Munich’s vegan restaurants are classy and upscale, which can mean higher priced meals compared to the typical vegan café, but the dishes are creatively presented and they incorporate interesting, “hard to find” ingredients like samphire, white asparagus, and kelp noodles.
Here are our top choices if you’re looking for an upscale, vegan dining experience.
Max Pett is conveniently located just outside of Munich’s old town near Sedlinger Tor on the U Bahn. Reservations are highly recommended as the restaurant fills up quickly, even on weeknights.
While the kitchen aims to replicate a number of traditional meat or dairy-based dishes like schnitzel, raviolis, or Cordon-bleu, the menu is nonetheless well-balanced offering a wide variety of artistically presented plant-based dishes from different parts of the world, with representation from The Middle East, Southeast Asia, and India.
Here is Max Pett’s version of Bavarian schnitzel and spätzle (below). The bright green arugula spätzle was spot on and the seitan and mushroom schnitzel were moist and flavorful, matching perfectly with the roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots.
The richness of these creamy vegan raviolis is a result of the plant-based cream sauce, but they were also quite light and refreshing thanks to the white asparagus, oven-roasted cherry tomatoes, pomegranate seeds, and fresh greens.
I wouldn’t hesitate to order both dishes again!
Prinz Myshkin, an entirely vegetarian restaurant in central Munich, offers a handful of creatively presented plant-based dishes, though be aware that the majority of the menu items contain dairy. Fortunately, the vegan items are clearly labeled. The high ceilings, natural light, and modern decor in this well-established vegetarian institution make for a warm and welcoming dining space. It’s the kind of restaurant where you might be tempted to linger for a few hours.
This Moroccan salad below contained whole grain bulgur, orange segments, endive, tomato, parsley, mint, red onion, and lime juice. It was a light and refreshing salad, perfect for summer!
The “Involtini Teriyaki” below was a bit too salty for me, but the overall concept worked really well. A mixture of tofu, mushrooms, and roasted nuts was wrapped with large swiss chard leaves and then baked in a teriyaki sauce. It was a nice change from the typical vegan teriyaki tofu and vegetable stir-fry.
Gratitude Restaurant is an entirely vegan restaurant located near the University of Munich. If I had to recommend just one vegan restaurant to check out in Munich, it would be Gratitude. The food is flavorful and filling, yet it’s also nutrient-rich and leaves you feeling light and refreshed. Gratitude is committed to using only the freshest, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.
I really enjoyed the combination of ingredients in this green smoothie. It contained all things light green: pear, avocado, maca, cucumber, and mint. I look forward to replicating this concoction when I’m back in my kitchen again. The pomegranate seed and cacao nibs sprinkled on top added a nice, colorful and flavorful touch.
This beautifully presented salad contained kelp noodles, samphire, carrot, avocado, zucchini and fresh greens in a tamari dressing. In case you’re wondering what samphire is, it’s a plant that is grown in salt marshes and is packed with omega 6 fatty acids and has a high protein content (35% protein).
Though a somewhat straight-forward dish, the tempeh skewer served over bulgar was delicious.
Tushita Teehaus is a perfect destination for an afternoon tea and a little something sweet. Tushita is a quiet café offering a daily vegan lunch salad bowl along with an extensive selection of teas, breads, and cakes. The fresh, clean decor has Japanese elements combined with a German feel and functionality. I especially loved the front windows that open and close like garage doors, allowing for a lovely cross breeze in the summer months. The small café fills up quickly around lunchtime so consider eating early or late in order to avoid a wait.
While this vegan black sesame bread might not be so aesthetically pleasing, it paired perfectly with a cup of sencha tea. If you order tea, the water is served in a small thermos to keep it piping hot — such a simple touch that makes all the difference when you want to enjoy a hot cup of tea!
Lastly, Bodhi might not give off the “classy dining experience” vibe as this restaurant has the look and feel of a traditional German bar; however, as you take a closer look at the menu, you’ll notice that it’s an entirely vegan restaurant serving vegan renditions of traditional German dishes like brot, schnitzel, spaetzel, and dumplings. Bodhi is a relatively new restaurant having just opened its doors in the past year.
Our server told us that many first-time customers walk in not knowing that Bodhi is 100% vegan. They order a beer, decide they want some food and then realize the lack of meat and dairy on the menu. Many stick around, try the vegan offerings and end up loving the vegan versions of their favorite German dishes, such as the sauerkraut and potato dumpling (pictured below) or the creamy spätzle (also pictured below).