The Best Restaurants In Old Town, Munich

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Marienplatz New Town Hall is a standout feature of the Munich skyline | © Noppasin Wongchum / Alamy Stock Photo
Rachel Dickenson

Munich is generally stunning, but it is still hard to prepare for the beauty that awaits you in Old Town. Munich’s Old Town is a vibrant centre of culture both modern and historical, with extravagant beer halls, lively festivals and busy markets, and people from all walks of life. Here we explore the best local restaurants in Munich’s Old Town.

Cafe Luitpold

An institution in Munich and one of the most traditional and elegant cafes you can find, Café Luitpold is home to some of the most sumptuous pastries in the whole of Munich, all lovingly prepared by chef Albert Ziegler. Part of the experience is selecting your pastry from a vast array at the counter, instead of simply choosing a name from a menu. A romantic date here would make a heart melt faster than a praline centre.

Dallmayr Delicatessen

Hofbräuhaus

The oldest and most famous beer hall in the world and therefore impossible to miss, Hofbräuhaus is incredibly welcoming with beer is to die for, and is one place in Munich Old Town where you can be sure of a hearty meal full of German tradition. The hall itself is beautiful with incredible decorations on the walls, gold plated beer taps and authentic beer barrels behind the bar. The waitresses are all dressed in traditional dirndl outfits and the various live bands are a great contributor to the unbeatable atmosphere you can enjoy here. Combine this with the typically Bavarian portions of delicious food and you simply can’t go wrong.

Weisses Bräuhaus

This stunning building is a must for those who appreciate the German beer hall tradition, an integral part of the culture in Old Town Munich. While you might enjoy the pomp and the ceremony of others in and around the city, Weisses Bräuhaus is frequented far more by locals than by tourists and there is a notably different atmosphere. It is very relaxed and authentic while still remaining friendly. The waiters greet visitors at the door and happily serve up a huge stein of locally brewed beer. The regulars stay for hours on end sharing stories and enjoying lively conversation. The food, especially the pork dishes here are wonderful and the impressive variety of beer in certainly a plus.

Ratskeller

A wonderfully idyllic place to dine with fantastic food on offer, Ratskeller is a must visit while in Münich’s Old Town. As you descend down the grand stonestaircase into the restaurant, you would be right in thinking that Ratskeller looks more like an extravagant monastery than a restaurant. Its coved ceilings lined with mahogany, stain glass windows and the beautiful wooden chairs and tables make this a wonderful dining experience. Guests are treated to many Bavarian specialties as well as delicacies from further a field and carefully selected wine and dark beer.

Vinaiolo

Hidden away on one of the Old Town’s streets, Vinaiolo boasts the finest flavours from Italian cuisine. The staff are exceedingly attentive, recommending wine to compliment your meal choices and suit your personal tastes. There’s great variety in the menu, ranging from the tender tentacles of the octopus, to the rich tortellini with rabbit, to the humble pizza. With all the expertise and quality of a popular city restaurant, but with the quaint and unassuming charm of a local place, Vinaiolo has a beautiful atmosphere, which encourages guests to relax and be bold in their choice.

Tantris

It’s not just the pleasant warmth and ambient music, or even the bold and somewhat otherworldly decoration of this incredible restaurant that creates such a memorable and unique atmosphere. Tantris has an undeniable buzz , maybe due to the distinctive and influential path it has managed to pave in the forty years it has been open. Over the years, two Michelin stars have been awarded to Tantris, which beckons food and wine experts from all over the globe. Over the four decades, only three chefs have run the kitchen, each of which has delivered extraordinary food and set a bar for all German and international food. The prices may be high but Tantris offers an experience unlike any other.

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