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Welcome back to the Munich Post! The purpose of this newsletter is to share: 3 bits of news, 2 upcoming events, and 1 amazing restaurant/café for expats living in and around Munich. This way, you have a pulse on what’s going on without scrolling through thousands of pages.
Here’s what we’ve got for you today:
3 bits of news
Four floors of fresh fashion - Opening at Isar Pedestrian zone (Alte Akademie)
If I ask you about a winter wear that feels like you’re getting a warm hug all day and doesn't cost an arm and a leg, which brand comes to mind?
I hope you said Uniqlo!
Well if you did, we have great news. Looks like Uniqlo, Japan’s top selling retailer is finally making its way to Munich. This brand is all about quality and innovation. Their clothing is simple, minimalist and modern.
They opened up a store in Berlin way back in 2014 and Munich residents have been waiting for it to hit our beautiful city ever since.
The downside? It is going to be a bit of a wait. The old building they’re moving into is in need of some TLC, so it's undergoing some renovation. Keep your eyes peeled for the grand opening, and get ready to upgrade your wardrobe to the next level.
Read the article here (in German).
This reminds us if you like to know about the latest sales and offers in Munich.
Discover The Local’s newest addition: A podcast
In 2022, The Local launched an exciting podcast - Germany in Focus. This weekly podcast is an addition to their content lineup and is sure to provide listeners with fascinating insights into all things German.
This week’s topics are quite the mix! They talk about major strikes, Germany’s undying love for Helene Fischer, Schlager music. And the perennial question of why Germany is such a tough nut to crack for foreigners looking to start a new life.
The most interesting aspect of the latest episode was how to make your German neighbors like you with some dos and don'ts. Here are some of the tips for you:
Sunday is a Ruhetag (peaceful day) and things you should not do on Sunday:
Grill and party
Use vacuum cleaner
Listen to loud music
Germans take time to warm up so be patient. When you move in, offer some chocolates and beers without expecting much in return.
Pay attention to notes if they have written. Germans like to communicate that way
Lend parking space if you have extra space.
You might have nasty neighbors so do get legal insurance, some might sue you regardless. The Local recommends Getsafe for all your insurance needs.
Communicate in advance. For example, if you are having a party let your neighbors know about it.
Join a community of volunteers - no language skills required
Have you thought about volunteering but thought your German skills might hold you back? Well, we have been in the same boat.
Yours truly found the perfect place to volunteer where language is not a barrier. They will accept you with your Denglish skills. In fact the people were so welcoming and fun, you will be tempted to sign up for everything.
At Diakonie they welcome everyone and are happy to chat about what type of volunteering interests you. Whether you’re keen on aiding refugees, lending a hand at a nursing home or pitching in with creating care packages. (They are also sponsoring a shopping-marathon at their second-hand shops, see article, below.)
If you’re interested in volunteering with Diakonia, fill out their contact form and they’ll get back to you. And if you want more information, you can read about it here or share it with a friend.
Remember, you can never have too many volunteers. Join them in giving back to the community.
2 upcoming events
Hear it live
Gather ‘round, music lovers.
Maxvorstadt’s Lost Weekend is hosting a live karaoke event this weekend that you won’t want to miss. So grab your entourage and loosen up those vocal cords.
Lost Weekend is a fully vegan café by day that turns into a music venue at night. You can sip on a cold one while jamming out to your favorite local artists. They do sell books, vinyls, CDs and merch from local authors and artists. Sometimes they hold morning yoga sessions.
And don’t sweat it if you don’t know all the lyrics by heart - that’s what the backup band is for!
A night of killer jams, delicious drinks and good vibes awaits you.
📅 Friday, March 31
⏰ 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (on Saturday)
📍 Ingolstädter Straße 45-47 / 80807 München
💶 Tickets from 2€
More info is here.
Ready, set, shop - Spring marathon shopping
The seven Diakonia shops are holding their annual spring marathon on Saturday, April 1 and offering discounts up to 50% on a wide range of items.
Diakonia is a non-profit organization in Munich (and Ebersberg) that helps people with integration and employment.
The campaign is designed to reward customers with exciting discounts. This is how it works: With every purchase, customers receive one stamp per purchase per store.
Each stamp is worth a 10% discount. With that stamp you can hit the next store and get a 10% discount. If you collect two stamps then at the third store you get a 20% discount. If you keep shopping and accumulating stamps you can unlock amazing discounts of up to 50% off.
📍 Diverse Orte , 80331 München
📅 Saturday, April 1, 2023
⏰ 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Click the link to get more information including the store locations.
1 new restaurant/café to try
Gürmet Wine bar & Vegan Turkish meze
Want to try out some delicious vegetarian and vegan Turkish meze? Meze, which means taste or bite in Turkish are tapa style portions served before a big meal or can be a meal in itself.
We found a great outlet at Viktualienmarkt: Gürmet, which uses fresh ingredients sourced from sustainable local farmers. And the menu changes with the seasons, so there’s always something new to enjoy.
They carry some amazing Turkish spices, vinegar and other organic products that are staple in Turkish cuisine. Plus they have got some top-notch Turkish and German wines that are sustainably produced.
Check out their website here.
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