Most Munich guidebooks tout the meat-intensive cuisine that is part of traditional Bavarian cooking. But that doesn't mean that vegetarian visitors to this world-class city don't have plenty of good eat-out options too. The restaurants below are all in central Munich, located near popular tourist attractions, and offer a range of prices and dining styles.
The "prince" among veggie restaurants in Munich, Prinz Myshkin is Munich's most upscale and centrally-located eatery. It offers wonderful, creative vegan and vegetarian food in a lovely setting just a few blocks from Marienplatz.
Perennially popular are the sushi, pizza and pasta selections. Where the restaurant really shines, however, is in it signature dishes, such as Tofu Stroganoff, in a red wine cream sauce, or Involtini, a sensational mixture of tofu, mushrooms and roasted nuts rolled in chard leaves and served either with an herb cream sauce or a vegan teriyaki sauce. They also offer an impressive range of desserts.
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Main course prices range from 9 to 17 Euros (US$12 to 22).
Walking distance from both Marienplatz and the Deutsches Museum, Vegelangelo specializes in meatless twists on traditional Bavarian food as well as international cuisine. There is an emphasis on vegan dishes.
For a meat-free taste of Southern German food, try the Linselneintopf, a lentil stew served with soy wieners, or the Knoedel (bread dumplings) with sauerkraut. The pasta dishes are also delicious and inventive.
Address: Thomas-Wimmer-Ring 16
Open for lunch and dinner (except Sundays and Mondays). Main course prices range from 5 to 19 Euros (US$6.50 to 25) and there is a daily price-fixed lunch special.
Visitors to Munich's Kunstareal (art gallery district) in the neighborhood of Maxvorstadt might want to try Lecker Bissen (translates from German as "yummy bites"). This is a small, simple cafe specializing in salads, soups and vegetable pies.
The selection changes daily, depending on the whim of the chef/owner and sometimes includes a fish dish; otherwise, the menu is vegetarian. Most impressive are the 8 to 10 creative salads, which can be ordered as sides or served in an assortment as a main course.
Address: Theresienstrasse 27
Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. Most dishes cost between 3.50 and 6 Euros (US$4.50 and 8).
A good place for a quick lunch around the Viktualienmarkt (one of Munich's top sights) is Sababa, a Lebanese take-out restaurant at the south edge of the market. While not a pure vegetarian restaurant--they serve poultry too--the majority of the menu is meat-free.
The highlight here is felafel (chick-pea fritters), served either sandwich style in pita bread or as a platter with side salads and bread. There are a few tables for those who want to eat on-site.
Address: Westenriederstrasse 9
Open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Main courses range from 3.50 to 7 Euros (US $4.50 to 9).
Located in the heart of the Schwabing district, Cafe Ignaz has been around for more than 26 years, and always veggie. The Ignaz bakery is popular with locals who come here for the fresh, organic breads and baked goods made with no additives.
The adjoining cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner (and brunch on weekends). They have an extensive vegan/vegetarian menu, including pastas, risottos, pizzas, quiche, crepes, sitr-frys and casseroles. A favorite are the daily self-service buffets, offered at breakfast and lunch.
Address: Georgenstrasse 67
Open 6 days a week (closed Tuesdays) from 8am to 11pm. Main courses range from 8 to 10 Euros (US$10.50 to 13). The Buffet costs between 7 and 9 Euros (US$9 and 12).