The Bavarian capital may be better known for its beer than its coffee, but visitors to the city need have no concerns about finding a perfectly brewed espresso. Munich’s earliest coffee houses were established in the late 18th century by Italians keen to spread their country’s café culture. Several of these are still in existence and look as if they’ve hardly changed since they were founded.
In recent years, however, these venerable institutions, with their historic décor and delightfully old-world atmosphere, have been joined by a host of young upstarts that provide a different experience: cool interiors, in-house roasteries and a more eclectic food selection, among other things. All, however, provide a restful place to pause over a cup of impeccably made coffee and something sweet – traditional German biscuits, French-inspired patisserie or US-style cheesecake, perhaps – or a more substantial dish.
Man Versus Machine
Man Versus Machine is Munich’s answer to the wave of speciality coffee shops that have become a feature of major European cities. The venue is both a roastery and café, and the team behind it is passionate about sourcing the best single-origin beans from Central America, Kenya, Ethiopia and beyond. The interior is as accomplished and considered as the coffee and includes plenty of eye-catching pieces from Artek, such as Alvar Aalto lamps and tables from Ilmari Tapiovaara. Order a faultless flat white and a slice of the very popular banana bread.
Man Versus Machine, Mullerstrasse 23, 80469 Munich, +49 (0)89 8004 6681
Cole & Porter
Cole & Porter has quickly become one of the hangouts of choice for Munich’s most fashionable residents. Open from 10am to 2am for everything from a snack to something more substantial, its appeal extends beyond its convenience. The décor is immaculate, with chic touches such the trumpet lamps above the bar and a profusion of freshly cut flowers. Stop by in the morning for a reviving coffee with a Nutella croissant or cinnamon bun, or visit mid-afternoon to sample something from the selection of cakes. More substantial meals include homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and pasta dishes, and there’s also an inventive cocktail menu, which includes a very moreish apple pie mint julep.
Cole & Porter, Sendlinger Strasse 10, 80331 Munich, +49 (0)89 8189 3854
Made locally using traditional artisan methods, Maelu’s cakes are some of the best in Munich. If you can tear yourself away from the mouth-watering display in the store, the in-house café is the ideal spot to linger over a cup of coffee and one of the exquisite creations, such as Florentine apple cake, pecan cheesecake or a chocolate éclair. Those in the city during the festive season should keep an eye out for the delicious Vanillekipferl, a seasonal German crescent-shaped biscuit.
Maelu, Theatinerstrasse 32, 80333 Munich, +49 (0)89 2429 2597
Café Lotti’s founder wanted it to be a ‘second living room’ for its customers, and its sugared-almond pink walls, pretty chandelier lighting and strings of coloured bunting certainly help to create a soothing atmosphere. The menu is just as appealing, featuring coffee from Dinzler roastery, widely regarded as one of the best in Germany, and a tempting selection of cakes made in house, plus light lunch dishes and snacks. Visit after 10am for one of the set breakfasts, which include options for vegans, or return later for a slice of the café’s legendary chocolate tart.
Café Lotti, Schleisheimer Strasse 13, 80333 Munich, +49 (0)89 6151 9197