Through my job with Bus2alps, I have been lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time in Munich during the Fruhlingsfest and Oktoberfest seasons. During that time, I’ve made it my mission to find and eat at the best and most traditional Bavarian restaurants in Munich.
German food is not for everyone, it’s very meat and bread heavy, but personally I love every bit of it. Make sure to get your fill of tasty Bavarian food during your time in Munich! If you’d like some suggestions of what to do and see around the city, check out my post Two weeks in München.
One of the most famous restaurants/beer gardens in Munich, Hofbrauhaüs literally means “Royal Brew.” The biergarten standing today is over 500 years old! Along with frosty Hofbrau beer, brewed in accordance with the German Purity Law, Hofbrauhaüs serves a wide variety of hearty, German cuisine.
The restaurant itself is enormous and lively year-round, so it’s the perfect place to go for a dinner that turns into drinks!
A tiny, traditional German inn, Gasthaus Isarthor served me the best meal I’ve ever had in Munich. The roasted pork was crispy on the edges and buttery in the middle and was served with an ice-cold Augustiner beer and a warm and chewy bread dumpling. There are never any tourists inside so you know everything on the menu is traditional and delicious.
The waitresses wear traditional Bavarian dirndls so you’ll be sure to get the full experience while dining!
Hands-down the cutest biergarten I’ve ever visited, Löwenbräu Keller is another of Munich’s famous bierhauses and high on my list of recommendations. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon with a few cold beers and some tasty German food!
Along with Gasthaus Isarthor, Lindwurmstüberl was one of the best meals I’ve had in Germany (clearly I have a favorite meal since I ordered the same thing at both). The pork was tender with crispy, fried skin on the outside. The potato dumpling was delicious as well…once you figured out how to cut it without rolling it around your plate.
Wirsthaus in der Au
Wirsthaus in der Au is a large indoor Biergarten with a great atmosphere! Located only a short 10 minute metro ride from Marienplatz, the restaurant is filled with mostly locals and the food is fantastic. The only downside of the menu is that it’s a bit more expensive than you would normally pay in Munich. My entrée, two dumplings consisting of pretzel pieces, roasted pork and Paulaner beer, were extremely filling but cost me 14.50 EUR. Not completely unreasonable, but I paid 5.90 EUR for a fountain Coca Cola…which is completely unreasonable.
Steinheil 16 is one of Munich’s hidden gems! Tucked away down a quiet street, the restaurant is small and doesn’t have a lot of seating space. I would recommend making a reservation if you plan on coming during peak hours.
The restaurant has a fun, friendly and cozy atmosphere and the food is 1. to-die-for and 2. cheap! I ordered the currywurst & fries and an Oktoberfest beer, paid 13 EUR, and left feeling ready to burst.
Nage & Sauge
After a few days in Munich, I decided my body was in dire need of some greens. Nage & Sauge is well-known for it’s giant and delicious salads and they did not disappoint. The Rusti El Greco salad was filled with grilled halloumi, roasted red peppers, chicken, garlic bread and parmesan cheese. In hindsight it probably wasn’t the healthiest salad I’ve ever consumed…but my body needed something that wasn’t a cream cheese covered pretzel.
Max Pett (Vegan cuisine)
Talking about eating habits, I could not be any further from being a vegan. I normally don’t eat anything that isn’t full of meat and cheese. However, Max Pett’s vegan, German cuisine really exceeded my expectations. I ordered the Viennese schnitzel with a creamy potato and cucumber salad and, to be honest, you really couldn’t tell the difference. The only downside of the restaurant was that they didn’t serve any alcohol (my liver probably thanked me for that) and it was a bit on the pricier side.
Max Pett is a great option for anyone with vegan or vegetarian dietary restrictions who still wants to experience authentic German food!
The Rathskellar Marienplatz is located underneath the Rathaus. The patio is directly behind the Glockenspiel itself and is the perfect spot for a scenic lunch! Since it’s in the middle of a touristy area, the prices are a bit higher than normal, but the food is definitely worth the extra charge. I suggest trying the potato pancakes, a traditional German appetizer.
The original Augustiner brewery is the oldest brewery in Munich, dating back all the way to 1328 when the monks in the Augustinian Monastery began brewing beer. Nowadays, the restaurant is wildly popular and serves some of the best Bavarian food in Munich. The space is full of long, communal tables filled with Germans drinking Augustiner beer and eating pretzels out of the complimentary baskets. The Augustiner itself is a piece of history!
Right around the corner from Marienplatz, you’ll find the Viktualienmarkt. A large farmers market located in the city center, it’s the perfect place to grab lunch and people watch in the sunshine. Although not many of us feel the need to grocery shop on vacation, the food stands in the market offer every German specialty you could think of…from giant pretzels to sausages smothered in curry sauce!
Although it’s a bit pricier than most German restaurants due to their location in the center of Marienplatz, Hofer has a great atmosphere and German food to-die-for. They have a secret beer garden behind the main restaurant where they serve icy-cold and delicious Löwenbräu beer! Try the käsekrainer, A.K.A. cheese weenie.
Looking for some delicious German schnitzel? Look no further than Andy’s Krablergarten. Great prices and HUGE portions, the schnitzel cost us 10 EUR and could have fed both of us for lunch and dinner. Make sure to come on an empty stomach…
The Hippodrome is one of only two beer tents open during Fruhlingsfest. They serve a large variety of yummy dishes, but the spaetzle is definitely a crowd favorite. Spaetzle is esentially German mac n’ cheese served with crispy, fried onions and some sort of fruit chutney, usually apple or pear. Paired with a stein, lunch doesn’t get better than this.
During the day at Fruhlingsfest, it is relatively easy to get a table inside the beer tents. At night, they become packed with Germans and tourists alike drinking beers and dancing on tables to the live music.
If you’re visiting Munich during Fruhlingsfest or Oktoberfest, make sure to try out the food stands at the festival! Each one sells delicious Bavarian cuisine packaged up and easy-to-eat on the go. My favorites are the käsekrainer (AKA cheese weenies), spaetzle, and Obazda (beer cheese dip) with a fresh pretzel.
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