I’m torn, I really want visitors to Munich to eat at places besides the Hofbräuhaus and the Hard Rock Cafe, or one of the many cafes/restaurants surrounding Marienplatz.
On the other hand, my favourite places to eat in Munich, are my favourites, in part because they’re not touristy and frankly I like them that way. Nevertheless, here are a few of my favourites:
My Favorite Coffee Shops in Munich:
Vits. Rumfordstraße 49. It’s just around the corner from the Isator S-bahn station. Closed on Sundays. This centrally located cafe is one of the few places in Munich that provides free water.
The coffee is delicious and every cappuccino is served with foam art, ranging from a leaf to an elephant. Of course, they serve delicious cakes and a light lunch menu. It’s quite spacious with both indoor and outdoor seating and you never feel rushed. It’s one of a handful of cafes in Munich where you can bring your laptop and work for a few hours.
Another favourite is the Katzen Tempel. It’s Germany’s first cat cafe where you can have a cappuccino while hanging out with the resident kitties. They also serve lunch and offer vegetarian and vegan meals. Gluten-free bread is also available.
Check out my list of other cafes in Muenchen that also serve lactose-free or soya milk.
My Favorite Place to Eat Thai Food Munich:
Manam. ,Rosenheimer Strasse 34. No website. Closed on Sundays. I give this one away with great reluctance. It’s always full and it’s almost impossible to get a table at the four table restaurant. They only serve soup but it’s delicious soup.
Fortunately, they’ve opened up a restaurant by the same name. You’ll find it just around the corner at Rosenheimerplatz. There’s a small sign and you go down some stairs. It’s a bit tricky to find but it’s worth it. The atmosphere is OK but nothing special. Still, I’m convinced it’s the best Thai food I’ve had outside of Thailand. It’s also reasonably priced.
I especially love the Som Tam (papaya salad sprinkled with peanuts).Having lived in Thailand for 2 years previously, I am VERY PICKY about Thai food.
My Favorite Places to Eat in Munich for Gluten-Free Food:
Gasthof Obermaier.Truderinger Str. 306. This rustic Bavarian restaurant also has a large outdoor dining area. It’s very cozy. As someone with Celiac disease (gluten allergy), I’m allergic to most German food since a lot of it contains flour or bread. They serve an incredible gluten-free schnitzel here. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it. There’s no indication on the menu that they have gluten-free food though so this is definitely an insider’s find. You’re welcome :).
Ristorante Il Salento.Verdistrasse 92. Closed on Mondays. This Italian restaurant does both regular and gluten-free pizza very well. They also have gluten-free pasta. The atmosphere is OK, but it’s not especially attractive. Having said that, the service is friendly and the food is delicious. The chef has Celiac disease so really understands what “gluten-free” means.
Nero. This is another favourite for gluten-free pizza. I like the chic atmosphere and the pizza is to die for. While it’s gluten-free crust, it is baked in the same oven as regular pizza. I’m celiac but fortunately, the cross contamination doesn’t bother me. But it’s something to be aware of.
KatzenTempel. As mentioned above, they have gluten-free bread and a couple of gluten-free options for lunch. They sometimes even have gluten-free baking.
My Favorite Place to Eat in Munich When I Want a Nice Meal:
Champor, Warthestraße 5. Closed on Sundays). This Malaysian restaurant has it all. Decadent food, made with a mix of unidentifiable herbs and spices (at least to my palate) but unbelievably delicious. The low lighting and the dark wood atmosphere is romantic and the service is excellent. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available.