Munich cafes and quick bites

Munich has a great range of both
traditional and modern cafes

Café Tambosi
Old-world elegance can be relived at Café Tambosi, Munich’s oldest coffee house.

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The latte crowd gathered outside Munich's
iconic Cafe Tambosi.
Pic: Lonika via Flickr

They say Mozart himself used to hang about here for coffee and cake and the décor doesn’t seem to have changed much since he was about in the late 1700s.




You can either take a seat inside crammed with baroque-era memorabilia and old wooden furniture or out on Odeonsplatz, up on the balcony or on the other side of the cafe facing into the Hofgarten.

Students from a nearby music school often perform to guests on the Hofgarten side. Service can be painfully slow so try and order together and ask for the bill at the same time.
Sample costs Caffè Lola Montez €4.10, two scoops of ice cream with strawberries €8.50 Open Daily 7.3am-1am Address Odeonsplatz 18, Munich Phone 089 298 322 Website www.tambosi.de.

Pasta e Basta
This is a cheap Italian dinner with a basic, bustling and family friendly atmosphere. Their motto is: “Full plates, half price”! Most meals are under five Euros and a bowl of spaghetti is only €3.45. This ain’t fine dining, but it’s a bargain and tasty to boot.
Sample costs lasagne Bolognese €4.45, salami pizza €3.95, cup of coffee €1.90 Address Frauenhofer Strasse 19 and Amalien Strasse 87 Phone 089 13 939 446 Website www.pastaebastaweb.de Open Monday to Sunday 11am to midnight.

Café Glockenspiel
This little place undoubtedly has one of the city’s top views, right over Marienplatz facing the Glockenspiel. I’ve gotten in here once or twice at about 4pm-4.30pm and hung out with a coffee before watching the Marienplatz fill up with tourists.
Then I’ve gone to the window to watch the afternoon performance of the Glockenspiel at 5pm.
Costs The kitchen does modern salad and steak lunches and dinners for €8 to €15. Address Marienplatz 28 (entrance via Rosen Strasse around the corner) Phone 089 264 256 Website www.cafe-glockenspiel.de Open Monday to Saturday 11am to 1am, Sunday 10am to 7pm.

Lamms
You’re into the wee hours after an evening of exploring the Munich nightlife. You’d like nothing better than a schnitzel the size of a dead elephant’s ear or a plate of spicy hot ribs to settle the liquid load in your tum.
There’s the perfect place to head and it’s called Lamms. It’s Austrian-run, open 24 hours, has a beer garden and Augustiner beer on tap. Gets busy after midnight on weekends but don’t let that stop you, it’s part of Lamms’ special atmosphere! Sample costs A Riesenschnitzel mit kleinem Salatteller (giant schnitzel with a plate of salad) costs €10.80. Address Sendlinger-Tor-Platz 11 Phone 089 59 19 63 Website www.lamms.de Open As I said 24 hours a day.

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