A Foodie’s Tour of Munich

My journey for the past few weeks has been a road trip for two foodies traveling through France, Italy, Austria and Germany. I am back from my travels but would like to include another post or two about Munich as we spent so much time there. Munich is a real foodies’ town. I thought I would give you a tour of some of the highlights that my husband and I discovered during our stay in this beautiful town. I’ll long remember the beautiful pastries, food stalls and delicious meals.

Beautiful Pastries

Food plays a large part in the life of anyone living or visiting Munich. Starting with the wonderful whole grain breads and rolls at breakfast, typically served alongside butter, honey, homemade jams, smoked sliced meats and cheese. Later in the morning, you see people enjoying the famous weisswurst (white sausage) dipped in sweet mustard alongside a beer. Cafes line the beautiful cobbled streets and are part of the social scene. Throughout the afternoon everyone sits facing the sun, enjoying lunch or coffee and cake.

The Cafe Social Scene

Dinner might be Schweinbraten (roast pork) or Schweinshak (roasted pork knuckle) along with Brezn (soft pretzel).

In my last post, I wrote about the open air market. Pick up any guidebook about Munich and you will find the  Viktualienmarkt recommended as a place you must visit. It was established by King Maximilian I in 1807 and has been going strong since that time. It is just a three minute walk from the Marienplatz. Locals and tourists stand shoulder to shoulder at the 140 stalls of incredible products.

Fresh Vegetables

Prosciutto And More

Wine, Cheese And Bread

Fresh Fish

If you go early enough, there will be some of Munich’s famous chefs buying top ingredients for their daily specials. If you are tired or hungry, you can buy prepared food and take it to the markets’ beer garden shaded by huge chestnut trees.

Beer Garden

Every six weeks one of Munich’s six breweries will be selling their beer here.

For more upscale food shopping, you can’t miss Dallmayr, Munich’s most famous delicatessen. Also mentioned in all the guidebooks, it has some of the best gourmet delicacies that you can buy.

Hors d'oeuvre

Petit Four Nouveau

Small Portion Of Cheese Selection

Sausages And Cold Cuts

This deli is packed with well dressed locals and tourists here to buy chocolates, pastries, fancy meats, seafood, cold cuts and sausages, or their famous coffee. Upstairs is a lovely café with views of Munich and a two star Michelin restaurant.

Cafe

In the café, you can have a full meal or just enjoy a cup of coffee (lots to choose from) and a beautiful piece of their pastry. This time, we had a light lunch of salad and soup…delicious.

Roasted Pear And Mushroom Salad

Lobster Bisque

Munich is lovingly referred to as the most northerly city in Italy. It has an almost Mediterranean life style and large Italian community. There are almost 800 Italian restaurants in the city, one of which we have enjoyed on three of our visits.

Osteria Der Katzlmacher is a fine dining Italian restaurant just around the corner from the Hofbrauhaus.

Osteria Der Katzlmacher

We are always warmly greeted by Giorgio Cherubini, the owner. He and his all italian staff are all so friendly and yet give such professional service. Giorgio even remembered where we sat on our last visit and made sure to give us the same table. Our outstanding meal included freshly made tagliolini with butter and a large amount of shaved white truffle that they had purchased that day.

Tuna On Fennel Amuse Bouche

Fresh Tagliolini Pasta With Butter And White Truffle

Whole Bronzino Baked In Salt

We enjoy eating traditional meals in each town that we visit. On this trip, we visited the Pfistermuhle. It is a cozy restaurant in the vaults of a building that dates back to the 1500’s. Today it is decorated with dark wood, wrought iron chandeliers hanging from the vaulted ceiling, and white linen topped tables with candles. It specialized  in upscale Bavarian cuisine.

Pfistermuhle

Terrine Of Goose Liver With Pear Chutney

Saddle And Sausages Of Lamb With Beans And Potato Cake

We often go to the Haxnbauer where the biggest attraction is the pork and veal knuckles that are cooked on a charcoal grill. If you stand outside one of their windows, you can watch the knuckles spinning over the fire. It is impossible to not make a reservation and try this delicious, moist meat. You can order sides such as sauerkraut and potato dumplings. Perhaps finish off the meal with apple strudel or apple fritters.

As I said in my earlier post, Munich is more than beer and sausages. It is a city of beautiful buildings, warm and friendly people, and great food for every taste. Day trips can easily be made to the Bavarian Alps, beautiful castles, historic sites and famous spa resorts.

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72 Responses to A Foodie’s Tour of Munich

  1. Judy says:

    Foodie heaven for sure! I have loved reading of your travels and tastings. Thanks for inviting me along :)

  2. kalafels says:

    I’m starving now! LOL! Great pix btw.

    http://kalafels.wordpress.com/

  3. This is just overwhelming! Beautiful photos, great restaurants – you must have had a wonderful trip!

  4. We loved that market when we went in 2001. Great photos of a great place.

  5. Simply beautiful Karen. Thanks for the trip ;)

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    What a beautiful & special place to end your holiday! And to think, you brought us with you every step of the way. All that was missing was the frequent flier miles. Thanks again, Karen, for bringing us along.

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, Thank you for the very nice compliment. I wish I could give the followers of our journey frequent flyer miles. You all certainly deserve a special thank you for faithly reading my posts. I’m so glad that you enjoyed our adventure.

  7. Welcome back! It looks amazing. You have definitely added some places to my visit lists.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your welcome home. I do hope you get a chance to visit some of the wonderful places that we visited. You won’t be disappointed.

  8. Velva says:

    I have had the pleasure of traveling through Germany several times. You are absolutely right, that it is much more than just “beer and sausages” although that is really wonderful too.

    I did not realize that Munich was such a foodie city. Awesome.
    Thanks for taking us along on this photo journey.

    Velva

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your comment. Nice to know that you enjoyed following our journey through Europe. I’m happy that you agree about German food and yes, Munich is definitely a foodie city.

  9. bellasabroad says:

    Hi Karen! I spent 2 quick days in Munich in 2004, and I must say that your experience in Munich was much different than mine. It was February, and very cold, and we focused very little on the great restaurants, unfortunately. Who knew that Munich is more than beer and sausages? I feel that I must go back now that I have read your post! Thanks for the tips, and information, and all of the lovely pictures!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bella, Thank you for your comment. We often visit during the Christmas holidays and the warming winter food is delicious. I do hope you return to Munich…I don’t think you will be disappointed .

  10. Kristy says:

    Welcome home Karen! I have absolutely enjoyed my vacation through your post. I think I may now have the post vacation blues…This was a fabulous trip. Thanks so much for sharing it. It looks like you had an amazing time!!! (I did!) :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristy, Thank you for you sweet comment. I am so happy that you enjoyed my travel posts. It was a truly amazing trip and I’m already having post travel blues…no more great rolls and ripe cheese for breakfast.

  11. Tandy says:

    I don’t know where to start – cheese, pastry, cheese again! Your holiday sounds amazing and welcome home :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tandy, Thank you for the welcome home. We did have an amazing trip and experienced some wonderful food. I will especially miss the cheese that I had each morning.

  12. lvaletutto says:

    One of my favorite posts from your trip so far! I have not been to Munich except when we drove by it on the Autobahn on our way to Italy a few years back, but the outdoor market reminds me of the outdoor markets we have twice weekly here in Cologne. Lots of lovely colors and excellent food everywhere… And soon the Christmas markets will be filling the towns! Have you ever been to Germany during Christmas time? I love the Christmas markets here and you can always find a vendor selling hot chestnuts or Glühwein to warm you on a cold day at the market!
    Laura V.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Laura, Thank you for the compliment. Yes, Christmas in Germany is wonderful. We have spent the last three years celebrating Christmas in Germany and Austria but this year we decided to travel in the fall.

  13. Sue says:

    Karen-welcome home! What a wonderful trip. I especially enjoyed THIS post–my mother came from Germany, and we spent many fine days lounging in a Konditerei . Oh, the wonderful memories. Oddly enough, even with all that fantastic food, we were never overweight. Perhaps I should go back—LOL!!
    Anyways, LOVED the photos–I am salivating over them all. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful trips with all of us “homebodies”.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sue, Thank you for your very nice comment and the welcome home. Happy to have brought back nice memories for you. I think the reason we don’t gain weight in Europe is from all the walking while there. Nice to know that you enjoyed the travel posts.

  14. What a lovely tour of Munich Karen. I wish I had a bit of everything you’ve featured, especially that beautiful salad with the pears. Exquisite.

    We spent Christmas in Munich many years ago and then toured Austria and Switzerland. Europe in the fall and winter is magical and such a treat to the eyes.
    Sam

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sam, Thank you for your comment. The Christmas markets and all of the celebrations at that time of the year make Munich a wonderful place to visit. Europe has some lovely holiday traditions.

  15. Lea Ann says:

    That open air market looks like a fabulous experience. And that photo of the cheese …ohmy! I would give my left arm to try that pasta and truffles. Thanks for taking the time to write all of this up. I’ve enjoyed following along with your trip.

  16. Well, Karen, my trip to FL definitely paled in comparison to yours! I had been keeping up with it as new posts came on, and it looked AMAZING. In fact, I have forwarded the link to your blog on to several friends just so they could read about your wonderful adventure. What I would not do for some sausage and cheese in Munich right now….sigh… :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nancy, Thank you so much for your lovely comment and passing the link to my blog to some of your friends. How kind…it makes me feel good that you enjoyed my posts during our trip. I’m already missing the cheese and sausages. I think you trip to Florida sounds lovely. I lived in Key Largo, Florida for a while and that is what you trip reminded me of.

  17. I haven’t had time to drop by in a week or so, but have been keeping up with your travels. I think these photos of Munich are enough to convert anyone to considering a trip to Europe. Great travelogue from Italy to Germany and places in between….

    • Karen says:

      Hi Teresa, Thank you for stopping by and I will catch up with your posts soon. I’m really happy that you enjoyed keeping up with our journey…it was a great trip. I hope others will get to experience Europe and all of its beauty as we did.

  18. Emily Gooch says:

    Thank you Karen for taking me along on your amazing journey. I really enjoyed all the wonderful places you took me to and of course my favorite… the food. I love your “see food” shots. I guess it’s a good thing I can only look and not touch… because I don’t think I would have been able to stop myself from being a glutton had I been there in person. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Emily, I’m happy to hear that you have enjoyed our journey. I can’t imagine what the food shots would have looked like if you had been taking the pictures. We really did eat well on the trip. I always tell myself that I am going to eat everything I want because you don’t know if you will ever get the chance again. The good thing is that all the walking keeps the weight off.

  19. spicegirlfla says:

    Welcome home Karen! I felt as if I was right with you except I have no luggage to unpack! I’ve never looked at Munich in this fashion of fabulous foods and sites. Thanks so much for sharing your trip, taking the time to photography and post all along the way! It was truly appreciated!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda, Thank you for your sweet comment. Munich is a lovely city to visit. I’m glad that you enjoyed the journey. Unpacking from a trip is never fun. My next trip…the dry cleaners.

  20. Looks like you travel the way I do – food first. What a lot of wonderful eating you did – would love to try so many things, including that bronzino in a salt crust.

  21. suezumout says:

    Fabulous photos! Makes me want to book a flight.

  22. The end of a fabulous trip such as yours is always sad but isn’t it fun when you can relive everything through your photos. I had never thought of Munich as a food city but you have changed my mind. I could eat one of those pastries right now!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jenny, it is sad every time we head back home from a wonderful trip such as this. You are right though, we have photos and wonderful memories. Hopefully, we will be lucky enough to return. Thank you for your visit and comment. Munich is indeed a great food city.

  23. Ann says:

    *sigh* what a great food tour! I know it’s considered bad form to lick your computer screen…but what can I say? Convention just flew out the window with this post!

  24. Charles says:

    Welcome home Karen! How long exactly were you away for? It seems like literally ages! So enjoyed reading through your post about Munich here – really reinforced my believe that I just have to get out there. You showcased beautiful scenery last time, and this time we get beautiful looking food?! Just wonderful, thank you so much! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Charles, Thank you for the welcome home. Our trip was for three weeks. It was a wonderful trip and went by so quickly. I’m happy to hear that I have got you thinking of doing some traveling.

  25. niasunset says:

    Welcome home dear Karen. Your travel and photographs seem so beautiful, I know Munich, I visited in the past but I haven’t been in this market, how beautiful… Thank you, with my love, nia

  26. Susan says:

    Oh my, what a wonderful experience! The food looks amazing. I have to catch up on the rest of your trip!

  27. Gorgeous food…especially those pastries and hors d’oeuvres. Those alone make me want to go there!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bits, The food at Dallmayr is so beautifully prepared. Everything is a true work of art. Oh, to have a party and have it catered by them…wouldn’t it be lovely.

  28. OH my! I need to read each and every one of your Europe posts (which I have just realised I missed). Whizzing trough the photos are enough to make you book a ticket asap. :)

  29. cabinet stew says:

    Along with everybody else…welcome back!! You have opened my eyes to some of Europe’s different offerings. Mostly Munich. I would never have thought of going to Germany, but now I will put that on the “bucket list.”
    PS – Good thing I ate an early dinner before reading this post….or i might have done something irrational like like the monitor!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carol, Thank you for your comment and the welcome home. Germany is an absolutely wonderful country to visit. During my future posts I will try to include other beautiful places we have been in the past. If you see those photos, you will put Germany at the top of your “bucket list”. The food available… whether from a restaurant or an open air market is amazing.

  30. cabinet stew says:

    I mean “lick” the monitor!

  31. Everything looks amazing. I will have to come back to this when/if I go to Munich! It’s likely since the company I work for HQ is there. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ashley, I do hope that you get to experience Munich. It is a lovely city and I know that you will enjoy it. Great if you go over for business, local recommendations are wonderful.

  32. Kerri says:

    I did check out your travels and really enjoyed seeing a side of Italy I had never seen. The photos of food in Munich tempt me to visit there, as well! I had no idea it was such a foodie place. :)

  33. Oh my gosh, I was just in Munich last week! That first picture you posted, I took the exact same picture. This is the display case facing the main street of a cafe near the Opera House, isnt’ it?

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  36. A_Boleyn says:

    My goodness … how did you not come rolling home after all that amazing food? Oh wait. You probably DIDN’T eat it all. :)

    Faked me out there. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Boleyn, You had me chuckling…no I didn’t eat everything in the photos. I usually only gain two or three pounds on a trip because of all the walking that we do. And believe me, any weight that I gain is well worth it…the food is so delicious.

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