Everybody told me to eat German sausage, pretzels and schnitzels on my virgin trip to Germany (Munich), but to me, those were information easily found off the internet. I wanted to try something not-so-well-talked-about, and yet is something the locals would say, “Ja, it’s our local food.”
The research took quite a bit of poring through travel websites (mostly Google-translated from German, so it took quite a while to interpret the actual meaning behind the articles), and I concluded that there’s this other thing I should eat when in Munich:
Prince Regent’s Cake (Prinzregententorte)
Prince Regent Cake was invented by a Prince Regent back in 1886. The original cafe that serves the cake is not far from Cafe Arzmiller, which I will write a review about too.
N and I had planned to visit this cafe, but we ended up here off-schedule. We arrived Munich earlier than planned (thanks to zero delay from our SQ328 flight), so much so we even finished touring Residenz Museum before schedule.
We decided to visit the shopping street beside Residenz (to recce the Nespresso shop which we intended to raid on our 2nd last day of the trip), and Cafe Arzmiller was the most logical place for us to stay out of the cold.
Since the cafe was away from the main street, it took us a while to find it. The facade looked more French than German, and when we entered, we quickly found ourselves the youngest persons around.
Since it was our first day, we did not really understand the cafe culture. We waited to be seated, only to realise, after a couple who arrived after us went straight to the only empty table, that it was self-service. We roamed around a bit (a la Singapore hawker centre at weekday lunchtime style) and finally got ourselves a place right smack in the middle of the cafe.
The place was abuzz with activity. Them senior folks were chatty indeed. I felt like I was there for English high tea, except that everyone was speaking German.
We also quickly found out about the service culture in Munich. After we managed to get hold of the right server to give provide us with the English menu, we got down to ordering the cake, and our tea/dinner for the day.
p/s: I did not take any pictures of the surrounding, as I was rather shy being at a new place.
For me, I ordered “2 Pairs of Wieners with Mustard and Bread” and paired it with Venice Melange (which I found it was a sort of coffee). N had “Ham and Cheese Toast” with Cappucino.
Right from our first meal in Munich, we realised also that Germans like their food salty. Even the bread (which was actually pretzel) was salty (on top of being tough and hard to chew)!
The Ham and Cheese Toast (toast in German term refers to bread) was salty, but it was not too bad after all.
The star of the day of course was Prince Regent’s Cake. It was chocolate version of kueh lapis. N and I both agreed that the chocolate tasted like some chocolate we had when we were young (needless to say, that taste cannot be found in Singapore now), so we had a rather nostalgic moment.
How to Get There
From the map below, it could be seen that Cafe Arzmiller was set in a courtyard. From Residenz, turn into the main street for the cafe, and after seeing Nespresso, keep left and you will come to an archway that leads into a courtyard (it was quite visible, since there are mostly shopfronts along the street).
The cafe entrance is immediately after the passageway (we got distracted by the cute plushies placed at a storefront in the passageway, so we missed the cafe and walked straight into the middle of the courtyard).
Theatinerhof am Odeonsplatz, Salvatorstraße 2, 80333 München, Germany
+49 89 294273
Munich’s Coffee Culture (LINK)
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If you find the tips helpful in deciding whether to visit this cafe, or what to do when you come here, do go to Tripadvisor, search for “Zenov” and like my review.
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