Munich: 5 classic Bavarian bakery items for around €1

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Munich Pastries
Load up on German pastries in Munich for a cheap and tasty treat. Photo: Audrey Sykes

Deutschland is home to some of the best bakers in Europe, Bavarian being a doughy turf for fabulous cakes and gigantic pretzels. Even better are the deliciously-low prices for a big sweet treat: rarely are they over €1.

Curious to try some of the best? Here are five top picks when searching for Bavarian baked goods in and around Munich.

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Bigger is usually better when it comes to German pretzels. Photo: Audrey Sykes

Bigger is usually better when it comes to German pretzels. Photo: Audrey Sykes

1. The pretzel

It’s soft, it’s lightly salted, and can be the size of your head. Yes, the Bavarian pretzel, or brezen, is a staple to all beer halls and traditional bakeries in Munich. Mouths will water when the gold-crusted dough breaks apart to reveal a fluffy white dough, slightly sweet and amazing with a spread of butter or mustard.

Krapfens

Krapfens (aka Berliners or doughnuts) always make the taste buds happy. Photo: digital cat

2. The Krapfen

Imagine a homemade pastry the size of your fist, fried and sprinkled with sugar. The krapfen is made with an airy yeast that melts into a joyfully dense doughnut in your mouth. The krapfen filling can be vanilla cream, raspberry and apricot. The pastry has different names depending on the region in Germany, but Bavarians carry an assortment on display (the vanilla is similar to Bavarian cream).

Plum Cake

Plum cake is a perfect snack morning, noon or night. Photo: kochtopf

3. The Plum Cake

In German it’s zwetschgenkuchen, but let’s just stick to a somewhat messy plum cake. It’s like an angel food cake dough, with freshly sliced plums on top that have been slightly cooked in a gelatin. The plums are juicy enough to seep through the cake, then the final combo is chilled to perfection. Sometimes topped with butter crumbles or whipped cream, a perfect choice for the not-so-sweet dessert types.

Apple Strudel

Apple strudel is a favorite German dessert. Photo: superkimbo

4. The Apple Strudel

Apfelstrudel is a slice of Bavarian heaven, and a personal favorite worth a couple extra euro splurge. Pastry dough is rolled as thin as possible, and the strudel in general consists of multiple layers of baked cinnamon apples, strudel sheets, nuts and raisins. It’s served warm with a vanilla sauce that tops it off as a comforting, heart-warming dessert.

Rum Raisin Pancake

Dig into a rum raisin pancake for a true taste of Bavaria. Photo: accidentalhedonist

5. The Rum Raisin Pancake

A Bavarian and Austrian classic, this rum raisin and almond pancake is called a kaiserschmarrn. Small strips of pancakes that are light and sweet, usually with a warm side topping like homemade applesauce or plum sauce. Usually it’s created as one large pancake, and the tradition is to tear it apart into pieces with your hands. It’s a simple snack and perfect for two, to go.

About the author

About the author: Audrey Sykes hopped across the pond from the US eight years ago for a Masters degree in global journalism. Since then, she’s lived all over Europe, reporting and editing for music sites, snowboard mags, and travel media. She’s also the Amsterdam author for Party Earth, a guide to nightlife across Europe.

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