Munich, Germany
Elna, 39
Foodie, dog owner & design lover
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What are the Munich spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Going up the St. Peter Church's tower - Best view in the city for just 2€.

Do’s and don’ts in Munich: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Do: get a bier and sit down by the Isar. Don't: cross the street on a red light, unless you want to earn death stares-

What do you do and why do you do it?

I work in design and I do it because I love working with creative people and enjoy the thrill of working on a tight schedule (even though I might complain about it every once in a while)

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

Between 35-50€ for an extended dinner with wine and/or drinks.

Which Munich shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

I don't usually shop in Munich - unfortunately there aren't many original stores, mostly large chains. If you want to see something else other than the high street with the same brands as everywhere else, go to the Hohenzollernstraße - between Leopoldstraße and Kurfürsten Platz.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Maxvorstadt and Neuhausen in the daytime and Gärtnerplatz/Glockenbachviertel at night

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

At night? To Deja bu or Hoiz Weinbistro for a glas of wine and some fingerfood

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Munich?

Curry Wurst with Fries in Bergwolf!

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Go to the Museum! There are so many so close to each other in the Kunstareal. Or go to the botanical garden to the tropical greenhouses.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

I take them to Schloss Nymphenburg and its park, or for a sundowner on the terrace of the Vorhoelzer Forum... Or out of the city to one of the lakes.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Occam Deli, because its so close to home, or Cafe Schneewittchen.

Your perfect night out in Munich includes:

A concert in Milla and drinks in zum Wolf.

Which local creators do you admire?

Ottl Aicher (actually from Ulm) responsible for the iconic design language of the Olympic Games 72 and Franz Marc, the painter

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Chi Thu in the Pestalozzistraße for a delicious Banh Mi

Tomorrow’s your last day in Munich. How do you spend it?

I'd go to the Menterschwaige Biergarten, grab a beer and walk down to the Isar

You’re meeting the mayor of Munich - what constructive criticism would you give them?

I'd tell him to turn a blind eye on minor infractions from shops and restaurants. Everything is so over regulated that it makes it difficult for new, exciting, creative ideas to come to live and those that do, end up looking exactly like the next one because they don't have many options.

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