Some people travel to see the sites, while others travel to test the food. If you’re the latter type of person, you have to dig a bit to uncover some of the best restaurants in each country, as those aren’t advertised as readily as the sites. Moreover, the best restaurants are rarely where you would expect them to be. They’re not infamous shopping plazas, or at the site of historical monuments, or in the hub of the city. Rather, they’re in alleyways, in the basements of unassuming pubs, and hiding in the thick of street markets. Unless you make friends with the locals, you may have a hard time uncovering the best of the best restaurants in Munich, Germany. This guide is designed to help. Below are four restaurants in Munich that any true foodie would be loath to leave without visiting.
If you’re looking for fine dining, this place is not it. However, if you want the true Munich experience, complete with large portions, friendly staff, and a cozy atmosphere, add Steinheil 16 to your list of food stops. Though you may have to walk a bit outside the center of Old Town, the authentic German fare awaiting you is well worth the extra effort. A testament to the food’s tastiness is the crowd of locals that fill the bar and tables.
Schwarzreiter Tagesbar & Restaurant
On the opposite end of the spectrum is Schwarzreiter Tagesbar & Restaurant, which has 957 reviews on Trip Advisor, 83 percent of which are “Excellent” and 10 percent of which are “very good.” Despite being a high-class restaurant in which the meal is served in courses, the portions are reputably large and well worth the money spent. The chef designs the wine list each nice around the featured items, so you can be sure that your vino will pair well with your meal selection. If you’re not a wine fan, no worries – the restaurant’s bar features some of the best cocktails in the city, according to recent guests.
Tantris, another fine-dining restaurant, has been described by patrons and critics alike as “mind-blowing,” for both the food and the atmosphere. While you may not know what half the items are the menu are, you need not worry too much, as the restaurant has earned not one but two Michelin stars under the direction of new head chef Hans Haas.
Eating at Tantris is an experience in and of itself. The meal is served in courses over a four-hour period during which you will be pampered with wine tastings, impeccable service, and a one-of-a-kind all-around sensual experience. Of course, such a magnificent experience comes with a hefty price tag and is not for everyone, but if you’re someone who enjoys paying for great food experiences, add this location to your Munich, Germany restaurant guide.
You can’t leave Munich without visiting at least one brewery. After all, it is the beer capital of the beer capital. In addition to all the Dunkelweizens, Bavarians, Hefeweizen, and lagers your taste buds desire, the brewery also serves fare designed to pair perfectly with any style brew. You can get homemade Obatzda cheese spread, a cold road pork with horseradish and sour pickles, bratwurst with barrel-aged sauerkraut, or homemade spätzle. While each of these dishes is what you would call “traditional fare” in Germany, if you’re feeling like something a little more down-home, opt for the grilled marinated steak with herb butter.
Munich is full of best restaurants – you just have to know where to look for them. Use this guide to get started.