The Touristin's choice of top cafés in eight Munich boroughs

You should know one thing about German culture. It is probably one of the biggest traditions to have coffee and cake. It goes through all ages, from teenagers to retirees. That means if you travel to Munich you will find yourself in good company if you look for a place where you can eat delicious cake and have a decent cup of coffee (most people are really into their drip coffee). Read For coffee addicts - 6 espresso-based drinks.

Choice of Top Cafes in eight Munich boroughs.

I walked the streets of Munich, the capital city of Bavaria, to find the best places for coffee and cake. I found grand café houses, drank coffee while sitting on a giant illy cup, went to a café where they collect glasses to donate them to people in need, found a few places where I was served third-wave coffee by a guy with a beard, had fun in a former public toilet, and even found a retiree hotspot. It is all there. After a while, I also found out that hardly anyone offers Wi-Fi in Munich, not sure why. It might be a fantastic idea to simply switch off after all. Enjoy the atmosphere, the coffee, the cake, and watch the world go by.

Cafés and Coffee shops Old Town and Lehel

Fraeulein Grueneis

This cute café in a former public toilet, built in 1904, is close to the Eisbach, Munich’s artificial wave. All products you eat in this true gem of a café are sourced locally. In summer it is the perfect place to sit under huge trees in the garden and when it gets colder the inside is welcoming too.

Fraeulein Grueneis. Lerchenfeldstrasse 1a, 80538 Munich. Hours: Monday to Friday 8am till nightfall. Saturday and Sunday 10am till nightfall.

Green bench, whitel bycicles and beer crates turned into tables in a cafe in a park.
Fraeulein Grueneis near the Eisbach

Goldene Bar

Surround yourself with happiness and warmth. Make your way to the Goldene Bar at Haus der Kunst. The Monumental structure with its imposing columns was built by the Nazis as the ‘Houses of German Art” in 1937. With paintings on golden walls, that show the maps of Europe and the New World the Nazis demonstrated their internationality. That is one word, perverse. Gruesome history but I love to visit this bar for drinks, food or coffee and cake. It is a true gem for design and architecture lovers.

Goldene Bar. Prinzregentenstrasse 1, 80538 Munich. Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am to 2am. Sunday 10am to 8pm. 

Coffee and Cake at Goldene Bar at Haus der Kunst

Goldene Bar at Haus der Kunst

Goldene Bar at Haus der Kunst

Patisserie Dukatz

French delicacies freshly made? This is the place to be. It is super busy, but guests don’t mind to give each other space so that everybody can have their fair share of all the heavenly creations. It is a charming place and every time I visit I find it very hard to leave.

Patisserie Dukatz. St-Anna-Strasse 11, 80538 Munich. Hours Monday to Friday 7.30am to 7pm. Saturday 8am to 7pm. Sunday 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Patisserie Dukatz in Lehel

Kaffee Roesterei Viktualienmarkt

There is a small counter with a view of the light-blue La Marzocco and a beautiful ceiling. Buy a handmade Florentiner or a cinnamon Danish together with your coffee. The coffee is sourced from small farmers and roasted right here on the market, the milk is organic and if you decide to have a takeaway coffee, the cup is biodegradable. This is the place where Munich is as everybody expects Munich to be. It simply is magical.

Kaffee Roesterei Viktualienmarkt. Viktualienmarkt, 80331 Munich. Stall 3/26. Hours: 8am to 6pm.


You heard of Eataly? This temple of Italian Food is right next to the famous Viktualienmarkt. I go here for quick bites and often just to grab an Espresso. The most exciting thing is that one can sit on a giant illy cup. Buy pasta to cook at home.

Eataly. Viktualienmarkt 15, 80331 Munich. Hours: 7.30am to 11pm.

A giant illy cup at Eataly Munich

Café Arzmiller

Close to Odeons Platz. Through a gateway. Off Theatinerstrasse. In a courtyard. One might think this is a hidden secret, but it isn't, at least not for the over 70-year-olds. The cake is oh so delicious. The Strudel catapults you into other spheres. The Café is not pretty (decorated in beige). It is not trendy. It is a retiree hotspot. A visit allows you to have an excellent sneak peek into how your life in the future will be. Rest assured, from what I’ve seen, the future is going to be fun too. Go and eat cake here, you won’t regret it.

Café Arzmiller. Theatinerhof. Salvatorstrasse 2, 80333 Munich. Hours: Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 6.30pm. Sunday 10am to 6pm.

Strudel and vanilla ice cream at Arzmiller

Cafés and Coffee shops Glockenbachviertel

Das Maria

Polished grey concrete walls, wooden furniture, Moroccan lamps and a few Marias here and there (Maria as in the one from that bible story). You instantly know that they are serious about what they do here when you look at the menu. Bavaria meets Orient. On the menu are Bavarian classics and also many creations from the Middle East. Dishes are cooked with high quality and regional products when they are in season. They created the cutest name for their dishes: Exercising Maria. Speedy Maria. Maria on the mountain pasture. I had Maria in the Souk, chickpea omelette with dried tomatoes, potatoes, capers, with soy yoghurt, date cream and roasted pistachios. Fun and friendly atmosphere plus great food, what is not to like?

Das Maria. Klenzestrasse 97, 80469 Munich. Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm. Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 10:00 pm.

Das Maria - Munich - Maria in the Souk

Das Maria - Munich

Aroma Kaffeebar

Sweet and friendly place, chocolate croissants are served warm, the Flat White is as it should be. The owner founded “Shades of Love. The Himalayan Eyewear Project,” a charity that supports people in the Himalayan Mountains. At an altitude of 3500 metres UV rays are especially aggressive. Citizens get eye diseases that could be easily prevented with wearing sunglasses. He collects used as well as new sunglasses to donate them. If you go for coffee, please don’t forget to check whether you have sunglasses that you would like to donate (it makes no sense if they sit unused in a cupboard). Collection points can be found in Germany, Spain, France and The Netherlands. Jump onto their website to find out more: Shades of Love.

Pestalozzistrasse 24, 80469 Munich. Hours: Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm. Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm.

Aroma Kaffeebar Glockenbachviertel

Baeckerei Alof (Baeckerei - bakery)

This is a cosy neighbourhood hangout and bakery. The products are freshly made on the premises. Order the cheesecake with a coffee that is prepared on a Marzocco. What a welcoming and friendly place this is.

Hans-Sachs-Strasse 12, 80469 Munich. Hours: 7am to 7pm.

Alof Baeckerei - Alof Bakery Glockenbachviertel

Man versus Machine

This is the place where I order a Flat White and get a Flat White: Right acidity under a flat foamy milk hat. This is Munich's coffee heaven. I also love their brownies, chocolatey rich. Been here a few times so far, sitting outside in the sun or inside, both options are equally lovely really.

Man versus Machine. Muellerstrasse 23, 80469 Munich. Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm. Saturday 9am to 7pm. Sunday Closed.

Hungriges Herz

The cafe used to be a gourmet shop. Gold and pink, together with wood create a welcoming atmosphere. I just love to sit here, browse magazines or read the papers. Order the chocolate-cherry cake not to miss out the yumminess. If you aren’t into cake you will love the little red chocolate heart you get together with your coffee.

Hungriges Herz. Fraunhofer Strasse 42, 80469 Munich. Hours: Friday to Thursday 8am to 7pm. Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm.

Hungriges Herz Glockenbachviertel Munich

Hungriges Herz Glockenbachviertel Munich

Cafés and Coffee shops Haidhausen


On Wiener Platz you find stalls selling groceries, there is this typical warm and laid back gourmet atmosphere that I love so much about Munich. If you enter the little RABBIT’S ROOM you feel a bit like falling through a rabbit hole into a café fantasy world. The all-white cafe is inspired by the rabbit house in Lewis Carroll's book. It is a café and a shop in one. In the latter customers can buy kitchen utensils, home accessories and sweets.

I highly recommend the warm Cinnamon Escargots. Food is cooked daily and homemade with love, they don't use preservatives nor artificial flavours. All ingredients used, such as for example seasonal fruits and vegetables are sourced locally. When I was there I overheard another guest talking really badly about another café she went to, the waitress didn’t get involved and diplomatically refused to comment with steering the conversation into another direction. The world needs more places like this.

little RABBIT”S ROOM. Wiener Platz 7, Au-Haidhausen, Munich. Hours 9am to 6pm. Closed Sundays. Note that it reopens mid-September 2023.

Wiener Platz Haidhausen Munich

little RABBIT'S ROOM at Wiener Platz Haidhausen Munich

Vogelmaier Kaffeerösterei

Enter, and you feel the passion for coffee. You can watch the roasting during your visit, just walk towards the back, up the stairs and look to your left. They use hand-roasted speciality coffees only. The smell is divine. Espresso drinks are made using a La Marzocco. The café is decorated with a 100-year-old workbench, old wooden window frames, large photos, and a ladder. That all creates a true alpine atmosphere right here in Munich.

Vogelmaier Kaffeerösterei, Einsteinstrasse 125, 81675 München. Hours Tuesday to Friday 8 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. Mondays, Sundays and bank holidays closed.
A cup of coffee, muesli in a glass, a small bowl of raspberries and blueberries on a wooden table with a red and white checkered table cloth.

A wooden bench and three chairs around a wooden table in front of a white wall with two photographs of mountainous  and lake scenery.

Cafés and Coffee shops Schwabing


Occam Deli

In general, a Deli is a delicatessen plus snack bar. Breakfast at this deli named after the street it’s on, is great here, I had Granola that comes with fresh fruit and yoghurt. The coffee and cake, I recommend the poppy cheesecake, is served with a smile. The place is beautifully decorated, light and airy. It is super busy for dinner, but during the day I never had any problems to get a table and to stay for as long as I want. You can buy oil, salt and coffee to take home with you.

Feilitzschstrasse 15 (corner Occamstrasse), 80802 Munich. Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 1am. Saturday and Sunday 9am to 1am.

Occam Deli Schwabing

Occam Deli Schwabing - Coffee and Poppy Cheesecake


This restaurant in the residential area of the Munich borough of Schwabing also has a romantic beer garden. High ceilings. Lavish chandeliers. Wooden furniture. Just stop by for a coffee because of its quiet location, friendly staff and pretty interior.

Kaisergarten. Kaiserstrasse 34, 80801 Munich. Monday to Sunday Hours: 10am to 1am.

Kaisergarten Schwabing

Cafés and Coffee shops Kunstareal area

Cafe Klenze

Make your way to the Old Pinacotheca, enter and turn to the left. You won’t have to pay the entrance fee for the museum if you only plan to visit the café. The coffee is surprisingly good for a cafe in a museum. Visit, and if not only for the impressive setting order the Cherry Crumble.

Barer Strasse 27, 80799 Munich. Hours: Monday Closed. Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm.

Cafe Klenze Kunstareal Munich

Café im Vorhoelzer Forum

Make your way to the Technical University, after you enter turn to the left and walk all the way down the long hallway, turn right and enter the lift that brings you to the rooftop café. From here you can see the Frauenkirche and the Alps in the far distance (if you visit on a clear day).

Café im Vorhoelzer Forum. Institutsbau, Arcisstraße 21/Raum 5170, 80333 München. Hours: Monday to Sunday: 9am to 10.30pm.

Cafe and Rooftop Bar Vorhoelzer Forum Munich

Cafés and Coffee shops Maxvorstadt

Café Luitpold

The coffered ceiling, columns and palm trees and the atmosphere of this grand European coffee house are delicious. I go here often to eat the Luitpold Torte. It is a chocolate-covered cake made from thinnest layers of sponge cake and named after a 1900 Prince regent of Bavaria. Before you sit down, take a stroll along the cake buffet, to choose your favourite. One can also have dinner here, and I hope to taste this soon too.

Brienner Strasse 11, 80333 Munich. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 8am to 11pm. Sunday 9am to 7pm. Monday 8am to 7pm.

Cafe Luitpold Munich

Luitpold Torte at Cafe Luitpold Munich

Joon Café

I jumped in for a quick coffee, I was welcomed with a very friendly smile, the coffee tasted as yummy as the waiter was kind. Joon is Persian and translates to “My love.” This café, it was love at first sight for me, and I didn’t even search for it. Perfect.

Joon Café. Theresienstrasse 114, 80333 Munich. Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am to 1am. Sunday 10am to 6pm.

Joon Cafe Maxvorstadt Munich

Coffee at Joon Cafe Maxvorstadt Munich

Deli Dosa

This is in reality an Indian restaurant, but I went for coffee and cake and loved the interior and friendly service. The counter is made from wooden trays. They cook without emulsifiers and ingredients are sourced locally. It is super busy around lunchtime but I got a warm welcome.

Deli Dosa. Barer Strasse 48, 80799 Munich. Hours: 12pm to 5pm.

Deli Dosa Maxvorstadt Munich