The Most Unusual Food Venues in Munich

Inside Teatro Schuhbeck
Inside Teatro Schuhbeck | © Teatro Schuhbeck
Roanna Mottershead

Sick of schnitzel? If you’re looking for something a bit different for dinner, Munich has a lot to offer. As well as serving up food from all corners of the world, there are some restaurant venues that are as unique as their menus. Our picks cover everything from high dining 181 meters above the city, to perfect crêpes on a refurbished tram.

1. Restaurant 181

Restaurant, Contemporary

View from Restaurant 181
© Restaurant 181

Head over to Olympiapark for an unparalleled view of the city from this rotating restaurant in the Olympia Tower. Built for the 1972 Olympics, the tower is a dizzying 291 meters (955 feet), though the restaurant is about two-thirds of the way up at 181 meters (595 feet). It goes without saying that you’ll need a clear night and good weather to appreciate the view, and a full rotation will take 53 minutes — plenty of time to see everything before dessert. This unique view of the city doesn’t come cheap; expect to spend around €70-80 per person for a gourmet menu that focuses more on quality than quantity.

2. Shuhbecks Teatro

Restaurant, Contemporary

Inside Teatro Schuhbeck
© Teatro Schuhbeck

What do you get if you combine dinner, a cabaret, and a circus? Shuhbecks is the answer! From the moment you step into the oppulent mirrored tent, you know this is a luxury experience — in fact, with Swarovski crystal chandeliers and silk-clad walls, “tent” isn’t really the right word. Food is taken as seriously as the performance; expect a four-course meal with veal and game eaten around the 360-degree stage. Such luxury comes with a matching price tag: show tickets range from €54–114, and an additional €45.50 for dinner.

3. Zum Blinden Enge

Restaurant, European

Take the venue out of the equation completely with this sensory dining experience. All diners arrive for a 7PM start and are led into the pitch-black dining room by one of the “angels” — blind or visually-impaired waiters who help guide guests around the space. There’s a set menu for €49.60 without drinks, and you can choose meat, fish, vegetarian, or a surprise! The whole evening lasts around two-and-a-half to three hours. You’ll find Zum Blinden Enge in the Wirtshaus zum Isartal.

4. Daimler’s Bar-Ristorante

Restaurant, European

The Mercedes-Benz HQ and restaurant in Munich
© Diego Delso / Wikicommons

Eating while looking out over a bunch of cars is usually associated with motorway service stations. Not in Munich! Mercedes-Benz’ gigantic showroom near Donnersbergerbrücke is also home to a restaurant where potential customers can refuel – there’s also a bar and a café if you’re really in there for a while. Maybe it’s just in comparison to the luxury cars around you, but prices are on the cheaper side for central Munich, and you can tuck into classics such as Weiner Schnitzel. It’s surprisingly popular, so be prepared to book in advance if you want a pit stop here.

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