The Italian restaurant, by the same team behind Emiko and Cortiina, is the chic foodie queen of Maximilianstrasse, drawing luxury shoppers on a break. Hidden in a courtyard, it occupies a massive space with vaulted archways (the space once served as the royal stables). The menu is classic Italian, with lots of light, healthy options designed around the fashionista clientele. The large al fresco terraces are packing during the summer, especially for lunch, coffee or aperitifs. Open daily.
This lovely café is a great spot for breakfast or brunch, especially if you are traveling with horse-loving children. Some tables overlook the rink of the adjacent riding school, so you can watch the horses in action. There’s also a nice terrace. Afterwards, take a stroll in the Englischer Garten.
China Moon Terrace
The rooftop of the Mandarin Oriental hotel is one of the city’s most scenic places for cocktails, with sweeping city views and a cool, laid-back vibe.
This modern-Bavarian restaurant makes a lovely lunch or dinner option when you’re already touring or shopping in Schwabing, arguably Munich’s chicest neighborhood west of the Englisher Garten. With big windows, a high ceiling and modern light fixtures, this restaurant feels more airy than its traditional beer hall siblings. The cuisine is classic Bavarian, including a very good Schnitzel and pork roast. There are also good fish options and large salads. Kaisergarten dubs itself a “slow food” establishment and has a long list of local purveyors who supply everything from the delicious, crusty bread and eggs to the majority of the vegetables served here. In the warm months, the garden is a local hot spot for the young professionals and families who live in this desirable neighborhood (read: this is not a place for a hushed dining experience).
Munich’s beau monde has been coming to Schumann’s for years, competing for the best tables and the best gossip. Owner Charles Schumann is known as a somewhat vain impresario (he “models” for Hugo Boss), but he sure knows how to keep the beautiful people happy. There’s no sign but under no circumstances seat yourself at a free table; most are reserved for regulars.
Spatenhaus an der Oper
Roland Kuffler is one of Munich’s most prominent culinary impresarios, and he has several restaurants, but the Spatenhaus has the best location. Bavarian dishes are served in the beautiful setting of a historic palais just across from the State Opera House. The Wiener Schnitzel is legendary.