Munich’s Best Brunch Spots

Culture and Lifestyle, Travel

By Tegan Francis

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.

 Café Puck


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.


Café Zeitgeist


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.

4. Cotidiano

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.

Mr. Pancake

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.

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6 Ways to Explore Munich Like a Local

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Munich is a city that welcomes millions of tourists every year  and is known as city of beer, pretzels, and German tradition. But there so much more to Munich than meets the eye, especially if you’re just in the city for a flying visit. From venturing into the mountains, to experiencing the alternative nightlife, here my 6 tips for exploring Munich like a local.

The Isar

An integral part of Munich life, especially in summer, is relaxing by the Isar. Whether you choose to BBQ or grill along the Flaucher, or lounge on the riverside by the Reichenbachbrüke, make sure to bring a couple of beers along with you (well, you’re in Munich after all). The location is perfect for meeting up with friends for a chilled afternoon or evening, or just sitting reading, writing and clearing your head of all that stress.

In the summer months the main section along the Isar which runs close to the city centre tends to get pretty packed with everyone trying to get a little piece of the Isar action. To avoid the crowds just try walking further along the river past the Tierpark to the west, there is no doubt you’ll find a perfect spot to unwind and enjoy all that mother nature has to offer … along with the few canoe boats and inflatable dinghies that may even pass you by.

Coffee, Cake, and Ice Cream

Caffeine and sugar what’s not to love? Munich has a host of independent cafés and ice cream parlors. The area around Universität has streets full of coffee spots, including a British themed tea room. Throughout spring to late autumn tables and chairs line the streets and in the winter the cafés are all the the more cozy yet chic.

If you’re crazy for ice cream, well Munich is for you. Check out the Der verrückte Eismacher for some great ice cream and some truly unique flavours … did someone say beer flavored ice cream or maybe even a scoop or two of brie flavoured ice cream if you’re feeling brave! So if you want to fit in around town make sure you designate some time to explore the local coffee scene, have yourself a slice of cake and find your favorite ice cream flavor!

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The Alternative Scene

Munich has a pretty cool alternative scene going on. From an abundance of techno to some new funk and disco, the bars and clubs in Munich will not disappoint. Take a look around Sendlinger Tor for some great bars, one for every mood and group.

If you’re looking for some funky beats there is no place like the Goldener Reiter, it’s chic yet edgy with a bit of grunge thrown in. Forget the pretentious PI or the mainstream clubs like 089, the Goldener Reiter has something different to offer, and with no cover charge (at least last time I checked), what have you got to lose?

If you’re ever in Munich and looking for memorable night out be sure to check out Bahnwähter Thiel, a hub for techno located in a series of shipping containers… complete with an ubahn carriage in the club’s outside area. Even if you’re not a techno fanatic, hey not all of us are, this spot is still worth a visit! The atmosphere here is always fun and the design of the venue is truly unique, it’s almost like an adventure playground disguised as a club.

Hit the Mountains

If you’ve ever been to Munich you’ll know that on a clear day you can see the Alps from the city and if you want to explore the Munich and the surrounding area like a local then you should take a trip to the mountains. If you love skiing or hiking, or just looking at some truly stunning scenery then what are you waiting for? For the child inside all of us the Rodelbarns (best described as tobogganing tracks for the summer months) scattered throughout the hills, are the perfect weekend treat.

The best part of any trip into the mountain (apart from the views) is of course the Alms (hilltop restaurants) on the side of the mountains. Traditional in every way, this is the best place to sample some the area’s delicacies. My number one recommendation has to be Kaiserschmarrn — chopped up pancake usually topped with apple sauce and icing  sugar.

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Museums on Sundays

On Sundays a number of museums in Munich lower their entry fee to just 1 Euro. Shops are closed and the city has a distinct calm about it. The Alte, Neue, and Moderne Pinakotheken offer the chance for art lovers to view some of van Gogh’s  most famous masterpieces and well as a very vast collection of chairs (ok, maybe the chairs were not the most exciting part of gallery). Other museums that are just 1 Euro on Sundays include the Museum on Egyptology, Museum Brandhorst, and the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum.

Enrich your mind and spend the day gazing at some of the art world’s most famous masterpieces.

Move Over Oktoberfest

Ok, so we all know that Munich is famous for its Oktoberfest, and don’t get me wrong you should definitely  pay the word’s most famous beer festival a visit if you get the chance, but be aware of the masses of tourists that swarm the city during the final weeks of September. For a more authentic experience it’s worth spending the day at Frühligstfest, held towards the end of April.  Although there tends to be a fair amount of young sixteen year-olds, and fewer tents, there are far less tourists, and the atmosphere is a little more easy going.

If you’re looking for a true traditional beer festival it’s worth exploring the smaller festivals in the surrounding towns and cities, from Friesing, Rosenheim to Dachau, there is no better way to experience a true German beer festival.

Just make sure you take your Tracht seriously and buy yourself a traditional pair of Lederhosen or a genuine Dirndl…fancy dress costumes are not welcome here!

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