Schwabing, as Munich’s traditionally bohemian neighborhood, is quite different from what is otherwise a rather glitzy, snob city. It bred a generation of counter‐culture German litterateurs and painters like Ludwig Ganghofer and Oskar Maria Graf and attracted household names like Kandinsky and Lenin in the 19th century – and although it is not so alternative anymore, it still has an “outsider” atmosphere not unlike Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg or London’s Shoreditch that is undeniably attractive. Sprawling from the English Garden on its southern end to the Allianz Arena far up north, and through Germany’s largest university, this little quirky slice of Munich is now the cosmopolitan stomping grounds of art students and fashion bloggers. It is bursting at the seams with gentrified shops and condos, hip boutiques, and pop‐up restaurants that the cool kids all lust after, although it does retain a charming je‐ne‐sais‐quoi with its colorful facades and historic thoroughfares.
The English Garden alone has enough attractions to keep visitors busy, with its Chinese pagoda, surfing center, numerous beer gardens, a Greek temple, sculptures, as well as mature trees and rural fields.
Leopoldstrasse, Schellingstrasse, Wedekindplatz, and Ludwigstrasse are at the heart of the student quarter; this is where most restaurants, boutiques, and bars will be located.