By Tegan Francis
(Originally published November 2018)
If there’s one thing that Germans do well (apart from beer and sausages) it’s brunch. This came as quite a surprise to me when I first moved to the Bavarian capital but it was definitely a welcomed discovery. Brunch has to be my favourite meal of the day. It can be enjoyed all year round and is the perfect way to spend your day on a Sunday in the city! After in depth research, I’ve managed to curate a list of the best brunch places in Munich so you’ll be spoilt for choice on your next trip to Toy Town.
1. Café Puck
This beautiful café is situated near the University and is deceptively large. We spent the whole of our first visit thinking there wasn’t enough seating before realizing at the end that there is a huge area to sit at the back of the restaurant. There is both sweet and savory options on the menu from pancakes to sausages! My personal favorite is the dish, which allows for both pancakes, sausages, fruit salad and eggs all on the same plate. It sounds questionable, but I guarantee you won’t be disappointed, or hungry for a while.
2. Café Zeitgeist
Café Zeitgeist can also be found nestled amongst the cool, quirky stores that line the streets around the University. Hanging plants drape across the ceiling and windows in the interior and if it’s not too cold, you can take a table outside where blankets will help keep you cosy in the winter breeze. It earns a 10/10 when it comes to presentation as both my friend and I audibly gasped as our plates arrived. The pops of color may not make the food actually taste any better but it certainly feels like it does.
3. Mary’s Coffee Club
This cafe is a millennial’s dream. The décor, atmosphere and staff quite literally cry out to be instagrammed. With neon signs adorning the walls and each place looking like a masterpiece, it’s no wonder why so many 20-somethings wait for up to an hour to grab a seat in this café. To their credit though, this brunch spot served me the best chailatte I have had in a while, as well as providing a perfectly seasoned smashed avo on toast in a speedy service time.
Is a taste of Spain in the middle of Bavaria. The outdoor seating area and delicious pastries lining the entrance transport you to an idyllic escape instantly. We didn’t have to wait too long to nab a table inside and were pleasantly surprised by the selection on offer. Whether you’re in the mood for a savory feast or fancy a slice of top-quality cake or fresh pastries, this is the place to be. My favorite location is near Viktualienmarkt so you can browse the local produce afterwards as a post brunch activity.
5. Mr. Pancake
If you’re as much of a pancake fan as I am, then this is the ultimate brunch stop for you. I could eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and even as a midnight snack if given the choice. Mr. Pancake certainly lives up to their name in this sense. The food is fresh, hot and absolutely delicious. My only warning is that they have extremely limited seating in both of their locations so you’ll either need to be there early to beat the lines or grab a very late brunch, which is really just lunch by the end of it. The crispy bacon they serve along side the“Mr.Bacon” dish left us all in awe and will be a repeat order the next time I am there.