Guide: Neuhausen-Nymphenburg, Munich Featured

 

A stroll amongst culinary hotspots and oases of superb shopping in Munich's coolest district.

by Susanne Wess

The Neuhausen-Nymphenburg quarter, with the villa districts of Neuwittelsbach and Gern, is a real jewel in the city of Munich. In addition to excellent restaurants, colourful bars and small boutiques, there are some unique sights such as Nymphenburg Palace and the Nymphenburger Schlosskanal that attract many visitors during the summer months.

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A walk through Neuhausen is best started at Rotkreuzplatz. With the lively Cafe Alex and its sumptuous Sunday brunch, the cool Asian street food stands and the pre-Christmas market with innumerable culinary specialities and crafts products, Rotkreuzplatz is the district’s focal point, lively at all times of day and with a well-developed bar culture. On the subject of bars, a good start to the day is a 5-minute walk from the square, at Schlörstraße 11, where you will find Kaffee, Espresso und Barista, one of the most original cafés in the city. In a colourful 1950s atmosphere you can enjoy a creamy cappuccino with freshly-baked croissants and all sorts of sweet delicacies, in a setting replete with books on coffee, ethnic music CDs, polished espresso machines and colourful vintage advertising posters.

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If this gets you thinking about coffee culture and other aspects of cooking and the kitchen, you could move on to the Kristina Sack store at Wilderich-Lang-Straße 6. Items such as diaphanous hand-blown wine glasses by Zalto, high-quality Japanese knives and LeCreuset pottery, to name just a few of the products, get the hearts of chefs and gourmets beating faster in this lavishly-equipped store. Right next door, the concept store Bube & Dame has items for men and women, in addition to eco- and fair-trade-fashion beyond the mainstream. Here, you can browse to your heart’s content, without the hustle and bustle. Absolute shopping pleasure.

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If your taste in shopping is for high-quality fabrics, stylish furniture and lamps with a touch of Mediterranean flair, you will like Stilhaus, at Donnersbergerstrasse 44A, just a few minutes walk away. The remarkable detail lavished on the displays by Barbara Schütte, owner and manager, speaks volumes about the quality of this shopping experience.

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Stylish Italian

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If, after all this culture dedicated to the table and the home, you would like to enjoy a fine Italian lunch menu, you can walk north from Rotkreuzplatz towards the canal and enjoy classic Italian cooking by Chef Giorgio Maetzke in the Art Nouveau ambience of Ristorante Acetaia. Sommelier Michele Perego delights his guests with advice on the very finest Italian wines. After these prandial pleasures, a walk along the nearby canal brings you to Nymphenburger Schloss and its extensive castle grounds. And if your visit coincides with frosty winter temperatures, you may be lucky and discover that the canal has frozen over, making it a magnet for ice skaters and curling enthusiasts. Even if it’s cold, mulled wine kiosks provide visitors with the necessary internal warmth. Ice skates can be rented on site, and the ice surface is prepared with tracks.

A visit to the shop Garibaldi Nymphenburg is a good way to take home an example of quality wine culture as a souvenir of your visit to Munich. In addition to a wide, hand-selected range of liquid jewels from Italy, Germany, Austria, France and Spain, this wine shop and bistro offers the finest delicacies, fresh pasta and antipasti as well as excellent ham, salami and cheese.

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Jewellery for a special occasion

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If you are looking for a piece of jewellery for a celebration, an anniversary or an impromptu gift for your special other, you need go no further than Schmitt & Steinmetzer, a store where Alexandra Schmitt and AgnesMaria Steinmetzer use silver, gold and precious stones to create one-off handcrafted jewellery pieces that make any woman's heart beat faster. To make it into a truly special occasion, you could combine a trip to this shop with the warm ambience of the Broeding restaurant, just ten minutes away. Chef de Cuisine Manuel Reheis conjures up modern interpretations of traditional dishes, and the table setting is enhanced by hand-blown Zalto glasses. The finishing touch for a romantic stroll in this district is sunset seen from the Nymphenburger Canal.

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