Discover the best restaurants and hotels in Munich, from traditional Bavarian dishes to cutting-edge cuisine, as well as cozy boutiques and designer hotels.
There has always been more to Bavaria than lederhosen and the beer-based celebrations of Oktoberfest. Nowhere is this clearer than in Munich, one of Germany’s most thriving cities and a place that effortlessly combines the old Bavarian traditions with the new.
Rather than serve as a living museum to a past way of life, this is a city that embraces the present through lush parks, extensive cycle paths and a burgeoning foodie scene. Head here at Christmas for picture postcard markets, arrive in summer to see how the Bavarians unwind, but most of all come armed with our guide to the very best places to stay and eat for a true Munich experience.
Mandarin and Matsuhisa in Munich
You’ll have plenty of time to explore the city and find a host of traditional places to eat, but ease yourself into local life with a stay at one of the finest luxury hotels Munich has to offer.
In a prime old town position, the Mandarin Oriental delivers the classy stay you’d expect. This is an elegant hotel, one that comes complete with Oriental rugs, chic fittings and great city views – not to mention one of the best restaurants in Munich.
Legendary culinary wizard Nobu Matsuhisa has brought his well-established and exciting repertoire with him. Stay simple with exemplary sushi and sashimi, push the boat out with Wagyu beef or explore the dishes that cemented his reputation: black cod with miso or king crab tempura.
Get cool in Glockenbach
Glockenbach is one of Munich’s most up-and-coming areas. It has a touch of the rough-and-ready about it, but is also relaxed, hip and very pretty, with classic German buildings surrounding green spaces, all next to the River Isar. It’s a great place to hang out and relax over a coffee or a long lunch and, in The Flushing Meadows Hotel, it has a place to stay that captures its vibe perfectly.
The owners called on musicians, artists and even a surfer to design the rooms on the third floor, making for an eclectic place that offers a different experience every time you stay. Look out for DJ Hell’s room with its vinyl records and band made up of life-size skeletons, while surfer Quirin Rohleder catches the surf vibe with a hammock and a surfboard along with the regular bed.
Man Versus Machine on Muellerstrasse takes its coffee roasting extremely seriously. Combine a cup with a slice of banana bread or cinnamon-scented franzbrotchen pastry for one of the best breakfasts in Munich.
Go gluten-free in Munich
Your traditional German restaurant in Munich probably won’t cater for food intolerances but, like many modern cities, there’s now a slew of places offering great gluten-free food. Pizzesco is a buzzing, unpretentious and informal pizzeria that offers both gluten and lactose-free crusts, and you can dine in or grab a slice or whole pie to go.
Gasthof Obermaier is one old-school restaurant that has moved with the times. Despite being around since 1863, it goes out of its way to prepare any dish it can gluten-free, as well as having a dedicated gluten-free menu.
Its hearty, warming fare is served in generous portions – think creamy pumpkin soup with ginger, braised venison shoulder with elderberry sauce, and wiener schnitzel and sausages with sauerkraut. Round your meal off with a helping of strudel or the extremely rich and decadent kaiserschmarrn, made fresh every time.
You’re only a few steps away from your bed for the night – the Hotel Obermaier is a reliable choice decorated in a traditional Bavarian style. It’s smack in the middle of the Trudering district, a quiet residential area.
Make for Marienplatz
Opting for a hotel in Marienplatz will put you right in the heart of the action. There are plenty of options here, but not all of them make the grade. The Hotel Lux certainly does. Climb the spiral staircase (there is no elevator) and you’ll find a place that has both modern amenities and antique touches.
The stylish rooms are compact but well-designed, and you’re seconds from a host of great places to see. There’s a fabulous bar at street level here. Grab a seat in a cozy nook and press the button marked ‘Ring for Champagne’ – two glasses will be promptly delivered to your table.
Stroll out into Marienplatz and grab something to eat. It’s a touristy area, so you need to know the best places to go. There are beer halls and cellars aplenty, all ready to dish up plates spilling over with potatoes, sausage and sauerkraut.
If you want the full Munich experience complete with raucous, olde worlde atmosphere, head for the Ratskeller. Café Luitpold on Briennerstrasse has various options, from full meals to coffee and cakes – the pastries and desserts are exceptional.
You’re also close to some of the finest food in Munich at the legendary Tantris. Opened more than 40 years ago, it boasts two Michelin stars alongside an opulence and design-led ethos that few other restaurants in the city can match.
There’s a range of tasting menus – the best option to get a real flavor of celebrated chef Hans Haas’ cooking. Try the skate with young fennel and avocados, scallops with chilli-lime risotto and purple curry cream and a blissful caramel soufflé with pineapple-banana ragout. This is bold food delivered with a lightness of touch, in a wonderful setting.
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