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Our Top 10 Foodie Destinations in Munich, Germany

By alison - July 15, 2014 (Updated: November 30, 2016)

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series City Trip - Munich.

Our Top Ten Foodie Spots in Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany surprised me with its variety of foodie offerings, from shops and markets to restaurants. Today I share my 10 favourite foodie finds in the capital of Bavaria.

At the end of May, I was invited to discover Munich, a city I had never visited and knew little about. In fact, when I thought of Munich, I’ll admit to visions of drunken tourists in Lederhosen, spilling beer on one another, during Oktoberfest. For someone who dislikes crowds and beer, it wasn’t a pleasant image and I was eager to replace it with something more positive.

The theme of my Munich visit was ‘Tradition and Design,’ two things the city is brimming with. I’ll be writing about both of these aspects of Munich in upcoming articles, but today I want to focus on the feature of the Bavarian capital that surprised me the most – the food.

Munich is a fantastic destination for foodies. In three short days, I discovered 10 great foodie finds in Munich including shops, markets, and restaurants – some traditional, some modern and surprising. I even found some great options for vegetarians. Read on to discover my favourite foodie finds for Munich:

1. Arriving at Munich Airport

There are two very easy and comfortable ways to travel to and from Munich, (besides driving yourself, about 8 hours, non-stop) and I tried both of them. I arrived in Munich on a Lufthansa flight, which took a mere hour and twenty minutes.

I had travelled through Munich Airport several times before, en route to Canada. However, I had never eaten at the airport. Andrew, on the other hand, still raves about the Schweinshaxe, (or roasted ham hock) he feasted on, at the Airbrau – a brewery in the airport’s large open-air courtyard.

Cheese spätzle at Munich Airport's Airbrau Restaurant

Cheese spätzle at Munich Airport’s Airbrau Restaurant

Good food at an airport? Count me in. I tested the cheese spätzle (one of my favourite German dishes). Was it the best I’ve ever had? No, but it was pretty darn good – and at the airport! Airbrau is a certificate of excellence holder for TripAdvisor, so apparently Andrew and I are not alone in our opinion.

2. Dining on Deutsche Bahn

The second way to arrive in Munich (or depart from it, as I did) is on the Deutsche Bahn (or DB Bahn) ICE train. The trip is longer than flying, about 7.5 hours with a quick change in Frankfurt, but it is infinitely more comfortable and relaxing.

If you travel in first-class, you have the option of dining at your seat or in the dining car. I was impressed by the quality of the food (so much so I forgot to photograph my meal!) and I definitely enjoyed the relaxing journey. You can also pack as many German goodies as you like in your suitcase, without worrying about weight restrictions – bonus!

3. Sample Schmalznudel Pastries at Café Frischhut

Schmalznudel and other Bavarian delights

Schmalznudel and other Bavarian delights

Munich’s answer to the donut is the Schmalznudel, a deep fried pastry sprinkled with sugar. The best place to sample this heart-stopping treat is at Café Frischhut, where they deep-fry them fresh to order. Inside the cosy café, you can enjoy a hot drink and taste other German pastries, like strizerl and krapfen, or take your piping hot dessert to go and eat while you wander, as I did. [Address: Pralat-Zistl-straße 8]

4. Explore Germany’s Giant Organic Supermarket Chain

If you need to redeem yourself from a Schmalznudel binge, you can get your bio-food fix at the Basic Bio-Markt nearby. This organic supermarket chain can be found throughout Germany and has five locations in Munich, including one smack-dab in the centre.

Basic Bio-Organic Shops in Munich, Germany

Basic Bio-Organic Shops in Munich, Germany

In addition to aisles and aisles of organic groceries, most shops also include a bakery and a bistro where you can grab a healthy bite to eat. [Address: Westenriederstraße 35]

5. Shop at the Massive Open-Air Viktualienmarkt

One of my favourite places in Munich is an absolute playground for foodies – the Viktualienmarkt. I could have spent an entire day exploring the more than 140 stalls and shops dotted around a shady biergarten.

The incredible Open-Air Viktualienmarkt in central Munich

The incredible Open-Air Viktualienmarkt in central Munich
Spices and Olives on sale at the market

Spices and Olives on sale at the market

The market is officially open from 8-8 Monday-Saturday and stalls include everything from local wines to exotic spices. There are crafts, flowers, meats, and seafood, with plenty of opportunities to grab a snack or buy goodies to take home. You are free to eat your purchases in the biergarten, provided you buy a beverage and it’s the ideal spot for a picnic of local delicacies.

The Viktualienmarkt also hosts several annual events including a brewer’s day, a gardener’s day and the opening of asparagus season. [Address: Viktualienmarkt 3]

6. Indulge in Luxury Foodie Shopping at Dallmayr

The luxurious Dallmayr delicatessen is to Munich, what Harrods Food Hall is to London. It is a beautiful, historic (dating from 1700!) and popular destination for local and visiting foodies alike. The company is primarily known for coffee and tea, but you’ll find everything from exclusive wines to decadent pastries within the food hall.

Luxury foodie Mecca, Dallymar in Munich

Luxury foodie Mecca, Dallymar in Munich

Dallmayr is also home to a Michelin-starred restaurant, which is on my bucket-list for a future visit to Munich, a bistro, and a champagne bar. Food-lovers could easily while away an afternoon here (as well as the contents of their wallets!) [Address: Dienerstraße 14-15]

7. Enjoy a Drink with a Million Dollar View of Munich

While we’re on the topic of luxury indulgences, step inside the Bayerischer Hof Hotel for a taste of how the other half lives. While most of us can’t afford to rub shoulders with the rich and famous that have stayed here, you can indulge in the priceless view of Munich from the roof terrace.

 

The Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich has a fantastic rooftop terrace.

The Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich has a fantastic rooftop terrace.

Take the elevator up to the Blue Spa restaurant and step out onto the roof. Lunch will set you back 30 euro for a main dish, but the skyline view is more than worth the cost of a drink on a sunny day. Plus, you may just bump into Brad and Angelina. (Tell them Hi from CheeseWeb!)

The odd tribute to Michael Jackson in Munich

The odd tribute to Michael Jackson in Munich

Before you leave the area, be sure to check out the odd tribute to Michael Jackson in the park across the street. The King of Pop used the hotel as his Munich base and now a statue in the park is home to a shrine in his honour. [Address: Promenadeplatz 2-6]

8. Eat a Traditional Bavarian Meal at a Munich Institution

Visiting Munich without eating at one of the traditional breweries would be like visiting Paris without setting eyes on the Eifel Tower. It’s simply a ‘must do.’ The Hofbräuhaus’ history began in 1598 and the restaurant has been serving up traditional Bavarian food since 1897.

Traditional Bavarian food at the Hofbrauhaus

Traditional Bavarian food at the Hofbrauhaus
The historic Hofbrauhaus interior

The historic Hofbrauhaus interior

The Hofbräuhaus is not a place for vegans. Expect hearty, meaty dishes with plenty of bread and dumplings. Considering the amount of food that passes through the vast industrial kitchen, to serve hundreds of guests each day, the quality and efficiency is excellent.

Surprisingly modern details in some rooms of the Hofbrauhaus

Surprisingly modern details in some rooms of the Hofbrauhaus
Regulars can leave their own beer steins locked safely at the Hofbrauhaus

Regulars can leave their own beer steins locked safely at the Hofbrauhaus. The slots are so coveted, they are often willed to descendents.

After your meal, it’s well worth taking a tour of the extensive complex. Room after room can seat hungry visitors in atmospheres ranging from uber-traditional (live music included) to surprisingly modern. [Address: Platzl 9]

9. Experience New Bavarian Cuisine at Brenner Restaurant

Contrast the best of historic Bavarian cuisine at Hofbräuhaus with new takes on traditional flavours at Brenner Restaurant. Far from being an intimate dining experience, Brenner is where the posh folks of Munich come to see and be seen. The vast restaurant and bar complex buzzes with energy and excitement and after tasting the food, I can see why.

Brenner's central open fire

Brenner’s central open fire
Fresh, colourful and delicious food at Brenner Restaurant in Munich

Fresh, colourful and delicious food at Brenner Restaurant in Munich

The restaurant centers around an open fire and the smell of grilling meat entices. The ingredients are high quality, fresh, and local where possible. The service was friendly, multi-lingual, and professional.  With unique flavour combinations and impeccable ingredients, the meal was one of my best in Munich. I will return without hesitation. [Address: Maximilianstraße 15]

10. Surprise Yourself with an Outstanding Vegetarian Meal at Prinz Myshkin

I firmly believe a great foodie city has to do vegetarian food well. I am not a vegetarian, far from it, but I love being surprised by innovative vegetarian cuisine. I was certainly not expecting to have one of the best vegetarian meals I’ve ever enjoyed in Munich, but that’s exactly what I discovered at Prinz Myshkin.

Prinz Myshkin's light and airy interior

Prinz Myshkin’s light and airy interior

With its bright, modern interior, Prinz Myshkin looks like a newcomer on the Munich foodie scene but it’s been thriving in the city centre for years. The menu is varied and international, with options from pasta to curry.

Fabulous vegetarian meals at Prinz Myshkin restaurant in Munich

Fabulous vegetarian meals at Prinz Myshkin restaurant in Munich

It’s not a budget restaurant, but the daily special is affordable and the quality is worth the price. There are a variety of vegan and gluten-free options as well. As everything is made to order, the service can be a bit slow, but it’s definitely worth the wait. [Address: Hackenstraße 2]

I was blown away by the quality and variety of foodie options in Munich and I can’t wait to return and discover more. Stay tuned for my upcoming articles on tradition and design in this exciting European city destination.

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I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without the generous support of our sponsors. I’d like to extend a huge thank you to URBN PR and Munich Tourism for inviting me to discover their city. I’d also like to thank both Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn for sponsoring my travel to and from Munich. We at CheeseWeb are committed to always sharing our honest opinion of any product or service we write about, whether sponsored or not.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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