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Eating Vegetarian in Munich
Sarah N Walker
Despite the reputation of Bavarian food as being heavy on meat products,
finding vegetarian options here is not a challenge. In the case of most restaurants
in Munich, I don't think it would be hard to find viable vegetarian options.
Finding vegan dishes is another case, as Germans do like their butter, cream,
cheese and eggs.
A Head's Up — In Germany it is unusual to pack up leftovers and take them
home. The doggy bag concept hasn't caught on here and is not 100% acceptable
social behavior. You run the risk of being seen as cheap or stingy, should
you ask to take food home.
The following is a list of vegetarian places. Again, you can eat almost
anywhere and find something that fits vegetarian criteria, but these restaurants
are for vegetarians.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Altstadt
tel: 089 29 19 55
This is a well-known restaurant in Munich, just off the Viktualienmarkt. I
have yet to eat here, but hear it is good. The system is a bit like a cafeteria
or buffet, where you select what you want and pay for what you take.
tel: 089 26 55 96
This is a very modern, nice restaurant, known for its good food and (rare-to-be-had)
non-smoking section. Some say it is pricey, but considering the cost of eating
out in Munich and in the city center, I would call the prices reasonable.
(no need to phone)
This health food shop has a weekday lunch stand in the back of the store.
You have the choice of two entrees (hot), and, on the side, either green salad,
raw foods, or both. For 5 € you get your food on a tray to eat standing at
the tables provided. Take it to go (zum Mitnehmen) for an extra 20 cents for
the aluminum containers. They often serve alternative grains, like bulger,
quinoa and polenta, and all of their food is good.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Schwabing
tel: 089 2 71 60 93
(U2 to Josephsplatz)
They have very low prices and a wealth of choices on the menu. I enjoyed my
soup and entrée, but found the cakes (dessert is included with an entree)
to be a bit dull.
tel: 089 3 08 84 93
I have yet to eat here. They offer a wide selection, including Spelt bread
(Dinkel), breakfast, and vegan dishes, too. The website looks interesting.
They are not open in the evenings past 7 PM, so consider this a lunch option.
Vegetarian Restaurants in West End
tel: 089 501673
(U/S Bahn to Heimeranplatz)
This is the partner café to Ignaz (in Schwabing). The café is housed in a
beautifully maintained building in the West End area, just a block and a half
W/SW of Heimeranplatz. Like Ignaz, there is a lot of food offered for your
money, here in the form of a salad/soup buffet and dessert buffet, which are
included with the order of any main course. While the food is certainly not
gourmet, it is decent and there is lot of variety to choose from.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Neuried
Cafe Vor Ort
tel: 089 75 95 408
I don't love everything at this restaurant, but I can recommend two fantastic
dishes: the Linsendal (a sweet curry lentil dish with raisins, broccoli and
other yummy things) and the Grünkern Salat (delicious salad made of unripe
spelt grains, vegetable, cheese, olives and a delicious dressing. All of the
entrees here are extremely generous, portion-wise. Don't order an appetizer
unless you don't mind throwing food out. I have been offered once if I would
like a doggy bag. IMO they should make it the café's policy because they really
load your plate.
Sarah Walker Photo Essays: Photo essays on Munich, Berlin, rural Germany,
Bavaria, Austria, Vancouver, New York City.
© Sarah N Walker, 2004
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