Coffee. That precious liquid that helps us get through the day. I’ve come up with the ultimate list of Munich’s best places for a cup of java. Enjoy!
Man versus Machine
Without a doubt, my favourite coffee roastery in Munich. Franzbrötchen to die for, moist banana bread and the loveliest, fruitiest coffee. Service is international and laid-back, and the staff there sure do know a thing about good coffee.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 9am-7pm
A seriously cute little cafe at Elisabethmarkt, the cafe offers some lovely outdoor seating that’s ideal for people-watching in the summer months. The coffee’s from local roaster Johannes Bayer, and it’s so good that I have several packs of his coffee at home – it’s lightly roasted and packed full of flavour. He’s something of a star in the coffee world, and also ships his beans across the Atlantic to excited US cafe owners.
Markt auf dem Elisabethplatz
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 8:30am-5pm
The baristas at Mahlefitz take their coffee extremely seriously. If you want to take some beans home, you can’t have them ground for you in advance – they ask that you grind the beans freshly. The cafe itself is large – it’s always possible to find a seat, and they offer regular coffee courses in the cafe’s rooms. Oh, and do visit their toilet – it’s very Alpen!
Nymphenburger Str. 51
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm
Vits Cafe & Rösterei
Vits cafe is located in the city centre, and they offer a more traditional take on coffee when compared to the above roasteries. Founder Alexander Vits was originally a consultant, before he decided to set up his own roastery almost a decade ago. His company now delivers coffee to the likes of Tantris and Bayerischer Hof’s Atelier.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8am-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm
Located in Munich’s Au district, Cafe Bla celebrates Icelandic coffee culture. It’s only been open since the end of October, and their aromatic filter coffee is wonderful (beans sourced from Vits). If you’re feeling brave, you can try some rotten shark (mmm!), washed down with a shot of pungent brennivín (aka black death), for that full Icelandic feeling.
Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9:30am-6pm, Sunday 9:30am-5:30pm
Kaffee Espresso & Barista
Sometimes you want a strong Italian espresso – nothing more, nothing less. Neuhausen’s Kaffee Espresso & Barista sell and advise on coffee machines, but you can also pop by for a good coffee, a panini and a read of the newspaper. It’s a quintessentially Italian cafe with strong espressi and creamy cappucini. For something a little less ordinary, head to their sister cafe, Cafe Espresso Kolonial, just around the corner.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 7am-7pm, Saturday 8:30am-6pm, Sunday 9am-6pm
Emilo’s expanded a lot since the roastery was founded in 2012. Emilo coffee is now widely available across the city – Basic and Alnatura supermarkets stock it, Zöttl bakeries stock and serve it, and they have two of their own cafes. They have a huge range of different coffees, many of them are organic, and all of them are delicious.
Monday-Friday 7am-6pm, Saturday 9am-6pm
If you know of a place that serves great coffee that I’ve missed off this list, do comment and let me know – I’m always keen to discover new places!