Beautiful Munich is a haven for good, hearty and traditional cuisine, but also boasts several restaurants internationally-known on the cutting-edge food scene. Munich is thought to be one of the nicest places to live in Germany, and while they do their traditional foods – weisswirst, schnitzel and sauerkraut – extremely well, there’s plenty of Mediterranean fare to choose from and an emerging taste for Asian and Middle Eastern food too.

Luxury dining at Mark’s £££

Admittedly one of the spendiest places to eat in Munich, Mark’s is found at the Mandarin Oriental, and is – according to our expats – worth every penny. Lunches tend to be set menu affairs and are taken in Mark’s Corner, just off the hotel lobby. Dinners are more extravagant events and take place in the restaurant proper on the first floor, overlooking the impressive lobby and staircase. Service has been described as ‘near-pyschic’, and the experimental menu has something for the most adventurous diner and the play-it-safer too. Their deep fried baby garlic buds might actually make you weep tears of joy.

Sausage party at Hofbräuhaus £

Platzl 9, 80331 München Germany +49 89 290136100

You can’t go to Munich and not go for a beer and a sausage at the epic Hofbräuhaus. This place seats 3500 so don’t expect attentive service – but that’s not what you come here for, to be honest. It’s the rowdy, Bavarian atmosphere that makes Hofbräuhaus a winner in our books – that and the live music. It’s not somewhere you’ll make your local by any means as the clientele is largely touristy, but still – a fun place to take visiting friends and family, and they do a damn good sausage and sauerkraut.

Italian at Guido Al Duomo ££

Frauenplatz 12 80331 München Germany +49 89 24231690

For heavenly Italian food on a traditional market square, you can’t do better than this place, and it’s something a little different to the profusion of meaty offerings Munich does so very well. The pasta with truffles comes highly recommended, and if you get a bit chilly sitting out they’ll drape a rug over your knees – nice touch. Guido Al Duomo plates come with loads of fresh vegetables which can be hard to come by when getting to grips with Bavarian cuisine, and though it’s a little pricey it’s said to be worth it by those in the know.

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Vintage times at Café Marais £

Parkstrasse 2, 80339 München Germany + 08950094552

A pre-war haberdashery store turned café restaurant, this is a cute place to while away on hour or two with a coffee, a slice of cake and a good book. Décor is firmly of the crafty ilk, with buttons, pins and bobbins adorning the walls in the shop’s original floor-to-ceiling shelves, and pretty much everything is for sale here – from the patched up armchair you’re sat in to mismatched crockery on the tables to the miles of yarn behind the till. And you can get a proper feed here, too. German specialities reign supreme, but ask for the specials and you’ll find something less meaty if you’re all schnitzeled out already. This is a proper find for all vintage-lovers, and the atmosphere is warm and unpretentious.