Breakfast at Café Glockenspiel. They have several good options – including traditional “German style” breakfasts (a selection of bread, meat, cheese, jam, soft-boiled egg, etc); “Munich style” breakfast (Weißwurst (white sausages), sweet mustard, and a pretzel); rice pudding with fruit (one of my favorites and also a traditional German food); or even French toast (though, meh, I’d go with another option) – and the location right on Marienplatz with a view of the Rathaus and the Glockenspiel is ideal.
Sandemann’s New Munich Tour. This is a great free walking tour of Munich (it doesn’t cost anything, but you should tip the guide liberally). The guides are excellent and the tour takes you to all the key, central spots around Munich. You’ll learn fun stories about the beer halls, and a lot about the history of the city, the events during the two world wars, and after. They meet every day on Marienplatz at 10:45 – look for the guys in the red shirts. There’s a short break in the middle of the tour for lunch or a snack, and it’s easy to grab something quick at the Viktualienmarkt, Munich’s permanent farmer’s market / artisans’ market.
After the tour is over, if the weather is nice*, head over to the English Garden. My suggestion is to walk from Odeonsplatz, through the Hofgarten (Court Garden behind the Residenz), and across Prinzregentenstrasse to the English Garden. From a bridge on Prinzregentenstrasse you can watch the surfers riding the wave on the Eisbach. Then, continue to stroll through the park up to the Chinese Tower Beer Garden. Park yourself at a table for a few Maß and a pretzel and while away the afternoon.
*Alternatively, if the weather isn’t so great, head straight to the Hofbräuhaus for an afternoon beer hall experience.
Evening Break / Nap / Freshen-Up ….. if you don’t want to go back to your hotel or hostel, you can even just take a nap in the park!
Several options for dinner. If you want to stick with the German theme, you could of course go to one of the big beer halls. Certainly, the Hofbräuhaus if you haven’t been there yet (it’s cliché, but a Munich “must”), or alternatively the Augustiner Keller (make sure to go downstairs into the Lagerkeller- the atmosphere down there amongst the vaults is the best) or the Augustiner Bräustuben. If you want good German food, but also want to steer clear of the bigger places, I would suggest either Andechser am Dom, Fraunhofer Wirtshaus, or Georgenhof. If heavy German food isn’t really your thing and you’re looking for something different, I recommend Hey Luigi for good salads and pasta, l’Osteria for good pizza, Hans im Glück for a classy burger joint, MC Mueller for a more laid-back burger, No Mi Ya for a strange combination of (delicious) Japanese food in a Bavarian tavern setting, or Schmock for Israeli food with a modern/German/gourmet twist. Or there’s even Vapiano. I know it’s a chain, but it’s affordable, has a nice location in the Funf Höfe, pretty decent food, and there is usually something for everyone. Just, whatever you do, don’t try to get adventurous and eat Mexican or Ethiopian or such. It’s just not worth it (yet?!) in Munich.
Cocktails! That is, if you haven’t already had enough to drink, or aren’t already sitting at Hofbräuhaus or some such place, in which case there is no sense leaving. Go ahead and close the beer hall down. But, if you’re thinking that the more typical bar scene sounds fun, head either to the area around Gärtnerplatz or to Schellingstrasse/Türkenstrasse in the University District. There are lots of bars to choose from, and since Munich seems to not have enough bars to keep up with the demand (particularly on weekends), just look for crowds of people loitering on the streets– the bar crowd usually spills out onto the sidewalk directly in front of the bar.