Cycle Touring Munich’s Caffeinated Cornerstones
Will Ross, October 7, 2017
The Bavarian capital is often referred to as being a collection of five villages, wedded together in a cosy intimacy that’s defined by remarkable proximity. Munich’s brilliant cycling infrastructure and a broad selection of gastronomic waypoints provide an easy excuse to jump in the saddle to explore the highlights. Within coffee, three venues stand out, providing a convenient cornering for a caffeinated constellation. Here’s a tour of the trio.
Standl 20 is part of a small archipelago of food and drink stores in the town’s smart Schwabing neighbourhood. Flowers, fresh vegetables and a range of cheeses adorn this small patch of Munich, that occupy little more than a pair of tennis courts in total area. The caffeine anchor of Standl 20 is always a welcome place to relax, with deck chairs paired with blankets for beverages whatever the weather. Johannes Bayer is the roaster, with single origins making their way through the coffeeshop with reliable frequency.
From here, swing north via Olympiapark and see if you can heave your ride to the top of the 56m Olympiaberg to get the best views of the city and the Bavarian Alps. As the primary base for the 1972 Olympics, this patch of greenery went through a good deal of architectural updates in the years leading up to the games with engineer Frei Otto brought in to help architect tensile structures that are now iconic to the village. The hill itself was built from 1948 to 1956 using debris from World War Two bombings on the city.
From your descent, dive beneath the Dachauer Straße to the west and either take a right for a dip at Dantebad, or else swing left before forking right on the 2R. After a mile, take a right on Schlörstraße and look out for the next coffee stop,Kaffee, Espresso & Barista. Dantebad is one of the most impressive outdoor swimming pools in Europe – a stainless steel tub stretching 50m in length and open throughout the year – but you’ll be excused if you head directly to your next caffeinated cornerstone.
The approach to Kaffee, Espresso & Barista in Neuhausen gives you an opportunity to test your ride on some of Munich’s scarce pavé. The cafe is unique for its extensive collection of coffee machines, an impressive inventory which occupies the entire front window.
From this second coffee spot, route via Hamburgerei Eins if you’re feeling peckish, or else alight at Gym Cook for healthy dishes and probably a more credible vegetarian option. Continue towards the town’s center through the grand Konigsplatz, past the sugar cube building which is home to an archive of the Nationalist Socialist documents, Dokumentationzentrum, and onto Munich’s oldest quarters for the final coffee location.
Man Versus Machine Coffee Roasters forms the final address in this tour, fitting for its selection of creative merchandise and unique illustrations. If you have enough energy by the end of your day, swing next door and listen to your favourite tracks on vinyl at Optimal Records.
Be aware that Man Versus Machine and Standl 20 are closed on Sundays.