Let’s go back to Munich for a few days - on the blog at least. While I’m sad to be missing out on Oktoberfest this year, I do have a few more places to share with you. So in case you’ll be one of the lucky ‘few’ (though 6 million people is not very little) who’ll be attending the Oktoberfest this year, I’ve got another Munich hotspot for you today. Very simple, cheap and basic, but definitely one worth mentioning. Let me take you to my ‘local’ pizza place, Lo Studente.
Lo Studente was actually the first restaurant I tried when I moved to Munich. My dad and brother helped me with the move, and around 10 pm we dying of hunger so went looking for a restaurant that still served dinner. I remembered passing by Lo Studente when I went to Munich last September, and I knew it would still be open late at night.
Located right in the middle of Munich’s student area, Lo Studente is a ‘classic’ place for cheap, easy and good dinner. They serve up homemade pizzas from a wood fire oven (holzofen) as well as other Italian dishes such as pastas and simple salads. The pizzas are cheap and the place is aimed at the students who live and study in the area, which explains the name.
I took my siblings here when they arrived on a super warm summer afternoon. I ordered the Funghi, my sister had a Hawaii pizza and my brother ordered a special with truffle, mushroom, rocket and parmesan. My brother's was definitely the tastiest of them all! I love that they have spicy oil made with freshly sliced hot peppers and good olive oil, so you can make your pizza as spicy as you like. Add a beer or a rhubarb schorle to that and you've got the perfect meal.
The prices of the pizzas start at €3.50 and if you go all-in (truffle, parma ham.. the works) your pizza will cost €10.90, so it's really affordable. The pizzas are normal in size, not too big, not too small. Though it's not the best pizza I've ever eaten, you can't really argue about it considering the price and freshness of the ingredients. Whenever I had a pizza-craving, Lo Studente was my fix! You can sit inside or outside (there's a covered terrace by the street.. people watching!) and although it's a busy place there's always a seat available. - info & detail here -
While I'm at it, I thought I might add another one of my favourite places in Munich: Vorhoelzer Forum. It's a bar/café right on the top floor of the Technical University where you have one of Munich's best terraces with a cool 360 degree view of the city. Head inside the uni and take the elevator to the fifth floor, where you'll find a little surprise. Check it out:
Since this is also a student place, it's relaxed and the perfect spot to get a drink after dinner at Lo Studente, it's not far away! Order a drink at the bar and head out to the rooftop terrace, which is absolutely packed when the weather is nice. It's the best place for a sundowner, but you can also have breakfast, coffee or a small snack here. I love it! - info & details here -
I'm happy I got to share two of my favourite 'basics' in Munich. Since it's a student city, you don't necessarily need a big budget to go for dinner and drinks, which is sometimes the case in other big cities. If you ever visit Munich, or even pass by when going skiing, keep these two places in mind, you'll love them!