Where were you born?
Siems in Hamburg, Matthias in Mühlhausen, a small town in Thuringia.
Where do you live?
We moved from Hamburg to Munich in 2010, where we reside in the Bogenhausen area.
What’s best about your neighbourhood?
It’s not in city centre, but very close by. We love that the Englischer Garten is not far away.
If money was no object, where would you live?
In the fancy area around Sophienstrasse, next to the old botanical garden and not far from Condé Nast. If money was really no object, we would buy a weekend home at Lake Starnberg.
Which is your favourite Munich neighbourhood?
Gärtnerplatz, the Glockenbach Viertel hotspot, with all its cafés, small, independent boutiques and furniture stores.
Which are your favourite Munich stores?
The bakery at Manufactum, which has the freshest and most fragrant bread you will find in Munich. Our beauty emporium of choice is Hautnah at Ludwig Beck. The vast and expertly curated selection of niche fragrances, doctor brands and scented candles blows your mind. COS is not a local fashion store but we totally love their quiet new boutique in Schwabing, while most tourists will stick to the branch near Marienplatz.
And your favourite restaurants?
We recently went to newly opened La Baracca, a modernist’s take on the classic Italian restaurant where you order your food and drinks with an iPad – a little tricky at first but in the end a lot of fun. Their selection of Italian wines is spectacular. For a shopping break with tasty snacks and artisan coffee specialities, check out Aran in Theatinerstrasse. Looking for the best, and probably cheapest, schnitzel in Munich? Go no further then Steinheil 16 and dig in!
Do you have a favourite local café or pub?
Bar Centrale on Ledererstrasse. It’s crowded with tourists in the know (and locals!), especially on weekends, but is still one of our favourites. Enjoy your Apérol Spritz or a magnificent espresso doppio and observe the scene.
Any recommendations for local dishes to try?Treat your inner carnivore and at least once book a table in an original Bavarian wirtshaus. Crispy pork roast, a traditionally seasoned slice of beef or the legendary juicy chicken with potato dumplings and kraut: the choice is yours! For those with a sweet tooth, we absolutely enjoy Prinzregentenschnitte layered cake. And, if you go for taste not appearance, the granatsplitter is the sweetest of dessert sins.
Where do you take out-of-town friends?
We’d take them to Viktualienmarkt for a healthy glass of freshly squeezed exotic juices then walk with them to the Bavaria statue, from which you have a great view of the city. In the evening the small Wirtshaus Zum Dürnbräu is a must for all the delicacies mentioned before.
Where do you like to celebrate?
We like Nektar’s approach to unconventional, relaxed fine dining, seated on sofa beds, not stiff chairs. And for a sophisticated lunch with business partners we go to Dukatz, with its excellent Mediterranean menu.
Do you have a favourite Munich walk?
The Hofgarten is a must. It’s not very big but, especially in the summer with a classical music trio playing live in one of its pavilions, a leisurely stroll around is true bliss.
How do you like to travel around Munich?
We don’t have bikes yet and don’t want a car, so we are avid and happy walkers.
Which is Munich’s best city landmark?
We just discovered the Munich Residenz, Germany’s biggest remaining city palace.
Which do you think is the best museum in Munich?
The collection at the Neue Pinakothek is simply amazing: Van Gogh’s sunflowers, Cézanne’s still lifes – it’s all there!
Which person from Munich do you most admire?
We both admire the Austrian Empress Elisabeth, known as Sisi, who was born in Munich, on Ludwigstrasse.
Any secret spots you don’t want out-of-towners to know about?
If we tell you, that would be like telling everyone, right?
Where can someone find the best bargains?
If you come for Oktoberfest and you need a dirndl which doesn’t cost a fortune, check out Wies’n Tracht & Mehr. They have some nice vintage pieces too. Did we mention that Munich is not a particularly low-budget city? Now you know.
Any advice for visitors to Munich?
Choose the summer and enjoy life in a beer garden or drive to lake Chiemsee and visit King Ludwig II’s extravagant Herrenchiemsee castle on island in the middle.
Anywhere you’d recommend visitors avoid?
If time is short, do yourself a favour and avoid strolling along Karlsplatz to Marienplatz via Neuhauser Strasse and Kaufingerstrasse on Saturdays! Crowded doesn’t even describe it ...
Can you recommend any good hotels in Munich?
You can’t go wrong with the Rocco Forte Collection, so book a room at the Charles and enjoy your stay. Looking for wellness and relaxation? The Mandarin Oriental and the Bayerischer Hof both have high-end, luxurious spas. As a design and boutique alternative we recommend the Anna Hotel.
What can’t you live without?
iPhone, fruit juice, blogging for Nahtlos!, our lifestyle blogzine – and fashion!