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.
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.
All aboard! This quaint blast from the past specializes in just one dish: crêpes. There is, however, a huge variety of over 50 toppings available for you to enjoy as you squeeze into the tram’s interior, or sit back and relax in their (heated) garden. As with all German cafés, you’ll find a decent cup of coffee here too. There are actually two tram cafés: one on Wredestraße in front of the Post Palace which is also open on weekends, and another on Erika-Mann-Straße near Donnersbergerbrücke. Spoiler — they don’t actually go anywhere nowadays.
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.
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.
For a completely different experience, step back in time for a visit to Welser Kucher. Featuring authentic recipes, it gives you a taste of medieval German cuisine. Even the way you eat is authentic — be prepared to get your fingers dirty, as only a stiletto (dagger) to cut the meat is provided. Most dishes are large, shared platters, but the one welcome concession to modernity is that a veggie option is available. Wash down your meal with a cow horn full of honey mead as you watch the lute player or juggler stroll past your table.
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.