If you’re wondering where to dine in Munich without splashing the cash, Foodguide founder Malte Steiert has got you covered. Here are his top picks for affordable restaurants serving everything from traditional German fare to burgers and Hawaiian-style poke bowls.
Munich may be the most expensive city in Germany, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find plenty of cheap food options. Perhaps the most qualified to discuss the evolving casual dining scene in the city is Malte Steiert, the founder of Foodguide. An app that shows people the best dining in their city, Foodguide also runs Taste Tours to help people discover the very best of Bavarian cuisine on varying budgets. These are his recommendations for the most affordable places to enjoy great quality food for cheap in Munich.
Destinations Unlocked:Let our travel expert Stefano help you find your perfect Culture trip
Looking for an expert's perspective?Uncover my top 3 recommended places from each continent on the map.
1. GuatemalaAn express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.
2. BelizeA quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
3. MexicoAn exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
1. EcuadorA remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.
2. PeruAn alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
1. ItalyThe ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.
2. ScotlandEmbark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
3. PortugalA wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
1. South KoreaDiscover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.
2. ThailandFrom Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
3. Sri LankaA fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
1. MoroccoAn epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!
2. EgyptFrom Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
Lucullus offers a refreshing take on Greek cuisine in a friendly, unpretentious environment. “This is a fun Greek spot catered to a younger crowd,” says Malte. “Meals are under €10 (£9), and you get super big portions.” The down-to-earth tavern in Untergiesing serves tasty and wholesome classics like bifteki and souvlaki, along with cheap beer. With a relaxed atmosphere, Lucullus is the perfect place to linger over a drink and good conversation after your meal. During warm weather, take a seat on the pretty back terrace to enjoy your dish.
Sometimes called Italy’s most northern city, Munich is the obvious choice for Germany’s first Eataly location. This classic Italian-inspired market, which has the same food-hall style structure as the original market in Turin, Italy, has quickly grown in popularity. “While it’s not open very late, you can find cheap snacks, good pasta and nice espresso,” Malte says. Fill your stomach with a variety of reasonably priced Italian food, buy fresh ingredients for a picnic lunch in one of Munich’s beautiful parks, or pick up a snack to keep you going as you roam around Munich.
“My all-time favourite place for affordable, Bavarian food made with excellent quality is Xaver’s,” Malte says. “This is a new restaurant with young owners and a stunning atmosphere. The cool thing is that it feels like a spot for 25-year-olds, but they still appreciate Bavarian values.” Located in hip Gartnerplatzviertel, Xaver’s is a modern beer hall that also dishes up incredible food. Ingredients are sourced from producers in the foothills of the Alps and trustworthy local companies. With main dishes costing around €11 (£10), this chic venue is easy on the eye and the wallet.
True to its name, which translates to “Cafe Outside the Box”, Café über den Tellerrand operates on a unique concept. This Haidhausen cafe and bar is a social enterprise run jointly by refugees and Munich’s residents. Backed by a non-profit that organises cooking courses, picnics and many other activities for refugees in Munich, the cafe serves up Middle Eastern food with a Bavarian twist. “It’s one of my favourite places in terms of concept,” Malte says. “The cafe really helps refugees coming to Bavaria. It gives them jobs, helps them learn German and integrate into society.”
A classic German restaurant close to the Oktoberfest grounds, Steinheil16 is a Munich institution that has been lovingly preparing Bavarian cuisine for decades. “People have been coming for 20 years, because the quality has been good for 20 years,” Malte says. “It’s just an honest place where you can get an honest schnitzel. You get great value for your money.” The menu is filled with simple German classics like soup and salad, currywurst, potatoes and Augustiner beer. Make sure to turn up hungry, because the portions are generous.
The pizza at Lo Studente is always freshly made with high-quality ingredients, and comes with a deliciously low price tag. On weekdays between 11am and 5pm, the daily pizza and pasta dishes are just €5 (£4.50); as one of the best meals (and deals) in the university district, this restaurant is typically crowded with students on their lunch break. It may take a while to find a table, but it’s worth it for the good food and a surprisingly sophisticated wine list. Lo Studente doesn’t accept card payments, so be sure to take cash.
At Der Kleine Flo, you can enjoy the taste of three burgers for the price of one. This burger tapas shop specialises in small burgers, serving slider plates that come with three different flavours. “This is a super recommendable burger joint with great variety,” Malte says. “There’s also local lemonades and great sweet potato fries.” The Instagrammable interiors feature industrial lamps and exposed lightbulbs that hang on long cables to illuminate the wooden tables, benches and black chairs. You can find Der Kleine Flo in Munich’s Altstadt, walking distance from Sendlinger Tor U-Bahn stop.
Located right around the corner from Ludwig Maximilian University, Aloha Poke offers Hawaiian vibes in the heart of Munich. The restaurant is one of the first poke places in the city and specialises in affordable, healthy food. The poke bowls provide a visually stunning cacophony of flavours; choose from several suggested bowls or create your own using ingredients like tender fish, crispy vegetables and secret-recipe homemade sauces. “It’s very yummy,” Malte says. “You can find cheap food in this area because it is a student neighbourhood.”
Nine0five’s emphasis is on one of the most beautiful, and classic, culinary combinations: pizza and wine. This hip Italian eatery in Schwabing brings pizza back to its Neapolitan beginnings using ingredients and practices imported from Italy. Their name refers to the temperature of the oven, which is the ideal baking temperature of original Neapolitan pizza. There’s also an unusual wine list with over 500 varieties including natural wines and champagnes. “For pizza and wine, I always choose nine0five. They have incredibly good Neapolitan pizza and a huge variety of wines for every budget,” Malte says.
For a behind-the-scenes look into Munich’s food culture (and some mouthwatering meals), hop on a guided Taste Tour around the city. Created by Foodguide, these tours are a great way to discover the delicious diversity of Munich. Run by professional guides from Munich, groups are composed of up to seven people at a time. Stops are made at four different restaurants, providing an insider’s look into a variety of cuisines, neighbourhoods and characters working in the city’s dining scene. Classic tours are in German, and private tours are available in English.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.