Hipster and Sustainable City Guide to Munich

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The Munich hipster scene might be the most hipstery in the world. Ok, ok… maybe not. Sure it is not as big as London’s or Williamsburg’s, but it is damn near impossible to find and quite underground. Therefore, just about everything hip happening in Munich has yet to break into mainstream activities. It is a scene only known to locals and a select few expats. Despite being relatively unknown, there are plenty of hipster things to do in Munich, all of which can be done sustainably. Following this hipster guide to Munich will ensure you leave the city with memories other than just eating pretzels and watching Europe’s second most overrated tourist attraction (the clock at Marienplatz). We will explore farmers markets, go thrifting, support local shops, reduce our carbon footprint, find the best coffee, brunch, street art, hipster things to do, cocktail bars, unique breweries, and boutique hotels.

Munich hipster and sustainable guide and things to do

This hipster guide to Munich supports local small businesses, promotes minimal waste and sustainable travel in Munich. So you can find the best hipster things to do in Munich and feel good doing them. Keep an eye out for my sustainable tips and reminders in orange.

Contents

1. Eat Brunch in Munich

As with all my hipster guides, we start with brunch! Finding the best brunch in Munich is as hard as finding a unicorn in the forbidden forest – unless Voldemort does all the hard work for you of course. Why is brunch so hard to find? Who knows, maybe peeling WeißWurst for decades turned Germans off to the whole brunch thing? Either way, here are a few of my favorites worth checking out. These are all great spots for lunch too and some even stay open for dinner.

Hungriges Herz

Starting with my favorite spot, this has a little bit of everything including amazing coffee, breakfast energy bowls, and bagel egg sandwiches. They have a large menu complete with vegan and vegetarian options, and home-brewed ice tea. The large dining area has ample seating with rustic wooden tables and staff who usually speak English. I could hang out here late into Sunday afternoon drinking coffee or chugging brunch cocktails.

Munich brunch hungriges herz

Fraunhoferstraße 42, 80469 München
Varying hours

Oh Baby I Like It Raw

Looking for something raw to start your day? Well, stop your mind from going into the gutter and head over to “Oh Baby I Like it Raw.” This tiny intimate cafe has tasty meals served up by welcoming owners. Order the smashed avocado toast with salmon and egg – all still considered raw – or try one of their colorful bagel selections.

Munich breakfast brunch Bagel

Rumfordstraße 39, 80469 München
Tue-Fri 9 am – 6 pm, 10 am weekends. Closed Monday

Cotidiano

Another one of my top choices this place has several locations throughout the city. My favorite is the one near the city center at Maxburgerstraße, they have a larger menu and better decor than the other locations. Enjoy everything from burgers garnished with an egg to smashed avocado toast. My favorite part about coming here is ordering their cold brew coffee with coconut infusion. Cold brew is rare to find in Munich, and this might be the only spot to get it on a hot day!

Cotidiano Munich Brunch

Maxburgstraße 4, 80333 München
Most days 7:30am – 11pm

Mr. Pancake

The best spot for the wanderlusting hipster. Take a trip around the world with pancakes from 15 countries. Try German Pfannkuchen with cherries and vanilla cream, Spanish pancakes with honey and nuts, English pancakes with lemon and sugar, or classic American style pancakes. This is a family owned business with an open kitchen, so you’ll see the owner and chef flipping pancakes with both hands on a single stove. This place is quite small and the food comes out when it comes out, so it is not ideal for a large group, but it is a great spot to eat traditional pancakes from around the world!

Gabelsbergerstraße 34, 80333 München
Mon-Fri: 8 am-4 pm Sat-Sun:9 am-5pm

The Victornia House

This place is like what would happen if high tea had a baby with American style brunch. That means a tea menu larger than the tea tax that caused the Boston Tea Party and lots of mimosas. Pair one of the many tea options with a classic eggs benedict or strawberry pancakes. This is one of the few places in Munich you can get an eggs benny. The restaurant is reservation only and is a more upscale option with white tablecloths and timed seatings.

The Victoria House Munich Brunch

Frauenstraße 14, 80469 München
Mon-Sun: 9:30am – 6pm
Reservations Required

Cafe Puck

A great spot to cure your hangover, Cafe Puck is quite similar to a diner that you might find in the U.S. They are serving up big greasy plates of sausage, eggs, french toast, potato skillets and much more. Make sure you order a Weißbier with brunch to get the full experience.

Türkenstraße 33, 80799 München
Mon-Sun: 9am-1am

GartenSalon

Perfect for a lighter brunch, this small cafe looks like a garden with green table bases and flowering pink table tops. They serve premade chai pudding, baked goods and can also make various type of toasts with toppers like lentils or avocado. They have vegan cakes and vegetarian options. They also fresh press juices, so you can start your day with a healthy cleanse. This one is a bit tricky to find, but they usually have a sign out front of a passageway you have to enter.

Türkenstraße 90, 80799 München
Closed Mon. 9am-7pm

2. Shop Fresh Markets in Munich

Almost everyone has heard of the Viktualienmarkt since it makes every blogger’s top things to do in Munich, but did you know there are lots of other markets hidden throughout Munich? Supporting your local farms is just about one of the most hipster things you can do!

Sustainable Tip: Remember to always bring your reusable shopping bag when shopping at markets for local products. This ensures you are visiting Munich as responsibly as possible. For more tips on sustainable products to bring with you on your travels check out these tips on sustainable travel.

Elisabethmarkt or Market at Elizabeth Place

My favorite market, the Market at Elisabethplatz this is a scaled-down version of the large Viktualienmarkt, and it is better suited for locals and those looking to escape the tourist areas. You’ll find stands of fresh food, local products and wares and even some coffee shops and little restaurants in huts. In fact, one of my favorite coffee shops is here! This is a great place to kill an hour or stock up on food to get you through the day.

Elisabethmarkt platz Munich local Markets

Elisabethpl., 80796 München
Mon-Sat: 9am – 6pm Sun: Closed

Viktualienmarkt

The biggest, but also the most touristy market, the Viktualienmarkt is a great place to get the full immersive market experience with bustling flower stands, fresh mushrooms stands, local wine, meats, cheeses, olives, fruits, veggies, spices, honey… you name it and you can find it. This is a great place to stock up on food for a picnic in the Englischergarten or get a little souvenir to take home.

Viktualienmarkt 3, 80331 München
Mon-Sun: Reasonable hours I think like 9am-5/6pm.

Wiener Markt or Vienna Square

A charming small market on the outskirts of the Frech Quarter this market is at the intersection of the old road from Munich to Vienna. The market was destroyed in the war and only rebuilt in 2002, giving it much historical significance despite its size. This is a great launching point to explore Haidhausen- a different side of Munich- but doesn’t need more than 30 minutes or so. There are lots of boutiques and cafes in the surrounding neighborhood.

Weinerplatz Market Vienna Square Munich

Innere Wiener Straße 19, 81667 München
Mon-Sun: 9am-5pm

Wochenmarkts

Munich has several weekly markets that move location throughout the city. My favorite is Wochenmarkt Au, which is south of the Isar. This markets are small to medium sized and pop up in various locations throughout the week. You’ll find local basic grocery items and minimal crafts.

Search Wochenmark in Google maps and you’ll find several locations. Make sure you check the dates as they are only open one day a week at various locations.

3. Go Thrifting, Shop Boutiques and Find Local Products

While most people know Munich for their high-end luxury shopping or name brands at Maximilianstraße and the area around Marienplatz, there are so many great local Munich boutiques, small businesses and thrift stores. This allows you to put money into the local economy and reduce the impact of the fashion industry by thrifting. Always check your sticker or tag for “Kauf Lokal” or “Made in Munich” stickers to know you are getting something authentic and giving back to the local economy.

Sustainable Tip: The fashion industry contributes more greenhouse gasses than the airline industry and it is only getting worse. It is important to choose organic fabric, buy used clothing when you can, purchase only locally sourced clothing and support small businesses.

Thrifting

Thrifting in Munich is a lot of fun and there are a variety of stores to check out from vintage fashion to practical everyday wear. Some stores worth checking out are:
Pick n Weight, a store where you pay for your clothing by the Kilo. These stores have a vintage and eclectic selection of clothing all categorized by color.

Another great option is OxFam, a practical everyday wear store if you’re on a tight budget or just don’t like consuming new clothing while you travel.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a previously used Dirndl, also called Wasch-Dirndl check out Schwabinger Holareidulijö Trachtenladen or Lily´s Treff.

Thrift store in Munich Pick n weight

Flohmarkts

Flomarkts, or garage sales, are really popular in Munich, especially in the summer. They range from massive outdoor markets in the Oktoberfest grounds, to night markets in lofts, to tiny neighborhood markets. My favorites are large annual summer events like the Night Bazaar and the Frühlingsfrest Flohmarkt. You can find all the dates and locations of the Flohmarkts, on this website.

Munich Flomarkt Frulingsfest

Boutique Stores

Munich has a plethora of independent stores and boutique shops. If you’re looking to go boutique shopping I suggest sticking to the area around Gartenerplatz, specifically the road called Reichenbachstraße, you’ll find shop after shop of local boutiques. I also recommend the roads Amalienstraße, Schellingstraße, and Türkenstraße in the university district. Here are a few highlights worth giving checking out.

MILK, is a great place to shop in Munich since they do all the hard work for you by selecting clothing from small businesses, fair and sustainable labels,f and clothing made from organic materials. It is so easy to feel good knowing everything you buy is a good buy.

Ruby Store Ruby is a small little store selling a selection of local Munich or German brands and accessories. They even have a cafe if you need a pick me up.

Maloja Store A local Munich streetwear and athletic store – think ultra hipster Patagonia- that typically uses all organic materials and sustainable methods for making their clothing. The interior of the store has a vintage upcycle feel.

4. Sip Amazing Coffee in Munich

The Munich coffee scene is underwhelming, to say the least. Limited to a few coffee shops that excel in good coffee and a citywide hate for wifi, it is damn near impossible to find a place that serves good coffee AND has free WIFI. Trust me, it sucks to work remotely in Munich. But the few that do exist are amazing and these are the best coffee shops for my hipster guide to Munich.

Sustainable Tip: Remember that avoiding dairy is one of the best things you can do for the environment. Always order a non-dairy milk. While multiple alternatives aren’t as available in Munich as they are in some cities, every coffee shop I recommend at least has soy and most have options such as oat and almond.

Cafe Blá

My favorite shop in Munich because they have lots of vegan snacks and drink options, great coffee, ample seating AND free WIFI, seriously that is so rare for Munich. This Scandinavian coffee shop is ideal if you need to get some work done and add caffeine to your blood while you’re at it. They serve savory and sweet waffles, salads, and yummy baked goods for lunch or breakfast. I recommend the oat milk flat white.

Munich best hipster coffee shop cafe bla

Lilienstraße 34, 81669 München
Most day 9am – 6pm

Man Vs. Machine

Winning the award for the best coffee, according to many a local, this ultra hipster hot spot is complete with tattooed and bearded men making your coffee and offering bite-sized beetroot brownies. With a small interior and no WIFI this isn’t a place to hang out all day, but it is perfect for a great cup of coffee.

Munich best hipster coffee man vs machine

Müllerstraße 23, 80469 München
Mon-Fri: 8am – 6pm Sat: 9am – 7pm Sun: Closed

The Lost Weekend

This hip university hangout has plenty of room and an all-vegan drink and snack menu. The tables are made from old cardboard boxes, and there is a little bookstore attached and free WIFI. Popular among students this is an ultra hipster hangout that meets all your sustainable and zero waste goals by serving food in glass reusable jars and recycling everything they can. They just opened a second location in the 25Hours Hotel. This second location has live music and a large working space hidden along green plants, so you feel like you’re in an atrium. This is a great place to hang out and get some work done regardless if you’re staying at Munich’s best hotel or just need a place to escape.

Schellingstraße 3, 80779 München
Mon-Fri: 8am – 8pm

Gangundgäbe

A specialty and boutique roster in Munich their coffee is top notch and tasty! The roster is in the seating area, so the smell of fresh beans fill your nostrils while you enjoy a perfect cappuccino. It is a small location, but don’t let that fool you with a 5-star review on Google, you really can’t go wrong here.

Munich Coffee shop hipster guide

Kapuzinerstraße 12, 80337 München
Really weird hours and closed on the weekend for some ungodly reason.

Standl 20

Some argue the coffee here is better than Man vs Machine and the service is even better. I agree with the later, but the former is up for debate. Shop at Elisabeth market and take a break at this cozy little store. The menu includes a few tasty little treats to give you some energy for your day. You can also buy beans here, if need to stock up.

Strandl 20 Munich hipster things to do coffee

Elisabethmarkt, Elisabethpl. Stand Nr. 20, 80796 München
Mon-Sat: 8:30am -5pm Sun: Closed

5. Explore Munich’s Best Street Art

At first look, Munich looks incredibly clean and organized with no street art adorning the walls, but commissioned art has been popping up more frequently and there are a few spots for some uncommissioned art as well.

Sustainable Tip: Make sure to rent a bike or use your own two feet to check out Munich’s street art! While our public transportation is great, seeing all the street art is actually better on a bike, since a lot of the pieces are along our gorgeous Isar bike trail or away from an U-Bahn.

Open Air Gallery/Streetgalerie Donnersbergerbrücke

Munich’s open-air art gallery is a great place to see commissioned street art under a busy bridge in Munich. The main purpose of the area is a parking lot, but the eccentric and colorful art pieces make it worth a peek. Take a wander from piece to piece and grab food from the food trucks nearby for a full hipster experience.

Donnersbergerbrücke, 80636 München

Isar Bike Path Street Art

The entire stretch of the Isar from Wittelsbacherbrücke to Luitpoldbrücke is filled with commissioned and noncommissioned street art. I suggest renting a bike and riding that entire stretch to check out the art, stopping at Muffathalle Biergarten for a drink, which happens to be covered in street art. Give yourself some time at Luitpoldbrücke, but be careful of the bike traffic if you stop for photos. The tunnel here is painted with some trippy Alice in Wonderland art.

Student Housing at Olympia Dorf

The student and university housing over at Olympia Dorf celebrates art by allowing students to turn their dorms into works of art. Each housing unit has its own personality that shines through. You can wander the alleyways and check out the unique pieces of art.

Olympia dorf Munich street art

Thanks to my friends Christina from Happy to Wander for lending me this photo. Christina used to live in one of these buildings, look for her art that is Lion King themed!

Connollystraße 3, 80809 München

Shlachthof

What a fun name, huh? The name translates to slaughterhouse. No longer used to kill animals this area was transformed into a cultural center and covered in street art. There are some cool events inside, which I talk about in the hipster things to do before they’re cool section, but take some time to walk around the entire brick wall along the outside of the Schlachthof and appreciate the art. Some of the pieces are commissioned and some are not, but they are all great!

Zenettistraße 9, 80337 München

6. Hipster Things to do Before They’re Cool

I mentioned before, the Munich hipster scene is quite underground, so you can officially say, “I did that before it was cool,” by experiencing these hidden gems.

Explore Werksviertel Mitte

This ultra-hip container park is one of the best hipster things you can do in Munich. It is an added bonus the area supports local and small businesses. This large compound is filled with reused shipping containers painted with street art, making this another good stop on your street art tour. The concept here is to allow small businesses to lease a container for three months for a low cost. This enables the small business to test the waters and see if people are in interested enough in their product before they sign a permanent lease. I think this is such a great idea and more small businesses should have this opportunity. Inside the containers, you’ll find local spirits, handmade crafts, food, bars, art and much more! Support your small businesses and come to the Werksviertel Mitte!

Grafinger Str. 2, 81671 München

Party at Bahnwärter Thiel

Similar vibe to the Werksviertel Mitte, (lots of shipping containers covered in street art), but without the small businesses and add a party. A retired U-Bahn or subway car sets the stage for a DJ booth and bar. Dance in the dance floor pit with recycled pallets for seating when you need a break, climb a ladder to sunbathe in a loft with recycled carpets and pillows, or swing from the hammocks while the party happens around you. This is a seriously cool and hip place to party and it reminds me a lot of something you would see in Berlin.

Tumblingerstraße 29, 80337 München

Hit up A Tollwood Festival

There are two Tollwood festivals that happen every year, a summer and a winter event. If you are headed to Winter Tollwood, which is a large sustainable Christmas market, check out this post on winter activities in Munich. The summer Tollwood is a sustainable festival with live performances, handmade goods, beach bars and outdoor beer gardens.

Sustainable Guide Munich Recycled Art

Explore A Graveyard

I’m obsessed with the alter Südfriedhof, which is the old south graveyard. Some of the graves here date back to the 1700s, but it is still well maintained, making it a great place to explore. This massive half kilometer long park/graveyard has walking and running paths, so you can stroll among the dead. Keep an eye out for the faceless angel, which is my favorite tombstone.

Munich graveyard alternative things to do in Munich

Thalkirchner Str. 17, 80337 München

Shop at a Zero Waste Store

Ohne Laden is a zero waste supermarket that is making waves for sustainable living in Munich with their progressive and responsible methods. Stop by to get a bamboo travel toothbrush, bar shampoo, reusable water bottles, coffee, snacks for the road and even gin! This small local business has been huge for the Munich community and they are worth checking out to see how the rest of the world should shop!

Ohne package free store sustainable munich

Schellingstraße 42, 80799 München

Escape Room

Munich has several escape rooms, but the best ones are Fox in a Box and Munich Escape Room, as both have English options. Fox in a Box has many escape options from a Tesla escape mystery, a prison break, and a bunker escape. Munich Escape Room only has two, a Brewery escape from a mysterious 7th brewery and a lost island theme. These are great for a group trip or expat meetups.

Watch the Surfers

This might be a bit basic by now, but it is still really cool to see the surfers in action. Head to the Isar river for endless surfing. Rain or shine some people will be there to entertain you with their wild surfing antics!

river surfers munich

Prinzregentenstraße, 80538 München

Find an Alternative Christmas Market

If normal Christmas markets are too basic for you, which trust me they are, check out any of the alternative markets. Munich has an LBGTQI market called Pink, a sustainable market, and a boutique artisan market. Check them out here.

Rave at the World’s Largest Science and Technologuy Museum

Are you a party monster? Head over to Blitz, one of Munich’s underground techno clubs located in the belly of the Deutsches Museum. This clubs has 2 rooms, a no phone policy, a state of the art sound system, and dirty dirty German techno.

Blitz Club in Munich Germany. Best places for nightlife.

Museumsinsel 1, Access via Ludwigsbrücke, 80538 München
Open Fri-Sat night

Take the Hey Minga Tour

The “Hey Minga Tour” is an alternative Munich tour owned and operated by a Germany company. The tour guides are local and know some of the citie’s best-kept secrets. The tour highlights local businesses while stopping at little Venice in Munich and teaching you about some alternative sights. Personally, after doing the Hey Minga tour I think my guide is more comprehensive, but if you have a few hours to kill and want to talk to a local this tour might be for you!

Hey Minga alternative tour Munich

Book the Tour, here.

7. Indulge in Street Food and Instagramable Treats

Don’t miss some of Munich’s best treats and street food, your Instagram will thank you!

Sustainable Tip: Often times these fast food places and dessert spots aren’t equipped with sustainable methods, so it is best to have your own spoon ready to eat the ice cream and to have your own utensils ready to go at the food trucks.

Ice Cream and Froyo

Munich locals LOVE ice cream so it is no surprise there are dozens of fantastic ice cream and gelato shops around. However, these are a few of my favorite.
Der verrückte Eismacher – im Wunderland This Alice in Wonderland themed ice cream parlor is a funky stop for great ice cream. Sit among mushrooms and caterpillars while you enjoy a wide variety of flavors including an “only in Munich” flavor of Augustiner Beer, which literally tastes like straight up beer.

EisCafe Eismeer This lovely ice cream spot is in the heart of the LBGTQI district and owned by a gay couple. They serve gourmet ice cream bowls overflowing with decadent toppings. They also have a full bar where you can get ice cream beer floats and champagne ice cocktails.

I love Leo It took a while for the Froyo craze to hit Munich, but as an avid Froyo lover, I am glad it did. “I love Leo” is one of the best spots for this treat. With fresh local berries and homemade sauces, this tart real frozen yogurt will cool you off on a hot day.

Gute Nacht Wurst

A perfect mix of traditional German Wurst and a modern approach. Try vegan currywurst, or any of their other types of wurst with sausages, enter their spicy sauce wurst competition or just stop by when you have the late night munchies.

Food Trucks

Grillin Me Softly – Munich’s first fast gourmet food is on mobile wheels. In a different part of the city every day of the week, this moving truck is making waves. They have gourmet burgers, including a veggie and fish option along with a healthy salad. Find their location.
Tram Cafe this hipster crepe cafe in an old tram car serves up everything from sweet to savory crepes. Wredestraße 10, 80335 München
Donnersburgerbrücker Food Trucks Underneath the Donnersburgerbrücker S- Bahn station you’ll find a hand full of food trucks from kebap to Bavarian style roasted chicken.

Munich Food Trucks Hipster Guide Munich

Chocolaterie Beluga

A local Munich chocolate shop, this cozy little spot is inviting and the perfect spot to take a much-needed chocolate break. They serve gourmet chocolates from Belgian pralines to hot chocolate on a stick. Look for them open 7 days a week in the Viktualienmarkt

Viktualienmarkt 6, 80331 München

Schmalznudel – Cafe Frischhut

The oldest pastry shop in Munich was hipster before you were a hipster. Located in an old building with a vintage sign hanging above the door, you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. They serve up a traditional Bavarian pastry called Schmalznudel, which is almost like a light airy cheese danish, without the cheese. Ask for it dusted in sugar or without and take one to go, you won’t find anything like this every day.

Schmelznudlen Munich Cafe

Prälat-Zistl-Straße 8, 80331 München
Mon-Sat: 8am – 6pm

Wir Machen Cupcakes

What is a hipster guide without an instagrammable cupcake? This adorable small business serves homemade cupcakes shaped like unicorns and foxes in a variety of flavors and styles. This is the perfect little spot if you need a sugary pick me up to get you through the day or are celebrating anyone’s birthday.

Frauenstraße 11, 80469 München

8. Eat Vegan and Vegetarian Food

While Munich might be known to the outside world for their pork knuckle and schnitzel, vegan and vegetarian diets are quite popular among Munich hipsters and environmentally responsible locals. As long as you avoid German restaurants who consider vegetarian food gnocchi or baked potato, you’ll find that Munich has an amazing vegan and vegetarian food scene.

Sustainable Tip: Are all vegetarians hipsters? We like to think so, haha. Not eating meat (and dairy as mentioned above) is the single best way to help the planet, don’t believe me read this.

Gratitude

If you are vegan, treat yourself to dinner here at least once on your trip to Munich. This fully vegan restaurant serves up a flavorful coursed dinner menu paired with organic wines. It is upscale restaurant has a great ambiance and wait staff. The food was so tasty, even my non-vegan family loved it!

gratitude vegan food in Munich hipster guide

Türkenstraße 55, 80799 München
Lunch seating and a dinner seating
Closed Monday
Reservations Recommended

Emmi’s Kitchen Glockenbachviertel

You’ll feel right at home with hearty vegetarian soups, salads, sandwiches, and pastries. This small intimate cafe is a great escape from many of the large meat-heavy restaurants in Munich. The owners are friendly and go above and beyond to make sure you are happy. Last time I visited they also had a yoga studio attached, so if you feel like you want to get some stretches in, check out their classes.

Munich vegan food Emmis restaurant

Buttermelcherstraße 11-15, 80469 München
Mon-Sat: 11am – 6pm Sun: Closed

Wagners

One of my favorite places for a quick healthy lunch, they serve up acai and other superfood bowls, smoothies, juices and salads. They have comfy seating and WIFI, so if you need to get any work done, this is a great place to do so!

Munich Vegan Food Wagners

Fraunhoferstraße 43, 80469 München
Mon-Fri: 8am – 6:30

Siggis

A 100% vegan restaurant that wonderfully cooks up fresh fusion food with Mexican and Asian flavors. Come for a nice intimate candle dinner, or just swing by for a wrap to-go. They also have vegan sweet treats like ice cream and pastries.

Westenriederstraße 37, 80331 München
Mon-Sun: 11am-10pm

SpringinsFeld

New in Munich, this place has a great philosophy, “Eat plants. Wear plants. Smoke plants.” 100% Vegan they have incredibly flavorful wraps and bowls varying in flavors from a BBQ to Asian inspired. The menu also includes vegan waffles, which is apparently a thing in Munich and I am ok with it. They are committed to Zero Waste, so you won’t find any plastic here!

munich vegan food hipster and sustainable munich

Türkenstraße 47, 80799 München
Open daily for lunch and early dinner

9. Drink Craft Cocktails and Microbrews in Munich

Munich is so much more than the 6 major breweries, for a massively detailed guide, check out my nightlife guide to Munich. But for the best hipster brews and cocktails check out this short list.

Sustainable Tip: Remember to ALWAYS order your drink without a straw and make sure you carry your own if you need it. Even more so, if you’re at an outdoor event using plastic, bring your own cup! To say without straw in German you say, “Ohne (oh-ney) Strohhalm (strow halm).”

Flushing Meadows

My favorite bar in Munich, this rooftop hidden gem sits atop a boutique hotel in the heart of Munich’s most vibrant neighborhood. They serve rotating drinks with Bavarian names sourced from local ingredients and they top it off with a paper straw. It doesn’t get more hipster than this!

Fraunhoferstraße 32, 80469 München
Unsure of the hours, but later around 7pm-2am ish

Jaded Monkey

A cocktail bar that belongs in Melbourne or New York this swanky bar serves up some wild cocktails with unique ingredients and complex recipes. The mixologists are talents and only make some of the best drinks in Munich. This place is expensive and the drinks are so complicated at times it can take a while to make. The money and the time is well worth the end result though.

Jaded Monkey Munich hipster cocktails

Herzog-Wilhelm-Straße 25, 80331 München
Sun-Mon: 8pm – 3am

Boilerman Bar

A new bar in town this, this one is located inside the 25Hours Hotel, and if you know their brand you know they have good bars! Watering locals and travelers alike, this is a lap-top free bar with tasty drinks and a great vibe. They only serve Highball cocktails so try the Highball of the day or stick to the classic Scotch and Soda.

Boilerman Bar Munich Germany 25Hours Hotel

Bahnhofplatz 1, 25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian, 80335 München
7pm – 1am later on weekends

Giesinger Brew

These guys are just as serious about beer, if not more so than the big 6 breweries. They don’t joke around when it comes to beer and neither should you. Straying from the traditional purity laws they have flavorful and strong brews that are refreshing compared to the traditional beer. Stop by their brewery for good beer, good food, and all local products. They only ship within Bavaria, so this is a really unique experience.

Giesinger beer Munich microbrewery hipster

Martin-Luther-Straße 2, 81539 München
Open by 11am every day.

Crew Republic

Another hipster microbrew these guys basically say they do what they want and if you don’t like it, too bad. They love their ales, so try their Pale Ale, American Ale or their take on a Helles. Keep an eye out for their beer at any of the bars or head to their brewery for a tour.

Munich Microbreweries and craft beers

Andreas-Danzer-Weg 30, 85716 Unterschlei atßheim
Friday 4–8PM

10. Sleep at a Boutique Hotel

Munich hotels are hit or miss. Often times they are over-priced and stuffy and at other times they are old and drab. Finding the right hipstery goodness isn’t the easiest, but thankfully I’ve chosen two of my favorite centrally located boutique hotels so you can get a good night sleep.

Sustainable Tip: Remember to always look for a sustainable hotel. Do they recycle, use single-use plastics or waste water? So many things go toward making a hotel green and it is not just a little green sticker or stamp. Both of these hotels do a good job with sustainable practices but do your own research.

25Hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian

My favorite hotel in Munich, The Royal Bavarian combines luxury and a hip ambiance for the young-at-heart traveler. It is centrally located so you’re not far from both the Hauptbahnhof and Munich’s major tourist sights. You’ll love finding all the hidden gems that showcase the Royal Bavarian bloodline, like swans and the color blue, sprinkled around the hotel. The rooms are comfortable and decorated in line with the Bavarian theme, but are bit small. You won’t want to spend much time in your room though with a great coffee shop, lounge, bar, and the fantastic Israeli fusion restaurant, NENI all within your reach. They even offer bicycles and mini coppers to explore Munich on two or four wheels. You won’t want to check out once you arrive.

Bahnhofpl. 1, 80335 München
To book your stay, follow this link.

I would like to thank the 25Hours for inviting me to stay with them to complete the hotel portion of this guide. All opinions are my own and all other recommendations and activities are tried and tested personally and not sponsored in any way.

Flushing Meadows

Another great boutique hotel that focuses on minimal and classy design. Owned and operated by Munich locals this is a great gem in the heart of Munich’s lively Glockenbach neighborhood. Large rooms and floor to ceiling windows facing the Alps set the mood for a relaxing time. Head up to the bar for a great cocktail if you are looking for a little more action.

Fraunhoferstraße 32, 80469 München

11. Explore Munich’s Alternative Neighborhoods

Glockenbach

My home turf and a great alternative neighborhood. This is the heart of the LBGTQI district and you’ll find lots of great boutique shops, restaurants, bars, sustainable stores and rainbow maypoles! This is a vibrant neighborhood where mostly fun-loving locals like to hang out. I suggest using Gartnerplatz as a launching point and checking out any of the roads around there and finishing the day down by the Isar river drinking beer and watching the sunset.

Universität

The most hipster neighborhood in Munich, but also a bit more touristy than Glockenbach. One of Munich’s main universities the lifeline of this areas, so you’ll find lots of alternative university hangouts, cheaper prices, lots of vegan options, thrift stores, and minimal plastic waste.

Siegestor Munich Universitat

Münchner Freiheit

A bit more upscale with pockets of hipster things to do, this area is the old artist district of Munich, so you’ll find lots of good markets and art stores selling local handmade items. Right around the U-bahn stop, there are quite a few local bars and restaurants to finish the day on a positive note.

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21 Comments

  1. Raquel 2018-06-16 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Is Cafe Puck owned by that American chef? Planning to visit Munich on our way to Neuschwanstein castle.

  2. Kathi 2018-06-16 at 8:44 am - Reply

    I’ve been to Munich many times when my ex partner lived there, but I never particularly warmed up to it – I’m a Berlin girl… This guide has changed my mind though – I’d definitely give it another go, if only for the vegan food!!

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2018-06-16 at 7:47 pm - Reply

      I’m definitely a Munich girl, I’m a huge outdoor fanatic though, so I love being near the mountains to snowboard and hike. I do miss some of the vibrant city life of Berlin though, and it is great Munich has more and more stuff like berlin.

  3. Sarah 2018-06-16 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Love this guide, although I am no hipster! Giesinger Bräustüberl is a great spot we hit up on our last visit. And we stayed in the Giesing neighborhood, so it was cool to see all the bars and restaurants in the area serving their beer. We also went to Türkitch for the hipster-est Döner in all of Germany 🙂

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2018-06-16 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      hahah it sounds like you got the hang of this hipster thing despite claiming not to be one 😛 I will have to try Türkitch, I have not yet!

  4. leanne 2018-06-16 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Great guide! So detailed and it makes me want to book a ticket right now! I love the idea of the container businesses!

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2018-06-16 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      I know it is quite helpful for small businesses to have something like that to test their products!

  5. Helen Rapp 2018-06-16 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Great post and super-comprehensive! The Werksviertel Mitte container park looks right up my street and I loved the section about street art and alternative Christmas markets – I love a good Christmas market but getting a bit tired of how similar they can be so these look like great options!

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2018-06-16 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      I know, right, I LOVE Munich Christmas markets, but after seeing the same old thing dozens of times you want something a bit different. I love the Werksciertel Mitte as well, if you ever make it back, let me know!

  6. Mayuri 2018-06-16 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    Such a great list Susanna. I was in Munich last year and I love the city, definitely will be re-visiting. Would love to try some of the things your mentioned here <3

  7. Vicky and Buddy 2018-06-17 at 1:59 am - Reply

    I visited Munich a couple of times while I lived in Germany, but this was way before the hipster movement. I only just loved the feel of the city though. I’d be interested to go back now and see how much it’s changed. I’d definitely go back to the markets, as that was always one of my favorite things to do there.

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2018-06-17 at 6:35 am - Reply

      The hipster movement has changed so much over the years, I hope you are able to go back and experience the city again.

  8. Kathleen 2018-06-17 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    So much to see that isn’t the main tourist things. No one would call me a hipster, but I’d love to explore a lot of these things. I love a great market and street art is always on my list of things to see. Of course, the chocolate and cupcake shops sound amazing.

  9. Elaine Masters 2018-06-17 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for these tips and divulging secrets. I’ve wanted to see Berlin but get off the tourist path. The alternative and non-traditional Christmas Markets are exactly what I’d look for as well. The rebel spirit of Berlin lives on!

  10. Linda 2018-06-18 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    We have only flew through the Munich airport. But really want to plan a trip to visit. It looks like you found a good selection of places to eat. And finally good coffee too! Sad to hear that wifi generally does not come with the coffee. We always look for markets when we travel. Good to have a list of them now. I love the collection of street art you found! Even the alternative Christmas trees look like art.

  11. Mar 2018-06-18 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Wow this is the most comprehensive and thoughtful guide to the city I’ve seen so full of great advice and lovely places to eat at, glad we share a love for brunch! When I visited it was winter and I didn’t have your guide so I feel like I missed out on a lot

  12. Ghia Lorenzo 2018-06-19 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Ohh wow! Munich is so vibrant. I really love that you can do a lot of things in Munich. I guess I have to try some coffee there and do some thrift shopping. It is indeed that Munich has so much to offer. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Anneklien Meanne 2018-06-20 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Wow Munich is on my list for beer festival i will definite add these markets to visit and that royal bavarian hotel looks so funky and colourful I love it!

  14. Indrani 2018-06-20 at 6:20 am - Reply

    What a tempting food scene. I was not aware of hipster movement but it does sound and look interesting. Instagrammable treats are a rage now.

  15. Adelina 2018-06-20 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Wow this is an impressive guide! I haven’t been to Munich but this is a great resource to plan an itinerary from. I love how many items are food related – my kinda trip! While I don’t eat a ton of raw food the name “Oh Baby I Like it Raw” made me giggle

  16. Alan Edwardsc 2018-11-29 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Such a great post to read! I went to Germany through Stuttgart and stopped in Munich for 4 days before heading up north. I was lucky enough to have a friend there and she showed me around the cool parts of Munich that not many tourists know about.

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