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.
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.
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 sublime atmosphere of Restaurant Acetaia is hard to miss. A shimmering wine cellar, classy furnishing layered with crisp linen and dainty silverware along with an all-expansive floor - sets the table for two. A romantic evening will find the perfect destination in the subtle yet inspiring atmosphere of this restaurant. When the weather is mild and sunny, a rooftop patio transforms itself into a great venue for laid-back lunches or business brunches. A stellar wine list is one of Acetaia's proud assets, which certainly elevates your fine dining Italian experience.
The easily accessible Kilians Irish Pub, a stone's throw away from Marienplatz City Center, strives to bring a bit of Ireland into the German city of Munich. The pub, open daily, usually has performances by Irish bands during the week, with the weekend being reserved for different genres. The attempt to introduce Ireland to the world is not restricted to the music and the food but extends to traditional Irish Ceili dancing, which is held on the first Monday of every month. Patrons can also enjoy watching major sporting events on their many televisions, of which three are on the terrace and one in the back garden.
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.
Part of the legendary Hard Rock Cafe chain across the world, the cafe in Munich is popular with locals and tourists alike. Expect to find some of the city's coolest bands performing before a fun-loving audience who know their music well. The choice of wines, beers and cocktails is varied while the resident chef does a great job with the sumptuous food served up with freshness and flavor. Hard Rock Cafe can also be rented out for private parties and celebrations so check the website for more details on those and upcoming events.
The name could not be more Bavarian, and the restaurant could not be more Italian. The owner crossed the Alps from Italy to open the doors of Osteria Der Katzlmacher in Munich. The menu is prepared daily according to fresh ingredients available. Let the host suggest your order. It is not a place to go for standard Italian fare like Spaghetti Bolognese, but for lesser known and definitely more exciting Italian and Mediterranean delicacies. It is a real feast for the senses with a warm décor, Italian music, fine wines, and a joke or two with the hosts.
aran Fünf Höfe is a charming coffee shop and diner in Munich's Old Town. The interiors are charming with wooden furnishings, floor-to-ceiling windows and floral embellishments. Offering freshly brewed coffee, baked goods and breakfast options, the place is ideal for a sumptuous meal while in old town. Stop for a delicious coffee or buy some to prepare at home at this delightful cafe.
The delectable desserts at Maelu are crafted with such fine skill that they can almost be termed as edible works of art. Their gorgeous display is a colourful celebration of macarons, pastries, mousses and a number of other spheres filled with rich sweet goodness. The cafe doesn’t just cater to your sweet tooth - you could even choose a warm savoury dish from their menu that can be relished before you tuck into the sweet extravagance.