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Munich’s coffee culture part II

In part 1 of Munich’s coffee culturewe told you about the history of the coffee culture in Munich. Today we want to tell you about some of the locations where to get good, sometimes extraordinary coffee.

The classics
There are coffeehouses in Munich which want to compete with those in Vienna but are traditional bavarian and serve traditional bvarian coffee specialities. You can enjoy bavarian pastry, cakes and a “Haferl” of coffee (Haferl is translated to mug – double or triple the amount of a cup). So let’s go to one of these cafés:

Eilles coffee shop

Eilles coffee shop

Cafe Arzmiller
At Odeonsplatz beneath Theatinerkirche (Theatine church), is one of the last traditional Munich coffee houses. Many grandparents of todays citizens went to the Arzmiller when they needed a rest from shopping or strolling though the city. And it really is like another wolrd. Outside the lively and crowded Theatine street, while you can enjoy a good coffee in the sunny and calm inner courtyard. Especially during summer the terrace of Arzmiller invites you to have a Haferl of cofee and a wonderful piece of Prinzregententorte (prince regent’s cake) in the sun. By the way… Arzmiller claims to serve the best apple strudel of Munich. But this is something you have to find out for yourself.

Mo-Fr. 08:30 – 18:30 So/Holiday: 10:30 – 18:00
Where: Odeonsplatz U4/5

Cafe Erbshäuser
Not far away from Odeonsplatz behind the Palais Leuchtenberg, where today the Bavarian Ministry of Finances is located, you can find the Cafe Erbshäuser. A coffeehouse with a long tradition. Especially because of the interior you feel a bit like in a time machine. And only a few know: The Prinzregententorte (prince regent’s cake), which is available everywhere in Bavaria (and sometimes also in other states), was found here in 1886. The cake has to consist of seven layers of biscuit – the number of the different bavarian regions. Those who want to taste the original have to come here. Because the café is somehow hidden, it’s not that frequented.

Mo-Fr. 7:30 – 18:00; Sa: 11:00 – 18:00, Su: 12:00 – 18:00
Where: Odeonsplatz U4/5

Cafe Woerner
Also a traditional Munich coffee house, which has today two branches in the inner city. The original coffee house can be found in Herzogspitalstraße, which is also not that crowded like Kaufingerstraße. But not only coffee and pastry is served at Woerner’s. Here you also can have breakfast and a few main dishes. Ideal for lunch.
Where: S/U Karsplatz (Stachus)

American Style
You wheter like them or not. American style coffeeshops. But they also offer a good coffee, if you like to experiment with flavours like mint, caramel and vanilla. In Munich you’ll find many different coffeeshops, but there are three chains which have a higher presence:

Everbody knows it. THE American Coffeeshop. It can be found in well known, touristy areas such as Hauptbahnhof (central station) or Platzl (where Hofbräuhaus is). Those who like sweet sugared coffee with different flavours will have fun.

San Francisco Coffee Company (SFCC)
Those who think this is also a US-chainare wrong. The SFCC is a Munich brand, founded in 1999 by two young

SFCC Coffee

SFCC Coffee

entrepreneurs, when there were no american coffeeshops in Germany (Starbucks opened the first one in 2002). SFCC is mainly available in Munich or the region around Munich and in Bavaria (10 shops in Munich, 2 in Bavaria and 3 in other German states). Therefore you can say SFCC is a regional, Munich coffeeshop chain and they bank on organic and fairtrade products.

Coffee Fellows
This is also a brand found in Munich. And it was also found in 1999 like SFCC. Those two brands brought the Coffeeshop-Hype to Munich. In contrast to SFCC, you will find Coffee Fellows more often in other german states. In Munich there are also 10 shops (like SFCC). In Bavaria 12 and a lot more in the other german states. And they also have a shop in Salzburg, Austria. Coffee Fellows also banks on sustainability and thereore tries to produce without additives (where possible).

The roast houses
Those who don’t want a coffee from the big roast houses like Dallmayr, Eilles and Burkhof do not need to change to italian roast houses. In Munich there are some roast houses with an added café, where coffee fresh from the roast is served.

Dallmayr Kaffee

Dallmayr Kaffee

A new roast house in Nymphenburger Straße, between the districts Neuhausen and Maxvorstadt. The roast technique is quite uncommon. They use “hot-air-roasts”. These roast-machines produce a whole other taste. The coffee tastes like dried fruits and develops more and more flavour the colder it gets. Here you also can taste different sorts of coffee in a “Menu”.
Where: U1, station „Maillingerstraße“

A italian style coffeehouse with own roast in Schwabing district. Here you’ll also finde good cakes and some dishes for lunch.
Where: U3/U6 „Münchner Freiheit“

And another coffee roast, specialized to italian coffees. It’s quite hidden in the south of Munich near Auer Mühlbach (small creek).
Where: U1: “Candidplatz”, Bus 52: “Lebscheestraße”


  1. München, oh München…meine absolute Lieblingsstadt in Deutschland und der ganzen Welt. Kaum eine Stadt eignet sich so sehr für Kaffeeliebhaber. Klingt seltsam, aber Natur, Kultur, Museen und leckere Kaffee-Gelegenheiten gibt es so viele in der Stadt!

  2. Historisch nicht bewiesen, das stimmt.
    Dennoch geht man davon aus, dass Erbshäuser die Torte als erster produziert hat. Konditor Rottenhöfer starb bereits ein paar Jahre davor und Konditor Seidl produzierte sie erst kurz darauf.
    Von daher geht man gemeinhin davon aus, dass Erbshäuser der Erfinder der Torte ist.

    Vermutlich hat es sich damals um einen Trend gehandelt, einer der Konditoren hat die Torte erfunden und alle anderen Konditoreien Münchens haben sie schnell kopiert.

  3. Hallo!
    Die aussage, dass die Prinzregententorte in der Konditorei Erbshäuser erfunden wurde, ist falsch.
    Es kommen drei Konditoren in Frage, einer davon ist die Konditorei Erbshäuser.
    Wer genau die leckere Torte erfunden hat, ist historisch nicht belegt!

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