Dining: Like most of central Europe, Munich traditionally excels at drinking, and is home to a half-dozen breweries and the world’s biggest beer festival. But eating? Not so much. That said, things have improved drastically in the past decade or two. In addition to the filling (but good) meat-and-potato platters you’ll find at old school venues like the Hofbräuhaus in the Old Town, an array of high-end restaurants are now serving lighter Continental dishes that can easily compete with the best of France and Italy, while a new generation of casual restaurateurs are cooking cross-cultural recipes in informal, bistro-style surroundings, often in up-and-coming neighborhoods. And, despite the region’s relatively conservative nature, a recent influx of immigrants has brought in excellent (and often refreshingly inexpensive) Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, and Ethiopian restos. And be sure to check out Thrillist's 8 Favorite Restaurants in Munich if you've got the munchies.