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AROMA CAFÉ

You have not really witnessed the Glockenbach district, if you haven’t paid Aroma Cafe a visit. This place is probably the quarter’s ultimate meeting point, especially for breakfast – as Aroma serves superb coffee and homemade bread. Delicious, friendly, iconic.

Pestalozzistraße 24, Glockenbach, aromakaffeebar.com

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SCHUMANNS

Talk football with baristas Lucca and Giovanni over coffee in the morning. Or enjoy lunch out back on Schumann’s lovely Hofgarten terrace. Or catch late night drinks and dinner if you can get a table. In any case, Schumann’s is a Munich classic – just like the bar’s owner Charles, who has been known to personally serve selected guests with a piece of his mind.

Odeonsplatz 6 / 7, Altstadt, schumanns.de

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YOGA

The Jivamukti Clan has an internationally renowned yoga center right around the corner. Check their time-table for a bunch of classes including “basic”, “open”, “spiritual warrior”, “music / rhythm” and even “kids” as well as regular sessions with high-profile teachers from out of town.

Buttermelcherstraße 15, Glockenbach, jivamukti.de

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THE MICHAEL JACKSON MEMORIAL

OK, so this is kind of spooky. But also quite interesting. The “King of Pop” was a frequent visitor to Munich and used to stay at the Hotel Bayrischer Hof, in front of which Jacko’s passionate fans have adorned an unofficial memorial with flowers, poems and all types of memorabilia. This makeshift place of pilgrimage has been a controversial topic in Munich for a while, maybe because it was actually meant to honor Renaissance composer Orlando di Lasso.

Promenadeplatz, Altstadt

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OKTOBERFEST

Love it or hate it. The Oktoberfest is what it is, either way. Every beer tent comes with a cliché, some of which are true: Schottenhammel (young), Käfer (V.I.P.), Hacker-Pschorr & Löwenbräu (traditional), Fischer Vroni (gay), Weinzelt (antiquated), Augustiner (#1 beer) … Our preferred watering hole is the Schützenzelt. More specifically, its balcony, where the sun sets with a splendid view of Munich’s landmark, the Bavaria. Käfer is right across, which is practical, as that’s the only spot which stays open after 11pm (thru 1am). If you’re visiting with children, the Oide Wiesn is the place to be, as it’s a little bit calmer. By the way, locals call the Oktoberfest “Wiesn” (which is short for “Theresien­wiese” – and Bavarian for “lawn”) because King Ludwig first hosted royal horse races in honor of Princess Therese on this turf back in 1810. Yearly beer festivities have an even longer tradition in Bavaria, because it was customary to drink up the stocked amber nectar before the start of a new brewing season.

Theresienwiese, Westend, oktoberfest.de

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FOOTBALL

Join the locals for an after-work pick-up game in the Englischer Garten’s holy (but tricky) lawn. This may just be the city’s most democratic get-together, featuring students, tourists, blue-collar workers, hipsters and hedonists from all walks of life.  Enter the Englischer Garten at Thieme­straße and Königinstraße, then head ahead slightly to your left.

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HEY LUIGI

Sounds like Naples, but smells like teen spirit. Hey Luigi is the very definition of a lively neighborhood hangout. This place is always shaking, thanks to their real-deal dishes, casual atmosphere and charismatic barkeepers.

Holzstraße 29, Glockenbach, heyluigi.de

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FISCH-HÄUSL

This unrefined joint is really only a small kiosk – but definitely worth checking out for healthy dose of Paella, fried fish and a legendary salad. You can sit or stand outside and take in the upscale market-vibe at famous Wiener Platz.

Wiener Platz, Haidhausen

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ROBINSON

Former pro skater Robinson Kulhmann’s homely bar is right around the corner. His laid-back attitude rubs off on the bar’s guests – as well as on the amount of alcohol served in the drinks. Ohhh baby we like it raw … .

Corneliusstraße 14, Glockenbach, robinsonkuhlmann.com

FLEAMARKET ON THERESIENWIESE

If you’re here in spring, there is no way around a visit to the yearly flea market on the Oktoberfest grounds named Theresienwiese. Everyone else will be there too … 

flohmarktmuenchen.com

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PESCHERIA

Great place for fish just 200 meters from Flushing Meadows Hotel. Pick the fish of your choice from the display-cabinet or go with the daily menu. Probably not the cheapest place of all – but the again: quality has its price.

Fraunhoferstraße 13, Glockenbach, pescheria.de

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LENBACHS & SÖHNE

Tiny, tight and traditionally tacky. The crowd is on the young side. We prefer L&S late at night – or early in the morning, depending on how you look at it, when many of the city’s night-owls conjure for what we generally like to call: one final Absucker. Or two …

Maximiliansplatz 18, Altstadt, lenbachs-und-soehne.de

POMMES BOUTIQUE

Berni and his staff serve legendary Belgian french fries along with your choice of 20 (!) different sauces and a divine Currywurst (organic, of course), that would impress even the most critical of Berliners.

Amalienstraße 46, Maxvorstadt, pommesboutique.de

BEAN STORE

Laura’s new women’s shop right around the corner from the fab Brandhorst Museum serves a hand-picked selection of brands including A.P.C., Band of Outsiders, Brosbi, Han Kopenhagen, Martin Margiela, Nike, Weiz & Diaz etc.

Theresienstrasse 25, Maxvorstadt, bean-store.de

FC BAYERN

It’s basically impossible to get football tickets for the Allianz Arena without the the right connections or a lot of good fortune. But you can watch the record champions practice up close and personal at Säbenerstraße during the season. It’s a media-circus and all, but you haven’t been to Munich if you haven’t seen Pep Guardiola boss the record champions around.

Säbenerstraße 57, Harlaching, fcbayern.de

LEDERHOSN

Traditional Bavarian garb (or “Tracht”) used to be a reason to get bullied at school when we were coming up. These days, “Lederhosn” and “Dirndl” are absolute must-haves. Not sure how that change of priorities came about, actually. Maybe because every woman looks even better in a Dirndl! Please know, that dressing like Bavarians is by no means a necessity if you’re from out of town – but it can be fun nonetheless.

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SPEZLWIRTSCHAFT

“Spezl” is Bavarian for “buddy” (not be confused with “Spaz’l, which is what you would call your darling). While “Wirtschaft” is the most old-school of local terms for “restaurant”. And that’s fitting, as this place is ideal to have a Bavarian dish and lots of beer with your buddies. After dinner, check out club “Crux”, located just beneath the restaurant – especially if you’re into Hip Hop.

Ledererstraße 3, Altstadt, spezlwirtschaft.me

SCHWITTENBERG

Sandra Schwittau and Christopher Romberg run this beautiful fashion shop for men and women in the heart of Munich. Their high-brow selection of international brands includes Ayzit Bostan, Grenson, Dries van Noten, Wood Wood, Maison Martin Margiela, Humanoid etc. We are currently working a Schwittenberg x Flushing Meadows Hotel pyjama (!) collaboration, so make sure to look out for that…

Hildegardstraße 2, Altstadt, schwittenberg.com

BASKETBALL

By far our favorite spot for pick-up basketball is the tiny court on the corner of Barerstraße and Theresienstraße, where games of “3on3” tend to get rowdy at times. Games go till 11 and three’s count double. Make sure to bring your A-game! If you feel like visiting a professional game, the Audi Dome is your best – and only – bet. FC Bayern’s first league basketball team not quite as dominant as the fellow football department – but that’s it’s only a matter of time.

fcb-basketball.de

HIKE

There are about gazillion opportunities for hiking in Munich’s close vicinity. Here’s one: head for the Herzogstand at the beautiful Walchensee, which locals refer to as a “Hausberg”, because it’s so close to home you can easily make it to and fro in half a day. You’ll need a good hour to get there by car, and another 1,5 hours to climb the mountain’s better half, after a which a rewarding ”Brotzeit” awaits you in the “Hütt’n”. You can take the “Seilbahn” on the way down if the hike has drained your resources. When you get back down to the lake, try a cute little place called “Cafe am See” for grandmother-style cakes and a fantastic view of the Walchensee. Ask them for a taste of the local “Urfelder” Kräuterlikör if you don’t mind getting a little tipsy.

82431 Kochel am See

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