The cheapest way to eat in Munich is to buy your food from markets, butchers, bakeries and then to take it into a beer garden. By tradition it is allowed to bring your own food into beer gardens, as long as you buy your beverages and beer there. Just be careful you sit down at the tables and benches without table cloths, the others are reserved for customers who also order food. You will see many locals unpack their baskets with home-made food in the beer gardens and get a Mass (1 litre) of beer or Radler (mix of lemonade and beer) from the kiosk.

There is a large Turkish population in Germany and they introduced another cheap eat to Munich: Döner Kebab (which is known as Gyros Pita in Greek places) at 3€ to 3.50€. It's a big bun with hot strips of lamb or veal or turkey (which has been roasted on a turning spit) with tomato slices, lettuce, yoghurt sauce and dried hot spices sprinkled over it. Delicious!

Most of the Turkish bistros offering them are clustered around the Central Train Station. These Turkish restaurants also offer main dishes at 5-6€ even on the weekend.

For cheap food inside train stations try Yorma's. It is sort of a cafe/convenience store and is usually to be found in train stations. They serve a few kinds of sausages and a variety of sub sandwiches all for pretty cheap. The sausages with a bun is 2 euros whereas at other places and stands it is usually over 3 euros.

You can get a Bratwurst in a bun at Viktualienmarkt for under 3€ and you should not miss trying a Munich speciality like a slice of Leberkäs in a bun (2€) or with potato salad. You can get it everywhere at that price, even on the very central Viktualienmarkt. Do not be put off by the name, which means liver-cheese, it contains neither liver nor cheese. Leberkäs is made of the same material as frankfurters only that it is baked as a big piece in an oven and then sliced on the spot when you buy it.

Another way to save money is to go into any butcher's store, there you can choose from the ham and wurst and they will make you a simple sandwich (just the bun and ham/wurst) on the spot for under 2€.

If you have a sweet tooth, head for any of the bakeries, there is one on every corner in Munich. You can get sweet pastries there for 1.50€ each and if you visit during the carnival season from January to 40 days before Easter, try the many different types of Krapfen (doughnuts) with fillings from vanilla, over egg-nog and champagne cream to unlikely fillings like mustard. A good place for a wide choice of Krapfen is Bodo's Conditorei, which also has a café-tent (not a beer tent!) at the Oktoberfest.

Another good idea is to look for cafeterias atop department stores, such as "Galeria Kaufhof" near Marienplatz. They are an easy place to have a balanced meal. It is a good bargain and decent food.

Most restaurants have special kids dishes at around 4€, some also offer smaller portions for seniors at three-quarters of the price of the normal main dishes.

Many restaurants also have special low-price lunch offers from Monday to Friday, just ask for the "Mittags-Menü".

For an overview of restaurants that have main dishes under 9€ even in the evenings, see the green entries on this map:  http://tinyurl.com/munich-restaurants

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