Restaurants in Munich
Visitors should be sure to bring their appetites along when visiting Munich. Eating and drinking are extremely popular activities in this city and travellers will be hard-pressed not to gorge themselves. Eating out in Munich is a fun and friendly affair and there are plenty of restaurants to choose from.
Munich is celebrated for its simple Bavarian fare and jolly approach to eating. The Gaststattend restaurants (bistros) in Munich are the best places to enjoy traditional Bavarian food and eat like a local. You can find these bustling eateries all over the city. Of course, the famous beer halls are great fun and are also frequented by the locals in droves. Munich has more than one Michelin-starred restaurant and there are many sophisticated and creative menus in the city for discerning foodies looking for something more high-brow than the rowdy beer tents. If either your stomach or your wallet need a break from the yummy but heavy Bavarian food, there are many Italian, Indian and Japanese restaurants in Munich and these often provide cheaper options.
Bavarian meals are generally meaty but vegetarians will not starve. Specialties include leberkassemme, a spicy meatloaf, and weisswurst, a veal sausage usually served for breakfast. Knodels (dumplings) also feature prominently. Eating out in Munich is not cheap - it is probably Germany's most expensive city - but there are options for those on a budget. The portions of meat and starchy Bavarian staples served in the beer halls and Gaststatten are usually enormous so one meal can go a long way for hungry travellers. Visitors also won't struggle to find restaurants in Munich that are open late at night. Indeed some of the pubs and eateries in the city only close at 4am.
Promising places to sniff out great local food include the Schwabing district, which overflows with good restaurants, and the Viktalienmarket, a square adjoining Marienplatz which hosts a large food market.
For breath-taking views of Munich, the ideally situated and aptly-named Café Glockenspiel overlooks the famous Glockenspiel clock. With friendly and efficient wait staff and delicious, wholesome fare, the café is one of the most frequented in Munich and is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists alike and a great location to enjoy a spot of people watching either over a meal, sunny breakfast, coffee or after work drinks. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bookings recommended.
Address: Marienplatz 28
Telephone: 089 2642 56
A popular beer garden that sees locals mingling with international visitors, Hirschgarten is the largest open-air restaurant in Munich featuring hunting lodges and lakes and is an ideal location for tourists to mingle with the locals over a couple of pints. Start off with potato, marjoram and bacon soup followed by prime boiled beef with fresh horseradish and salted boiled potatoes, or the mouth-watering roast venison from the haunch with a mushroom and cream sauce, Swabian egg pasta and lingonberries. For something sweet try caramelised pancake slices with raisins and apple sauce. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner; 9am to midnight. The beer garden is open from 11am until midnight.
Address: Hirschgarten 1, Nymphenburg
Telephone: 089 1725 91
Serving some of Schwabing's finest haute cuisine, and boasting one of Munich's best chefs, the exterior of this restaurant is misleading, but step inside and you are magically transported into another world where fine wines and décor are accentuated with tantalisingly tasty and attractive dishes. The menus can cover three to eight courses and are offered for lunch and dinner. Try the terrine of duck liver with braised figs and roasted duck breast, or the medallion of young venison saddle with red cabbage and semolina dumpling, and let your taste buds be thrilled by the chocolate soufflé with marinated port wine figs and vanilla-brittle ice cream. Perfection! Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Reservations essential.
Address: Johann Fichte Straße 7, Schwabing
Telephone: 089 3619 590
Beer has been swilled at this world-famous tavern site in the centre of Munich since it became a royal brewery in 1605. Equally famous is the Bavarian jollity and conviviality, known as 'gemuchtlikheid', which has emanated directly from the Hofbrauhaus in Munich along with the beer which flows freely there each day, served by robust rosy-cheeked young women clad in Bavarian dress in litre-sized beer steins. The cheerful atmosphere that reigns constantly in the establishment's different halls is helped along by the foot-tapping strains of traditional Bavarian 'oom-pah' bands and drinking songs. When the beer becomes too much, soak it up with a delicious salty pretzel or a German speciality from the menu, such as liver dumplings, potato soup or a variety of delicious sausages.
Address: Platzl 9, behind Marienplatz
Telephone: (0)89 2901 3610
Gasthof Weichandhof is less of a tourist destination and more of a local favourite. Situated in an old farmhouse near the autobahn, the restaurant serves traditional Bavarian cuisine like pork knuckles, suckling pig, and strudels. The atmosphere is always lively, and there's a quaint vine-covered terrace open during summer months. Gasthof Weichandhof is open Sunday to Friday from 11am to midnight, and Saturday from 5pm to midnight. Reservations are recommended.
Address: Betzenweg 81
Telephone: 089 891 1600