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Brandon Holmes
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I am going to Munich as part of my honeymoon in March and would love to see the Germans gaming scene firsthand. Can anyone recommend a good game cafe to visit (near the central area I assume) and game store?

Any other tips or ideas are welcome! And thanks in advance.
 
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After reading your request, I dug into some online information about games cafés and game stores. That is what I could find without much ado (name, street, ZIP code - for online map services):

Here are some places that I found listed as "game cafés":

- Laimer Platzl, Straubingerstr. 9, 80686
- MOC, Lilienthalallee 40, 80939

None of them are in the immediate center of Munich, however, so you might have to meander into other areas of the city.

These are a few "toy" stores in the city center:

- Funtainment, Landwehrstr. 12a, 80336
- Gleis 11, Bayerstr. 16b, 80335
- Pfeiffer, Liebfrauenstr. 1, 80331
- Strietzel, Dachauer Str. 42, 80335

Please note that I am not a local, and consequently can't vouch for the quality of any of these places. The places in the city center are more likely high street toy stores (which here in Germany are often strangely stuffy and polished in a weird kind of a way), whereas, in my experience, the best toy stores are usually small cave-like places that often rely on word-of-mouth alone and don't bother to advertise their presence in more generally available ways. However, even people in run of the mill toy stores should be able to point you towards meeting places of the more specialised games scene.

This information is only intended as a starting point. Hopefully, other people on the geek are Munich locals and will be more helpful.

Have a nice honeymoon!
 
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Obletter in Karlsplatz.

http://goo.gl/maps/h6hj


EDIT: games are downstairs. Main floor is toys.
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cannoneer wrote:
Obletter in Karlsplatz.

http://goo.gl/maps/h6hj

EDIT: games are downstairs. Main floor is toys.
Hey, I've been there! Very nice selection.

That being said: on my one visit to Munich, I was surprised by how widely available eurogames were. I went to some random toy store in some random mall, and they had an entire wall filled with games. It was pretty awesome.

One other thing I'll note. You will almost inevitably wish you had a mobile Internet connection, because you will see a game and wonder if it's language-independent enough for you to get in German.
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Just got back from Munich and had a great time.

Maybe I was expecting too much though of the board game scene, or maybe I simply wasn't in the right city, but the game selection was not what I hoped for in Munich. General retailers had 2-3x what you can expect to find at a similar store in Canada but the game stores were not that different. In fact I have seen larger selections at more than one gaming store in Canada but to be fair, the two "gaming" stores I went to in Munich were not dedicated solely to board games.

Of the two Obletter was definitely worth seeing for the huge toy selection, helpful staff and some titles you can't get in Canada or the U.S. Prices worked out to roughly what you pay here, some bargains but really I would only buy a game there if I couldn't buy it here, not to save a few dollars.

My biggest props go to Games-In though. This store is a mix of boardgames/fantasy books/RPGs and miniatures but what a fascinating selection. Lots of out of print RPGs and such. Seems like everything I wanted was printed in German though unfortunately but they did have a lot more English titles than I expected. In the end I opted to buy a handful of dice from them (after a month long trip I didn't have much luggage space). The staff here were extremely friendly and unexpectedly gave me a few extra dice for free. Afterall it's not as though I will be a repeat customer, he just gave them out of kindness. Afterwards he explained some things about the city and offered some advice about where to go. Highly recommend!
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bholmes4 wrote:
Afterwards he explained some things about the city and offered some advice about where to go.
That is my experience with the Münchners as well. Very friendly and helpful to visitors.
 
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Brandon,

I will be going to Munich on June 10th. Where exactly is Games-In? Sounds like my kind of store!

Patrick
 
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Where exactly is Games-In?
Dachauer Strasse 42, just about two blocks north from the central station.

I'll throw in a recommendation for Karstadt and Galleria Kaufhof as well. Their toy departments have quite a number of good games and I was able to find some quite nice deals on Queen games, and Kosmos stuff there when I visited München last year.

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