Aside from the beauty of the city, Munich food and drink is one of the most exciting things to explore. Try traditional Bavarian dishes such as weisswurst (veal and pork sausage) and schweinsbraten (roast pork), or step into some of the most extravagant beer halls in the city. Enjoy a schmalznudel, a type of Bavarian pastry, in a cosy Munich cafe or taste leberkase, a loaf of sausage with mustard and soft bread.
From the restaurants of Old Town to the riverside cafes of Glockenbachviertel, you’ll have no trouble satisfying your hunger (or your sweet tooth!) during your time in Munich.
Begin your search for the best meal in Munich’s Old Town (the altstadt), where plenty of traditional dining is on offer. Hofbrauhaus, the oldest beer hall in the world, is a top pick. For casual restaurant dining, explore Schwabing – while Munich may have been considered conservative in the past, you’ll find a variety of cuisine here, including Thai, Vietnamese, Indian and Ethiopian restaurants.
The traditional beer culture is just one reason to check out Munich bars and nightlife. A visit to one of the city’s beer gardens is a must, particularly to sample steckerlfisch (grilled fish). Trendy cafe bars in the Glockenbach region are perfect for a nightcap, while a glass of wine in the artsy Theresienwiese area is a great way to finish a day of exploring.
Whether you need to refuel after a morning exploring museums, or you want to start your day with a coffee and breakfast, Munich cafes won’t disappoint. You’ll find plenty of options in Glockenbachviertel along the river, and also in Viktualienmarkt or nearby Elisabethmarkt. Coffee in Munich is best enjoyed with a franzbroetchen (a type of cinnamon pastry).
Viktualienmarkt, found in the city centre, is one of the most famous food markets in Munich. Charcuterie, venison burgers and breads are best washed down with a Radler (a refreshing beer and lemonade blend). Christmas markets provide a fantastic opportunity to try some of Germany’s best fare, including mulled wine, currywurst and caramelised almonds.