STYLISH CITY: MUNICH
By Niels Carlyle, 24 September 2018
However, if you’re after a more low-key stay, be sure to book an apartment or hotel in one of the more happening areas: Glockenbachviertel, Schwabing or Maxvorstadt. Like the sound of the latter? Enjoy a drink in one of Munich's more unusual spots, Minna Thiel – an old train carriage-turned-bar stationed in the centre of the gallery district.
For a break away from the festival, stroll through the trendy Glockenbachviertel region which hosts a wide variety of contemporary bars and cafes, local boutiques and fashionable stores such as Rocket and Amen. Exciting evenings await in this beautiful corner of the city, which is home to Munich's LGBQT+ scene.
Swing by Schwabing for the streetwear specialist known as the BSTN Store, a brand and shop, showcasing the best selection of sportswear in the city. The English Garden is within walking distance from here, with its famous beer garden, Chinesischer Turm, at the heart of one of the world’s largest urban parks. And follow the Eisbach — a manmade sidearm of the Isar river — towards Lehel to see the surfers riding the waves all year round.
Now, you can’t really say you’ve truly experienced Munich without having a Bavarian meal. The Wirtshaus in der Au has been serving some of the best Bavarian beer and food since 1993, so this large tavern with its traditional décor and live music is not to be missed. If you're looking for a fresh approach to traditional cuisine, Servus Heidi is the perfect spot, serving authentic dishes with a twist. Still thirsty? Head to cocktail bar Schumann's, opened by the eponymous owner, Charles Schumann, who happens to be one of Germany's most accomplished bartenders.