When thinking of German food, bratwurst, sauerkraut and a big pint of beer instantly come to mind. But look beyond, and you’ll discover its true depth. Much like the rest of Europe, German food culture has seen a shift from the standardised to a revival of regional delicacies and local produce. So don’t worry about packing on those holiday pounds, there are plenty of places to eat in Germany that offer tasty delights across the calorie scale.
When in Berlin, you’ll discover the many facets of German food through the myriad restaurants and street-style dining options. Some of the most well-known places to eat in Germany can be found here. Marjellchen is a great fine-dine restaurant that serves traditional cuisine, including dishes originating from erstwhile Eastern Prussia, alongside great views. Lighter on the pocket yet packing a flavourful punch, Zur Haxe is another place you should visit for local dishes like pork knuckle or cheese soup. This is also the birthplace of the döner kebab, reflective of Germany’s Turkish culture, best found at Doyum, Pamfilya and the hugely popular Mustafas.
If you’re looking for other options on where to eat in Germany, Munich is another city with great German food culture. Go from fancy eateries to chilled out beer gardens — the choice is really yours. Some of the big hits include Restaurant Atelier Gourmet, a traveller’s pick and locals’ usual spot, their four course menu is worth the queue. The charming Ratskeller Munchen is where you can sample more authentic flavours and a friendly old-Munich atmosphere. Steinheil 16 is pure food, no frills. And there’s a great choice of vegetarian dishes too! And if you’re ready for a splurge, try Halali, a sophisticated restaurant that offers true to Germany dishes of venison, pheasant and other game meats and an exquisite hazelnut ice cream to complete the meal. Don’t miss out on classic beer halls like Weisses Brauhaus too.
Not visiting either of those cities? Don’t worry, there’re great eateries around the country. Caramba Especial in Hamburg is a delight, especially if you’re wondering what to eat in Germany that isn’t traditional German food. They serve Mediterranean, Portuguese and other continental cuisines.
While Ebbelwoi Unser in Frankfurt will take you right back to German roots, with its delicious potato sausages, schnitzel and apple wine. There’s even the Michelin-starred Stadtpfeiffer in Leipzig that takes food to artistic levels, with everything from smoked Arctic Char to lavender ice cream.
Just like everything else, Germany does food with pride, precision and a bit of cultural flair. And no list can do justice to the sheer number of best places to eat in Germany. You have to taste it to believe it, something SOTC has done numerous times, all so that your tour is just to your appetite.