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Finally my first travel post! And I start with the fantastic city of Munich although I shall refrain from calling myself a Munich connoisseur. But we’ve recently been to Munich a couple of times, and I’ve discovered so many cool spots and pretty things that I thought why not starting the travel part of my blog by sharing the places from our last trip to Munich.

The city itself is a charming mix of Bavarian cosiness and cosmopolitan flair that instantly puts a smile on your face. Impressive and beautiful architecture all around you, enormous wonderful parks, a myriad of restaurants and bars, fantastic museums, and – on top of all – Munich is a shopper’s paradise. The pedestrian zone stretching between Marienplatz, the Frauenkirche and Karlsplatz for almost one kilometer makes a shopaholic’s heart skip a beat. It is the area to shop, browse and stroll. And if you have enough of the crowds around you, escape to one of the many cute little hideaways Munich has to offer to load up your batteries for the next round.

Here’s from our last trip to Munich:

The travel guide:

In a museum shop at “Fünf Höfe”, a modern mall carved into the block of houses between Theatinerstrasse and Kardinal-Faulhaber-Strasse, I discovered my perfect travel guide for Munich: Kera Till’s “München for Women only”. This city guide is so pretty, stylish and well researched with insider tips on everything women want: fashion, art, music, cafés, restaurant, hangouts, beauty, day trips and even a chapter on Munich’s so-called “fifth season”: the Oktoberfest. Love it.

Careful: I have the latest edition (third, 2014). On Amazon and ex libris I could only find an outdated version. Better wait therefore before ordering it!

The hotel:

We stayed at the Bayerischer Hof: a total classic. It couldn’t be better located right in the pulsating heart of Munich and within walking distance to the shops, museums and restaurants. But according to my taste a tad too posh and arrogant. Also, the rooms are not as well maintained as you would expect from such an institution (that is: furnishing from the eighties). Next time I would go to The Charles Hotel, recommended by my friends Claudia and Petra, or to one of the hotels from my travel guide: Louis Hotel or Cortiina Hotel.

The bars:

  • Recommended by a work colleague and not been disappointed: Gamsbar at Brienner Strasse 10: laid-back, friendly staff, fantastic cocktails.
  • Cole & Porter: stylish new hang-out in the city centre. Check it out!

The restaurants:

  • Spatenhaus an der Oper: traditional German cuisine and probably the best “Zwiebelrostbraten” of my life (sirloin steak with melted and crispy onions. Yes, heavy, but so good!).
  • Brenner Grill: located in a courtyard behind the Maximilianstrasse, this one is the hangout of the cool crowd. All cooking happens on open grills. Noisy, exciting, good food.

The shops:

  • Fünf Höfe: Here you can shop, admire exhibitions at the Kunsthalle, and indulge in a wide range of gastronomic delights – all under one roof.
  • Carta Pura: mould-made paper, exquisite writing utensils, cards, agendas, DIY paradise
  • & other stories: we still don’t have one in Switzerland, hence I was very excited when I discovered it in a side street off Kaufingerstrasse. In the end, I must have spent two hours in there. Shoes, cool clothes, bags, jewellery, beauty products. And all very reasonably priced. I will definitely return.
  • Douglas: the German version of Sephora. Enough said.
  • Hugendubel: books, books, books

I’m not a big fan of department stores and prefer small shops, but I make an exception for those three lands of plenty:

  • Ludwig Beck: located directly on Marienplatz with seven floors of international fashion, exclusive beauty products, lifestyle and music
  • Oberpollinger: on the second floor, they carry all my favourite Parisian brands like Comptoir des CotonniersMajeSandro and Claudie Pierlot. Dangerous, dangerous! And it doesn’t help that you have to pass the most amazing beauty corner on your way out… You’re warned!
  • Last but not least, the famous Lodenfrey where “Loden”, the traditional Bavarian textile, was invented. Still the place to get them, but also an upscale department store.

The hideaway:

Always love coming back here: Valentin Karlstadt Musäum. Tiniest and funniest place in Munich. But only for German speakers, I’m afraid.

 

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