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Great cafés and coffee houses in Munich


Coffee, cakes, breakfast: 7 great coffee houses in Munich

Where can you get the best coffee in Munich, delicious cakes and sweet tarts, a decent breakfast or a snack for in between? There are quite a number in the city centre? Here are 7 tips for great coffee houses and cafes in Munich.

Café Frischhut (Zur Schmalznudel): legendary "Auszogne" (donuts)

Café Frischhut, Foto: / Anette Göttlicher
Foto: / Anette Göttlicher

Sweet, hot, greasy and completely irresistible is the famous "Auszognen" (a traditional donut version). They taste particularly good in Café Frischhut in Viktualienmarkt, better known as "Zur Schmalznudel". It's the perfect fill for when your stomach growls and your feet ache after a walk or a shopping extravaganza in the city centre. If you're in a hurry, you get the traditional donut version "to go"!

Relaxing after a cultural experience: The Stadtcafé

Stadtcafé, Foto: / Anette Göttlicher
Foto: / Anette Göttlicher

The "Stadtcafé" (City Café) at Sankt-Jakobs-Platz is an attraction among tourists and locals alike. There is hardly anyone who has not had a coffee here while enjoying the view of the square and synagogue from the cafés' terrace. From here, you can also visit the nearby Munich City Museum or the Film Museum. Free WLAN is available as well amidst a great "Wurstsalat" (sausage salad) and daily changing fresh dishes.

Rischart's Backhaus: pedestrian zone, Marienplatz, Viktualienmarkt

Café Rischart, Foto: Café Rischart
Foto: Café Rischart

A classic Munich bakery: Max Rischart Snr. opened his first bakery in the district Isarvorstadt as early as 1883. Today, you can tour its branches and have breakfast at Rischart's Café zur Mauth (in the pedestrian zone opposite Hirmer House with Avocado Fit), Bircher Power Muesli or traditional white sausages. At lunchtime, you can enjoy tarte flambée or the famous Kaiserschmarrn at its Marienplatz branch, with a view of the town hall. Evenings are best with the famous cakes, tarts and a cup of organic Fairtrade coffee on the terrace above Viktualienmarkt.

Emporio Armani Coffee Shop: New York, Tokyo, München

Emporio Armani Caffe, Foto: Emporio Armani Caffe
Foto: Emporio Armani Caffe

The Emporio Armani Caffè is a luxurious café-restaurant of the Italian noble brand. It is available in 9 cities worldwide: New York, Paris, Cannes, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Dubai, Milan, Bologna - and in Munich, the only German city! In the Fünf Höfe at Theatinerstraße, there is enough space on two floors (with almost 1400 square meters) and a terrace to enjoy an espresso, a light business lunch or something sweet from the Armani/Dolci counter. Italian classics such as Vitello Tonnato and risotto are on the menu as well as healthy food. Those who want to have undisturbed conversations or enjoy the view of the interior of the Fünf Höfe can visit the bar made of onyx on the first floor.

Italy is so close! The Bar Centrale

Bar Centrale, Foto: Bar Centrale
Foto: Bar Centrale

Need a vacation to Italy but no time for one? A visit to the Bar Centrale provides a short-term Italian feel. This famous spot among Munich's espresso bars has a small television set on which football is played all day long, perfect Italian espresso from impressive machines and an original Italian breakfast. The meal is reduced to the bare essentials - a cappuccino with a cornetto, the Italian croissant, served by Italian waiters. Buongiorno!

Perfect view on the town hall: Café Glockenspiel

Café Glockenspiel, Foto: Café Glockenspiel
Foto: Café Glockenspiel

In need of a good breakfast, cake or lunch at Marienplatz, Café Glockenspiel is the place to go. The name originates from the fact that a view of the world-famous Glockenspiel (at the Munich City Hall tower opposite) is inevitable. The staircase alone is worth the visit and is a popular Instagram motif. For breakfast, lunch and dinner you can choose a side of the café with great view of the town hall, or the other with a view of Old Peter - from a different perspective than usual.

Café Luitpold: Munich's chic coffee house on Brienner Straße

Café Luitpold, Foto: Café Luitpold
Foto: Café Luitpold

In 1888, Café Luitpold opened in the cosmopolitan city of Munich. Instantly it was on the same level as coffee houses such as Café Central in Vienna and the Café New York in Budapest. Writers and thinkers met here, among them were Stefan George and Erich Mühsam. One immortalized himself in the guest book at the beginning of the 20th century with words: "Life is an accompaniment to the coffee house". In 1911, the "Blaue Reiter" was allegedly founded here by Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. After its destruction in the Second World War, the Café Luitpold was reopened in 1948 in a simplified but still magnificent form - as a palm house. On the first floor, you can find the smallest museum in Munich, which tells the eventful history of the coffee house. You can also have breakfast, coffee and cake or dinner here.

Text: Anette Göttlicher
Fotos: see credits

July 2019


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