Traditional Franconian cuisine and wine with finger food roasted on a spit in an old courtyard where Munich had its origins.
›› Altstadt, Alter Hof 3, Tel. 24 24 37 33, www.alter-hof-muenchen.de
Very lovingly decorated traditional pub with a covered and an open beer garden, next to Marienplatz.
›› Altstadt, Sendlinger Str. 14, Tel. 2 60 50 26, www.hackerhaus.de
Andechser am Dom
Famous politicians such as Helmut Kohl have tucked into the roast pork and quaffable Andechs beer here.
›› Altstadt, Weinstr. 7a, Tel. 29 84 81, www.andechser-am-dom.de
Previously an artists’ abode, now gastronomy is the frame. Despite the ostentatious setting, prices remain reasonable, and the place is nicely surrounded by trees. Organic menu that fits the green setting with lots of healthy delicacies.
›› Thalkirchen, Maria-Einsiedel-Str. 45, Tel. 7 23 63 73, www.asamschloessl.de
Augustiner am Dom
Right across from the Frauenkirche, hearty native food, served over three floors, also vegetarian dishes and, of course, Augustiner Edelstoff beer.
›› Altstadt, Frauenplatz 8, Tel. 23 23 84 80, www.augustineramdom.de
An authentic place with a Medieval character and hearty fare from the in-house butchers. Lots of regulars. A must for newcomers.
›› Westend, Landsberger Str. 19, Tel. 50 70 47, www.braeustuben.de
Touristenhochburg in Sachen bayerische Gemütlichkeit, ein Besuch lohnt sich dennoch, schon allein wegen des wunderschönen Ambientes.
›› Altstadt, Neuhauser Str. 27, Tel. 23 18 32 57, www.augustiner-restaurant.com
Big tourist attraction because of its Bavarian friendliness, worth a visit just for the wonderful atmosphere.
›› Altstadt, Westenriederstr. 14, Tel. 22 62 19
Really comfortable cellar bar with a vaulted ceiling. The bar’s décor is inspired by Brecht’s Threepenny Opera – there is a bank, a prison and a red velvet pleasure room for lovers.
›› Au, Lilienstr. 2, Tel. 4 89 02 90, www.3groschenkeller.de
This small restaurant has a somewhat simple and authentic ambience. With its lovingly set wooden tables, all of which are decorated with fresh flowers, it is almost homely. When delicacies such as South Tyrolean cheese gnocchi or filled pancakes are conjured up onto your table, you’ll almost feel as if you are living in a fairy tale.
›› Ludwigvorstadt, Schmellerstr. 23, Tel. 51 66 92 72, www.goldmarie-muenchen.de
One of the best roast pork knuckles in Munich (cheap as well), with good service and a large well-situated beer garden.
›› Neuhausen, Volkartstr. 2, Tel. 20 20 48 88
Not only a very popular destination for day-trippers on the weekend, but also highly recommended for a romantic dinner. The imaginative Alpine cooking offers very special delicacies, such as porcini mushroom dumplings with fried pumpkin or grilled seafood on lamb’s lettuce: simply delicious!
›› 82064 Straßlach bei Grünwald, Riedweg 41, Tel. 0 81 70/2 13, www.gruenwalder-forstwirt.de
Hacker Pschorr Bräuhaus
Culinary threesome: Hacker-Pschorr traditional Bavarian pub-restaurant, trattoria and sports bar all under one roof. Space for about 1,300 guests; in the summer, all three have tables in the shady garden.
›› Schwanthalterhöhe, Theresienhöhe 7, Tel. 5 00 59 38 00, www.braeuhaus-an-der-bavaria.de
Although some locals avoid the world-famous and very touristy Hofbräuhaus, it’s definitely worth a visit for the lovely beer garden in the courtyard and the quiet restaurant on the first floor.
›› Altstadt, Platzl 9, Tel. 2 90 13 60, www.hofbraehaus.de
Martin Baudrexel’s newest restaurant in Munich is a talking point with its down-to-earth, German-Austrian food and its convincing dining concept.
›› Haidhausen, Ismaninger Str. 48, Tel. 41 07 31 53, http://restaurant-isargold.de
Authentic Bavarian atmosphere and a big beer garden invites guests to enjoy a cold beer and food such as roast pork and tarte flambée. Well worth a visit for all the family.
›› Trudering, Wasserburger Landstr. 272, Tel. 4 53 44 777, www.lehners-wirtshaus.de
Leib & Seele
Restaurant with hops counter (that’s how they call their bar area serving finger food), bar area and separate restaurant. Lots of wood, Bavarian and international delicacies, terrace, beautiful location close to the English Gardens.
›› Lehel, Oettingenstr. 36, Tel. 21 02 88 99, www.restaurant-leibundseele.de
Paulaner am Nockherberg
Impressive interior with glass roof, fireplace room, basement vault and ballroom, famous for the annual 17-day strong beer festival in March.
›› Au, Hochstr. 77, Tel. 45 99 13-0, www.nockherberg.com
Restaurant am Chinesischen Turm
Perfect blend of tradition and international flair, bright, spacious rooms, pleasant Mediterranean atmosphere, large terrace, creative cooking.
›› Schwabing, Englischer Garten 3, Tel. 38 38 73 27, www.chinaturm.de
Schlosswirtschaft Zur Schwaige
In 2008, Michael F. Schottenhamel took over the administration and Peter Kinner the kitchen at this heritage-protected pub-restaurant in Schloss Nymphenburg. High quality Bavarian cuisine with Italian and Thai accents are on the menu.
›› Nymphenburg, Schloss Nymphenburg 30, Tel. 12 02 08 90, www.zurschwaige.de
Here in this authentic beer cellar with its brewing cauldrons, old grain mill and oak barrels, you can see the master brewer at work, while enjoying the home-made unfiltered beer.
›› Haidhausen, Einsteinstr. 42, Tel. 47 76 77, www.unionsbraeu.de
Pub with rustic atmosphere right in Munich city center, offering superb food and grumpy service. Even if you don’t like the staff, you’ll love the roast pork.
›› Altstadt, Tal 7, Tel. 2 90 13 80, www.weisses-brauhaus.de
Wirtshaus in der Au
This pub is always full (definitely reserve) and serves Bavarian food from loin of beef to dumplings. Waitresses rushing around wearing tight-fitting Bavarian leather trousers or Dirndl dresses will have you peering up from plates of good solid German fare.
›› Au, Lilienstr. 51, Tel. 4 48 14 00, www.wirtshausinderau.de
Wirtshaus zum Isartal
Traditional, entertaining beer garden with golden statues and fairy lights, and a stage for performances. Serves Bavarian and international specialities.
›› Sendling, Brudermühlstr. 2, Tel. 77 21 21, www.wirtshaus-zum-isartal.de
Wirtshaus zum Straubinger
Typical Bavarian pub near the Viktualienmarkt, which is where the fresh ingredients come from every day. Authentic brick-walled interior and a pleasant beer garden outside, daily light lunch specials attract diners but more substantial fare such as roast pork knuckle and dumplings is on offer.
›› Altstadt, Blumenstr. 5, Tel. 2 32 38 30, www.zumstraubinger.de
Wirtshaus zur Brez´n
Right in the middle of the trendy bar scene on Leopoldstraße, you’ll find this Bavarian pub. It has classic Bavarian dishes and cocktails. Hot food until 2.30 am, happy hour every day starting at 10 pm. And of course there are always crispy, oven-fresh soft pretzels. You can enjoy all of this either in the cozy basement vault, on the ground floor around the Brez’n-Bar or in the rustic restaurant on the top floor.
›› Schwabing, Leopoldstr. 72, Tel. 39 00 92, www.zurbrezn.de