Healthy food in Munich, Germany is easy to find throughout the city. From restaurants and cafes to open air markets and grocery stores, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful Bavarian capital.
My family recently visited Munich as an entry point to our vacation through southern Germany. After lots of research, we decided to fly in and out of Munich. It seemed like the best place to get an introduction to Germany during our first few jet-lagged days in the country. The dramatic architecture and beautiful landscape provided a great backdrop for our entrance into the Bavarian region.
Despite the fact that traditional German food is heavy, just about everyone we saw in Munich was in good shape. Wherever we went in the city, we saw lots of people biking and walking. This healthy lifestyle is also reflected by a growing presence of healthier food throughout the city.
Healthy Food in Munich
The Viktualienmarkt is a great place to play tourist and grab a healthy meal in the heart of the city. Produce stands are a bit pricey, but you’ll find lots of fresh produce available for sale. The market also includes several places where you can buy bread, cheese, sandwiches, and soup. If you’re traveling with a group, there’s something for everyone here. My son and I picked up tuna wraps, while my husband and daughter enjoyed two traditional German soups, goulash and maultaschen soup.
Elisabethmarkt in the Schwabing district is a toned-down version of the Viktualienmarkt. You can find bread, cheese, produce, a deli, and homemade beer at this market. It’s a good option if you don’t want to be in the heart of Munich’s tourist district.
Dean and David is a healthy food chain with several locations throughout the city. Its menu features salads, bowls, soups, and sandwiches made with fresh ingredients. They focus on the nutrition content of each menu item, and there are lots of flavorful meals to choose from.
Ruff’s Burger has several locations throughout Munich, where they serve up high-quality Bavarian beef burgers that are processed in house. The rolls are homemade and the toppings are creative. We enjoyed a meal at the Maxvorstadt location.
Deli Kitchen is a vegetarian cafe near Konigsplatz. They offer a small menu of vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as desserts. This is a great place to take a break from the typical German sausage meal.
Ice Date is a vegan ice cream shop like nothing I’ve ever experienced. Their ice cream is made from cashews, dates, and fruit, with no dairy or added sweeteners. I think this was my favorite food in Munich. We tried several fruit flavors as well as chocolate, and it was all creamy and delicious. You would never know it was vegan.
Visiting a biergarten is a must in Munich. While they’re not known for healthy food, the biergartens where we ate did have some decent options. At Hirschgarten, we enjoyed several different salads along with the traditional meat dishes that are famous in this region. And at the Alte Heide Biergarten, we loved that the green salad wasn’t just a green salad. It included bits of potato salad and other seasoned vegetables, along with a traditional German salad dressing. It was definitely a step above the typical side salads found at most American restaurants.
Grocery stores are a great place to get healthy food while traveling. We visited Aldi, Penny, Rewe, and Edeka during our travels in southern Germany, and we found that the prices were much more affordable than in the U.S. I loved seeing unique features in these stores, like Aldi’s vending machine with fresh pretzels and croissants, and Penny’s wide selection of discount chocolate treats. These stores gave us a glimpse at how the locals really eat.
Where are your favorite places to get healthy food in Munich? Please share in the comments. And try my Instant Pot German potato salad for a delicious taste of Bavarian food.