Munich Electronic Music Travel Guide

Munich Electronic Music Travel Guide

By Sabine Spethling


Munich is by far more than Oktoberfest, Dirndl, Lederhosen, Weißwurst, football and beer. Although the high culture is very popular in the Bavarian capital, sub culture, cafés, bars, clubs and restaurants are offering cool spots and experiences in this beautiful city. So what about a combination of both? This travel guide is about the combination of the traditional Bavarian cosiness during the day and the exciting food, bar and techno scene at night.

This travel guide is a more personal one, as I was able to call this wonderful city my home in the past eleven years. I feel like writing a good bye letter to my beloved city. It’s impossible to list all the beautiful spots this city has. Nevertheless this travel guide guarantees a fantastic experience in Munich.


Munich Electronic Music Scene

There is no need for Munich to hide its techno scene in an international context. The Bavarian capital was one of the birth places for techno in Germany and is currently contributing with various new club concepts and protagonists. In the article I released previously you’ll find a selection for your clubbing weekend in Munich as well as a short historical intro.

If you are looking for Bavarian and international vinyl, the Optimal Records Store is your place to be in Munich. The store is run by Peter Wacha aka DJ Upstart who was one of the persons that established techno in Munich and who was also part of the crew around the famous Ultraschall club. DJ legends like Derrick May found their way into the record store as well as DJ Hell and Miss Kittin. Nowadays it offers a nice vinyl selection of various genres.

Sightseeing in Munich

This walking tour through Munich reveals its treasures and gives a good impression of the culture and people. It also includes some touristic but must-see beautiful spots.

The starting point is the river ‚Isar‘ at Reichenbachbrücke next to Fraunhofer Straße. Buy a cool Bavarian beer (Augustiner or Tegernseer) there at the kiosk and enjoy the view over the river on the one side and to the German Museum including the BLITZ club on the other side. Take the beer with you and walk towards Gärtnerplatz. The Glockenbachviertel is the current hip neighborhood. Many vintage and barber stores as well as countless bars and cafés can be found there. The next stop is Viktualienmarkt. You may want to buy a fresh juice there or eat a traditional Bavarian ‘Leberkassemmel’ before you go up to ‚Alter Peter‘. After going up hundreds of stairs, you’ll see Munich from the top and even the traditional Glockenspiel at Marienplatz.

The coffee at Bar Centrale afterwards is well deserved. As you may know, Munich is called the most northern Italian town and this is the spot where you‘ll figure out why. Take a walk over the ‚Platzl‘ to the opera and the Odeonsplatz to the Hofgarten. Pass it and walk towards the English Garden. There you’ll also find the Eisbach with its surfers, no matter which season and how cold it is. You may walk further through the English Garden up to Köninginstraße and get a frozen yoghurt at i love leo. Take it with you and find your way through the neighborhood called Schwabing. Your final destination is Café Vorhoelzer at the rooftop of the university. The best place for a sundowner.

Tip: on Sundays you have the chance to visit public museums for only 1€ per person.


The best Bars in Munich

There is much more than beer gardens and the Hofbräuhaus in Munich. To prove that, I leave this category up to the most qualified person in Munich, my dearest friend Verena Borell. A creative mind and drinks pro. With her bar blog and podcast No Cheers. No Story. she offers liquid stories and high percentage truth. Find her personal Munich bar recommendations here. Although this podcast episode and article is in German, all relevant bars can be found within only one click. Further tips are available in the articles she wrote for the magazines Mixology (english) and Mit Vergnügen.



The best Restaurants in Munich

The Bavarian food culture is famous for heavy food, mostly weisswurst and roast pork, but there is much more. This section of the travel guide will show up with great international food concepts and even vegan restaurants for your healthy breakfast, proper lunch or dinner with friends.

picture by Andi Huber Photography

The best burger in town is offered by Nicolas Hegewisch and his team. Started locally in Munich a few years ago, the burger business lately grew massively without loosing the sense for a high quality. The regional patties fried in butter and the home made bread taste best as Vato Loco burger that also includes avocado and bacon. Another favourite of mine are the chilly cheese fries. Believe me they might be the best you ever had.

Daddy Longlegs
Smoothies, açai and quinoa bowls, banana bread, coffee, turmeric latte and many other unbelievably tasty things. Maren and Claus were the pioneers that brought the superfoods berry to Munich in 2014. They are constantly looking for new healthy food trends and combine it with a nice selection of sweets like the famous ‘Franzbrötchen’. Watch out for their new project ‘Marys Coffee Club’, an all-day breakfast spot with tasty mimosas and bloody marys in Schwabing.


picture by Gratitude

Unfortunately my favourite vegan restaurant is about to close its doors. If you can make it before summer 2018, I can highly recommend this place. The “Organic Eatery” kitchen of Patrick and his team offer surprisingly different vegan, vegetarian or raw food dishes.

The Hutong Club+ The Drunken Dragon Bar

The rewarded Hutong Club is the Asian food heaven in Munich. Handmade noodles, intense spices, authentic buns, tasty dumplings, fresh and crisp vegetables  – a combination you’ll can’t get enough of. New and exciting creations, inspired by Asian classics. The sharing concept gives you the opportunity to experience the dish variations with your friends in an eye-catching interior. Among a smaller selection of the dishes offered at the Hutong Club, the Drunken Dragon Bar lists experimental and flavourful drinks that liven up the senses.

DeliDosa + Picnic

Dishes from the North Indian and Ayurvedic cuisine. During the day as DeliDosa and in the evening as Picnic. Tibetan momos, dal, curries, glass noodle salad, chutney and the finest seeds. Delicious lactose and gluten free variations, vegan, vegetarian or with organic and regional meat. Dishes that warm your heart.


No travel guide about Munich without traditional Bavarian food, but not the boring stuff. The Spezlwirtschaft cuisine is based on local dishes with a state of the art style. Among hearty meat and pastries you will also find light vegetable and salad variations. Their motto: ‘Yes to tradition, Yeah to progress!’


The most beautiful Hotels in Munich

Picture by Flushing Meadows Hotel

Since the young scene in Munich developed, many new and fancy hotel concepts popped up. The Flushing Meadows can hardly be seen from outside and reminds of an old printery, although this building is located in the flourishing Glockenbachviertel with all it’s beautiful stuc houses. Thus the inner of this building is a real surprise. Some of the rooms were created in collaboration with selected personalities. One of them was DJ Hell.

The Lovelace – a hotel happening is an innovative pop up hotel concept that only exists from 2017 until 2019. Next to the 30 rooms this hotel has to offer, various events take place in the open spaces of the location. Initiator of this spot is Michi Kern, one of the persons behind the techno beginnings of Munich in the late 80ies.

Since 2017 Munich also has a 25hours hotel. ‘The Royal Bavarian’ is centrally located at the central station and combines the 25hours hotel design with local characteristics.

Cortiina and Louis hotel are two design hotels located in the heart of the city. The interior made out of real wood, natural stone and precious tiles has it’s own special charm.


Trips to the surrounding lakes and mountains

Another good thing about Munich is the proximity to the Bavarian Mountains and lakes. Tegernsee, Ammersee, Walchensee, Spitzingsee, Eibsee, Zugspitze… Bavaria offers great opportunities for outdoor activities in winter and summer. Find my recommendations for what to do at Tegernsee here.


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