Heineken invited us to contribute to their so called „heat map“ – a map for hot locations and insider tips. Since Art Fucks Me is based both in Berlin and in Stuttgart my choice fell on Stuttgart. Everybody knows Berlin, but Connoisseurs of the Swabian capital are comparatively rare, but this is unjustified! Because there is more than Swabian stereotypes, created by Porsche, Mercedes, and hard-working, house-building, car-washing people.
Some people say that Stuttgart is the San Francisco of Germany, and in some way this might be true. The Swabian city with it’s 600k inhabitants is not only exceptionally green but also one of the most important economic centers of the country. Living in Stuttgart means living in an environment shaped by a colorful diversity of different cultures and subcultures.
My tour through the Mutterstadt begins at Königsstrasse. Right next to the beautiful Schlossgarten there is a little pretty fashion shop Là Pour Là. With brands like Wood Wood, Soulland, Baum & Pferdgarten or Stine Goya and lovely interior design it somehow seems more like an scandinavian art gallery. Mostly I leave Là Pour Là with a lot of small things that i don’t really need.
Well, time for coffee or ice cream … or both … in the newly opened 8 Days a Week. They serve really good coffee, organic ice cream with or without sugar. My favorite flavors are Remstal apple, morello cherry rosemary, weiss beer sorbet or chocolate buckwheat.
When you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, you don’t have to go long distances. Because Stuttgart is green wherever you look. Right between the Landtag, the new castle and the opera house you’ll find Schloßgarten. Green meadows, swans and a lake invite you to relax and enjoy the sun.
With this boost of sugar energy I can continue my route to Bungalow Gallery where I can find my favorite labels such as Acne, Hope Stockholm, Helmut Lang and Maison Martin Margiela with it’s continuously changing interior designs. Every visit is different and therefor always a good reason to come again.
Next stop: Suppa Store. Every sneaker lover’s heart starts to beat faster when entering this store. Sneakers, sneakers, sneakers in a very well chosen selection. If you’re lucky, you might find people camping in front of it for limited and rare models.
For everyone who got thirsty at this point of shopping: take a break at Palast der Republik (not far from Suppa Store) and enjoy a nice cold Radler. This is the type of place we’re you also could hang out with your mother. At least I do.
Last shopping stop for me today and also my most favorite one: SSAW. An independent multi brand online fashion boutique in Stuttgart. I love it! Henrik Vibskov, A Kind of Guise, Opening Ceremony, Damir Doma. I love all of them and there is nothing more to say. I like the fact that the store housed labels that are innovative and creative but at the same time easy to wear and at affordable prices. Awesome.
If you still have energy at this point, you can end your evening taking the S2 at Stuttgart city central in direction Schorndorf to go to some concerts with great musicians at Club Manufaktur. Every month it offers a new great program with artists like Dillon, Sonic Youth, Raphael Saadiq or Peaches and a whole lot of Jazz.
And if you still don’t want to leave the city you can pay a visit at the new club Freund & Kupferstecher straight ahead of Liederhalle, where I couldn’t make it till now but I will be there at 23 of october with Betty Ford Boys and I except you to be there and I hope to meet you there.
Off course all these locations are also collected on the Heineken Heat Map. Check it out here.