Germany knows a thing or two about baked goods; from hearty, well-seasoned loaves of bread to doughy pretzels and sweet cakes, bakeries in Munich offer a large variety of mouthwatering breads and pastries. Here’s where to find the best of these when in the city.
In 2018, the German postal system sold a stamp emblazoned with the slogan “German bread culture”, which is a good indication of how the country feels about their baked goods. Considering the delicious bread and pastries you can find across the country, this pride seems well-earned. In Munich, there are many excellent bakeries: whether you’re craving decadent pastries or straight-from-the-oven organic bread, you’re in for a treat.
The smell of freshly baked bread that lingers outside Julius Brantner Brothandwerk is almost impossible to resist. Owner Julius Brantner bakes around half a dozen different loaves and rolls daily (the Bio Brothandwerk 25 is a local favourite) and often sells out before closing. A third generation baker, Brantner is passionate about creating healthy and flavourful bread. His chic and minimalist bakery may be a relatively new addition to the Maxvorstadt neighbourhood, but it has already gained a large following for its traditional craftsmanship and use of natural, organic ingredients.
While the original Café Kreutzkamm opened in Dresden in the 19th century, the Munich location has been serving delicious pastries and cakes since the 1950s. Located near Marienplatz, this classic café is the place to go for Baumkuchen (tree cake). The layered cake is traditionally cooked on a spit and spiced with nutmeg and rum. The batter is then spooned up in a way that creates distinct layers, like the rings of a tree. You can try the Baumkuchen here either by ordering a small, personal-sized cake or a thin slice cut from a larger cake.
Home to the prettiest pastries in Munich, Maelu is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. Situated along the lively Fussgängerzone (a pedestrianised street) between Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz, this pastry shop attracts many passersby with a front window full of colourful cakes and macarons. The creative pastries are all hand-crafted and taste, if possible, even better than they look. Inside the shop, a wide array of sweet eats beckons, including eclairs, chocolates, mini mousse cakes and pralines. You can sit down and savour your treat with a cup of coffee or take your cake to go.
The place where real Münchners go for their daily bread, Hofpfisterei has a tradition reaching back to the 14th century. Originally founded in 1331, there are now 160 stores across southern Germany. You can find one of their bakeries in most areas of the city, each one with a range of organic, preservative-free loaves and tasty pastries. Their production is CO2-neutral and they have won awards for their focus on environmental practices. While you can’t really go wrong when ordering here, standouts include the slow-baked Sonne bread and the Zimtschnecke (cinnamon buns).
A cult-classic café in the university district, Kaffee Schneller is one of the oldest and best cake shops around. There’s always a tempting array of handmade confections on offer, including the Prinzregententorte, a Bavarian sponge cake made with chocolate buttercream and apricot jam, and the Bienenstich, a classic German treat featuring almonds and vanilla cream. It’s a popular spot for students between lectures and the people-watching is also great. If the weather’s nice, grab a table outside and relax with an espresso or one of the impeccably made cappuccinos.
As the first cupcake shop in Bavaria, Wir Machen Cupcakes (We Make Cupcakes) has become the go-to address for unique cupcakes and baked goods. Now a decade old, the shop and café offers a large selection of decorated treats, including cronuts, cake pops and brownies. Nestled between Isartor and Viktualienmarkt, it is comfortably furnished and has a relaxed atmosphere – perfect for curling up with a book or whiling away an afternoon with friends. In addition to coffee, there is a large selection of teas and fresh drinks available, too.
With a reputation for exquisite French pastries, Patisserie Lehmann specialises in beautiful layered cakes. While the price tag may be a bit steep compared to some more low-key German bakeries, the handmade cakes are well worth the splurge, particularly for a special occasion, The bakery is also next door to the shop, so guests can enjoy a front-row seat to the creative process. Vegan options are available, along with decent coffee, and every Friday the shop serves a delicious apple strudel with vanilla ice cream.
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