A Sunday in Munich

If you have been to Munich before, you might know that Sundays in the Bavarian Capital have the tendency to be a little bit boring, due to the fact that all shops and some restaurants and cafés are closes. Yup, we take our Sundays seriously here! 

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SUNDAYS IN MUNICH

pictured: Future House by Matti Suuronen, located at Pinakotheken, Munich

Now if swimming in the Isar is not really an option for your day, here are a few more ideas for a Sunday in Munich. If you don not mind walking for a while, you can also do this little tour by foot.

Isar

Isar


Every good day starts with breakfast, right?

For some reason I could not find decent food pics of many breakfast places in Munich, so here is one of LAX that represents them all. Other restaurants I like for breakfast are München 72, Waldmeisterei, Loretta Bar, das Neue Kubitschek, Daddy Longlegs, Café Ignaz, Marais, Café Stockholm, die Küche im Kraftwerk, Aroma Bar, Gartensalon… most of them have in common, that you want to make a reservation on weekends.

Californian brunch at LAX

Californian brunch at LAX


A thing I love doing on Sundays is going to the botanical garden. It is not really included in this route, since it is not easily walkable from here, but I wanted to include the option, in case you do not fancy museums (why would you not, thought?)

Botanischer Garten is attached to the park of castle Nymphenburger Schloss, which also makes for a nice Sunday adventure.

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Botanischer Garten

Botanischer Garten

While you are here, there is a beer garden quite close to Schloss Nymphenburg (and the botanical garden), it is called Königlicher Hirschgarten (royal deer park), and there are actual deer that you can try to pet. Or you could just get beers and Bavarian snacks like in any other beergarden.

Bavarian Snacks - Obazda and Brezn - at a beergarden

Bavarian Snacks - Obazda and Brezn - at a beergarden


Here is some good news: in Munich all state-owned museum have an entry fee of 1€ on Sundays. There are many art museums in the same neighborhood (all three Pinakotheken, Brandhorst Museum, Glypothek), so you can check out a few or all of them without breaking the bank. I like going to the modern art museums every few weeks and concentrate on a single exhibition, and returning for another one some other Sunday.

The beautiful facade of Brandhorst Museum

The beautiful facade of Brandhorst Museum

Another one of Brandhorst Museum because I think it is really really pretty

Another one of Brandhorst Museum because I think it is really really pretty

Pinakothek der Moderne (with a reflection of Brandhorst Museum on the right)

Pinakothek der Moderne

Pinakothek der Moderne

Antique sculptures at Glyptothek

Antique sculptures at Glyptothek


After visiting the museums, or in between, it is time for the best gelato in Munich. You get it at Balla Beni, it is located across the street from Brandhorst Museum, and their chocolate gelato is the absolute best (please try it!)

Gelato at Balla Beni

Gelato at Balla Beni

If you’re ready for a snack I can recommend checking out Bami House. It is a nice little Vietnamese place with street food style dishes. I love their Banh Mi for a snack, but everything I’ve tried so far was really tasty!

Lunch at Bami House (tofu version)

Lunch at Bami House (tofu version)

Now you could walk up a bit further north, to Alter Nordfriedhof. This is an ancient cemetery that is no longer in use, so people take walks here, have picnics, go running…

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Depending in the weather you might want to take a short walk over to Englischer Garten now. It is a popular hangout spot, especially on Sundays.

Lost Weekend bookstore and coffee shop

Lost Weekend bookstore and coffee shop

On your way you might pass by Lost Weekend at Schellingstraße, which is a vegan coffee shop that also sells rare and artsy magazines. There are often readings or small shows, and I like popping in and buying a foreign magazine to take to the park with me.

Crossing the street at Munich’s University (LMU) you will find two large fountains, established in honor of the Scholl siblings and their professor. All around the place there are flyers printed and carved into the floors, where they once formed an opposition against the 3rd Reich regime.

Eisbach at Englischer Garten on a quiet day

Eisbach at Englischer Garten on a quiet day

Hopefully you brought beers to Englischer Garten!

Now if you still have room for ice cream, I can recommend Ice Date (Amalienstraße), who make vegan ice cream with dates and nuts. It is really tasty, and if you do not feel like settling on one flavor, they offer a tasting cup, which I find really practical.

mhhhh Ice Date!

mhhhh Ice Date!

Schwabing

Schwabing

You could stroll south along Schwabing, through Maxvorstadt, towards Odeonsplatz and Hofgarten.

Hofgarten when the light is just right

Hofgarten when the light is just right

Odeonsplatz

Odeonsplatz

Odeonsplatz

Odeonsplatz

MAELU on Theatinerstraße (between Odeonsplatz and Marienplatz) has tiny cakes that are pieces of art. You should treat yourself to one! This is a mango cake.

MAELU on Theatinerstraße (between Odeonsplatz and Marienplatz) has tiny cakes that are pieces of art. You should treat yourself to one! This is a mango cake.

If you walk a few minutes further from here, you will end up at Marienplatz, the central square in Munich. Here you can see the Rathaus, Frauenkirche (with the two domes) and sometimes even walk inside the old buildings.

Marienplatz

Marienplatz

So now if you are in the mood for a light dinner, I would go to Haupbahnhof (it is walkable from here) and try a hummus dish at Neni. I love their interior and you can never go wrong with a triple of hummus and a glass of wine on the side.

If you fancy a drink after dinner, I like Café Kosmos in the Hauptbahnhof area (aka close to Neni) for an apple vodka, which I do not have a picture of, but always order when I find myself in the area.

There are a few cinemas nearby, I like the City Kinos with their weekly handpainted posters best. There are a few bars that are less crowded and more fun on Sundays, too. But I think I will write a bar guide another time.


Or you could always return to the river Isar and have beers with your feet in the water, or Königsplatz, another popular hangout spot.

Or you could always return to the river Isar and have beers with your feet in the water, or Königsplatz, another popular hangout spot.