Tantris, one of the most highly renowned restaurants in town, offers fantastic contemporary international cuisine paired with an excellent wine list. The main room, decorated in red and black, sets a dramatic scene for their enticing cuisine. The philosophy of the house is that food is the basis for happiness, and judging by the delighted faces in the restaurant, their dishes deliver. There is also a terrace and garden room, which are available for functions on Sundays and Mondays. The food consists of set meals and a-la-carte options that one can savor at a leisurely pace.
Hirschgarten was originally a game enclosure built by the Elector Karl Theodor at the end of the eighteenth century. A small part of the historic enclosure has been preserved and can be seen from the beer garden. With 8,000 seats, the beer garden is the biggest in the city, and is also one of the most pleasant because of its peaceful location and numerous chestnut trees. It was converted from a hunting house to a restaurant in 1970, when the garden was also built.
Augustinerkeller is one of the most frequented traditional beer gardens and Bavarian restaurants in the city center serving big glasses of exquisite beer and authentic traditional culinary delights. The restaurant boasts of a cozy and old-school European decor, ideal for enjoying a sumptuous meal. The beer served in the sun-bleached beer garden is reputed to be one of the best in Munich. Students, business people, locals and tourists alike find this heritage place incomparable.
For more than two decades, Austernkeller has been one of the top places in town for fish, oysters and seafood. The wonderful seafood and freshwater delicacies are served in many different guises. The restaurant, situated in a lavishly decorated cellar, even has a special caviar menu. Main courses are also available and there is an impressive selection of wines to complete your oceanic menu.
This most famous pub draws people from all over the globe. Its unique charm comes from the Bavarian music and the handful of regulars who gather at the bar. Beer and schmankerl (roast pork with trimmings) complete the experience. In the summertime, locals head towards its wonderful courtyard, while the Festsaal room hosts a Bavarian evening with music every night, which costs a few Euros for admission. The meals and beer are perfect for a group of friends. Established in the 16th Century, this has become a local landmark. Your trip to Munich will be incomplete without a visit to Hofbräuhaus.
Housed in the basement of the gothic Town Hall building in the heart of Munich, Ratskeller is a good place to stop by for a sumptuous lunch or a leisurely romantic dinner. The menu is solely inspired by traditional Bavarian cuisine, so you can sample some really great local dishes which are interspersed on the lengthy menu. If you're a first-timer then go for the Ratskeller Potatosoup, Nuremberg Style Bratwurst, Scweinebraten, Entenbraten or Beef Goulasch. Pair the food with German beer and wine, and round it off with a helping of something sweet. The cellar's arched ceilings and woodwork add to the charming ambiance as do the sounds of soft Bavarian melodies.
The concept behind the Brenner Grill is what really makes it stand out in a city full of fantastic restaurants - you can sit in one of three parts of the restaurant - the steak grill, the pasta bar or the bar / cafe at the front, but order anything from either of them no matter where you sit. And all cooking happens on an open grill in the center of the premises, so you can see exactly how your meal is made. The menu range is relatively small but the food is all very good; be careful though, as getting a steak and a few side dishes (which are priced separately) can end up deceptively pricey. The restaurant is big, with an overall capacity of 300, making it a good choice for a group.
The lobby of the Kempinski Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten is a picturesque meeting place for both guests and socialites. Numerous distinguished events have taken place under this lobby's breathtaking glass roof. Sip on perfectly steeped British high tea while you mingle around, or come here simply to enjoy mouthwatering scones with clotted cream and a generous helping of jam, cakes and cucumber sandwiches. Either way, the experience promises to be elegant and satisfying.
This palatial restaurant is located at the edge of the Münchner Platzl, where it serves lavish breakfast spreads to its well-heeled clientele. Christened after Renaissance composer Orlando di Lasso, Schuhbecks Orlando serves its signature breakfast that comes laden with treats such as sausages, ham and cheese, fresh loaves of bread and butter. There is also a fruit plate and crudites plate for those who prefer more health conscious options. Schuhbecks Orlando also has a beautiful terrace which is ideal for breaking bread on sun-drenched mornings.
In the area of Munich which should be called Schuhbeck's Square due to the dominant presence of this celebrity chef (he also has a cooking school, chocolate, wine, and herb and spice shops finely sprinkled around the square), this ice cream parlor is a must for those passing through. Flavors you may never have heard of are available in just one scoop, like the tongue-tingling Mango Chilli or Banana Chocolate, so imagine what delicious flavor combinations you can create with a standard two or three scoops. Seating is limited so a takeaway cone is best. Unfortunately, the shop is closed from December to February.
Schwarzreiter Tagesbar & Restaurant in Munich is one of the best places in the city to savor some truly contemporary Bavarian masterpieces. The decor is upscale, featuring elaborate chandeliers, elegant floor fabrics, and intimate seating areas, making it a great place for special occasion dining. Some of their specialties are the Bavarian Prawn, Lugeder Duck, Buckwheat Spaetzle and Buffalo Camembert. Do try the cocktails here.