Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Groovy Munich

Groovy Munich cover

In the late nineties, when I moved to Munich, it like many big cities, was in the full grip of the dotcom boom. There were a lot of expats in town working for start-ups and enjoying all that life in the Bavarian Hauptstadt had to offer.

Groovy Munich - Neighborhood separator page

The guidebook for locals at the time was a book called 'Groovy Munich'. It was written by a Parisian and a Brit, one of whom worked at a software company and the other in the mobile industry.

Groovy Munich - review with ratings

I can't bring myself to get rid of the book, even though a lot of the places it reviews don't even exist anymore (there is an entire section dedicated to Kunstpark Ost.) Somehow flipping through it's pages makes me nostalgic for my early days here, when each excursion to a new part of the city, restaurant or bar was new and exciting and something to discover. Of course I still enjoy the city and new discoveries all the time, but now that I've been here so long, nothing quite compares to those early days when I was getting to know the 'lay of the land' and it seemed that every weekend entirely new worlds were revealed.

Groovy Munich Authors

Wednesday, July 20, 2011



There is a slightly hidden corner of Haidhausen, right off Bordeauxplatz that I always forget about, which is silly because it is full of hidden gems, one of which is Wiesengrund. A small intimate place to have a good meal or a nice regional glass of wine, Wiesengrund is low key and has a bit of French flair to it. It might not be the place to have a romantic dinner, but it's a good place to meet a friend for a good meal and a nice long, leisurely conversation.


The Menu changes regularly, and you may wait a bit longer than usual for your food, but it is always fresh and excellently prepared. Expect anything from to seasonal trout, to white asparagus to pasta. As mentioned the wine and beer menu is very extensive and they also have multiple brands of Pastis on offer (perhaps that's why I always think 'France' when I'm there).


Some more pix from my Flickr set, here.

Elsässerstr. 22
Haidhuasen, München
Tel.: 089-448 94 50
Mo - So 18:00 - 01:00

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Kunst im Karée 2011

Kunst im Karée 2011

For the last eight years, the design agency 84GHz has been producing an event called Kunst im Karée in which artists in the Maxvorstadt and Schwabing neighborhoods make their ateliers and work spaces available fora two-day open house.

To be totally honest, my real motivation for going was for seeing the spaces more than the art or to meet the artists (though that was quite interesting as well.) Often on my wanderings through town, I'll catch a glimpse of a Ruckgebäude (back building) or I'll come across an open Haus door revealing a hidden and unexpected lush garden Hof. This always piques my curiosity about all the s hidden spaces in the city.

The Kunst im Karée event provide me with a legitimate opportunity to unleash my inner looky-loo. In spite of some rain, I was able to visit quite a few, but I wasn't so good about getting pictures. Many of the artists are (understandably) not keen on having pictures taken in their spaces. I realized I need a spiel about why I want the pictures, which I found myself getting suddenly shy and tongue tied about, as well as some business cards and Wahlmünchnerin info cards. Next year.

More images in Flickr here.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011


If you're anything like me, you get a pornographic rush of excitement whenever you walk into a stationery store. So when I finally made it on over to Papier-Stein it was like walking into a Beate Uhse for all things paper and office-supply related.

Two glorious warehouse floors of everything from boxes (matchboxes to moving size), paper stock, those paper bags used at the fruit stands, glassine envelopes, ribbons, tape, labels, notepads and folders, Bierdeckels, you name it, they have it.

I was especially happy to find it because I hate going to the Kaut-Bullinger at Marienplatz. I find them to be overpriced with an exceptionally surly staff. I had opposite experience at Papier-Stein. There were two thoroughly Bavarian ladies, sitting in the middle of the warehouse, joking and yukking it up. When I accidentally selected two box bottoms instead of a top and a bottom, the woman ringing me up cheerily let me know and before I could offer to get the correct item, was off to fetch it for me. Sehr nett.

It's a bit of a hike, way out on Landsbergerstr, but it's worth it. From downtown you can pretty much take bike paths the whole way, past the Theresienweise and through Westend.

Landsberger Str. 212

80687 München

Tel: + 49 89 51 777 3 - 0
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