Typical Munich food

Schweinebraten, Foto: Photopraline
Foto: Photopraline

10 restaurants at the city center offering traditional Munich cuisine

If you want to eat traditional Munich food in Munich, there is quite a selection of Bavarian restaurants you should check out. If you wonder where to find the tastiest sausage, pretzels, roast pork and dumplings, here are 10 tips to help guide you!

Spöckmeier: Older than the Frauenkirche

Weißwurst satt jeden Donnerstag im Spöckmeier, Foto: Spöckmeier
Foto: Spöckmeier

The building housing the Spöckmeier (run by Lorenz Stiftl) has been in existence since 1450. Keep in mind that the Frauenkirche was consecrated in 1494, and the Hofbräuhaus was founded in 1589.

In the various rooms of the Paulaner Brewery, traditional dishes such as the Münchner Bierbratl (crispy roasted pork chops with dark beer sauce) are served. The confectioner offers apple cakes fried in beer batter. The Weißwurst (white sausage) deserves special recognition, as it's made according to an original Munich recipe - and comes in fresh every day from the in-house butcher's shop.

Zum Stiftl: Modern and traditional

Gemütlichkeit trifft Moderne beim Zum Stiftl, Foto: Zum Stiftl
Foto: Zum Stiftl

In 2018, Stefan, the son of Lorenz Stiftl, opened his own inn in the valley. This, in a way, fulfilled his vision of making the Bavarian tradition extra appealing to the new "tech" generation. At Zum Stiftl, dark wood panelling meets modern copper hanging lights. Visitors can enjoy a bavarian sandwich and tavern lemonade while checking their emails or Facebook messages. If you have a huge appetite, you can order a 'Munich burger' - Bayern beef on roasted pretzel bread with mountain cheese and sweet potato fries.

Trip to Ayinger am Platzl

Das Ayinger am Platzl, Foto: Ayinger am Platzl
Foto: Ayinger am Platzl

When going to the Ayinger am Platzl, it's best to take the whole family with you. While at it, order an original Bavarian rarity - the Reindlessen. The delicacy is served fresh from the oven in a large roaster (the Reindl). It consists of pork, duck, sausage, meatloaf, mixed dumplings, sauerkraut and cabbage. There's an old tradition, where you tap the cool Ayinger beer from your own 10-litre wooden barrel.

Hofbräuhaus: The world's most famous inn

Das Münchner Hofbräuhaus, Foto: Tobias Ranzinger
Foto: Tobias Ranzinger

Touted as one of the most famous inns in the world, the Hofbrauhaus is not only popular amongst tourists but also natives alike. Asides its 100 active regulars' tables (spanning over 70 years), it also has brewing facilities. Today, there is room for a thousand people to enjoy typical Munich delicacies from the in-house butchers, bakery and confectionery. Here, the crusty roast porks tastes the way they should - the crust is crispy and the meat tender. You can as well learn Bavarian dance for free - in the ballroom on the first floor!

Der Pschorr: From the nose to the tail

Der Pschorr am Viktualienmarkt, Foto: Der Pschorr
Foto: Der Pschorr

At the Viktualienmarkt, you will find one of the most visited inns in Munich. Although Der Pschorr only opened in 2005, it is already popular among Munich's residents. The food comes from the region and is served at solid oak tables, while the beer comes from wooden barrels. The menu offers classics such as roast pork, pan-fried schnitzels and duck. When the whole animal is cooked from nose to tail, you will find some nearly-forgotten Munich specialties such as sour lungs on the menu.

Great pork and veal shanks at Haxnbauer

Gegrillte Haxn vom Haxnbauer im Scholastikerhaus, Foto: Haxnbauer München
Foto: Haxnbauer München

In the Scholastikahaus (from the 14th century), you can find the Haxnbauer today. As the name suggests, there is a great shank (in Bavaria: Haxn) of pork and veal in town. The secret to the spicy crust and juicy meat is that the shanks are marinated for 24 hours in a salt-herb mixture before being slowly and crisply  grilled over charcoal. Tip for those in a hurry: you can get the huge shank of pork with cabbage and salad (enough for two!) in the street shop.

Spatenhaus at the Opera: Food with a view

Blick aus dem ersten Stock im Spatenhaus auf die Münchner Oper, Foto: Kuffler
Foto: Kuffler

At Spatenhaus an der Oper, old Bavarian delicacies are served on the ground floor - like a special potato soup. Upstairs (with a view of the Residenz and National Theatre), there are Bavarian-Austrian classics such as fried chicken or the Tatar from the smoked trout, which tastes particularly delicious.

Zum Franziskaner: Oktoberfest all year long

Der überdachte Hofgarten im Zum Franziskaner, Foto: Zum Franziskaner
Foto: Zum Franziskaner

At the Franziskaner restaurant, the setting feels like a traditional event. You get to enjoy the 'Oktoberfest atmosphere' but in the covered garden area - all year long. Perhaps, also because the Reinbold family owns the Schützen-Festzelt at the Oktoberfest. Locals and tourists meet in the Franziskaner for a morning pint or a snack.

Leberkäse im Zum Franziskaner, Foto: Zum Franziskaner
Foto: Zum Franziskaner

Enjoy the traditional bavarian spread called Obatzda with crisp pretzels, oven-fresh meatloaf or the meatballs with potato and cucumber salad. Löwenbräu beer is also served here.

Bratwurst Glöckl am Dom: Mayor's favourite

Bratwürste aus dem Bratwurst Glöckl am Dom, Foto: Bratwurst Glöckl
Foto: Bratwurst Glöckl

Opposite the Dom zur Lieben Frau (or the Frauenkirche) stands one of the most rustic Munich inns - Nürnberger Bratwurst Glöckl. Its history dates back to the year 1796. Then and now, it has played host to regular guests like the mayors of Munich and many Munich residents such as the famous comedian, Karl Valentin. They enjoy the grilled sausages with sauerkraut, which are freshly prepared daily and grilled over an open beech wood fire. A glass of cold Augustiner beer from the wooden barrel tastes good with it.

Ratskeller: In the city center

Der Bacchuskeller im Ratskeller in München, Foto: Ratskeller
Foto: Ratskeller

The historic Ratskeller is located directly under the new town hall on Marienplatz. This is where we Munich citizens not only celebrate the legendary Women's Carnival, but also where Munich's politicians and celebrities like to meet. Since 1874, traditional dischers from Sauerbraten (a sour beef roast) and Bavarian delicacies have been available. Tip: The Sunday brunch from mid-October to the end of May is particularly popular with families. While the kids paint chef's hats, the grown-ups enjoy their sausages and freshly tapped Löwenbräu beer.

Text: Margarete Arlamowski
November 2019

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