It’s true. While visiting Leipzig we didn’t really feast on many of the popular German food staples like Wiener Schnitzel, Bratwurst, or Spätzle. However, we did stumble upon many hidden gems that showcase the modernization and diversity of Leipzig, while at the same appreciating places that held the rich history of the city and its people at its helm! We are huge fans of exploring the cuisine in any city we travel to so we decided to share six of our favorite culinary finds from the area — just in case you were planning a trip of your own to this awesome city!
International cuisine was high on our list as we were interested in comparing the local flavor with similar specialties back home. Given the explosion of more modern culinary preparations, we didn’t want to miss out on what Leipzig had to offer in that arena either. And because we are completely infatuated with coffee houses (and of course, coffee), we were sure to add several cafes to our list — and let’s not forget the delectable pastries that are readily available all over town!
The observation deck on the 31st floor is arguably the best spot to view the entire city; this place takes dinner with a view to another level. Not to be outdone by the amazing views of the city, the culinary team creates some exquisite dishes to compliment the experience and to provide a complete sensory ode to the city! We found our 3-course lunch to be tasty and well-priced. If you don’t want to grab lunch or dinner you can still make your way to the observation deck for stellar views of the city!
Isn’t it the best feeling when you are out shopping or sight-seeing and you run across another spot that is just as fab and it wasn’t even on your radar? Well, that is exactly what happened when we had the good fortune of stumbling upon Cafe Cantona. This cozy and very simple little coffee shop had a charm that is hard to explain, but it hits you the minute you sit down and start to look around! We kept things simple, by ordering a latte, coffee, and croissant with butter and marmalade. Fun fact about this place – it’s where designers and other creative people like to meet and hang out! Making it a prime location to people watch.
Did someone say Indian cuisine? Located in the city center area of Leipzig, Indian Crown was centrally located to many other eateries and bars, but it stood out, and we had to go in for a closer look. After browsing the menu and finding a few of our favorites like Samosas, Naan, Lamb Vindaloo, and Butter Chicken, we quickly requested a seat to enjoy what would be a fantastic dinner. The most unexpected highlight of our meal had to be the wonderful Gin Tonics we ordered. They were so good we are now ordering them everywhere we go!
Hà Nöi Cuisine
Good Vietnamese food in Germany??? This quickly went from being a question to a proclamation when we stumbled upon Hà Nöi Cuisine. When you walk in it looks fancy and a little formal, but that’s not at all how it feels. The vibe and aesthetics were chill and laid back which for us are immediate draws. However, the Pho Bo won us over! If you find yourself in the city center area around lunchtime you should stop in and try their amazing lunch specials.
Typically, we would be hard pressed to find a cafe that not only served up some delicious coffee, but also roasted their coffee in-house, AND offered the option to purchase a bag or two to enjoy in the comforts on your own home. That is exactly what Röskant offers and more. On top of that, they offer coffee seminars that cover everything you want to know about coffee from the basics and where their coffee originates to the in-house roasting process; and of course, you get to taste lots of great coffee! We enjoyed the coffee so much that we purchased a bag of the organic Mexico Finca Flamingo to bring home. It’s a low-acid and mild coffee (due to the longer roasting process) with a fruity and chocolaty aroma.
Eat The World-Walking Food Tour
This is a great food tour that we would recommend for locals and visitors. It gives the locals a fresh perspective on food in the city and introduces new spots. For those visiting, like us, you get to try some tasty bits and get a history lesson at the same time! This is a 3-5-hour walking tour will have you sipping on coffee and lattes in spectacular coffee shops located in non-conventional buildings to spice shops that are curating delicious spices from around the world.