Party Earth Review Both the name and the large red bulldog logo out front will be familiar to historians: Founded at the turn of the twentieth century and named after a satirical newspaper the Nazis banned before WWII, Alter Simpl has always been the meeting place for a somewhat underground crowd of Munich’s writers, painters, and musicians ... more
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review Bar Centrale might appear tiny and cramped from the outside, but once guests cross the threshold they find a cozy Italian joint perfectly suited for cocktails, coffee, or even a light breakfast. The black-and-white photos of Italian churches, cars, the countryside, and even Sophia Loren give the 1970s retro décor an authentic ... more
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review A vibrant café located on the corner of two busy streets near the university, Soda draws a sizable and steady crowd all day and night. A natural meeting place for book-laden students, the café also attracts young, smartly-dressed professionals tapping away on their iPhones. Dark, rustic furnishings, crystal chandeliers ... more
Café / Italian Restaurant
Party Earth Review A local saying states that Munich is Italy’s most northern city, and the quaint and romantic Italian café La Stanza (The Room) embodies that saying by making each patron feel like they've just stepped off the streets of Venice. Popular with the glamorous clubbing set as well as an older, more refined crowd, the venue's ... more
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review News junkies will want to stop by the hip and trendy News Bar, a sociable spot where a young intellectual crowd gathers to hang out over lattes and cocktails and discuss world events. An enormous rack of magazines and newspapers that takes up one wall keeps the clientele up to date on the latest news, but despite the bar ... more
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review A bit of an institution in the neighborhood surrounding the university, Schall und Rauch is consistently one of the most crowded venues on the street. Clean and homey, this small café and bar features candlelit tables and a long wooden bar staffed by attentive servers – a sparse yet inviting look that attracts a young ... more
When thinking about cafés in Munich, it seems apropos to mention how Germans have a word for everything. And that word is “alles.” Seriously, we just put the word “everything” into Google Translate and that’s what came up.
But the German’s also have this other word: “Gemütlichkeit,” which loosely translates into “sociable relaxation in a comfortable environment.” We don’t know what it tightly translates into, but one thing is for sure: a great way to experience Gemütlichkeit is to go to a café and sit down with some friends for at least a couple of hours, chatting away or simply watching time pass by.
The people of Munich may have beer in their veins, but they have café culture in their soul, from barebones shacks with dank pot coffee to high-end cafés with a dress code.
You can have it all and more at Munich cafés; places where you can bring your granny to sip coffee, poke at a bit of cake, and listen to Mozart, and places where skinny 17-year-old models wiggle around drinking €20 White Russians. Or both, hey, we don’t judge. Just warn grandma.