Bargain Shopping In Munich
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In Munich, I opted for dinner at Emiko, the Louis’ Japanese restaurant. I never expected to find great sushi in Germany! A group of very young and chic locals invited me to share their table and confirmed that Emiko has quickly become the top see-and-be-seen spot in Munich. One can enjoy a wonderful meal of sushi, sashimi, grilled meats and veggies
After breakfast, I was off to Ingolstadt (Ingolstadt vacation rentals | Ingolstadt travel guide) Village, the third and final stop on my quick tour of the Chic Shopping Outlets in Europe. Ingolstadt is about an hour by car from the center of Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide), but there’s also train service from Hauptbahnhof Central Station to Ingolstadt main station where you can take a bus (# 20) to the outlets via Ingolstadt City Centre. Much (Much vacation rentals | Much travel guide) to my surprise, I had saved the best shopping adventure for last. I loved this shopping village and found the best buys of my trip at Ingolstadt. It’s a bit smaller than the other Chic Outlet Villages, but has brands not available at any other outlet centers, including brands I shop in the U.S. but rarely find on streets of Europe. While Bavaria is well known for beer and fast cars (two things that should never be mixed), I now consider it a top shopping destination.
The German label Oska is a line of separates in a mixy-matchy Armani-Asian fusion of muted colors and soft natural fabrics and a bit on the pricey side. Brigitte, the store manager, helped me narrow my selection to a perfect olive/black trouser suit, a fuchsia wool jacket, a tiered denim skirt, and packable capris. Full retail price on my “haul” would have been €1,200+ (more than $1,700), but after applying the store discount of an additional 20 percent off the total (my purchases were over €200), final tab was €258. Best deal of the trip. Even my Starbuck’s City Mug was a bargain at €8.90, much better than the €12 I paid for its twin in Madrid.
With an hour to kill before dinner, a quick walk led me to Riedel, the most famous name in wine glasses in the world. I love their new stemless wine glasses. It was hard to pass up a set of eight Chardonnay glasses for €50, but the box was too big to fit in the overhead bin.
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