Red, green and orange chilli peppers on display at a vegetable store at Landwehrstraße in Munich.

Pizza Bavarese: Mexico

Much More Than Tex Mex

A good cure for homesickness: New arrivals tell us where to find a taste of home in Munich.. Episode 5: Mexico: Fernando Gonzalez and Manuel Palacio from Guadalajara talk about tequila bottles with hats, the right kind of flour to use for tortillas, and overflowing takeaways.

“First of all, we must clear up one common misconception: Chilli con Carne is not a Mexican dish. And our tequila bottles do not come with sombrero caps. In Munich we notice time and again that people have a completely inaccurate impression when it comes to our food. This is mainly because of the ubiquitous tex mex restaurants, which serve meals squashed flat as pancakes alongside central American elements.

But if we want real Mexican food here, we head to Tacos y Tequila (Herzogstraße 93). Owner Rafael – also known as Rafa – was once Fernando’s baseball trainer, and his tacos really do taste almost like they do at home. And of course, the tortilla pockets for the tacos are not made from wheat flour, but from corn flour – just as they should be. Just opposite it is El Patio (Herzogstraße 88), which serves somewhat more elaborate dishes such as pozole, a soup with large corn kernels and meat.

The snack bar culture is even more closely connected with Mexico than the restaurant scene. Our favourite in Munich is Condesa (Münchner Freiheit 6). The staff behind the counter are real Mexicans, and in this case we can make an exception and recommend the burritos – although, strictly speaking, they are also not from Mexico. But the meat is spiced with Mexican spices, just like home. The quesadillas here also taste great – it’s a cheese and tortilla-based dish. Attention: Rush hour gets started from 6:00 pm here, when you’ll need to wait a little longer for your food.

When we go to the Taquería at the Isartor (Zweibrückenstraße 9) we go mainly for the Mexican soda, which comes in flavours such as lime and tamarind. The next thing we are eager to try is the homemade vegan tacos in Club Blitz (Museumsinsel 1). Incidentally, that four times a year we organise a Mexican party in Café 35 Millimeter (Bayerstraße 3:00-5:00 pm) and team up as DJs to play Cholo Champaña Of course, guests can enjoy good tequila. As well as tequila, Mexicans love to drink Mezcal, an agave liqueur. For cooking at home, head to Mercado de Mexico (Schulstraße 38) to pick up authentic ingredients such as Mexican chorizo.

And finally, another South American tip: Nasca (Enhuberstraße 1) has the best Peruvian cuisine we have ever had in Germany. You should definitely try their ceviche – raw fish cold-cured in lime juice – which is wonderfully fresh.

 

 

Text: Nasen & Piccard; Photos: Frank Stolle
Baker at work in the Hofbräuhaus-Kunstmühle in Munich.

Bread report: Our daily bread

Back ma's

Virtually no other city has a bread tradition stretching back as far as that of Munich – or such venerated bakery products. What makes them so exceptional and desirable?

Virtually no other city has a bread tradition stretching back as far as that of Munich – or such venerated bakery products. What makes them so exceptional and desirable?

A glass of beer in a restaurant in Munich.

Beer typology

What are you drinking?

Starkbier, Festbier, Hell, Dunkel, Pils: a typology of Munich's beers – and the people who drink them.

Starkbier, Festbier, Hell, Dunkel, Pils: a typology of the most important Munich beers – and the people who drink them.

A fisherman takes a fish from a net on a lake.

Burbot, Bullhead, Whitefish

Native Exoticness

A lot of bones, difficult to eat: Freshwater fish is a culinary niche. But young chefs in Munich are turning char, wels catfish and pike into a true taste adventure.

A lot of bones, difficult to eat: Freshwater fish is a culinary niche. But young chefs in Munich are turning char, wels catfish and pike into a true taste adventure.

Bread with Gelbwurst and chives in Munich.

Sausage guide

Munich and it's sausages

The universe of Munich's sausages is almost infinite. An orientation guide.

The universe of Munich's sausages is not infinite. Its full extent may, however, appear unfathomable to many visitors to the city. A guide.

The chef of the restaurant Schneider Bräuhauses München is cutting a knuckle of pork with a big knife.

Bavarian gastronomy

Nose to tail

Heart, kidney, cheeks, tail: Nose to tail eating is a worldwide trend. Always has been in Munich.

Heart and kidneys, cheeks and tail: While serving up the more unusual parts of an animal may currently be one of the hottest trends, the people of Munich have been doing it for centuries.

Munich Card & City Pass

Discover Munich in a relaxed and uncomplicated way: discounts for the diverse range of art, culture and leisure activities with our guest cards.

Public transport is included

Many discounts with the Card, many things for free with the Pass.

Online or at the tourist information offices

Munich's Palace of Justice

Justizpalast Tour

During the guided tour of the present-day seat of the Bavarian State Ministry of Justice, you will learn everything about the history and significance of the neo-baroque court and administrative building.

Book now for only 20€ !

During the guided tour of the present-day seat of the Bavarian State Ministry of Justice, you will learn everything about the history and significance of the neo-baroque court and administrative building.

Small meeting room of the Neues Rathaus in Munich

New Town Hall Tour

Explore the Neue Rathaus on Marienplatz with an official City of Munich tour guide. A visit of the famous law library is also included!

Book now from 20 €

Explore the Neue Rathaus on Marienplatz with an official tour guide. A visit of the famous law library is also included!

Magistrates, Monachia and magnificent celebrations: explore the Neue Rathaus on Marienplatz with an official City of Munich tour guide. A visit of the famous law library is also included!

Exterior view of the Hofbräuhaus Munich at dusk.

Hofbräuhaus Tour

Discover the most famous beer hall in the world with an official guide of the city of Munich and enjoy a fresh Mass of beer afterward!

Book for 28€, Mass beer included!

Discover the most famous beer hall in the world with an official guide of the city of Munich and enjoy a fresh Mass of beer afterward!

Discover the most famous beer hall in the world with an official guide of the city of Munich and enjoy a fresh Mass of beer afterward!

Towers at Marienplatz in Munich

Old Town Tour

The city walk for everyone who wants to become acquainted with the most beautiful parts of Munich's city centre.

Book now for 18 €!

The city walk for everyone who wants to become acquainted with the most beautiful parts of Munich's city centre.

Wort kettle at the Spaten brewery in Munich.

Spaten Brewery Tour

Experience a brewery tour at Spaten with a look behind the scenes, interesting facts about the company history and beer tasting in the brewery tower.

Book now for only 22 €!

Experience a brewery tour at Spaten with a look behind the scenes, interesting facts about the company history and beer tasting in the brewery tower.

A woman with varnished fingernails holds a gift with the inscription "simply Munich".

Vouchers

Buy now vouchers for your visit in Munich. The ideal gift! Guided tours, guest cards and more...

Buy vouchers from 6,50 €

Buy now vouchers for your visit in Munich. The ideal gift! Guided tours, guest cards and more...

A stone jug with the inscription Oktoberfest Munich.

Order now!

Oktoberfest Shop

Bring a piece of Oktoberfest home: Purchase official souvenirs such as the Wiesn poster or the Oktoberfest beer stein in the official Oktoberfest shop.

Bring a piece of Oktoberfest home: Purchase official souvenirs such as the Wiesn poster or the Oktoberfest beer stein in the official Oktoberfest shop.

Bag on green background

Vouchers

Give the gift of a special Munich voucher: we also offer vouchers for all our guided tours. Here you can book unique Munich experiences directly online, print them out and give them as a gift voucher to friends or family.

Buy vouchers from 6,50 €

Give the gift of a special Munich voucher: we also offer vouchers for all our guided tours. Here you can book unique Munich experiences directly online, print them out and give them as a gift voucher to friends or family.