On the corner of Barerstraße and SchellingStraße, draped head to toe in the blue and white of the Bavarian flag sits the ‘Schelling Salon’. In a district fueled by young creative’s, whether it be business or at university, it’s easy to take historic hubs, such as this one, that are scattered around Maxvorstadt, for granted.
The billiard hall dates all the way back to 1872 when the original owners, Fridoline and Silvester Mehr founded the establishment. Despite the current ownership being in its 4th generation, Evelin Mehr, keeps the sam traditions alive within this heirloom. I have a suspicion not a lot would have changed. Low lighting and rows of billiard tables mixed with the scent of stale beer and salty snacks sets the scene in this truly unique bar.
My severe lack of German really hit home here, feeling as though I’d stepped into the past. However, despite the slightly reserved owner, Evelin Mehr, being slightly apprehensive of my eagerness to know about the establishment, she allowed me to take some photos. Many thanks go to Evelin.
Jo Van Der Loo Gallery
Reiterating my opinions regarding mindsets and personalities of the people here in Munich there stood Jo. Visiting the small, neatly pieced together ‘Jo Van Der Loo Gallery’ was a pretty welcoming experience. Despite being faced with a small bout of nerves each time I walk into a new establishment, due to my distinct lack of German, any worries were soon quelled as soon as I met this Gallery’s founder.
Jo Van Der Loo, the eponymous owner of the gallery greeted me with open arms. The 6 foot something; frizzy haired German was delighted to engage in conversation as I explained Folk’s newest journal series. Already familiar with the store and the brand, Jo was more than happy to tell me a little about the gallery and why he feels it’s so special.
Opening on March 5th 2011, Jo described the space as “A new space and position for contemporary photography in Munich” and the current exhibition highlighted that. Disinterested in oil paintings and traditional exhibition art, Jo’s true excitement came in modern mediums such as photography and video.
Paul Krazler is the artist whose photographs dominate the walls of the gallery at the moment. ‘Brut’, running from March 5th right up until June 26th Krazler’s pieces, a collection of photo’s showing Family members in a personal and albeit peculiar light, are a real eye opener offering intriguing viewing.
Words and Images: Sam Smith
It seems Munich has a few must sees; The English Gardens, Allianz Arena, Marien Square … Balla Beni? This tiny ice cream parlor located at number 46 Theresienstraße appears to be a neighborhood favorite. On initial scouting of the area I walked past Balla Beni and assumed the long queue trailing around the block was simply due to the blistering heat that day. I was wrong.
When passing Balla Beni, you will see a queue of people waiting for their ice cream fix. The day and the weather are irrelevant. The showpiece of high quality ice cream speaks for itself, the texture and richness in flavor is unlike any ice cream I’ve previously tasted and the presentation in small wafer bowls works perfectly.
It’s testament to an eatery when locals recommend. Everybody I’ve spoken too regarding Balla’ have only good things to say. The praise doesn’t end with the ice cream, no, service is immaculate, with staff giving you the time of day to have a conversation and make sure your happy with your purchases.
All in all it’s got to be said the Balla Beni is the most impressive ice cream parlor I’ve been too, aside from that the staff and service were excellent. If ever you’re in the Maxvorstadt area of Munich, seek it out you will not be disappointed.
Words and images: Sam Smith
As part of our continuing guide to the communities where our shop is based we travel over to our newest store in Munich which is based in the university district of the town and has a relaxed feel very similar to our stores on Lambs Conduit Street with an eclectic mix of independent stores, bars and restaurants. Over the coming weeks we’ll give our view on whats good to see and do, starting of, as you’d expect, in the pub.
The waitress that allowed me to take photographs around ‘Altr Simpl’ seemed totally contrary to the famous pub’s aesthetic. Her petit figure, gleaming smile and particular fresh personality was in stark contrast of the stained walls in this Bavarian boozer.
Highsnobiety recently posted a London shop guide, they were kind enough to feature us, Click the image to read more…
Leon wears: Gideon Jacket in green ~ Stitched Elbow Patch shirt in royal blue tartan ~ Classic Short in navy nite ~ Alaric shoes in pacific navy / velvet.
I picked the classic short as they’re a great fitting short for the summer and can be worn rolled up to show the taped seam detail. The shirt is a Japanese light weight fabric and the check works well with the shorts. The Gideon jacket makes a great alternative to a harrington and gives it a bit of a preppy look.
Leon work at our brick lane store.
We hosted our spring party last week at the folk Munich store, thanks to everyone who turned up and made it a great night.
Hope you enjoyed the music, food and drinks. You can view the images from the night on our facebook page or click read more.
Thursday 18th saw the opening of our latest store in Munich. Much in the same format as our current stores, there’s recycled wood, the marble heads from Paul Van Stone, the rope lighting, the ware board shelving systems – all that and a bit of clobber and shoes. More images after the break…