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October 2002

Hangover Hangouts

The best places to eat after a long night out

Café Conditorei Münchner Freiheit
Münchner Freiheit 2
Tel. (089) 33 00 79 90
Open daily 7 am–10 pm

This café, conveniently located near the Münchner Freiheit subway station, is part of a chain that includes Café Monopteros and Café Kunsthalle. Early morning draws the occasional night owl but in general the clientele consists of older regulars and those en route to their jobs. Breakfast options are plentiful, priced from € 3.75 to € 14. All offer a choice of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, except the Parisian breakfast, which includes a large Milchkaffee with two croissants, butter and jam for € 5.40. Noteworthy for the comic touch, the hearty € 14 American breakfast offers not only eggs, toast, fresh orange juice, cornflakes with milk and fruit but another integral part of every American's morning intake: a piece of chewing gum! Assorted individual baked goods and fresh squeezed juices (€ 3.50–€ 4.80) are also available. Service tends to be slow but congenial. The bread is fresh and the coffee strong but the lackluster presentation and the dull, worn interior are disappointing. On the other hand, the sprawling outdoor seating area provides a nice place to start the day during warmer months.

Food 7, Service 7, Atmosphere 6

Marienplatz 18
Tel. (089) 23 17 00 32
Open Mon.–Fri. 6:55 am–8 pm; Sat. 6:55 am-7 pm, Sun. 9 am–7 pm

Rischart's prime location on Marienplatz has a bakery on the ground floor and a full-service café on the upper level. Spacious and modern, the café’s atmosphere is enhanced by plenty of lovely natural light and a great view of Marienplatz. Rischart offers 14 good value breakfasts (€ 3.80–€ 15.90) starting at 6:55 am. Those with a sweet tooth can get their morning sugar fix by ordering the City Breakfast, which includes a croissant with butter and a choice of marmalade, nutella or honey and a pastry, for € 5.20. Bavaria's famous Weisswurstfrühstück, consisting of two sausages with sweet mustard, two pretzels and either wheat beer or a spezi (coke and fizzy lemonade), costs € 6.90. Service is reliable and the waitresses sometimes even keep an eye on your coffee cup and inquire if you want a refill (not on the house, though). Not really a hangout for night owls, instead the place fills early with regulars and professionals who devour the morning newspaper with as much gusto as they do their coffee and pastries.

Food 8, Service 8, Atmosphere 8

Sendlingertor Platz 11
Tel. (089) 59 19 63
Open daily 24 hours (though really only 23 hours since they are required to close for one hour, usually 8 am – 9 am)

Long after the rest of Munich has called it a night, Lamm's is still going strong. Although it claims to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it is in fact required to close for at least one hour every day. Service is polite and attentive. The kitchen is open around the clock, offering a primarily German menu. The traditional white sausage breakfast (Weisswurstfrühstück) is available throughout the day. Served with two pretzels and what many consider the best sweet mustard (Süsser Senf) available, Händlmaiers, it’s reasonably priced at € 4.80. The spare ribs (€ 13) are another favorite. Beyond fresh pretzels or sliced bread with butter there aren't a lot of traditional breakfast choices here, but for those in need of solid food or a cup of good Dallmayr coffee (€ 2.90) at the odd hour, Lamm's delivers.

Food 8, Service 9, Atmosphere 7

Café Frischhut
Prälat-Zistlstr. 8
Tel. (089) 26 82 37
Open Mon.–Sat., 5 am–5 pm

Barely have the rosy fingers of dawn spread across the city when Café Frischhut opens its doors on the edge of the Viktualienmarkt at 5 am. Also known as Schmalznudel (literally "lard noodle"), after its signature disk-shaped pastry, this comfortable, Bavarian-style eatery is often the first stop for disheveled clubbers slowly making their way home after a night out. Seating on two levels provides space in which to nurse an on coming hangover or to recharge your batteries. The staff, obviously benefiting from a good night's sleep, is remarkably even-tempered and alert at the crack of dawn. The small menu is posted on blackboards throughout the restaurant and offers various caffeine-rich beverages, soft drinks, beer and sparkling wines, as well as a selection of homemade pastries (€ 1.60 each) and popular sausages. Vegetarians and other health-conscious diners needn't worry: Café Frischhut no longer uses lard in their recipes, only vegetable oil. A cup of coffee (€ 1.80) and a fresh Schmalznudel (€ 1.60) may be one of Munich's best breakfast bargains.

Food 8, Service 9, Atmosphere 10

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