Bavarian cuisine with a twist: healthy, sustainable eating in Munich
Bavarian cuisine is not exactly a role model for a healthy, balanced diet. Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle), Weißwurst (a white sausage) for breakfast and heavy pastries for dessert conjure images of heart attacks and high blood pressure rather than health and vitality. But the times have been changing for a while, especially in Munich. Vegan cafés, sustainable restaurants and healthy takeaway stalls have been sweeping the city. And rightly so: healthy eating and culinary enjoyment have not been mutually exclusive in a long time.
Vegetarian and vegan cafés in Munich
Healthy, environmentally friendly and a delight especially for our animal friends: the trend of foregoing meat or even all animal products in their entirety has long reached Munich. A plethora of popular vegetarian and vegan cafés invite passers-by to drop by for an extended brunch or cup of coffee with friends.
Café Ignaz – a cake paradise in Maxvorstadt
Georgenstraße 67, 80799
+49 89 2716093
Café Ignaz on Georgenstraße is a true institution in Munich. For more than 30 years, the vegetarian café has been offering a sizeable selection of cakes and pastries. Vegans will not struggle to find something suitable to their tastes – how about the heavenly raspberry-soy cream cake, for example? Those looking for a savoury treat should not miss the potato bake with spinach and mushrooms, or the Indian vegetable stir fry with dates and raisins.
Tushita Teehaus – more than just tea
Klenzestraße 53, 80469
+49 89 18975594
The Tushita Teehaus in Glockenbachviertel offers a fine selection of organically grown teas. In addition, the menu features daily vegan specials and various home-made cakes and desserts. A must-try: the green smoothies.
Hotel Louis – vegan brunch at Viktualienmarkt
Viktualienmarkt 6, 80331
+49 89 41119080
The vegan brunch at Hotel Louis is a true insider tip in Munich. Enjoy a large selection of home-made, vegan dishes and a great view of Viktualienmarkt. Vegetarians can also enjoy fresh and organic egg-based dishes and regional types of cheese. A wide range of teas completes your breakfast.
Vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Munich
The vegan and vegetarian culinary scene in Munich is thriving. Every type of cuisine and ambiance is represented, from typically Bavarian inns to modern fusion restaurants and authentic Asian specialities. These days, vegans and vegetarians are truly spoilt for choice – but these three restaurants are particularly worth a visit:
Hackenstraße 2, 80331
+49 89 265596
Both Prinz Myshkin City in the centre and Prinz Myshkin Garden in Nymphenburg offer sophisticated vegetarian cuisine. The lunch menu changes on a daily basis and is very affordable, while the dinner menu features a much larger variety of dishes – including exciting creations such as tofu stroganoff or baked zucchini blossoms.
Pettenkoferstraße 8, 80336
+49 89 55869119
Max Pett is a purely vegetarian restaurant on Pettenkoferstraße, also offering an affordable lunch menu that changes daily. The dinner menu features vegan varieties of typically Bavarian dishes, ayurvedic dishes, salads and raw food. Chef Peter Ludik, famous for his best-selling vegan cookbook, personally spoils his guests.
Ligsalzstraße 23, 80339
+49 89 41142458
“Bavaria’s first vegan pub” welcomes its guests with a completely vegan menu and a cosy atmosphere. The dishes offered here are straight-forward and hearty, ranging from burgers, soy cutlets and käsespätzle (the local take on macaroni and cheese) to kaiserschmarrn (a type of pancake). An extensive selection of cocktail, vegan wines and champagnes completes your evening.
For a quick bite in Munich: vegetarian and vegan snacks
Vegans and vegetarians in Munich have access to an increasingly extensive range of snacks that fit their dietary preferences. The Middle Eastern take-away Sababa is particularly popular and may well have the best falafel in town. Makam Naturkost in Höhenkirchen make delicious vegetarian kebab. For a vitamin boost, head to the “Bio Saftbar” organic juice bar at Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof).
Clean and sustainable eating in Munich
Many of us wish to maintain a balanced, responsible diet without giving up meat completely. Some restaurants in Munich therefore adhere to a ‘clean-eating’ concept by exclusively using regional products or supporting the socially disadvantaged with their businesses.
Isartalstraße 26, 80469
+49 89 45217129
The training restaurant Roecklplatz is much more than just a vegan inn. Based on the model of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, the institution trains and supports young people from difficult social backgrounds. Guests get to enjoy sophisticated dishes such as salad with fried zucchini and aubergines, sweet potatoes, chickpea balls and mango chutney.
Schwanthalerstraße 36, 80336
+49 89 55111760
The 1912 Restaurant is famous for Bavarian specialities and varied international dishes using only regionally sourced ingredients. This family business offers an affordable business lunch and a high-end dinner menu with some vegetarian and vegan alternatives.
Wood Restaurant & Bar
Occamstraße 6, 80802
+49 89 337315
Wood is dedicated to the concept of clean eating: anything can be consumed, as long as it is sourced organically and has neither been processed industrially, nor fortified with artificial additives. The menu features fresh salads, meat and seafood dishes and a selection of vegetarian and vegan meals.
Do it yourself: healthy cooking lessons in Munich
Those who prefer to prepare their own food can find a large selection of cooking schools in Munich, some of which offer vegan, vegetarian and sustainable cooking courses. A good place to start is Koch Dich Glücklich in Glockenbachviertel. Topics include ayurvedic cuisine, vegan chocolate, vegetarian Indian food and Vietnamese culinary delights.
The “Küchengötter” also offer several different courses in Munich, teaching participants to cook vegan, vegetarian, Thai or Middle Eastern dishes. Cooking classes can also be booked from the VollCorner organic grocery store. Their catalogue includes everything from organic cooking lessons to vegan and vegetarian food – and even a “Pimp my Kitchen” programme.
Healthy eating: Munich keeps up with the times
The ever-growing trend towards vegan, vegetarian and sustainable restaurants shows that Munich has long since started to change its ways. More and more people wish to know exactly what is on their plates and avoid harming the climate, humans and animals with their eating habits. This is a wonderful trend that will hopefully continue to flourish in the future and ultimately end factory farming, exploitation and other modern afflictions of humankind.
Photo Credit: Louis Hotel (veganer Brunch): © Kull & Weinzierl GmbH, Tushita Tehaus: © Tushita Teehaus, Wood: ©wood, Bodhi: ©Bodhi München, Max Pett: ©Max Pett, Roecklplatz: ©roecklplatz, Kochschule (cooking class): ©Koch Dich glücklich.