Solo dining in Munich

If your clients are on a business trip in Germany and are seeking out where to dine on their own, make an occasion of it at one of these unique restaurants, where a seat at the bar is the best table in the house.

Theatiner 8

Conveniently located close to Munich’s key attractions, Theatiner 8 is on the same street as the Old Town’s Kunsthalle Munchen gallery, just a five-minute stroll from the 16th century Munich Residence palace and 17th century park Hofgarten. Cool and casual, it’s ideal for lunch, with a gray pebble colour palette and a speedy business lunch during the week. Solo diners can people watch from their velvet chair by the floor-to-ceiling windows or on a high stool at the neon blue-lit counter, illuminated with globe pendant lighting. Serving Bavarian dishes; tarts handmade by the in-house pastry team are a speciality.  Lunch is available Monday to Friday from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

Schwarzreiter Tagesbar

Whether your clients are staying in the five-star Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski or not, they should make time to dine in Schwarzreiter Tagesbar a few streets east of the Bavarian State Opera. Inside this elegant and classic interior, maroon velvet stools are perched against a polished marble counter, although visitors are also welcome to dine al fresco on the restaurant’s summer terrace. Large windows and tall ceilings create a space bursting with natural light. The restaurant specializes in an array of flavourful Bavarian dishes, calling on its regional cuisine for inspiration. Starters include traditional sausage meat dumplings and a creamy chestnut chicory soup, while main courses focus on mouth-watering meat dishes, and even lesser-known local specialities such as wels catfish.


Adjacent to Spielplatz Alter botanical garden and close to Hauptbahnhof Nord station, this hip restaurant is usually buzzing with young clientele. Mismatched chairs, cacti in lightbulbs and walls decorated with vintage tennis rackets, rotary phones, hand-drawn murals and a kid’s car give it a quirky vibe. Plants, pendant lighting and blackboard menus give it a cosy ambience. Highly regarded for its Venezuelan cuisine, the signature dishes are tequeños (breaded cheese sticks) and empanadas (pasties), yucca chips and arepas (ground maize dough) stuffed with plantain. Make friends with the locals and stay for a handcrafted cocktail in the backroom, which hosts poetry slams, jazz bands, DJs and Latin nights.

Cucina da Nina

Immediately to the south of Munich Central station, Cucina da Nina is hidden inside the surprisingly peaceful Flemings Hotel München-City. A monochrome tiled floor and a backlit bar that glows golden hue creates a sophisticated atmosphere. We recommend that your clients take a seat at the counter or sit by the window to watch Munich go by.  If they have emails to catch up on, they can make the most of a work and lunch offer, designed for freelancers or those meeting up with co-workers, which includes a quiet workstation with high speed Wi-Fi, unlimited tea, coffee and water and technical support from the hotel’s friendly staff. A light lunch, unlimited juice and soft drinks and parking space are optional extras.

Matsuhisa Munich

Solo diners will feel welcomed dining alone at the sushi counter at Matsuhisa Munich. Found on the same street as the legendary beer hall Hofbrauhaus Munchen, this fine dining restaurant is set within the five-star Mandarin Oriental Munchen hotel. Book ahead if your clients want a place at the eight-seat counter, where they can watch Japanese chefs such as Nobu Matsuhisa prepare an array of dishes with a unique, Peruvian twist. As well as sushi and tempura and classics including black cod, salmon teriyaki and Wagyu beef, diners can sample fusion food at its most exciting, such as ribeye anticucho, octopus carpaccio with jalapeno dressing, Padrón peppers with miso or sashimi tuna tacos. Not sure what to order?  Splash out on the omakase – the chef’s selection.

Munich has no shortage of unique and exciting eateries, from hearty Bavarian cuisine to a global gastronomic influence. A seat at the bar presents an opportunity for greater immersion for solo diners, indulging in a quiet and considered encounter with your local surroundings.

Image Credits: Bar stool by edchechine © Shutterstock; Munich Old Town by Boris Stroujko © Shutterstock; Diners at the counter by © Shutterstock; Cafe counter seats by Lek_charoen © Shutterstock; Omakase style dining by Tanawat Chantradilokrat © Shutterstock.

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