A delicious breakfast to start the day, a hot midday meal, tasty cake and coffee in the afternoon, rounded off with a delightful evening dinner – now that’s living! In Leipzig, you can choose between local eateries, international restaurants and cosy cafés. Guten Appetit!
Places to eat in Leipzig
Enjoy local delicacies
Leipzig is a city for true foodies. The best known regional speciality is “Leipziger Allerlei”, a traditional recipe including plenty of fresh vegetables and crayfish. When expertly prepared, this dish is a real treasure that is also exceedingly healthy. Other highlights of Saxon cuisine include Sauerbraten – marinated pot roast – and potato soup.
Pay a visit to the city’s eateries and experience the exceptional standard of local food. Auerbachs Keller is a restaurant known around the world for its appearance in Goethe’s Faust. The establishment’s wide-ranging wine collection is particularly impressive. The regional cuisine at Ratskeller is equally delicious, served in stylish, rustic surroundings. The Saxon home cooking at Romanushof and the restaurant in the Gohliser Schlösschen are also highly recommended.
Coffee and cake
Alongside the range of regional dishes, Leipzig also features a wide variety of foods from around the world. Trade fairs once attracted large numbers of businesspeople to the city, who brought with them new recipe ideas from around the world. Today, many immigrants run restaurants and delight diners with typical foods from their home countries.
Go on a culinary odyssey and sample dishes at some of Leipzig’s exotic and international restaurants. Latin American flair awaits you at Diego, a restaurant serving Argentinian steaks and Mexican burritos. French fare is served at Ma Petite Brasserieand La Romantica cooks up Italian dishes. Probably the best tapas in town are served at Spanish restaurant El Matador. You can find sumptuous specialities from the Far East at Inside Asia and China White.
High-quality coffee enjoys a long tradition in Leipzig. This city was home to Germany’s first coffeehouse. Cosy cafés can be found throughout the city. They serve ever-popular hot drinks alongside all manner of cakes, making them the perfect place to take a breather from sightseeing or shopping. Many Leipzig cafés also put on a superb brunch.
Keen coffee aficionados are sure to love Coffe Baum on Barfussgässchen. One of the oldest cafés in Europe, it even features a small coffee museum. Café Kandler has several branches in the city, with cakes still baked according to traditional recipes. Kaffeehaus Riquet is housed in a building with magnificent architecture, while you can enjoy the charm of a Viennese coffeehouse at Grundmann. The cakes and other baked goodies at Café Corso are particularly tasty.