items and toiletries.
For medical care, please check our list of after-hours clinics and pharmacies.
Our recommendation? Get your shopping done early on Thursday and then enjoy a Saturday walking around town, getting an ice cream, and relaxing at one of Munich’s many cafés or beer gardens!
Anne Frazier Ahrens came to Munich as a single gal from Texas with a successful career in finance. A decade later, she’s still here… now a married, full-time mom to a daughter with Down Syndrome and a very full social calendar. Since trading investor meetings for coffee dates, she’s enjoying having more time to explore all that Munich has to offer – and continues her quest to visit all of Munich’s beer gardens.
Photo credit: Hailing from sunny Florida, Loralee Pioszak is an English/Spanish speaking children and family photographer who enjoys capturing bright colors, big smiles and childhood memories. She is a Munich resident since 2015 and mom to one very cute little girl. Find her work at facebook.com/loraleephotography.