A large number of museums also attract visitors with their restaurants and cafés, which cater for visitors' physical well-being alongside the intellectual 'subsistence' for which the exhibitions are responsible. Here is a brief overview of the loveliest bars, cafés and restaurants in Munich's museums.
Golden Bar in the Haus der Kunst
The Golden Bar really deserves its name. It is the perfect blend of modern, timeless elegance with a touch of 1930's extravagance. The Golden Bar welcomes customers through its doors to eat and drink throughout the day, with its chefs indulging them with international dishes made with regional ingredients. In the evening, customers should really try the cocktails served at the bar, especially as it was awarded the "Bar of the Year 2013" title and is one of the world's Top 50 bars. One of the particular highlights of this bar is the Sunday Sundowner with cocktails and DJ sets on the impressive terrace that leads to the Eisbach. How better to spend a Sunday evening than with fantastic cocktails, unbelievable views and good music?
Address: Golden Bar in the Haus der Kunst, Prinzregentenstrasse 1 / Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00, Sundays open until 20:00. / The Golden Bar website
Bavarian National Museum Restaurant
Within the historic walls of the Bavarian National Museum is the Bavarian National Museum Restaurant (BNM), an island of modernity, boasting a breathtaking ambience. Guests are truly spoiled here with its excessive charm and, above all, fantastic food. And, as the hosts often stress, customers should feel at home here and linger a little while after their meal. Guests are only too happy to do so, especially in summer, when their gaze can wander over the beautiful terrace and the narcissus fountain in the garden.
Address: Bavarian National Museum Restaurant, Prinzregentenstrasse 3, Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 – 14:00 and from 18:00 – 22:30. Reservation is advised. The café is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 – 17:00. / The Bavarian National Museum Restaurant website
Café Klenze in the Alte Pinakothek
The Café Klenze in the Alte Pinakothek is one of the loveliest museum cafés in Germany. A special feature of this café is its "Art & Indulgence" programme with which visitors can enjoy a private guided tour of the museum after a hearty breakfast. Further attractive features of the café include its English cakes, daily changing menu of hot dishes and its outstanding view. And cakes, bagels and sandwiches taste twice as English amidst the high ceilings, mahogany bar and china vases.
Address: Café von Klenze, Barer Strasse 27 / Opening hours: Tuesday 10:00 – 20:00, Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 – 18:00. / The Café Klenze website
Ella in the Lenbachhaus
There has been a lot of discussion about this restaurant – and quite rightly so. After all, no other restaurant is located as close to the Koenigsplatz as Ella in the Lenbachhaus. Inspired by the Italian style of the museum itself, the food prepared by the chefs is modelled on Italian cuisine. Head Chef Michael Hausberger has already worked in the Königshof and at Aquarello. For lunch you can order pasta and antipasti, like Norcia ham and Umbrian salami, served with grilled vegetables and chickpea tapenade for €12.50. And, of course, there is also a set lunch menu, as everywhere else. In the evening, customers can select from a range of pasta, meat and fish dishes. Guests on the terrace in the Ella have an uninterrupted view over to the Propylaea. And so, after lunch or dinner, you have the feeling that you've been on a Greek holiday and can carry on with your day relaxed and reinvigorated.
Address: Ella Restaurant & Café, Luisenstraße 33 / Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 09:00 – 01:00 / Ella Restaurant website
Café in the Haus des Alpinismus – The Alpine Museum
Located directly on the beautiful "Prater" Island, the Alpine Museum is a highlight in itself. But a coffee in the café, with its expansive terrace and view directly over the River Isar, is not just a coffee but an experience in itself. Visitors can rest a while on sun loungers surrounded by high, old beech trees in the garden behind the museum and savour coffee and cake.
Address: Café in the Haus des Alpinismus, Praterinsel 5 / Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 13:00 – 18:00, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 – 18:00. / The Café in the Haus des Alpinismus website