10 Things to eat in Munich and where

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Martí Micolau

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Munich is the most important city in this part of Bavaria, and its proximity to the Pre-Alps and the Alps makes it a place of mixing between the more rigorous Teutonic characters and the "softer" ones of the part bordering central-southern Europe, including Italy. All this is reflected in every single aspect of the Bavarian identity, including its cuisine which, on closer inspection, certainly has various meat dishes and flavors with no middle ground, which inevitably accompany a good mug of beer! Here's what to eat in Munich.


  1. Bretzel
  2. Obatzda
  3. Knodel
  4. Bratwurst and Weisswurst
  5. Prinzregentetorte or Prince Regent Cake
  6. Schweinshaxe or Grilled Pork Shank
  7. Rumfordsuppe or Rumford Soup
  8. potato pancakes
  9. meatloaf
  10. Kartoffelsalat or Bavarian Potato Salad
  11. Where to eat in Munich: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Bretzel

The Bretzel is one of the symbols of German-speaking countries, to which each zone gives a different name. It is a bread made of soft wheat flour, malt, brewer's yeast and water, to which lard is often added, or another type of flour is used such as wholemeal, spelled or other cereals. The bretzel is prepared according to the so-called Laugenbach method, that is the procedure whereby the bread, before cooking, is immersed for a few seconds in boiling water and caustic soda: it is the latter that gives that shiny appearance externally, after which it is cooked. then all traces of the chemical compound will be lost. At home level, simple baking soda is used instead. Its origin dates back to the French and northern Italian monasteries, and they were the small prize that the monks gave to children who memorized the verses of the Bible. They accompany practically everything and everything, they give that unmistakable taste.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 0,30-0,50
  • Main ingredients: flour (of various types), malt, brewer's yeast, water and often lard

2 - Obatzda

The Obatzda is one spreadable cream made from various soft cheeses, with the addition of small doses of beer, onions, cumin and other spices, and is usually eaten at snack time, especially in beer gardens, open spaces where various types of beer are served with various side dishes. This particular and tasty cream was made famous by Caterina Eisenreich who ran a famous brewery in the years between 1920 and 1958 in which, just in the afternoon, he used to serve the specialty to his customers while they engaged in various card games. Given its uniqueness and representation of the territory, in 2015 it was requested to be included in the list of IGP products

  • Recommended to: snack, snack
  • Average cost: € 4,50
  • Main ingredients: well seasoned camembert or brie, romadur or limburger, fresh cheese, paprika powder or extract, with the addition of beer, onions, cumin and various spices

3 - Knodel

Knodel or Canéderli, i large gnocchi made with simple stale bread, are real delights, indispensable if you want to know the real cuisine of Munich and its surroundings, although it is a popular dish both in northern Italy and in the German-speaking countries. Knodel is the classic so-called "empty fridge" food, since it is possible to use various ingredients that are commonly found in the pantries, together with portions of leftover bread. They usually have the shape of 4-6 cm balls. that go very well with goulash, sauerkraut, cabbage, chicory.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: stale bread or buckwheat polenta, milk, eggs, speck or bacon, cheese, parsley, flour

4 - Bratwurst and Weisswurst

La Weisswurst is a specialty that cannot be missing in Bavarian cuisine: one boiled white meat sausage, some even dating back to 1313.

Another popular variant is the Bratwurst, generally based on red meats and cooked on the grill.

Both the two variants are offered in different combinations and recipes, depending on the areas, tastes, local raw materials, not surprisingly they are a varied dish suitable for everyone.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: veal, beef, pork

5 - Prinzregentetorte or Cake of the Prince Regent

We could define it the Sacher Torte of Bavaria, for its importance and goodness: known at the level of the famous Viennese cake, its attribution is uncertain, although in general it tends to be attributed to Heinrich Georg Erbhäuser, appointed pastry chef of the court of Luitpold in Bavaria, after he conceived it the recipe for the regent's 65th birthday. The original recipe is a set of at least 6 discs (but usually 7 like the Bavarian government districts) of biscuit dough brushed with apricot jam, alternating with layers of chocolate buttercream, covered with chocolate glaze. Today the most common variant is to use sponge cake discs.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: € 3,50
  • Main ingredients: biscuit dough, chocolate butter cream, dark chocolate glaze

6 - Schweinshaxe or Grilled Pork Shank

Here is a real institution in Munich: the famous shank, which all over the world restaurants and clubs of all kinds successfully reproduce, with additions and changes to the original recipe. However, if you really want to understand and taste the true essence of this recipe, you have to order it in Bavaria. Here it is cooked with the rind, in order to create a real tasty crust, which gives the dish that added value that makes it unique. The shin is the tradition, the present and the future of Bavarian cuisine, because it draws its origins from peasant roots, which have always been based above all on hearty flavors and meat. Usually served with potatoes, especially roasted, and also with sauerkraut.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,50
  • Main ingredients: pork knuckle

7 - Rumfordsuppe or Rumford Soup

Rumford's Soup, also called "Cheap Soup", was the first ever attempt in the science of nutrition: in 1800 Count Rumford, employed as adviser to the Duke of Munich and the State of Bavaria, began to think of a type of food ration that was cheap but, at the same time, could give energy, with little fat, so that he could use his recipe for the poorest, the military, the workers. From that moment on, Rumford was credited as the creator of the "first real soup kitchen", and his preparation was the basis of military nutrition throughout the 1800s and 1900s. The bread that accompanies it, according to different versions, must be served just before it is poured into the bowl or immediately after, while the liquid is still steaming.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 3,50
  • Main ingredients: pearl barley, dried peas, water (or beer), salt and vinegar, often with added corn to make it even more nutritious

8 - Kartoffelpuffer

If it is true that German cuisine, and especially Bavarian cuisine, is mainly based on meat dishes and strong flavors, Kartoffelpuffer are suitable for everyone, including vegetarians. They are vegetable fritters that come from the simplicity of the peasant tradition, whose delicacy is enhanced when combined with an apple puree, or even a portion of sauerkraut. They are usually consumed, even as street food, or on the occasion of holidays, precisely because of the ease of preparation and their simple taste.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 2,50
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, eggs, flour, nutmeg, with variations / additions of oats, onions, milk, butter, garlic, bacon, parsley, smoked salmon

9 - Leberkäse

One of the typical dishes of the area of ​​Bavaria, but also, as often happens with this type of cuisine, of the various German countries and northern Italy, the Leberkäse is based on meat, and is a kind of meatloaf, even if in Germany it is considered simply a sausage. It is usually served hot, sliced, in a bun, but many prefer it cold with cucumbers and mustard, accompanied of course by a mug of beer. The slices can be sautéed with a fried egg and a tasty potato salad, or fried, or the Leberkäse can be purchased ground in a butcher's shop, in order to obtain slices of customized sizes and shapes. Its origin dates back to the late 1700s, thanks to a butcher from the court of Carlo Theodore of Wittelsbach, and even if the name literally translated means "liver cheese", it contains neither of the two ingredients. Very important thing: according to German law, only Bavarian Leberkäse is authorized to contain no traces of liver, while all other types of Leberkäse produced in other areas are required to include at least 4% of it.

  • Recommended to: always, especially as a hearty breakfast
  • Average cost: € 4,50
  • Main ingredients: beef, pork belly, water, onion, salt, marjoram

10 - Kartoffelsalat or Bavarian Potato Salad

It is a typical dish of German and Bavarian cuisine, ed one of the simplest and tastiest dishes that can be ordered in the area. The potatoes are boiled and seasoned with vinegar, oil and mayonnaise, therefore a sort of sweet and sour flavor; sometimes pork broth, vinegar and oil are also added and, according to taste, even pieces of apple, as well as onions, speck and cucumbers. Obviously, in order not to delay the trend of strong flavors, spices are welcome on this dish which lends itself well to various interpretations.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, vinegar, oil, mayonnaise, as a basic recipe, and then also pieces of apple, onions, speck and cucumbers

Where to eat in Munich: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

The liveliness of Munich is reflected both in its always dynamic nightlife and in its culinary habits. Strongly linked to the most ancient gastronomic traditions, the city throws a look to the future and accepts to open up to foreign influences. The more angular Teutonic features soften with suggestions of the southernmost Europe. Here's where to sit down to enjoy some of the best flavors in town.

1 - Werneckhof by Geisel

  • Description: elegant restaurant serving excellent traditional dishes with a modern twist
  • specialty: one of the best wine cellars in the city
  • Average price: from € 50,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

2 - Pfälzer Residenz Weinstube

  • Description: typical cuisine in an informal and young environment
  • specialty: great beers
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Get Directions - Facebebook Page

3 - Café Luitpold

  • Description: one of the oldest cafes in Munich
  • specialty: delicious cakes
  • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

4 - Nurberger Bratwurst-Gloeckl

  • Description: informal place where you can sit at common tables and enjoy simple and genuine recipes
  • specialty: mixed dishes of excellent local meat
  • Average price: from € 12,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

5 - Prinz Myshkin

  • Description: bright and pleasant place with vegetarian specialties
  • specialty: vegetarian and vegan dishes
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

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