Long considered as one of the world’s most liveable cities, Munich somehow manages to maintain an almost village feel, despite a population of almost one and a half million. A global financial and publishing hub people from all over the world live and work in the city - high migration and a large expatriate community are a testament to this.
Once the birthplace and home of composing greats Mozart, Wagner and Strauss, the city remains a major cultural centre with numerous opera houses and theatres continuing the cities contribution to modern music theatre.
Heavily damaged during allied bombing in World War II the streets are a fusion of restored pre-war buildings and impressive modern architecture neither of which detract from Munich’s aesthetics.
For a traditional Bavarian meal there is no better place than Augustiner Bräustrüberl. Enjoy generous serves of typical Munich food – white sausage with sweet mustard and an oversized pretzel is a typical local’s choice. What’s more, the in-house butcher guarantees the quality of the meat making it fantastic value for money. Located at Landsberger Str. 19, it’s the oldest brewery in Munich.
The cheapest way to eat in Munich is by visiting the open air market of Viktualienmarkt. The popular food market is open each day from 8am, selling everything from fish and cheese to fresh flowers and fruit. Afterwards take your basket of gourmet goodies to one of Munich’s many beer gardens. Provided you purchase drinks on site, the owners are happy for you to bring your own food. The city itself is home to around 20, including perennial favourites the Englischer Garten and Hirschgarten.
Munich is home to more than its fair share of sophisticated eating houses and a trip to Tantris restaurant is no exception. The eight course degustation menu is German gastronomy at its best. If four hours of eating is a little out of your reach try something from the internationally themed a la cart menu. Food at the restaurant changes regularly to reflect seasonality and quality of produce but you can expect to find menu staples of duck, veal, lobster and lamb. Treat yourself at Johann-Fichte-Str. 7.
Neuhauser and Kaufinger streets (strasse) run through the city centre and are home to numerous shops stocking popular international brands. Channel old world glamour at cosmopolitan German department store, Operpollinger. Here, the white-gloved concierge will open doors to a world of Burberry, Gucci and Prada. Get your luxury brand fix along Maximilian Street where you can shop designer boutiques Bulgari, Dior and Louis Vuitton.
Before leaving Munich make sure you head to Hermann Geschenke. Pick up kitsch Bavarian souvenirs like right of passage steins (beer mugs), cuckoo clocks and music boxes. Located at Neuhauser Str. 2.