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Dumplings, strudel, Bavarian fare and beer – Munich tempts your palate

Classic Bavarian fare in the local inns and beer gardens and international specialities at ristorantes, sushi bars, tavernas and bistros take you on a culinary tour of discovery through Munich.

Before taking a world tour of Munich's international eateries, we recommend that you try a tasty Munich beer and some traditional local fare.

Six major breweries have helped to establish Munich's reputation as the beer capital of Germany: Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Spaten and Staatliches Hofbräuhaus. In a beer garden, at the Oktoberfest, during the Starkbier beer season or in the city's traditional inns – there's plenty of opportunity to enjoy beer in Munich all year round.

Munich's traditional taverns serve all manner of hearty fare. If you are looking for a light snack, a Bavarian sandwich platter is just the thing: radishes, cold meat and cheese, crispy pretzels and hearty rye bread with dripping or chives – all washed down with a freshly poured beer or shandy.

Munich is also a great place to discover a host of culinary secrets from around the world: this love of 'exotic' cuisine comes from the city's proximity to Italy and other European countries. Today, the many trattorias, tavernas, bistros, ristorantes and café bars are a traditional part of Munich's gastronomic scene. The choice ranges from the Atlantic coast to the Far East, spanning the globe from Europe to Asia and Africa.

Slow or fast – traditional or fusion, light or hearty, haute cuisine or light snack – there's a tempting selection of specialities to suit any taste. There's also a wide choice of settings in which to dine, with everything from gourmet temple to traditional tavern or trendy café.

Right at the top of the list is the cosy Munich beer garden, undoubtedly the first choice in the summer with locals and international visitors alike. In the shade of chestnut trees, you can enjoy a range of refreshing drinks, beer and Bavarian specialities, and also bring your own food with you – a special Bavarian custom.

In spring, it's time for Munich's 'fifth season of the year' (carnival), which has its roots in the art of beer brewing: the Catholic fasting period also marks the start of the Starkbier season. In keeping with tradition, throughout March all of the city's breweries serve this strong, nutritious beer, which was once brewed by Munich monks in order to survive the harsh fasting period. There's also plenty of music and dancing to round off the celebrations.

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