While many visitors flock to Munich for its suds-spawned social atmosphere, there's a lot more to the city than Bavarian beer gardens and Oktoberfest. Munich is filled with charming age-old traditions, designer boutiques and a whack of culture. It's also home to one of our newest showrooms, which opened in September in one of Munich's most picturesque areas, the trendy Glockenbach district.
We looked to one of our favourite Müncheners, local blogger Luisa Lion of fashion and lifestyle blog, Style-Roulette, to find out the best spots to shop, eat, travel and have a good time. Over to Luisa....
To make this clear: We don’t run around in Dirndl all the time, and the Brezn is not the only food we have. Munich, Bavaria's Capital, has so much more to offer than the clichés we are known for. So, join me on a 24-hour trip through Munich, and experience my all-time favourite must-sees and dos.
6AM: GET YOUR SWEAT ON
The best way to start the day is to go for a run at the Isar, also known as the soul of Munich. I really enjoy having a moment for myself while the rest of the world still seems to be asleep. You can just take a quick walk or go for a long run if you have the time. Even in winter, if its not too slippery, it’s a wonderful place to embrace the beauty of the nature and stay fit at the same time. It's also the perfect place for riding a bike and exploring the area north or south of the city center. If you're just in the mood to relax and want to enjoy the sunshine, pull out your beach towel and lie facing the river, once the sun come up of course.
7:30AM: BREAKFAST AT WHITE RABBITS ROOM
With little details everywhere, this eatery is obviously made with love. It reminds me of the rabbit burrow of Alice in Wonderland. There is so much to look at that you won't be able to focus on what to eat for a while. When you do get around to it, ordering is easy; you receive a piece of paper and only need to put a cross right next to what you would like to eat. Everything is homemade and on the weekends they serve fresh waffles and crèpes.
9:00AM: STROLLING AROUND VIKTUALIENMARKT
The Viktualienmarkt is a daily food market, surrounded by a beautiful setting of pretty old buildings and churches. It used to be a typical farmers market but these days is known for its gourmet food. A huge variety from fruits and herbs to cheese and wine can be found and purchased here—something for every taste.
While most people would probably go shopping at Kaufingerstrasse because of its wide variety of brands and shops, I prefer little boutiques where you can find beautiful clothing that no one else will be seen in. I love strolling around the Glockenbachviertel. Its full of little cafés and shops—a very trendy place to be that lets you get to know a different side of Munich. Be sure to check out the lululemon Glockenbach showroom here too.
1:30PM: LUNCH AT L’OSTERIA
“The day has 86.400 seconds—some of them are worth enjoying good food." That’s L’Osteria's Motto. I love the mixture of simplicity in the dishes combined with creativity and delicious ingredients. A modern surrounding and typical Italian cuisine makes this place worth a visit.
Walking around the inner city you will find that the old part of Munich is an incredibly beautiful place, with old buildings and so much history. Don't bother with a hop-on/hop-off sightseeing bus; it's much nicer to just walk around and get to know Munich by foot. Also, it's more convenient since everything is so close together. The city is surrounded by two big gates, the Isar Tor and the Sendlinger Tor. In between there is so much to see. You will find a couple of churches, each with its own stories and history behind it. There is also the town house, which was built in two different eras, the reason why its two sides don’t look much alike. You can also spend your time in one of our museums, or just strolling around different parts of the city and enjoy the beauty of it.
4:30PM: COFFEE AT STADTCAFE
An eclectic mixture of regulars, tourists, families and locals make this café a very special place. First opened in 1983, it has become famous, yet still isn't overcrowded. I like the mix of all different people of all ages and origins, listening about their stories while enjoying a tasty cup of coffee. Another special place is Gartensalon,, which has tasty baked items and a gorgeous outdoor patio.
5:00PM: SWEET TREAT AT THE MAELU
Located right in the centre of Munich, Maelu serves the finest treats you can imagine, like little tarts and, their specialty, eclairs. Even though I try to lead a healthy lifestyle, sometimes you need to indulge yourself, and to be honest, I wouldn’t know a better place than here. Located on a busy street, it's a welcome break from a busy day wandering the streets of Munich, and filled with plenty of colourful macaroons and chocolates to choose from.
6:00PM: TAKE A WALK AT THE BOTANICAL GARDENS
After being caught in the stressful inner-city life, it can be so relaxing walking around the botanical gardens. In summer it is full of flowers—the exotic ones are stunning. It’s a beautiful setting to spend the afternoon either with friends or enjoying some quiet time with a book by yourself.
7:00PM: INDOOR SWEATING AT THE HAMAM
Can you think of a better way to sweat it all out while feeling super relaxed, than at a Hamam? These original Turkish sweat baths are located all over the city, but it's even better if its located right in the city centre, so it won't take up a whole day to indulge yourself and be as relaxed as if you were on a week-long holiday. You will feel refreshed and calm–all you need after an exciting day in Munich.
8:30PM: DINNER AT MAX PETT
I love to blog about fitness. On Our Clean Journey we show how to lead a healthy, mostly vegan and lifestyle. That’s why I was super excited when I found this place, where you can eat the most delicious and creative vegetarian food, but still with the simplest of ingredients.
10:00pm: LIVE MUSIC AT SCHWABINGER PODIUM
No matter what kind of music you like, you will find it at the Schwabinger Podium. This exciting mixture of all types of music makes this live music bar worth a visit. No need to dress up, just show up and have fun, that’s all it takes.
12:00am: GRAB FOOD ON THE WAY HOME AT WAHAKA
Its easy to grab a burger or a kebab on your way home, but now you can also grab a quick burrito. I like that it's not like all the other take-away places in town. Plus, with your own burrito you can either grab a healthy one with lots of veggies and no cheese or get the full on version.
ALL THIS SAID, IF YOU GET THE CHANCE...
Clichés exist for a reason, and Munich is definitely worth a visit during Oktoberfest, while everyone's dressed in traditional clothes (think: Dirndl or Lederhosen) and enjoying typical Bavarian food.
what are your favourite spots in Munich?