11 AM Shop the glamorous blocks surrounding Maximilianstrasse and Theatinerstrasse, home to designer boutiques Chanel, Giorgio Armani and Bulgari. Also check out the traditional Bavarian cobbler and clothier Ed Meier (edmeier.de) and the Herzog & de Meuron-designed shopping center Fünf Höfe (fuenfhoefe.de), home to such stores as Dolce & Gabbana, Strenesse and Camper.
1 PM Lunch amid a see-and-be-seen scene at the delicious Brenner Grill Pasta Bar, Munich’s bustling answer to Carpaccio. brennergrill.de
3 PM Check into Louis Hotel, the newest 72-room hot-spot boutique property by acclaimed hotelier/ restaurateur Rudi Kull and his architect partner, Albert Weinzierl. Rates from $239; louis-hotel.com
4:30 PM Make an appointment with Lola Paltinger, who will design and customize the most extravagant dirndl of your dreams. lolapaltinger.com
6 PM Visit acclaimed contemporary art museum Haus der Kunst, which is showcasing work by Holocaust survivor Gustav Metzger through September 10. There’s also a look back at the original “Masterpieces of Muhammadan Art” exhibition that took place in Munich in 1910, featuring work by Samir El Kordy, one of Egypt’s most innovative architects. hausderkunst.de
8 PM Dinner at what might be loosely considered The Forge of Munich: Tantris, a 39-year-old color-splashed high-’70s masterpiece with two Michelin stars and 18 points from the Gault Millau guide. The menu—which changes daily— puts a gourmet twist on traditional German cuisine, and features items such as suckling pig with smoked eel and dried plums. tantris.de
INSIDER 411 Without a serious in, you’re best off hitting Theresienwiese—the site of Oktoberfest— before noon; if you wait much past 2 PM, there’s almost nowhere to sit. Don your dirndl or lederhosen (seriously) and hit the kind of VIP tents that would necessitate some serious velvet ropes if they were in South Beach: Käfer’s Wies’n-Schänke, Hippodrom and Weinzelt. oktoberfest.de
TOP: The Oktoberfest scene at the Hofbräu-Festzelt beer tent at Theresienwiese