I have high expectations for all of my nieces and nephews.
Having family visit in Germany gives me a good chance to reflect upon what to show them in Munich, where to eat, etc. – all good fodder for this blog. One thing that I think is essential for them to experience while here, and a very good family activity, is German Kaffee und Kuchen. Rather than making cake at home (which I often do, and which is perhaps the more typical way of experiencing this tradition), I thought it might be fun to check out one of Munich’s cafes. So I have gathered together a list of my favorite places for Kaffee und Kuchen in Munich. Also, the weather has turned a bit wild and wet, signs of fall around the corner, and there’s really nothing better on such a day than to sit in a cozy café and indulge in some home baked goodness with coffee. Not to mention that it is still Zwetschgendatschi season, and these little plum cakes can be found all around town. Worth trying if you’ve never had one.
On a top floor overlooking Marienplatz and the Glockenspiel, this is an excellent place to take visitors for Kaffee und Kuchen, while also gazing out at Munich's most recognizable building, the Rathaus.
This worn and comfortable 50’s Viennese style café serves homemade cakes and makes you feel like you are hanging out in your grandma’s living room.
Munich’s high-end department store that specializes in gourmet foods is a no brainer for good cakes and coffee, which are served in their bistro café or available for take-home. It's considered to be very touristy by locals, but that's also usually what you find at big department stores!
This place is famous for its cakes and chocolates, has a huge selection, and is one of Munich’s more traditional cafes.
A very cute cafe restaurant in Türkenstrasse that always has a good spread of delicious homemade cakes siting near the window. The cheesecake gets high ratings.
In a beautiful, historic building behind the Theatinerkirche at Odeonsplatz, this is a great place to enjoy coffee and cake in an architecturally inspiring building.
In this cute café on a back street behind Münchner Freiheit they have an excellent selection of both homemade cakes (available until they run out!) and coffee drinks. In summer they also make smoothies.
Brown’s Café/Victorian House
Ok I am the first to admit that these are not German-style cakes. But they are so good here, and so moist and perfect for the American palate. You can also get scones and tea and pretend that you are in Britain instead of Germany. Locations on Türkenstrasse, Rotkreuzplatz, and behind the Viktualienmarkt make it extremely convenient.
This German chain bakery can be found all over town and they always have seasonal specialties. The locations around Marienplatz and the Viktualienmarkt have ample seating.
Konditorei Cafe Bäckerei Schmid
This recommendation comes courtesy of the Bavarian boyfriend- they serve traditional German cakes, all homemade, and have three convenient locations in the Northwest of Munich (Josephsplatz, near Dantebad, and near the Hirschgarten).
There are several other good places to get Kaffee und Kuchen in Munich- indeed, it’s a deeply-imbedded German tradition and the opportunity to indulge in a little afternoon treat exists at nearly every restaurant in Munich. But if you don't know where to start, this list should help you out! Of utmost importance is just to make sure that you indulge somewhere, at least once, during your visit to Germany.