Make the most of your museum outing! Combine culture with good food. Most of the city’s museums have fantastic places to eat within or close by.  Discover Munich’s best museum eats here so that you can plan your perfect museum day!

With over 80 museums to visit in Munich, it can be helpful to know where you can grab a quick bite or sit down to a nice meal.  Here is our list of the best places to eat whether you are touring your favorite museum or just want to enjoy a wonderful meal in a cultural atmosphere.

Art Museums

Die Pinakotheken Museums

Hunsinger – located in the Neue Pinakotheke, this wonderful restaurant boasts beautiful views with an excellent seafood menu. Closed on Tuesdays.

HORST Esskultur-Bar – grab a quick lunch in this stylish cafe, conveniently located in the modern Museum Brandhorst. Open for Breakfast, Lunch or Coffee. Closed on Mondays.

Der Waggon des Kulturprojekts Bahnwärter Thiel – check out live entertainment with a refreshing cold brew in the Maxvorstadt area.  Although food isn’t served here, it is a great place to chill after a long day of museum hopping.  This unique train car project is only open until October 2017, so check it out before it’s gone!  Open daily after 6 PM. Live music every Wednesday.

Haus Der Kunst

Goldene Bar – located on the backside of the Haus Der Kunst, this cafe serves up a delectable rotating menu and then transforms into a “happening” bar in the evening.  Opening hours:  Cafe – Mon thru Sun 10 AM – 8 PM; Bar – Mon thru Sat until 2 AM


Ella – serving up amazing food and fantastic views of Königsplatz! This stunning restaurant was named after Gabriele (Gabriella) Münter  “Ella”, Wassily Kandinsky’s companion and dear friend. Directly located in the Lenbachaus. Closed Mondays.

Kunsthalle München

Café • Bar • Brasserie Kunsthalle – French style Alpine cuisine utilizing regional products from the Käfer delicatessen.  Located on the first floor of the FÜNF HÖFE; Open daily 10 AM – 8 PM.

Münchner Künstlerhaus

L’Osteria – fabulously large pizzas and other Italian specialties. The perfect lunch spot to refuel and recharge. Open daily, directly located at the Künstlerhaus.

The Grill – offering high quality steaks, this restaurant is a beautiful and tasty spot for dinner. Open Mon-Sat after 6 PM and offers terraced seating in the summer. Located on the first floor of the Künstlerhaus.

Best Munich Museum Eats

Der Waggon des Kulturprojekts Bahnwärter Thiel

History & Culture Museums

Jewish Museum Munich

Einstein – enjoy fine dining specializing in Eastern and Western European Jewish and Mediterranean Israeli cuisine. Centrally located at St. Jakobs-Platz in the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde. Check homepage for opening hours and reservations.

The Münchner Stadtmuseum

Stadtcafé – a classic, museum cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. This retro cafe is centrally located and the perfect spot to relax.  Open daily from 10 AM- midnight and on weekends until 1 AM.

Bayerisches Nationalmuseum

Restaurant Bayerisches Nationalmuseum –  a modern and elegantly designed restaurant that perfectly juxtaposes the historicist architecture of the museum. BNM restaurant offers artfully plated dishes with local ingredients and excellent wine pairings.  Located at the Museum. 

Best Munich Museum Eats - Stadt Museum

The Münchner Stadtmuseum

Science & Technology Museums

Deutsches Museum

Café Müller’sches Volksbad Directly on the bank of the River Isar, the Volksbad is the oldest public swimming pool in Munich. Enjoy a great lunch in the cafe. Outdoor seating available in summer. Open daily 7:30 AM – 11 PM

NEW  Blitz– fill up after a long day of museum hopping on healthy, inventive South American cuisine. Located near the Deutsches Museum, Blitz does not disappoint with colorful ambiance, a creative menu, and sublime yumminess! Open Tuesday – Saturday 6PM – 1AM.

BMW Welt

BMW Welt Restaurants you can grab a quick bite to eat at the snack bar or enjoy a wonderful meal at Restaurant Bavarie. Three places to choose from, catering to all taste buds as well as purse strings. Check website for opening hours.


Castle Museums

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Schloss Nymphenburg

Schlosscafé im Palmenhaus – ideally situated on the castle grounds, the Palmenhaus used to house the exotic plants of Ludwig II, but today is a beautiful cafe. See home page for hours, event information and Sunday Brunch times.

Schloss Blutenburg

Restaurant Schlossschänke – sit and relax at this beautiful restaurant either in the summer overlooking the lake or warm up in their cozy interior during the winter months. Closed on Tuesday.

Residenz München

Stereo Café – this stylish cafe is not actually part of the Residenz, but it is such a fantastic place to grab lunch or have coffee and cake, that we had to mention it! Located directly across from the Residenz, Stereo Cafe is situated on the first floor, above the men’s clothing store of the same name.  Tip: due to renovations, the cafe is closed until Aug 21st, 2017. 

Cafe Stereo

Stereo Café