VEGAN CITIES: THE MUNICH GUIDE
As a vegan traveller, your most obvious destination in Germany may seem to be Berlin, however, I would like to introduce you to Berlin’s southern alternative, Munich. Though Munich may raise associations such as Weißwurst, Schnitzel or other meaty dishes, it has become one of the most vegan-friendly cities I know. I would like to share some of my favourite venues in the hopes of alleviating Munich of its meat-loving notoriety. The ever-growing vegan scene in Munich is entirely tourist friendly and all the places which I mention can be easily reached by public transport. Furthermore, Munich is an extremely environmentally conscious city as exemplified by the ‘Pfand’ or bottle deposit system which takes recycling to a whole new level. Organic stores have sprouted up all over the city in the past few years, allowing a generation of ethically and environmentally conscious citizens to thrive. I don’t recommend visiting generic tourist destinations such as the Hofbräuhaus, not only as they are not vegan-friendly, but because they provide the skewed tourist version of Munich as a city. Stroll through the large English garden, watch the surfers(!) on the Eisbach, spot slackliners over the Isar or spend an evening at Gärtnerplatz – that is the spirit of Munich!
Klenzestraße 53, 80469 München | Opening Times - Mo-Fr: 9 am – 8 pm & Sat: 10 am – 8 pm | Get there by subway: U2 Fraunhoferstraße | www.tushita.eu
If you’ve spent a busy day exploring Munich, strolling through the Englishe Garten or weaving your way through the busy city centre around Marienplatz, it may be time to sit down and find some zen. If so, make your way to the chic area around Gärtnerplatz and perch on one of the quaint seats at Tushita Teehaus. This quaint little house of tea provides comfort and homeliness for any travelling vegan. The entire menu dedicated to tea accommodates even the most eclectic taste in brewed goodness. I can likewise recommend a delicious Matcha Latte made with soy milk presented beautifully in an earthenware cup. On top of carefully brewed hot beverages, the wonderfully down-to-earth staff at Tushita provide a scrumptious vegan meal of the day. It’s so warm and cosy, you’ll never want to leave.
Barer Straße 42, 80799 München | Mo – Fr: 8 am – 7 pm & Sat & Sun: 10 am – 7 pm | Get there by tram: 27/28 to Pinakotheken | daddy-longlegs.de
So, it’s your first morning in Munich and the skies are hopefully blue and white as the Bavarian flag proudly promises, but where to go for breakfast? The café Daddy Longlegs is situated within ideal proximity of the Museum Quarter. Perhaps, you had a ‘Maß’ (Bavarian term for Stein) too many and need a healthy breakfast to start you back up? The Acai Bowls at Daddy Longlegs will do the trick! Sitting at the quaint tables on a swing chair hanging from the ceiling you may indulge in a healthy bowl of antioxidant-goodness. Though not all the dishes on their menu are vegan, the acai bowls certainly are and the soy lattes are lovingly prepared by friendly staff.
Pettenkoferstraße 8, 80336 München | Mo – Fr: 11:30 am – 11 pm & Sat & Sun: 10 am – 11 pm | Get there by subway: U2/U3/U6 Sendlinger Tor | max-pett.de
Photo by: Max Pett
Being one of Munich’s first vegan restaurants, Max Pett has made a name for itself amongst Munich’s vegan circle. Not only is it ideal for a beautifully presented dinner, but the extensive breakfast menu is glorious too! The menu is based on a wide variety of cuisines ranging from Indian dal to vegan-mozzarella salad. If you are looking to taste authentic Bavarian cuisine however, I can thoroughly recommend the ‘Kässpatzen-Pfannerl’. This is the Bavarian version of Macaroni Cheese made into a vegan delight with egg-free pasta and dairy-free cheese. If you have a sweet tooth however, you must try the traditional ‘Kaiserschmarrn’ with strawberries and ice cream. During their happy-hour between 3 pm and 5 pm, this dish which literally translates to ‘Emperor’s Nonsense’ comes at the humble price of € 6,50.
Türkenstraße 61, 80799 München | Mon – Sun: 11am – 10 pm | Get there by subway: Universität | orangebox-meunchen.de
Photo by: Orangebox
Orangebox is probably my favourite street food venue in Munich. The easy-going atmosphere enhanced by friendly and open staff perfectly complements the wide variety of vegan food on the menu. The curries, wraps and cakes are lovingly made in the open kitchen. A favourite activity of mine is to spend a sunny afternoon sitting on the benches out front and watch people stroll by while sipping on a freshly pressed carrot and orange juice – pure bliss!
Schellingstraße 3, 80779 München | Mon – Fr: 8am – 7pm & Sat: 10 am – 8 pm & Sun: 12 – 6 pm | Facebook Page
Are you a student, working on a project or having to check up on some e-mails? The perfect venue to do so is Lost Weekend! This stylish café in the Student Quarter is a fusion between workspace, coffee shop and bookshop. Many of my writer's blocks have been broken in this thoroughly productive and creative environment. Little did I know that all I needed was a vegan cinnamon roll and an almond milk latte to get those ideas down on paper.
Türkenstraße 55, 80799 München | Mon: closed, Tue – Sat: 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 12am & Sun: 6pm – 12am | gratitude-restaurant.de
A further gem in Munich’s student quarters is Gratitude, as the name suggests this restaurant focusses on sustainable and mindful cuisine. The fabulous dishes come at a slightly higher price but the fabulously fresh and qualitative ingredients justify their own worth. The atmosphere here is vibrant and modern with young and friendly staff. I recommend leaving a little room for one of their delicious raw-vegan cakes for dessert!
Barerstraße 36, 80333 München | Mon - Fri: 11am – 7pm & Sat: 11am – 4pm | veganista-muc.de
Photo by: Veganista
Looking for something fancy to wear tonight or simply couldn’t squeeze enough clothes into your easyjet handluggage? Veganista is a one-stop-destination for all your ethical clothing needs. Regrettably, ethical clothes shops are still rare but this is an excellent example that fashionable and vegan clothing is no oxymoron. Veganista has set the measure for ethical clothing in that it refuses to sell any products in whose production animals have been exploited. This means their clothing is made from organic or recycled materials and void of leather, wool, down and silk. How great to be able to walk into a shop and satisfy your fashion tastes without having to wager between your desire to flaunt it and the welfare of the environment. This is the future of fashion and you can head down to the Maxvorstadt and become a part of it by browsing through this quaint and inviting boutique.
Schellingstraße 42, 80799 München | Mon – Fri: 9:30am – 7pm, Sat: 9:30am - 6pm & Sun: closed | Get there by Subway: U3/U6 Universität | ohne-laden.de
Photo by: OHNE
A supermarket with a zero – waste policy? What a fabulous idea! Though not all the products at OHNE are vegan, the concept of selling ethically and locally sourced produce to waste – conscious customers will surely appeal to any vegan traveller. The way this works is that any of their dry-goods, such as grains, pasta and cereals are dispensed into a container which you bring from home. This may be a mason jar, Tupperware box or any container of the sort. Don’t fear if you don’t have a suitable container with you as OHNE sells a range of re-usable containers ready for your first purchase. Furthermore, OHNE sells “ugly” fruit and vegetables, these are vegetables which generic supermarkets would consider waste as they do not fit a standard form. OHNE also pride themselves in selling The Duke, a fabulous gin made virtually around the corner and the perfect base for any Munich Mule (gin – ginger ale – cucumber)!
Also look out for:
Super Danke! - Healthy juices, acai bowls etc. | Türkenstraße 66
Ice Date - Vegan Ice Cream Parlour | Amalienstraße 91
Trachtenvogel - an excellent alternative to Hofbräuhaus etc. with live music and vegan options | Reichenbachstraße 47
Cotidiano - beautiful brunch café with vegan options | Gärtnerplatz 6
Robinson’s Bar - possibly the coolest bar in Munich… because gin and tonics are vegan! | Corneliusstraße 14
Prinz Myshkin - vegetarian restaurant with vegan options | Hackenstraße 2
Hans im Glück - not a vegan restaurant but great vegan burgers on the menu | Sonnenstraße 24-26
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