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How to spend a day in Munich

It may sound a little controversial but if I were to spend my perfect day in Munich, I would head out of Munich for the morning. We live here, not for the city centre, but for the surroundings. We are here for the lakes & the mountains and for all the things that they have to offer.  So I would pack up the paddle boards and head to Woerthsee. It’s one of the smaller lakes and it’s only 25minutes outside town. It’s beautiful, with crystal clear water which is ideal for swimming, paddling or simply dipping your toes in as you sip espresso from il kiosko (the waterfront cafe). I would spend an hour paddling, the dog standing proud at the helm (this is obviously my fantasy day because the dog is terrified of water & would either be trying frantically to climb into my arms or have capsized us within the first minute)

On the way back into the city, I would stop and pick up pumpkins from the roadside honesty market stalls to keep me inspired in the kitchen.

Back in town we would pull in at Ella’s. This great coffee shop/restaurant is attached Lenbachhaus, an eclectic art gallery housed in a villa that was built in the 1800s. It has been added to with a modern wing but the original house at Konigsplatz, still stands with a beautiful private garden. Time permitting I would nip inside to marvel at Geigers “Rotbild” before swinging by the gallery shop for the coolest kids toys & the best cards (what is it about museum shops always having the best stuff?!)

From there I would cross town to TheresienStr, in the heart of Swabing, to have an order of Le Du. These happy dumplings are made to order and I’m obsessed with their steamed vegan parcels of joy. Stuffed with mushrooms, broccoli & tons of spice they are easily my favourite quick bite in town. To fuel my walk I’d pick up a scoop of elderflower “ice cream” at Ice Date. This plant based ice cream is made with cashews and sweetened naturally with dates and is beyond delicious.

From here I would head into the famous Englische Garten and aim for the surfers. There is a surfing spot in the park, just where the Eisbach river comes under the PrinzRegenten Str. You can’t miss the meter high man made wave and the huge population of surfers waiting in line to jump in.

This is the easiest place to time waste. Grab an apfelschorle at the nearby Fraulein Gruneis kiosk. This former toilet is now the coolest cafe serving up everything from vegan cakes and super strong espresso to Thai green curry. The lunch queue is always out the door. But I would pick up an ice cold apfelschorle to drink bankside. Apfelschorle is one of the greatest German inventions. It’s simply apple juice & sparkling water but it’s the single most refreshing drink and just so you chose wisely Fritz make the best one! If you need another spot of culture, the surf spot is sandwiched between Haus der Kunst and the Bavarian National museum which are both beautiful galleries to visit.

Haus der Kunst has a great bar at the back of it, overlooking the park. It’s a great place to have an Aperol Spitz aperitif.

For tea, I would cross back over the river & head back into my hood. With a baby to put to bed I would order in as a special treat. Once the day was done we would head into the garden. We would hang out with friends & eat delicious food from Chuchin (which has dangerously opened down the road from us). They make huge summer rolls served with a peanut spicy dipping sauce and also a fiery tofu & lemon grass curry. We would sit up late as the sun went down putting the world to rights. A perfect day in Munich!

A few more favourite things:

Tushita tea house is a tiny cafe specialising (unsurprisingly) in tea. Everyday at 12 they also serve a plant based Buddha bowl which is always delicious! Pick up cake too as they make crazy cool ones like matcha tea & lime or sugar free black sesame.

Ignore the huge pretzels & seek out “dinkel sesam bretzel” – these are spelt sesame pretzels & are the best portable snack. You’ll always find them at Backspielhaus or in bio (organic) shops.

Viktualien market is a treasure trove of seasonal foods but it’s also at tourist prices. Dotted all around the city centre are fruit & veg stands at local prices. They are always seasonal and always local produce.

Man vs Machine or Emilios make the best coffee in town. I have sacrificed my taste buds for this fact so trust me & head straight to them.

Don’t head home without picking up a tube of My Muesli. They have a shop on the Viktualien market & you have never seen this many options for breakfast. You can customise a tube, try before you buy & even get a muesli advent calendar.

Finally, make sure to head to a stationary shop & stock up on GMund. Founded in 1829 they are based in Tegernsee, and use hydroelectric power to run their factories. There products are beyond beautiful & you have not had a post it note until you have had a mountain shaped post it note.

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