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Restaurants in Munich, Germany

When the traditional specialties are dishes like braised pork leg, fleischpflanzerl (Bavarian meatballs), and roasted pork knuckle then clearly you will struggle as a vegetarian in Munich. Although you could just eat a lot of Dampfnudel — a tasty bread noodle with cinnamon. Suffice to say Bavarians do serve up a lot of meat. You’ll find the quality of restaurant food very high —but they need excellent food to go with all that great beer!

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It’s a less culturally diverse city than say Berlin, so Bavarian and Germany restaurants dominate, but that’s not a bad thing. Due to proximity of Italy, you’ll also find excellent Italian restaurants which serve some of the best pizza and pasta you’ll try in Germany.

Bavaria really does have its own unique style of food, so if you’re here, you might as well immerse yourself in it. It’s very hard to find this style of food this good elsewhere.

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Top 10 restaurants in Munich, Germany

  • A Munich institution dating back to the 17th century is the best way of describing Dallmayr. It’s a high quality delicatessen which also has a 2 Michelin star restaurant serving fine dining German/French cuisine.
  • If you’re feeling like a taste of Italy in Munich then try Trattoria Da Fausto which comes complete with Tuscan décor, friendly staff and food brilliantly executed in a classical Italian style.
  • Tantris is a 2 Michelin star restaurant that opened in Munich in 1971 and is today regarded as one of the best restaurants in Germany (not a small feat). There’s a dress code so those shorts and sandals are probably a no-no.
  • Need a chocolate fix? Chocolaterie Beluga should be able to accommodate even the most desperate chocolate craving. Pralines, brownies, cakes and "chocolate-on-a-spoon.” They also serve a tasty hot chocolate.
  • Schwarzreiter Tagesbar & Restaurant is inspired by Bavarian cooking, but tries to move away from heavy meat dishes by adding a modern twist. Often described as “Young Bavarian Cuisine.”
  • Located in the trendy district Schwabing, Forum café serves a variety of coffee, drinks, light German faire and desserts. Has outside seating so is a nice place to relax in spring/summer/autumn after a lot of walking, shopping and sightseeing.
  • Restaurant Königshof has a grand dining room that’s still manages to be welcoming and modern. Key feature: a panoramic view over Karlsplatz Stachus square. Sit, watch, and enjoy quality French cuisine.
  • Bayerischer Donisl is the place to go if you’re really searching for a traditional Bavarian meal like a hearty roast of pork and dumplings or Wiener schnitzel. Go all the way and wash it down with a classic Munich Weiß bier.
  • Seehaus is located in the Englischen Garten and gets high marks for the beautiful, relaxing like-side setting. Offers a traditional Bavarian menu along with, (gasp!) vegetarian options.
  • If you’re looking for exclusivity then you can’t get much more exclusive than Restaurant 181. Boasting 360 degree views of Munich, it has only 12 tables and comes with the tagline “Everything else is simply eating out.”

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5 typical dishes in Munich, Germany

  • Schmalznudel is created locally at Munich’s Café Frischhut. Essentially it’s a doughnut deep fried with a thin film of dough in the middle. Sprinkled with sugar. If there’s a unique Munich pastry — it’s this one. Cooked fresh while you wait.
  • Belin has the Currywurst and Munich has the Weißwurst (or white sausage). The sausage is boiled in water, the skin is removed and it’s eaten with mustard and washed down with a good beer.
  • Bavarian Cream — a dessert cream thickened with gelatin and flavored with liquor, has become a popular regional dish
  • Kartoffelsalat is Bavarian-style Potato Salad. It’s a popular accompaniment to many meals, especially family gatherings. A good combination of starchy potatoes, onions, vinegar, cumin and (more than often) bacon.
  • Leberkäse translates to “liver cheese,” and is so called because of its consistency. Created by blending various meats together with onion, then baking it to a loaf.