Disclaimer: Sausages feature heavily in this post.
Munich is famous for its hearty food and good beer, yet in my previous posts I have only mentioned one restaurant, but more for its history than its menu.
When I first started travelling, I used to feel a little self-conscious about eating alone; as if everyone was staring at me thinking “loser”, or feeling sorry for me as I had no one to eat with, which I guess is kind of true.
After a while though I got used to it, and a bonus in German beer halls is that after a few drinks, you’re always more than likely to start talking to the people around you.
Being in Munich for almost five days, I had to chance to visit a variety of different places and experience some great food, drink and atmospheres. I won’t be able to talk about every place I visited as there were far too many, but will pick out the places that to me were the most memorable.
Ratskeller am Marienplatz
Ratskeller was the first restaurant I ate at in Munich, conveniently located in Munich’s main square (Marienplatz).
Ratskeller isn’t just famous for its great food but also its quirky setting; located in the basement of the city’s new town hall (Neues Rathaus).
The 19th century murals, imposing stone columns and stained glass, created the perfect atmosphere to accompany my meal.
I decided my first meal had to be as German as possible, so ordered the Grillwürstl Schmankerl. This turned out to be what was essentially a plate filled with a range of Bavarian speciality sausages, mashed potato and sauerkraut, all I can say is; I wasn’t disappointed.
Ratskeller was a highlight for me and is a must for any food fan visiting Munich.
It was so good, I even went back…
Hofbräuhaus am Platzl
If you’re only going to visit one beer hall in Munich, then make it this one.
Even though it’s essentially just a beer hall, the Hofbräuhaus is one of Munich’s most popular tourist attractions, and it’s easy to see why.
When I first entered Hofbräuhaus, it came across as a little bit commercialised, but I soon found that wasn’t the case (apart from the gift shop obviously). Thankfully, the hall has kept all of it traditional features, from the Oompah band and communal benches, to the giant pretzels (which are amazing).
I’m not usually a fan of dark beers, but Hofbräuhaus’ home brewed Dunkelbier was one of the best beers I sampled in Munich; in fact all of their home brews were so good I ended up having way too many of each most days.
This was one of the few places that did feel a little less traditional than all the other places I visited but that didn’t take anything away from the food. As in Ratskeller, I again opted for the German sausage plate (surprise!).
I wasn’t feeling too great before ordering if I’m honest, as it had been quite a long day of too much sun and possibly (definitely) too much alcohol. The food here though didn’t let me down and I definitely recommend a visit!
I have to be honest though, the food here didn’t live up to what I experienced at Ratskeller, but definitely makes the list as one of the best meals I had in Munich!
I visited Schneider Bräuhaus just before leaving Munich on the back of a recommendation from a local tour guide; they claimed this place was where the best wheat beer in Munich could be found.
Schneider Bräuhaus was definitely traditional German dining at its best with no pretence. The restaurant is full of dark wood tables and benches long enough to fit about 10 people.
Over the previous four days, having eaten sausage with almost every meal , I decided to opt for something different, so went with the roast pork and potato dumplings instead.
The tour guide’s recommendation couldn’t have been more accurate, this place really did serve great wheat beer, and not forgetting the food too!
In my opinion, this place and Ratskeller were definitely my favourite food spots in Munich.