Travel Germany. Independent Concept Stores in Munich

Updated July 2023. 

The other day I spoke with the owner of a small fashion shop in Berlin Mitte, and it was a good lesson. She was frustrated that people prefer to buy at the big chains and feels that there is actually not much she can do to change the customer’s attitude. From her experience, she knows that the buyer's decision is based foremost solely on the price. In the beginning, soon after she opened her store, she offered drinks and snacks to her customers and she hosted small events. Customers happily took the drinks, attended her events, and praised her work and her style but bought cheaper goods from the big shops.

Thinking of it, isn’t it just amazing that it is completely up to us whether cities and towns remain colourful and interesting? Start chatting to small business owners, you most certainly will hear a great story and get a deep understanding of this lifestyle and the town, after all, they are the heart and soul of a place.

Hohenzollernstraße, a two-kilometre-long street in the Munich borough of Schwabing is one of my favourite streets in town. It has for ever been a residential area where also artists, painters, and writers lived. There are many independent shops still and with 33 heritage listed properties it has this lovely Munich feeling. When someone asks me where to go shopping in Munich I send them to Hohenzollernstrasse in Schwabing, a true hub for independent stores. I rate the feel-good factor on this street as 10/10.

Travel Germany. Independent Concept Stores in Munich

1. Weißglut– Stark White and Warm

In 1901 the artist Wassily Kandinsky founded his painting school "Phalanx" in Hohenzollernstraße 6a. Today this property is the home to a concept store where you can buy china, olive oil and fashion. It all comes perfectly together in this place run by designer couple Jessica and Stefan Kiefer. The store is stark white and the oak floor radiates warmth. The name of the concept store Weißglut (English incandescence) stems from the process of porcelain making. Porcelain is white and the burning of the porcelain is called glowing. You find a good choice of small presents and interior design pieces on the ground floor; walk downstairs to browse the latest in fashion.

Weißglut Concept Store. Hohenzollernstrasse 8. 80801 Munich. Hours Monday to Friday 11am to 7pm. Saturday 10.30am to 6pm. Sunday: Closed.

Weißglut Concept Store Munich

Weißglut Concept Store Munich

2. Gudrun Sjoeden – Organic Fashion and Home Textiles

The Swede Gudrun Sjödén uses organic cotton, silk and other natural materials to create designs in expressive colours, eye-catching patterns, and unusual cuts in a high quality. This might sound a bit too obvious but a visit is a feast for the eyes. Entering the store somehow feels like spring even if there is a blizzard outside. This is also the perfect opportunity to buy (or look at) towels, crockery & napkins, tablecloths, cushions and duvets, carpets, dishes, kitchen and garden accessories. On leaving the store one thing becomes apparent, the world needs more colour.

Gudrun Sjoeden Concept Store. The shop on Hohenzollernstrasse is gone. Visit Reichenbachstrasse 3, 80469 Munich. Hours Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm. Saturday 10am to 6pm. Sunday: Closed.

Gudrun Sjoeden Concept Store Munich

3. Dear Goods – Fair, Ecological and Vegan Products

This is an inspiring store with beautiful details where you find women’s and men’s clothes, baby clothes, underwear, accessories, soy candles and cosmetics. The perfect thing is you can buy whatever you want at this store without doing any harm to anyone but your bank account. Products are made from sustainable and organic-certified natural materials such as cotton, linen and hemp and contain no poison from colouring or manufacturing, which lets one wonder why one would even want to buy products that contain these things. I also learned that designers use cork as an animal-free leather substitute for bags and jackets.

So far owner Nicole Noli opened five stores in Munich, Augsburg and Berlin.

Dear Goods. Friedrichstrasse 28 (at Hohenzollernstrasse), 80801 Munich. Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm. Saturday 10.30am to 6pm. Sunday: Closed.

Dear Goods Munich

Dear Goods Munich

4. Kunst Oase- Antique Basement Oasis

This is not a concept store as such, it is a gallery, an antique store and a flea market. While you are here, please walk through the passage way with countless golden framed mirrors and further on through the courtyard to reach the basement shop to find anything from Biedermeier to Art Deco style. Look at antique furniture, chandeliers, lampshades, carpets and statues and lose yourself in the soothing background sound of grandfather clocks. This shop has been here ever since 1984. Have a chat with the owner Manfred Wambsganss, chances are he offers you a coffee and plays a game of table soccer with you.

Kunst Oase. Hohenzollernstrasse 58, 80801 Munich. Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 7.30pm. Saturday 9am to 6pm. Sunday: Closed.

Kunst Oase Munich

5. Mohrmann Basics – Instagrammable Fashion and Interior Design

The first shop opened in Munich 15 years ago, and today there are three of them in town. The atmosphere as well as the dresses, trousers, pullovers and accessories on offer are lively and colourful. You can feel the love in every small detail, be it the wallpaper, the ornate furniture or the snug carpets. I can't decide whether owner Nicole Mohrmann is better at interior design or at curating fashion pieces, you better go and decide for yourself. This place is perfectly instagrammable and there even is a cute little coffee bar in this shop where coffee is prepared on a Marzocco.

Mohrmann Basics. The shop on Hohenzollernstrasse is gone. Visit this one: Fuenf Hoefe, Maffeistrasse 6, 80333 Munich. Hours Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm. Saturday 10am to 6pm. Sunday: Closed.

La Marzocco at Mohrman Basic in Munich

Mohrman Basic Munich

Dresses. Mohrman Basic Munich

6. Living Colour – Light and Airy Corner Store

This store used to be an artists and craftsman supply store and owner Christian Hackl changed this over the years when the shop started to offer interior design, furniture, lamps, fashion and accessories. Appealing is the size with its high ceilings, it is light and airy and you have ample space to have a long browse.

Living Colour Concept Store. Hohenzollernstrasse 39. Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm. Saturday 10am to 6pm. Sunday: Closed.

Living Colour Concept Store Munich

Living Colour Concept Store Munich

Living Colour Concept Store Munich

Where to recharge on Hohenzollernstrasse

In case you wonder where to have a cup of tea, lunch, coffee and cake or where to grab a drink while on a shopping spree on Hohenzollernstrasse my go to places are these two.

Reed Café. Read – Eat – Drink Tiny Café serves delicious tea, coffee, soups and cakes plus functions as a magazine store (see that makes one more concept store). Hohenzollernstrasse 12. Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm. Saturday 9.30am to 7pm. Sunday: Closed.

Tagescafé Schwabing Organic juices, breakfast, salads and cakes in a pretty little café. Hohenzollernstrasse 41. Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6.30pm. Saturday 9.30am to 6.30pm. Sunday: 10.30am to 6pm.

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