Traditional food to try in Munich
Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is known for its rich cultural heritage and traditional cuisine. Bavarian food is hearty and comforting, with a focus on meats, potatoes, and dark, malty beers. But if you're a vegetarian visiting Munich, don't worry – there are plenty of delicious options for you to enjoy as well.
One of the most famous dishes in Bavarian cuisine is Schweinshaxe, a roasted ham hock served with potato dumplings and sauerkraut. While this dish may not be suitable for vegetarians, there are plenty of other tasty options to choose from.
Schnitzel is another popular dish in Bavarian cuisine, traditionally made with thin slices of breaded and fried veal. Nowadays, there are also plenty of tasty alternatives to traditional schnitzel made with vegetables or plant-based proteins. Make sure you check the restaurant’s menu though before going there, if you’re looking for vegetarian or vegan options.
One must-try dish is Kartoffelsalat, a potato salad made with boiled potatoes, vinegar, oil, and a variety of herbs and spices. This simple yet flavorful dish is a staple at Bavarian BBQs and goes well with just about anything. It may be added as a side dish as well.
Also try Brezen, a giant soft pretzel, often served with sweet mustard or butter. These pretzels are a common sight at Bavarian beer halls and are the perfect snack to enjoy with a cold pint of beer or as a snack between meals.
Knödel, or dumplings, are another staple of Bavarian cuisine. These soft, doughy balls are often served as a side dish or used to add bulk to soups and stews. Traditional dumplings are made from dry bread rolls or from potatoes, but there are many variations with different types of flour, as well as with fillings such as cheese or herbs.
If you're in the mood for something a bit heartier, try Käsespätzle, a dish similar to macaroni and cheese made with soft egg noodles and gooey melted cheese. This comforting dish is sure to satisfy your cravings for something warm and delicious.
For dessert, be sure to try Apfelstrudel, a flaky pastry filled with sweet, spiced apples. This classic Bavarian dessert is served warm with a generous dollop of whipped cream or vanilla sauce.
As you can see, there are plenty of delicious vegetarian options to enjoy in Munich. Whether you're in the mood for a light snack or a hearty meal, you'll find something to explore Munich's traditional, culinary heart.