Allude’s Munich: Travel Guide from Andrea Karg and Team
You can read lots of things about Munich in city guides and online portals. But more often than not, by the time you’ve navigated through countless open tabs, it’s not only quite late but you’ve jotted down so many notes that you don’t even know where to begin. What was supposed to be a short relaxing trip can quickly turn into stressful location hopping. How to avoid this? Why not use our Munich city guide, for example, featuring tips from the Allude crew. After all, as long-time Munich residents, they know every corner of the city like the backs of their hands. And what should you do with the hours you gained? Simply invest them in perfecting your outfit!
A visit to the Theresa restaurant is usually not limited to stilling your hunger for Gambas al Ajillo and perfectly cooked beef tenderloin with a side of home-made fries. At the sight of the chic interior in a modern sixties style, you won’t be able to help but feel inspired to beautify your own apartment. And where can you find the cuddly velvet stools and atmospheric lamps? Check out the website of designers Seven Elohim, where you can even purchase some of these pieces online.
The lustrous and dazzling interior of the film casino looks like it’s taken right out of the James Bond movie Casino Royale or the film Ocean’s 11, starring Brad Pitt. You won’t find shoot-outs or gambling here, however. Rather, expect tasty drinks and dishes with a modern twist, such as the Asian-inspired beef tartar. Our recommendation: check out the dinner club on Fridays and Saturdays. From 11 pm, the restaurant turns into a cool club!
It’s true, you won’t find a scenic view of the Alps, grazing cows, or Bavarian Lederhosen at the Gärtnerplatz Alm, but the restaurant’s traditional dishes will please your palate without such bells-and-whistles. In addition to a hearty snack consisting of North Italian mountain salami, mountain cheese and antipasti, the Alm-Fondue comes especially recommended. And for a drink, try the Alm Mule, a vodka cocktail mixed with a trendy Almdudler soda pop.
Cole & Porter Bar
Whether you just want to grab a coffee to go, eat a quick snack or meet for after-work drinks, the Cole & Porter Bar is the perfect meeting place for any time of the day in downtown Munich. Jazz fans especially will get their money’s worth. Among the bar’s highlight are not only trumpet-shaped lamps, which float above the counter, but also exquiste beats from the high-end sound system.
Even though Italy’s not far away, you needn’t be sad if you can’t make a quick detour to Bella Italia. With its delicious pasta dishes, tramezzini and Sicilian coffee specialties, the team at the Café Morso brings La Dolce Vita directly to Munich’s Maxvorstadt. Be sure to get a table outside, in front of the café, a perfect spot to observe the colourful hustle and bustle on Nordendstraße.
Delicatessen store, coffee shop and restaurant all in one. If you find it hard to leave the Waldmeisterei on your first visit, this may be partly due to its cosy atmosphere but above all to the delicious dishes, which are served at robust wooden tables: all high-quality organic products, such as homemade jams or smoked cheese.
Haus der Kunst
After taking a long walk in the English Garden, make sure to visit the adjoining Haus der Kunst. We highly recommend the regularly scheduled event “Art after work”, during which you’ll be able to enjoy not only the museum’s peaceful atmosphere but also a snack at the legendary Golden Bar afterwards.
Pinakothek der Moderne
Visiting the Pinakothek, one of the world’s largest museums for 20th- and 21st-century art, you should bring one thing above all: enough time! Our exhibition recommendation: Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist’s “Himalaya Goldsteins Stube”, one of the artist’s largest whole-room installations, now on view again for the first time in several years.
The Lenbachhaus is renowned for owning the world’s largest collection of art by the artist group Der Blaue Reiter (the Blue Rider). But other exhibitions at the museum are also well worth visiting, such as the show “Bildschön – Ansichten des 19. Jahrhunderts” (“Picture perfect – Views from the 19th Century”), which captivates visitors with natural scenes and postcard views. Be warned: you may get itchy feet.
With its understated, no-frills design, the Schumann’s has little in common with the trendy bars in Schwabing and Maxvorstadt, but the iconic bar at the Hofgarten is above comparison anyway. Since its opening in 1982, the bar has been the main meeting place for artists and actors alike. A real highlight is the Les Fleur du Mal Bar on the first floor. The drinks, mixed by the bartender according to the guests’ wishes, are served on a nine-meter long table.
The dimly lit bar at the Maximiliansplatz might as well be right out of the hip TV series Mad Men. You won’t get cigars here, with which Don Draper and his coworkers fill their offices with smoke, but you can expect exquisite drinks. In addition to classic highballs, the menu also offers some unique creations such as “Fatomas”, made with champagne, white rum and lime.
Having cocktails before going to the club? In general, not a good idea. More often than not, you and your friends will not only end up getting wasted right here and then but won’t even make it to the club. (It’s so comfortable here!) Visiting the Heart Club will solve this problem once and for all. The chic location is restaurant, bar and club all in one. No more flimsy excuses!
Wir machen Cupcakes
The best reward after a long tour through downtown Munich? A short stop at one of the adjacent cafes. “Wir machen Cupcakes” lures guests not only with its delicious cupcake creations such as “Erdbeer Küsschen” (Strawberry Kisses) but also with cake pops and moist brownies. So many great options that you’ll find it hard to pick just one! Tip: If the weather’s nice, grab a cupcake to go and stroll over to the nearby Viktualienmarkt.
Print is dead? The generous selection of titles ranging from fashion to graphic design, architecture, and all things food-related available at the Soda Book Shop suggests the opposite. The store also stocks the most interesting magazines from London to New York. And what’s the owner duo’s, Sebastian Steinacker and Isabell Hummel’s favourite? The “Smith Journal” from Australia.
Sick of the hustle and bustle of the city? A visit to the store of the Australian beauty brand Aesop at the Maximiliansplatz is a great opportunity to unwind. The store, designed in natural shades, is like a cosy cave, in which you simply want to stay for hours, sniffing the wonderfully fragrant hair and body products. The Allude team’s absolute favourite: the room spray with geranium, bergamot and cedar.
P.S.Let’s not forget our Allude Cashmere Clinic in Munich’s eternally hip Lehel district. Our colleagues look forward to welcoming you and your cashmere treasures. You can also find our care series and a selection accessories there. See you soon!
Don’t expect an ordinary hotel when you stay at the Cortiina, which feels more like the cosy and stylish apartment of a close friend. Fresh flowers, warm natural shades and comfortable furniture make sure you’ll feel extra welcome after your arrival. Go back home? Why? Isn’t that where we are?
The Flushing Meadows
Staying at the Flushing Meadows feels almost like sleeping in a museum. The 11 rooms on the third floor were designed by personalities from creative fields, such as the artist Albert Oehlen or the actress Birgit Minichmayr.
Parisian charm in the middle of Munich? Hotel Louis at the Viktualienmarkt achieves this in typically laid-back French manner. The white tiles in the bathroom, which are combined with a brown marble floor, are reminiscent of the Paris Metro. Our tip: Take your breakfast on the small balcony overlooking the magnificent Vitkualienmarkt.
Photos: Cole Porter; Cortiina Hotel/Kull Weinzierl; Theresa Bar/Kerstin Weidemeyer; Haus der Kunst/Marino Solokhov; Schumann’s Bar München/Klaus BRenninger; Wir machen Cupcakes; Heart München