Munich is an ideal destination for anyone with a great love for mouth-watering cuisine and craft beer. Are you lucky enough to visit this stunning city? Then don’t miss out on these 7 restaurants and bars.
Historical Bavarian gastronomy in elegant surroundings. Restaurant Pfistermühle is located inside one of Munich’s oldest remaining residential buildings, and today it offers exquisite local food with a touch of gourmet. Just like it always has. Guests will be charmed by the historical frames and the small yet very cosy interior of the restaurant. Wooden rafters and elegant white table cloths are amongst the first thing you notice when entering – and the friendly staff who will assist you with a smile from the very beginning. The kitchen offers regional food with certain reinterpretations of old classics – we can recommend the pink fried breast of duck and the ragout of lamb with rosemary sauce. There’s also a wide selection of Franconian wine and, of course, local beer from the Ayinger brewery.
With more than 40 restaurants all over Germany, the Kuffler chain knows a thing or two about catering for their guests! The Seehaus in the English Garten has to be one of our favorites; not only due to the premium location, but also because of the high level of gastronomy. Seehaus is very popular amongst the elite of Munich and it’s not hard to see why. The restaurant nestles on the bank of a lake overlooking the big garden – and even though it’s a popular place, guests will have a sense of privacy when dining here. Seehaus offers both breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chef de Cuisine, Christian Müller, creates light and delicate dishes catering for the needs of both vegans and vegetarians. The food has strong Mediterranean influences. If you have a sweet tooth, try one of the heavenly desserts!
Zum Alten Markt
The place to be if you want a true Bavarian feast! Zum Alten Markt is located in the heart of the city, in the buzzing Viktualienmarkt. The stube (German for room), is about 400 years old and that’s quite an experience in itself. The restaurant is well-known for its freshwater fish, but guests can opt for a 4-course tasting menu, which provides a guided tour of the Bavarian kitchen. The Bavarian cuisine consists of a lot of meat and fish, and at Zum Alten Markt it’s elegantly prepared. Enjoy it with a local beer or a bottle of fine German wine.
Munich has always been a city celebrating good food, and this is especially visible at Viktualienmarkt! When the city’s food market had grown too big for the central square Marienplatz in 1807, King Maximilian had it moved to Viktualienmarkt (Markplatz in olden times). Today, it’s not only a farmer’s market, but a true Paradise for lovers of gourmet food and local delicacies. There’s practically nothing you can’t get here! From fresh Bavarian sausages, spices and pretzels to local beer, flowers and candy; visitor’s should allow themselves to spend an entire afternoon here. Viktualienmarkt has 140 stalls and shops on an area covering 22.000 square metres. General opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm Saturday 10am – 3pm.
Dallmayr is one of Munich’s most beloved and popular institutions. Dating back to the 17th century, this luxury delicatessen food store welcomes 2,5 million visitors every year, and it’s comparable to stores like Fortnum & Mason in London and Fauchon in Paris. Hungry visitors will be pleased to discover the high end restaurant on the 1st floor, which provides a blend of German and French cuisine. Michelin chef Diethard Urbansky creates beautiful, modern dishes following the slogan ‘less is more’. The wine list includes more than 700 different varieties.
Die Goldene Bar (Haus der Kunst)
If you want a well-made cocktail in Munch, this place won’t disappoint. Die Goldene Bar is located inside of Haus der Kunst – the art museum, which was built in 1937. Visiting this place is a very interesting experience, especially if you appreciate art and history – and delicious cocktails! During summer time, guests will enjoy drinks on the terrace, but one mustn’t forget to pay a visit to the inside of the bar as well, where beautiful pieces of art are melting together with dimmed lights and the perfect cocktail bar atmosphere. Try a house cocktail and a snack while enjoying some of the most interesting DJ’s of Munich. The bar is open everyday, also for lunch, but it’s recommended to pass by on a Friday or Saturday night to catch the right mood and mingle with the locals.
Museumsstüberl Pub (Bier & October fest museum)
There are dozens of breweries and beer houses in Munich, but one of the most authentic ones is located in a small alley in the center. The Bier & October Fest Museum attracts many visitors each year, who want to gain an insight on Bavarian history and beer making. If you’re already there, remember to stop by the Museumsstüberl Pub for a beer tasting and a plate of delicious local specialities. The beer is freshly tapped from wooden kegs and the house itself is more than 500 years old. You instantly feel the presence of history when passing the door step. With food like weisswurst (white sausage), sauerkraut (cabbage) and knödel (dumplings), this is as Bavarian as it gets!
The Copenhagen Traveler went on a guided gourmet tour arranged by Munich Tourist Information. For more information click here.