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.
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.
This famous pub draws people from all over the globe. Its unique charm comes from Bavarian music and its notable architecture, which attests to its history. Tasteful beer and schmankerl complete the offer at this lively beer hall. 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. Any trip to Munich will be incomplete without a visit to Hofbräuhaus.
A bar dedicated to honoring the dubious legacy of the Irish-Australian bushranger by the same name, Ned Kelly's offers you the kind of drinking experience you would get Down Under. This is the place to settle down to watch rugby with a Victoria Bitter in hand, all the while munching on typically Australian dishes like the Kangaroo steak, Lamb stew and Bread and Butter pudding. Karaoke Thursdays are especially entertaining; the sight of patrons going up on stage to sing their favorite songs is a treat to watch. If you're in the mood for some real live music, you should consider popping into Kilians Irish Pub next door.
Located directly opposite the Opera House and considered to be one of the best places for good Bavarian cuisine, Zum Franziskaner offers culinary classics like homemade Leberkäse (meatloaf) and Weißwurst (veal sausage) as well as a selection of international dishes. The Bavarian decor sets a charming ambiance, and the amicable service adds immeasurably to one's dining experience.
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.
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.
For an evening of German fun, come down to Wirtshaus Ayingers. This restaurant offers you the best of both worlds: excellent beer, delicious food! Try out the 6 beers-on-tap that change often. The food is more like a prix fixe menu but is a really good selection of authentic German delicacies. The rustic yet elegant wooden decor of the restaurant creates a perfect vibe for a cozy yet exquisite dining experience.
Said by many to be the best Japanese restaurant in Munich, Toshi is certainly a stand out. It serves fresh sushi and sashimi and for prices that won't send you running. Their rolls are delicious, so are the soup and desserts. There are more substantial entrees available, including a sirloin wagyu steak and assorted sushi created specially by the chef. The restaurant also serves a selection of hot and cold sakes, all of which will accompany your meal perfectly. Reservations are highly recommended.