Favorite places in Munich
what to do, where to eat and the best secret playground in town for parents
We have been back in Munich for a year now. After three years in Chicago, we still find it difficult to arrive. Especially because of the pandemic, the emotional repatriation has slowed down a lot. Some favorite places no longer exist and new ones have not yet been explored. Also, we came back to Germany with our little souvenir, our now soon-to-be 2-year-old daughter, and our leisure activities have changed quite naturally. So you can say, I am despite 4 years in Munich no longer an expert of the city. But I always get questions from you about where to go and how to network with other expats in Munich. Since I am a big fan of not reinventing the wheel but falling back on the wonderful experts that already exist, I give the floor here to Eleanor. Having come to Germany from the US many years ago, she too has come to know and love the city and today reveals her favorite places. And that from the perspective of a mother and someone for whom German is not a native language. Eleanor started her own business some time ago and has huge expertise in creating websites. I wish I had known her back then when I embarked on the major project of website creation. As always, you can find more info about Eleanor and her work in the infobox. Check her out if you’re looking for a fancy presence on the internet!
Recommendations from a local expat mum
If you have small kids this place is a real help. Basically, there is a small playroom with supervision for other moms and you can sit in a neighbouring room and enjoy a coffee and a slice of homemade cake. It’s not especially geared toward expats (but I’ve always noticed a few here and there) but it’s a welcoming friendly space if you’ve got small kids.
Working? Yes! I would go here after my daughter was a few months old. They offered a morning care program for a couple of hours while you stay on the premises. I would drop my daughter off and then go into the cafe for a couple of hours with my laptop and answer a few emails, pay some bills. I’d do this twice a week and it was great to get a little break and get a few things done.
A lot of cowering places have opened up in Munich. I wanted to try more of them this year and last, but then we all know what happened. One that has saved my neck on more than one occasion is Twostay. An innovative start-up that uses restaurants and cafes as co-working spaces during the times that they’re not open for regular business hours. There is one in a restaurant around the corner from our apartment and I had a couple of days where I had to get out of the house to work on client website launches. The vibe is definitely international and the main communication language is English
One of the things I love about living in Germany is the ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’ tradition. In my opinion the best cakes and pastries are from Alof which you can find at their cafe in the Glockenbachviertel and at Cafe Sommer in Untergiesing.
Connecting with other expats
- International Parents in Munich Facebook Group – A great resource if you have kids, need support or just have questions about Munich
- LMBB (Little Munich Black Book) Facebook Group – Also a great resource but a not as kid-oriented
- WEM – A fabulous group filled with a lot of expatriate women starting and running interesting businesses.
- Internations – This is a platform for expats all over the world, that actually is based in Munich. There are groups for every interest. It doesn’t say this explicitly anywhere, but I think it’s pretty heavily singles-oriented
- Meet-up – Many English-speaking and expat groups here
Thank you Eleanor for these great tips. The playground behind the Jewish Museum is definitely my favorite spot too. Do you also live in Munich or are you planning to move here? Drop me a line with your questions and I might have just the right contact in my network to hook you up! I also highly recommend the app Matchfamilies. I had written about it here. Have fun settling in and if you have any tips to contribute, feel free to comment below in the comments.