Whether you’re just visiting and want to explore more than just Marienplatz or thinking about moving to Germany’s third city, there are plenty of different Munich neighborhoods packed with personality. From where to find an affordable rooftop and plenty of boutiques to pockets of Buddhism in the heart of the city, here are the must-see areas in Munich.
Encompassing a wide area, Maxvorstadt is the cultural heart of Munich. As well as being home to two universities, Ludwig Maximilian University and the Technical University, it’s also where you’ll find many of the city’s 80 museums, including the three famous Pinakothek art museums. Get off the U-Bahn at Universität, and you’ll be spoilt for choice between the many different cafés that spill out into the street; go to the TUM café in Vorhoezler Forum to enjoy a coffee with a view from their sunny rooftop. Maxvorstadt is also a great place for some boutique shopping; stop in at stores such as Kauf Dich Glücklich and BoYco to find something a bit different.
Probably the most well-known of Munich areas, having the Englisch Garten on your doorstep makes this one of the most desirable places to live in the city — with rents to match! Up in the north of the city, you’re spoilt for choice with many restaurants, shops, and lively bars within easy access. In the past it was known as Munich’s bohemian quarter, though the area has become more gentrified over the past few years, leading to protests over rent, and forcing the city’s artistic types to make their home elsewhere.
Tucked in between Berg am Laim and the Isar, Haidhausen is a neighborhood with serious history — the district of haidhusir was first mentioned back in 808! Today it’s the the place to go for classical music in Munich, thanks to the famous Gasteig, home of the Strauss Conservatory and the Philharmonic. In 2006, the area took a former power plant and transformed it into the Muffatwerk, a cultural center adding to the area’s cool credentials. Sometimes referred to as the “new Schwabing,” residents and visitors can also enjoy the daily Weiner Markt, Munich’s smallest food market.
Gasteig, Rosenheimer Str. 5, München, Germany, +49 89 480980
If there’s a neighbourhood in Munich that has it all, it’s Glockenbach. You’re close to the river, but still near the city center; there are plenty of fun bars and cute bistros, but it’s also one of the most picturesque parts of Munich. It’s known as the center of Munich’s gay and lesbian scene, and many young couples choose to call Glockenback home. Hans-Sachs-Straße is the street to head to for a flavor of this district: you can pop into one of the many boutique stores, or sit back in the sun on Café Sax’s terrace.
Café Sax, Hans-Sachs-Straße 5, München, Germany, +49 89 268835
Though its wide, tree-lined roads and pretty apartments have given Neuhausen more of a reputation as pre-suburban yummy mummy territory, there’s more to this area than meets the eye. It’s home to a thriving Buddhist scene thanks to meditation center, BuddhaHaus. As well as having a restaurant on every corner, it’s also home to some of the city’s quirkiest and interesting coffee shops; Kaffee, Espresso und Barista is lined with retro coffee machines, and customers range from couples to workmen popping in for an espresso at the counter; Kaffee Kolonial round the corner is another great spot for a caffeine hit with personality. Once a year, this area hosts its own music festival: the Neuhauser Musiknacht has bands playing in 50 locations across the neighborhood.
Kaffee, Espresso und Barista, Schlörstraße 11, München, Germany, +49 89 16783878
Kaffee Kolonial, Donnersbergerstraße 39, München, Germany, +49 89 20060566
Much like Neuhausen, this area combines more of a laid back suburban feel with benefits such as easy parking, with edgier aspects and a whole load of things to do. The large Ostbahnhof station is in this area, giving it great connections not only to the city, but directly to the airport. The area surrounding the station has developed into a creative quarter with many bars and restaurants to choose from. Ready to hit the dancefloor? Head to Nachtkantine for one of their dance-themed nights; it ranges from salsa to swing, and they have live music to match.
Nachtkantine, Grafinger Str. 6, Munich, Germany, +49 8944 45 10 84