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Cafe Pförtner To the back of the bus

The name of the game at Cafe Pförtner is understatement. Most of the seating is shabby or at least semi-outdoors (say on a rickety old school bus) and orders have to be lodged at a busy counter in front of the restaurant’s only visible menu. So far, so curious… Yet since opening in 2011, it has steadily grown into a word-of-mouth favorite with regulars that go from trendy to fogey and back again. Why you holler? Simply ’cos Cafe Pförtner is small on pretension, big on charm, and massive on home-cooked goodness.

Situated in a somewhat secluded red-brick building by the Uferstudios in ever-becoming Wedding, one of the bistro owners, Daniel, is from Germany and the other, Christian, hails from northern Italy—which explains why their dishes often have an Italian twist to them. Fine fish and fresh pasta usually grace the chalkboard but the offering changes daily, making every meal quite the carpe diem experience. Coming from a concert at Piano Salon Christophori next door? Undo one or two buttons on the collar and queue up; you’ve entered Pförtner’s doors.

shrn Skaters gonna skate

Earning the extra ‘o’ in their soohotrightnow slogan, shrn are working hard to plant Munich firmly on the map as a place to be for all things skate related. The clothing and skateboard store sells its own in-house label as well as a plethora of other trendy fashion brands such as Civilist, The Quiet Life, Emerica and Fourstar. Their skateboard selection is jam-packed with small, independent labels like Fucking Awesome and they sell all the relevant essentials to look after your board as well. Sharing a space with vinyl store Public Possession, it means you can get your music, your clothes and their infectious enthusiasm for underground culture, all in one place. Not just a shop, it’s a lifestyle.

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