Once home to bohemian communities and now a magnet for upmarket galleries and cool boutiques, Munich’s Schwabing district can be likened to Le Marais is Paris. While the artists, painters and poets who once lived here have since left the area, Schwabing still retains an intriguing quality that makes it an important creative and social hub today. This can be seen in the lively shopping scene that includes some of Munich’s most creative concept stores and cool independent boutiques. Leopoldstrasse is perfect for fashionable stores and unique souvenirs, while Bahnhofplatz offers one of Germany’s most popular department stores, Karstadt. For top shopping in Munich, read our Schwabing guide.