If there’s one thing Bavarians love, it’s quality food and beer – and preferably lots of it! For the same reason it’s easy to find a good restaurant in Munich; it can actually be quite hard to choose! Here’s our own 5 favorites offering both local and international cuisine.
As mentioned in my previous article about Munich, Dallmayr is a genuine institution in the city. It has been dominating the food scene here for more than 250 years, and millions of people visit the popular gourmet food shop every year. But a shop isn’t actually the only thing Dallmayr is famous for. On first floor guests can enjoy a first-class lunch or dinner created by Michelin-starred chef Diethard Urbansky. The cuisine, which is light and modern, sophistically combines well-known classics with a twist of Bavaria. It’s not typical local food, but it’s an experience which shouldn’t be overlooked when visiting Munich!
Choose from one of the two set menus or pick from the A La Carte menu. The choice is up to you, just be sure to book a table well in advance. Dallmayr Restaurant holds two Michelin stars.
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With over 40 restaurants in Germany, the Kuffler chain stands strong – and it’s continuously growing. In Munich you will find nothing less than 7 restaurants catering for every needs guests might have, be it seafood, steaks, Italian or Asian. Kuffler Restaurant Bar Grill presents themselves as a casual metropolitan restaurant located in one of Munich’s finest buildings – the Palais an der Oper. Here you will find fish and seafood, meat, salads and grilled burgers – a modern blend of Mediterranean and West Coast cuisine.
Kuffler has a laid-back ambience and fits perfectly for a night out with friends. Especially if you start off with a round of drinks or a bottle of regional wine!
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This small gem of a restaurant is probably unknown to many tourists, but it’s the perfect meeting spot for locals and foodies alike during the week. The place is small and pretty crowded, especially close to weekends, but guests can enjoy well made cocktails and finger food. The menu is manageable offering predominantly Italian delicacies such as Serrano ham, Manchego and Carpaccio, but there’s also a savory selection of meat and fish.
The bartenders at Barista create exquisite cocktails, so be sure to order one or two after dinner. Otherwise, go with a glass of regional wine.
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I had the pleasure of staying at Bayerischer Hof during my trip to Munich, and let’s just say I was rather overwhelmed by the fact that the hotel houses more than 5 restaurants and bars in total. Since there’s a restaurant for every taste, Bayerischer Hof obviously also had to create Palais Keller, which is an ode to Bavaria and its traditional cuisine. If you would like to indulge in the delicacies of the German kitchen – do it here! This is homemade pretzels, sausages, knödl and Leberkäs accompanied by locally brewed beer and high spirits….just saying! Expect Still, though, the best part is the original interior and decorations dating all the way back to 1425. Pop by this place if you’re in for a real Bavarian treat!
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The Hofbrähaus in Munich is probably one of the oldest breweries in the world and it’s even made world famous by the annual Octoberfest. Millions of people gather here to celebrate life, beer and…well, each other, and so it really is the place to be if you want to experience a piece of the original Bavarian culture! The historic hall on the first floor can seat more than 1.000 people at a time, and engraved names and initials on the old tables testify that this place has been up and running for a very long time! Regular guests have their own beer mugs locked inside a safe – a practical installation, which is almost mandatory for tourists to see! The restaurant, Bräustüberl, obviously offer a selection of traditional delicacies accompanied by Bavarian beer and of course, Bavarian hospitality at its best! One can almost feel the presence of history when entering the old establishment. A must-see when in Munich!
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The insider’s tips for Munich
Top 5 must-see places in Munich:
Marienplatz: The center of Munich and home to the famous Christmas market in December.
Schwabing: The trendy and expensive area of Munich – perfect for drinks and dinner!
Uni Viertel: The study area; young and vibrant. Visit Türkenstrasse with loads of fashion shops.
Glockenbachviertel: A young, eccentric and vibrant part of the city. Filled with small boutiques and cosy cafes.
Englisher Garten: Perfect for walks and picnics during summer!
Where to go for breakfast?
Daddy Longlegs in Univiertel (Barerstrasse 42) or Stereo Café (Residenzstrasse 25-26)
For lunch and dinner?
The best place for a burger in Munich is Hans im Glück! You will find the restaurant in 8 different places around the city, for example in Schwabing and in the center.
For a different culinary experience visit Glockenbach – they also do take away (Müllerstrasse 49). For a dinner experience out of the ordinary visit HEART; here guests can enjoy a dinner in elegant surroundings and party until sunrise (Lenbachplatz 2).