Munich showcases some of the best of traditional Bavarian food and atmosphere. This is Germany at its most quintessential from schweinshaxe (pork knuckle) to saurkraut to potatoes in their many forms. As a major city, you can also escape German fare with some international offerings.
Still need some inspiration on where to dine in Munich? Have a look at seven of Munich's best restaurants that suit every budget and taste.
Call it touristy. Call it overrated. Call it what you will, but at least go so you can see the Bavarian stereotype in full swing and decide for yourself.
People come from all around the globe to visit the Hofbräuhaus which prides itself in being the most famous beer hall in the world. Expect oompah bands and waitresses in traditional Dirndls serving their beer in hefty one-liter steins. Feast on hearty Bavarian food such as weisswurst and hefeweizen for breakfast, crackling pork roast and märzen for lunch, and even more beer for dinner.
If you come during that special time of year, note that Hofbräuhaus owns one of the largest tents at Oktoberfest, Hofbräu-Festzelt, and it is certainly one of the rowdiest and most touristy of the bunch.
Voted among the 50 best restaurants in the world and awarded with two Michelin stars, Tantris is celebrated as the most renowned restaurants in Munich, one of the best in Germany, and one of the finest in continental Europe.
Specializing in Asian-inspired seafood, the restaurant is glowing in orange and yellow with a surprisingly kitschy 70s ambience. But don't be fooled by its design, the food is its real statement piece. Tasting menus are crafted under the careful guidance of Chef Hans Haas. He creates German cuisine with an exotic twist such as suckling pig with smoked eel and dried plums.
Note that the restaurant is located just outside the city center. Reservations are a must.
Marry a Sushi bar with a beer hall, and what you get is the culinary concept of Nomiya: a Bavarian Japanese restaurant that has the best of both worlds. Wash down your yakitori (grilled meats and vegetables on a stick) or spicy tuna rolls with handcrafted Bavarian wheat beer served in sturdy steins or a Japanese saki. This is the epitome of hip new fusion.
The small restaurant is filled with Japanese art work that oddly goes hand in hand with its old-fashioned Bavarian decoration like antlers on the wall.
Reservations are recommended as this is a small space better suited for groups of groups smaller than four.
The Fraunhofer Wirtshaus is a traditional Bavarian restaurant that serves genuine and organically sourced Bavarian specialties like pork knuckle, potato dumplings and coleslaw.
Not into meat? This restaurant dating back to 1874 has maintained with the times and even has delicious vegetarian options and salads, as well as a cozy and down-to-earth atmosphere.
It draws an interesting mix of people, from locals and tourists, to students, and actors from the adjacent theater. This is simply the place to find good Bavarian food.
Broeding's six-course menu changes every night. (There is also a 3 and 5 course option.) Everything is made from scratch, with care, by chef and owner Manuel Reheis in this simply elegant setting.
In addition to excellent dining choices, Broeding is known for fantastic Austrian wine with an in-house sommelier to help you choose. And make sure to check out their truffle menu and cooking courses.
Hey Luigi is a hip and affordable restaurant with an international menu. The food is simple but tasty, and the place is well-known for its wide selection of pasta variations and salads. After all, Italian is German's favorite cuisine.
Located in an up-and-coming part of Munich, this is a great place for a to casually dip into Munich's wild side. During the summer be sure to sit outside and watch the young Münchners walk by. After hours, they walk in as Hey Luigi transforms into more bar than restaurant. Finish the night with their signature shot, Liquid Cocaine.
It wouldn't be the best of dining in Munich without the 3-Michelin-starred restaurant, Atelier. This intimate, fine-dining experience in the Haidhausen, Munich’s French quarter, features modern design and innovative cuisine. The food is exquisitely paired with their extensive wine collection.