Munich may be best known for its autobahn, beer and Oktoberfest, but the German city has a lot more to offer than dirndl dresses and BMWs. Check out our guide to find where to eat, sleep, shop and what to do in this beautiful city.
Where to Stay: City Center
Located in the center of Munich in walking distance from shopping, restaurants, nightlife and public transportation, Bayerischer Hof, Vier Jahreszeiten and the Mandarin Oriental are all top of the line luxury options known to be among the best hotels in the world.
Where to Stay: Schwabing
Located in Schwabing in an area that rivals Munich's "official" city center, the Cosmopolitan Hotel is an affordable hotel located in Schwabing, a popular area full of bars, restaurants, designer shops and the English Garden.
Where to Shop: City Center
Take the subway to Odeonsplatz or Marienplatz and you'll find yourself in the middle of countless streets brimming with shops. The main streets are Kaufingerstrasse, Neuhauser Strasse and Maximilianstrasse. This area has everything from Zara to Louis Vuitton.
Where to Shop: Schwabing
While you'll also find the likes of Zara, Schwabing has a more bohemian feel with lots of great local boutiques including Flip and Rag & Republic.
Where to Shop: Theresa
Few people know that mytheresa.com started off as a boutique. Incredibly well curated, expect to find a stellar selection of designer wares from the likes of Stella McCartney and Roland Mouret. It's located in the city center.
Where to Shop: Oberpollinger
The Bloomingdale's of Munich; it's located in the city center.
Where to Shop: COS
You'd never know this chain, which will soon be coming to the U.S., is owned by H&M. Full of everyday basics as well as more fashion-forward finds, prices are comparable to Zara, but with a more boutique-y feel.
What to Do
Check out a sporting event or concert at Olympiapark, the site of the 1972 Olympic Games. It’s also a great place to relax and there are tracks to jog and pools. Also great for a relaxing afternoon is the sprawling park, Englischer Garten (bigger than Manhattan's Central Park). If you’re in Munich on a weekend head to the Viktualienmarkt, a food market that has been around since the early 19th century; you can buy everything from fruit to dairy to meats and there’s a beer garden. Museum-wise, the most well known are the Deutsches Museum, Alte Pinakothek, Pinakothek der Moderne and Jüdisches Museum München. Right by the Jewish museum is the Ohel Jakob Synagogue, a beautiful synagogue which was symbolically inaugurated seven years ago on the 68th anniversary of Kristallnacht.
Where to Eat: Schumann´s
Media and fashion industry types congregate at Schumann´s two outposts (the one further down Odeonsplatz is best known for after-dark drinks, while the other one is best known for brunch and its daytime scene).
Where to Eat: Charlie
This Vietnamese restaurant is also home to a very popular underground electro club (only open on Saturdays).
Where to Eat: H´ugo´s
A trendy pizzeria, sports bar and lounge with both indoor and outdoor dining.
Where to Eat: Last Supper
Popular for large groups, this Last Supper-themed restaurant serves traditional Bavarian fare.
Where to Eat: Zum Franziskaner
A famous, traditional Bavarian restaurant.
Where to Eat: Theresa
A casual restaurant serving fresh-from-the-grill food, Theresa also boasts a small bowling alley that can be booked in advance.
Where to Eat: Traditional Beer Garden
Head to the Chinesischer Turm or Hofbräuhaus to get drunk with Germans, many of whom wear traditional Bavarian clothes.
Where to Eat: Brenner
A popular continental restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.
Where to Eat: Freisinger Hof
One of the nicest restaurants and beer gardens.
Where to Eat: Kreutzkamm
Here you'll find some of the best pastries in town including krapfen and bienenstich.
Where to Eat: Nomiya
Possibly the only Japanese-Bavarian restaurant.
Where to Go Out: Bar Centrale
A lively restaurant and lounge.
Where to Go Out: P1
While it's not as trendsetting as it once was, P1 — which has been around for decades — is still one of the city's most well-known clubs.
Where to Go Out: HEART
If you're looking for a trendy restaurant, bar and club all in one, this is it.
Where to Go Out: Bar Corso
This cafe-bar serves up classic cocktails in a lively, modern setting.
Where to Go Out: Golden Bar
Located above P1, this is one of the city's trendiest bars.
TheFashionSpot's Lifestyle Editor, Sharon Feiereisen, is a freelance lifestyle writer based in New York City. Her work has been published in Newsday, The Knot, AM New York, WHERE New York, Dan's Papers, and Hamptons Magazine, among many other print and online outlets. Check out her tumblr blog, Random Happenings.