Matthew M. Rooney
U.S. Consul General in Munich (2003–2006):
ANEMA E CORE
This trattoria was one of our favorites, because of their imaginative menu. They start with such quality Southern Italian ingredients as Mozzarella di Bufala or organic buffalo meat and create modern Mediterranean dishes.
Lohengrinstr. 11, Phone: (089) 90 95 56 26
Our kids always loved the two-story sushi
treadmill here, and we came often. The sushi was great, and they also serve fried noodles
or spring rolls for people who prefer their dinner cooked.
Münchner Freiheit 4, Phone: (089) 38 66 67 66
This little spot in the English Garden next to the veterinary school served me the best latte
macchiato I’ve ever had. The food is almost totally organic, with meat from the Herrmannsdorfer Landwerkstätten and baked goods from Mauerer Bäckerei.
Königinstr. 6 in the English Garden, Phone: (089) 517 29 71 80
TAVERNA DEL SUD
This friendly place has good pizza and cheap lunch dishes. It’s popular with students.
Widenmayerstr. 52 close to the Tivoli Bridge, Phone: (089) 24 29 21 99
ST. EMMERAMS MÜHLE
This beautiful spot is a great place to relax under the trees after a bike ride along the Isar. Besides the ambience, the restaurant’s nouvelle Bavarian cuisine is probably the best food that I ever had at a beer garden.
St. Emmeram 41, Phone: (089) 95 39 71
This is the best tie shop I have ever experienced. They have the widest selection of the most elegant ties, plus incredibly attentive service—all in all one of my favorite Munich experiences.
Maxburgstr. 4, Phone: (089) 59 40 69
CAFE KLENZE AT THE ALTE PINAKOTHEK
I love the religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance at the Alte Pinakothek. After wandering for hours, Cafe Klenze is a great place to relax. There are comfortable couches, lots of kinds of cakes, and huge windows
for watching the sunset.
Barerstr. 27, Phone: (089) 23 80 52 16
MURNAU AND THE GABRIELE MÜNTER HOUSE
It’s worth the trip up to Murnau just for the views: the lakes below and the Alps all around. The Münter House is also really singular. Gabriele Münter lived here with Kandinsky and hid their art in the basement during the war. Strolling around this small town, you can really see the influence of Bavarian handicrafts on their art.
Kottmuellerallee 6, Murnau am Staffelsee, Phone: (08841) 62 88 80