7 Great Bavarian Restaurants In Munich
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Our search for the best Bavarian food in Munich began with the simple aim of scoping out some of the city's finest traditional restaurants, but by the end we realised that it'd become a bit more than a simple 'best eats' guide. Many of the places we discovered are essentially landmarks in their own right, with colourful histories, local significance and dual purposes, i.e. breweries. Very fitting, we thought, as CityXplora is all about sightseeing and finding enjoyment in uncovering new experiences in cities around the world!
Are you visiting the Bavarian capital around the time of Oktoberfest? Why not use the occasion to fill up on some of the best traditional Bavarian food? Add a few of the venues to a sightseeing pub crawl? Or mingle with visitors and locals in a city beer garden? Our choices were informed by a helpful host of professional travel bloggers on Twitter, all of whom have been linked to throughout. So slap on your Tyrolean hat, gobble up a few ideas and enjoy your trip to Munich. If it's not time for Oktoberfest, make your own.
7 Places For Bavarian Food In Munich:
1) Augustiner Bräu (Landsberger Strasse 19, 80339 München):
Our first suggestion came to us from the local culture and events editors at Arts in Munich via twitter @ArtsinMunich.
Augustiner Bräu is a famous brewery on Landsberger Strasse that perfectly encapsulates the historical qualities we mentioned previously. The company as a whole (Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG) has roots going back to 1328, when Augustinian monks used to brew their own beers in a monastery close to the Cathedral of Munich. The iconic red-brick building we see today is a result of the organisation and its traditions becoming secularised in the early 19th century. This change lead to the creation of a privately owned company which shifted its operations first to Neuhauser Straße, then Landsberger Strasse 12 years later in 1829.
What we're graced with today is an incredible local institution with premises that reflect the classic styles and conventions of 19th century Munich - a time great cultural, political and technological progress throughout Bavaria.
The part of the brewery we're most interested in is the Augustiner Bräustuben, a tavern/restaurant attached to the east side of the complex. Bräustuben is a place dedicated to proper Bavarian cuisine, fantastic beer and warm hospitality. They have 2 grand halls capable of seating nearly 500 guests, a beautiful parlour with space for 120 eaters, and best of all, a sprawling open-air roof terrace.
Pull up a chair and enjoy one of Augustiner Bräustuben's Bavarian specialities: homemade meat ravioli with sauerkraut and onion gravy; slices of boiled beef shoulder with garden vegetables, buttered potatoes and horseradish, or the brewer master special (see their menu). As for the accompanying pint, you can't leave without trying a classic Augustiner Edelstoff. Well, you can, they won't chain you to the floor, but it is a natural choice.
2) Haxnbauer (Sparkassenstraße 10, 80331 München):
The Like A Local Guide put us in touch with blogger @TobyLeupold, who first lent his support to @ArtsinMunich's previous suggestion before happily informing us about Haxnbauer. Haxnbauer is a historical restaurant located a short walk east of Marienplatz and the iconic Frauenkirche.
If you decide to visit this restaurant then Toby strongly recommends trying either the Schweinshaxe (Pork Knuckles) or Veil Joints. Prior to cooking these "Haxen" meats are left to soak for 24-hours in a top secret salt-herb marinade. Once the rich flavours are adequately locked in they move onto a giant rotisserie grill, which slowly roasts them over flaming stacks of fine beechwood charcoal. After all this preparation the meat is given a final seasoning before being served up with a chilly Bavarian Brew (or whatever else you'd like to drink).
Classy surroundings coupled with the service of a well established chain and the scents of a busy grill, in our opinion, make Haxnbauer an instant classic.
3) Augustiner-Keller (Arnulfstraße 52, 80335 München):
Travel blogger 'Gail at Large' (@ImageLegacy) put us in contact with fellow globetrotter Allane Milliane (@packingsuitcase), who suggested this grand beer hall & garden via twitter. Allane is a Brazilian blogger currently living in Germany. You can find a wealth of stories and travel tips over on her blog, Packing My Suitcase.
Augustiner-Keller is a member of the Augustiner Bräu beer/restaurant chain, and one which Allane confidently cites as 'the' very best in the city. Though we haven't been there ourselves, we can plainly see where she's coming from. The establishment has a variety of spectacular settings to suit any atmospheric preference. The main seating area is the entrance hall, a bright and rustic space brimming with local patrons.
Venture beneath the main hall and you'll arrive in the subterranean Lagerkeller. This vaulted cellar was once used to store beer barrels during hot summers, and though it still retains its original ambience its primary function is now as a dining area.
For more compact and intimate surrounds pull up a chair in the Bierstüberl, a cosy space with a country-tavern-feel that's popular with regulars. Augustiner-Keller's other two halls, The Jagdstube and The Festsaal, are its largest and grandest spaces, perfect for big groups.
However, the place you most want to sit, especially in the summer months, is the Beer Garden. Augustiner-Keller's garden is one of the oldest in Munich and seats around 5000 people. It's a place filled with all sorts of people basking in the shade of 100 chestnut trees, drinking frosty Edelstoff's and chowing down on the best dishes Bavaria has to offer.
Try a Nuremberg grilled sausage with Palatinate sauerkraut, roasted pork neck with potato dumplings and red cabbage, or a simple stack of warm pretzels. Check their menu for full details, it certainly got us hungry.
4) Wirtshaus in der Au (Lilienstraße 51, 81669 München):
If you take a trip to the Deutsches Museum consider grabbing a bite to eat afterwards at this nearby gem. Wirtshaus in der Au is a restaurant with the looks and feel of a traditional Bavarian inn.
It is set within a captivating Renaissance building, surrounded at the entrance by bushy trees which form a natural canopy over the outdoor terrace. Inside you'll find yourself absorbed into the lively and authentic atmosphere. This is a place where the staff dress in native costume and smooth jazz music plays most mornings.
A couple of their dishes that caught our eye include: roast beef with homemade rémoulade and roasted potato, spinach dumplings with a cherry tomato sauce and pecorino pesto, and ravioli filled with creamy walnut and fig cream cheese, served with brown butter and parmesan.
Wirtshaus in der Au was suggested by Laurel Robbins via Twitter @Laurel_Robbins. Laurel is a Canadian travel blogger with a passion for adventure, nature and epic mountainous landscapes. She currently lives in Munich and was happy to share with CityXplora this wonderful culinary gem.
5) Weissen Bräuhaus (Tal 7, 80331 München):
The Weissen Bräuhaus was suggested by London based travel enthusiast James Webb via Twitter @mrjamesdwebb.
Much like the restaurants affiliated with Augustiner Bräu this place is a modern representative of its own brewing company, Schneider-Weisse. In fact, this stunning brewhouse/restaurant located right in the heart of the München Altstadt is even more than a contemporary branch of its centuries old parent, it's considered the cradle of the Schneider Weisse name.
In case you're unaware Schneider Weisse is a famous Bavarian wheat beer brewer which was founded in 1872 by Georg I. Schneider. During this year King Ludwig II sold him exclusive rights to brew this light and smooth variety, which had previously been monopolised by the Bavarian royal family. Experience the fruits of this legacy at the Weissen Bräuhaus, where almost 200 years worth of tradition, refinement and personality come together under one splendid gabled roof.
It goes without saying that you should try one of the Bräuhaus' special wheat beers, but what about the food? Why not tuck into an Old-Munich “Goaßbratl“, sliced pork belly, fresh from the oven with cream potatoes; home-made potato pancakes with sauerkraut, or a fresh trout from the Luisenthal Valley, served with melted butter and boiled potatoes. The choice is yours!
6) Bratwurstherzl (Dreifaltigkeitsplatz 1, 80331 München):
It might be located in the Altstadt, but Bratwurstherzl is very much tucked away down the back streets behind Peterskirche. Shielded to an extent from the prying eyes of hungry tourists its clientèle includes a healthy proportion of locals who come to enjoy its hearty and traditional Bavarian-Frankish fare. It has neither the size nor the corporate associations that a few of the previous restaurants have, but it does boast a lengthy history, having first been recorded as a purpose-built restaurant in 1633. From pictures and word-of-mouth it's clear that the establishment has retained its full rustic splendour and cozy atmosphere.
The interior dining rooms consist of 350-year-old red brick cellar vaults, and outside there's a beer garden that opens out onto a cobblestone square. The high sides of the surrounding buildings provide excellent shade, making it an ideal spot for lunch during the summer months. Be sure to try a classic plate of Bratwürst with potato salad or sauerkraut, as all of Bratwurstherzl's sausages are sourced daily and grilled on an open beechwood fire.
Bratwurstherzl was suggested by traveller and author Andrew Couch via twitter @groundedtravelr. You can check out his blog, Grounded Traveller, here.
7) Kreuzberger (Westermühlstraße 32, 80469 München):
This one was recommended by Nicholas Montemaggi via Twitter @n_montemaggi. The first thing that struck us about the Kreuzberger was its location, nestled in the vibrant Glockenbach district just south of the Altstadt. It's a quieter but nonetheless lively area of the city centre where eclectic swaths of locals come to relax, drink, eat and generally enjoy themselves during lazy afternoons. And at the heart of it all is an eatery whose dishes, both traditional and unique, reflect all the highlights of Bavarian culinary culture.
Kreuzberger stocks the finest Augustiner cask ales as well as various other international labels. When it's time to pick what you'd like to eat try a plate of wiener schnitzel with roast potato or fries and salad; bacon and onion stuffed beef roulade with noodles, or a chunky Irish Beef 'Kreuzburger'.
We like our 'best of' blogs to dynamic, and hence we're always open to new suggestions. What follows is a selection recommendations from helpful folks throughout the web who contacted us after the main article's publication:
While not strictly Bavarian restaurants, financial advisor JP Cummins pointed out a handful of nice and fairly classy Munich eateries which he visited in 2014. The first of these was Broeding (Schulstraße 9, 80634 München), an upscale restaurant situated not too far from Schlosspark Nymphenburg. These folks do tantalising six-course meals for 76 Euros, five-course meals for 69 Euros, and the very best Austrian wines.
JP's second suggestion was EssZimmer (Am Olympiapark 1, 80809 München), a gourmet restaurant located on the third floor of the BMW Museum. Elegant, modern surroundings; a top class European menu by chef Bobby Bräuer, and excellent service are what make this place a treat. The menu ranges in price from around 90 to 160 Euros, and while booking a reservation you can arrange for free transportation back to your place of accommodation.
Lastly, JP suggested Tantris (Johann-Fichte-Straße 7, 80805 München). This place is a seriously beautiful, eastern-style restaurant, though with a price tag to match. It's fine dining in a variety of high-class settings, from an exotic garden terrace to a lavish main hall decked in red and black glaze. Consider checking it out if you're prepared to pay anywhere from 80-200 Euros per person.
Our fourth extra recommendation comes from traveller and photographer Dani via Twitter @GlbetrotterGrls. She suggested the Chinesischer Turm Beer Garden (Englischer Garten 3, 80538 München). We loved this one in large part due to its location, a sprawling outdoor space centred around the English Garden's famous Chinese Tower. We were initially unaware that the pagoda had its own restaurant, but then you learn something new everyday. Head along at the waning of a warm summer's day and grab a plate for around 7 Euros.