From a delicious meal in a gourmet restaurant or a quick snack to keep you going, Munich has plenty of choices for eating out. There’s a wide range of premium restaurants to choose from, while the city is also full of cosy cafés serving hot drinks and scrumptious cakes.
Places to eat in Munich
Bavaria is well known for its tasty titbits. The origins of typical Bavarian cuisine can often be found in farmers’ recipes.
Counts and princes refined these recipes into exquisite dishes, adding their own touches in the process. The state of Bavaria is renowned for its white veal sausages, often served with a salty, doughy pretzel. Dumplings are also common in the local cuisine, usually served in a meat-based dish. From grilled sausages to pork knuckle and roast veal, meat eaters are spoiled for choice. When you’re eating, there’s always a refreshing beer to wash it down.
German restaurants in Munich tend to be rather rustic, offering a welcoming, comfortable ambience. Particularly highly recommended is Servus Heidi, an establishment proud of its Bavarian roots and which places high value on regional produce. You can also find huge schnitzels with delicious sides at Steinheil 16 and Andy’s Krablergarten. In the Old Town, you’re sure to eat well at Bratwurstherzl and Restaurant Zum Alten Markt. Other excellent establishments include: Zum Durnbräu, Truderinger Wirtshaus and Ratskeller.
Munich is known as the “metropolis with a heart”. The city’s international population has brought delicious dishes from around the world with them.
International restaurants are often run by immigrants who know their home countries’ cuisines inside out and now serve delicious meals in Munich. From European food to Asian and American dishes, there’s a huge selection catering to every taste.
The Bavarian state capital offers typical cuisine from countries like Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey. Das Salotto serves delicious pizzas, El Español is the place for Spanish favourites, Dionysos specialises in gyros and Onkel Ali cooks up Turkish creations. You can find food from Afghanistan at Bamyan Narges, while more Asian cuisine awaits you in the spacious Mangostin Asia Restaurant and sushi fans are sure to love Sushiya Sansaro.
A chilled-out chat in a café with lovely furnishings – or outdoors, if the weather’s good – can be a welcome break from sightseeing in Munich. In the city centre, you are only ever a few metres from one café or another. Whether it’s a mid-morning brunch or a slice of cake as an afternoon snack, there’s a huge range of cafés to choose from. Menus range from cakes to tarts and cookies and many more sweet treats besides, while tea, coffee and cold drinks are all easy to find.
The following cafés in Munich are particularly popular. Café Münchner Freiheit, located on the square by the same name, serves classic dishes and boasts a delicious ice cream in a wide variety of flavours. Café Luitpold is particularly elegant, offering high-end pâtisserie delicacies. Another highly recommended spot is the Café der Chocolaterie Beluga on Viktualienmarkt. Other favourites – with unusual names – include: ZimtZicke, Tagträumer, Glockenspiel, Rosi, Genussmacher, Königin43 and Lotti.