If you’re visiting Munich during the summer, make the most of the longer days and warmer weather by eating outside. One of the best things about the city is the huge number of public parks and green spaces where you can throw down a blanket and enjoy a leisurely outdoor meal. The key to a successful picnic is all in the details: transportable food and chilled drinks from the city’s delis and cake shops, and a scenic location.
Spanning just under four square kilometres, the Englischer Garten (‘English garden’) is one of the largest urban public parks in Europe. It was created in 1789 by Sir Benjamin Thompson and has roughly 75 kilometres of footpaths and bridleways. The Monopteros, a Greek-style temple, is just one of the many interesting sights and attractions within the park. Visitors could also try surfing in one of the artificial streams flowing through the Englischer Garten, or spend a quiet afternoon by the lake at the heart of the park, the Kleinhesseloher See.
With its secluded paths, sweeping lawns and picturesque follies, the Englischer Garten is a classic choice for al fresco eating in the heart of the city. Thanks to the presence of several beer gardens, once your hamper is empty you can always quench your thirst with an ice-cold Höfbrau or Paulaner.
Englischer Garten, Englischer Garten 2, 80538 Munich, +49 (0)89 3866 6390
Delice has become the go-to shop for gourmet food and gift baskets since it opened in spring 2012. Its founders, siblings Andrea and Bastian Jendral, come from a family that has been involved in the deluxe food business for years, so it seemed only natural for them to start their own business. The delicatessen is laid out like a kitchen and stocks over 700 high-end foods from all over Europe. Look out for the incredible cheese dips and wide selection of chutneys.
Delice, Pasinger Bahnhofsplatz 2, 81241 Munich, +49 (0)89 9993 3673
As one of Germany’s most famous and traditional delicatessens, Dallmayr has a lot to live up to – and still manages to exceed expectations. Its breathtaking array of gourmet foods includes everything you could possibly need for a picnic, from wild boar terrine and olives to pastries and chocolate truffles. And if the weather isn’t right for al fresco entertainments, Dallmayr’s other temptations include a restaurant, bistro and champagne bar.
Dallmayr, Dienerstrasse 14-15, 80331 Munich, +49 (0)89 21350
Located in the Brienner Quartier, Café Luitpold is a great place to pick up homemade pastries and some coffee to take away. Be sure to check out its famous Luitpoldtorte, which was created in 1962 by then master confectioner Paul Buchner. This six-layered sponge cake is filled with a mixture of marzipan and buttercream flavoured with white wine and cognac, and coated with Belgian dark chocolate, and remains one of the café’s most popular confections.
Café Luitpold, Brienner Strasse 11, 80333 Munich, +49 (0)89 242 8750
No picnic is complete without something sweet, which is where Kreutzkamm comes in. Founded in Dresden in 1825, Kreutzkamm produces a delectable range of cakes, biscuits and chocolates, which are available at its Munich café. Its Prinzregententorte is a local speciality, and is made with seven layers of sponge cake filled with chocolate buttercream, designed to represent the seven administrative districts of Bavaria.
Café Kreutzkamm, Pacellistrasse 5, 80333 Munich, +49 (0)89 2288 0300