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Der Hollabusch Over the hills and far away

Loving thy neighbour is good. Pinching things from your neighbour, however, and cooking them up for the benefit of others (sort of like a culinary Robin Hood) is even better. Thus, we must celebrate Der Hollabusch — a wee bistro that is ghosting Austrian culinary treats over the Alps and into grateful Müncheners’ mouths.

It’s not Austrian grub or bust, though. Alongside the cakes, pastries and sweet stuff from across the border, there’s fresh-pressed juices, home-baked bread, egg breakfasts and heartier later-in-the-day dishes with a veggie/vegan lean: Pepper and rocket risotto for instance. The service is super cheery too, and it’d take a real miser to resist the upbeat mood that beams out from behind the counter and bounces around the white-and-blue tiled walls.

The best time to go? Well, they host the odd gig or two and stay open later on Friday and Saturday nights, but it’s the Sunday brunch that takes some beating. There’s fat pancakes with maple syrup, cereals and tiered metal trays holding more cured meats and cheeses than you could name, with a generous garnish of fruit to a) help you on your way to your five-a-day, or b) to assuage the guilt you’re feeling for eating that much heart attack fodder. It depends on your life outlook, really.

Wir Machen Cupcakes All hail the cronut

Boasting the title of Munich’s first cupcake cafe, this wood and pastel-hued patisserie has been winning over all comers with its pint-sized, icing-lathered Kuchen. Eminent amongst the myriad flavors are the Chocolate Decadence, a cocoa overdose incarnate, and the Black Forest Cherry—a chocolate sponge soaked in liqueur, creamed icing and, of course, a cherry on top. Then there’s Wir Machen’s epic ace in the hole: The cronut. For the uninitiated, that’s a donut made from croissant. They also come in custom variations, such as filled with fresh cream, dusted with icing sugar, and topped with raspberries. Definitely worth the imminent heart attack, and then some.

Wiede Fabrik Post-industrial revolution featured

Repurposing disused spaces for a new cultural life isn’t something commonly associated with Munich. That isn’t to say, however, that the Bavarian capital hasn’t got a flair for urban renewal. Cast your cynical peepers upon Wiede Fabrik if you remain an unbeliever. Formerly a manufacturing facility for the production of acetylene, this quirky factory reboot is now a buzzing cultural hub that’s fast becoming one of the city’s most exciting arts venues.

The network of studio spaces and workshops retains the industrial charm of the complex’s prior purpose. Hefty, open halls and bronze-colored metallic cannisters—complete with pressure dials and copper piping—contribute to the indoor landscape. Amongst the 25+ residents currently taking advantage of the surreal space are painter and collagist Elli Hurst, abstract acrylic portraitier Dörthe Bäumer, and digital photo manipulator HC Ohl.

Haeppi Piecis Concept Store Cauldron of creativity featured

Munich has had a little trouble stepping out of the creative shadow of Berlin in the past. But now the times are changing: big retail chains—Apple, McDonalds and Primark amongst them—are expanding their sphere of influence in the Haupstadt whilst the Bavarian capital’s bohemians are showing that they’ve well and truly found their mojo. The summer/autumn popup Haeppi Piecis Concept Store is ample, edgy and experimental proof.

The product of a large-scale collaboration across Munich’s creative scene, the temporary store—open until November—acts as a crossroads for fashion and graphic designers, music labels, young publishers and artists.

For starters, the MDF-gone-mad, patchwork space stocks threads and accessories from labels such as Nectar & Pulse, Jakob Hentze and Miro Craemer on its inventive array of display units. Dig a little deeper, though, and you’ll find that this transient boutique has a hell of a lot more to offer than quality clothing. It also runs an extensive program of exhibitions, concerts, installations, workshops and lectures that looks to cover the length and breadth of Munich’s artistic horizons.

A Kind of Guise Wardrobe revamped featured

Having established themselves as one of Germany’s most exciting menswear labels working solely in the abstract realms of cyberspace, A Kind of Guise have decided to get physical and open up a flagship store in the real world. And, judging by the buzz the opening generated, it’s about goddamn time. Fresh, open and with a little something different (one of the walls is given over to a display of suspended potted greenery), the space reflects the label’s youthful chutzpah. On the matte black rails and polished wooden shelves, meanwhile, there’s more than enough for any brother to give his wardrobe a unique revamp—with bomber jackets, smart-casual leather kicks, hand-stitched bags and sharp patterned shirts from AKOG’s locker sitting side by side with store exclusive pieces from designers such as Peter Jensen and Kiki Dieterle.

Louis Vuitton Maison Couture culture featured

Haute fashion megabrand Louis Vuitton has finally graced German soil with one of its Maisons. And, as you might expect, it has done it in style. Not content with simply setting up shop in the München Residenzpost (designed by the world-renowned Peter Marino), LV has turned the former post office into a case study of taste and expertly executed design flair. To get inside you’ve got to cross a bridge that affords spectacular views across the ground floor, where Vuitton’s iconic leather goods have pride of place. The other floors are accessible via the main stairway which, manufactured using various woods, has graded hues of brown depending on where you are in the store—darker on the lower levels, lighter at the top. And, if you’re hankering for a little culture to go with your couture, there’s even a set of in-house exhibition spaces.

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