After the visit to Stiftskirche, the beer garden on the opposite side of the square immediately caught our attention. It has everything you'd expect from a Bavarian beer garden. You sit in the shade under chestnut trees, enjoying the products of the microbrewery... a pleasant lunchtime activity. The location is perfectly convenient for a pit stop between sightseeing.
They even had a live band playing (photo 2), three guys who name their band the Maulquappen. The name is a pun (Maul = mouth, snout; Kaulquappen = tadpoles). I am not commenting on their musical qualities. We all agreed that this band actually deserves a Warnings & Dangers tip...but let's not be mean... They gave us a good laugh.
Favorite Dish: I had a baked potato with white cheese and a mixed salad, a nice light lunch on a warm summer's day. Then there is of course the beer.
The Storchennest (stork’s nest) is a cosy and nice decorated restaurant which offers German/ local food. You could get several of the dishes also as small portion which I found great. I had the turkey steak with rice as small portion which was good and enough for me, except that there was not much sauce. My husband the aspargus toast and also enjoyed it.
The Bayerischer Hof is a 4-stars-hotel which also has a restaurant - and above all a very nice beer garden. The hotel is located at a busy street, but you don’t notice that in the beer garden. You rather hear the fountain! As May is the typical season for aspargus they had several aspargus dishes on their menu, but of course also others. I had “Kässpätzle” (Spätzle with cheese) with onions, which is typical for South Germany, especially the Swabian region. It’s pretty filling! Later the evening it got colder and they distributed some blanked, pretty helpful as we had forgotten our jackets!
The restaurant „Zum Stift“ lies very central, just next to the St Lorenz basilica and the Residence. The beer garden is very nice, with large chestnut trees that provide shadow. Only that live music there wasn’t my cup of tea!
Food was good, too, I had a baked potato with a kind of sour cream sauce and a salad. It only was too much, especially as the salad was so large! My husband had “Fleischkäse” with fried egg, which is something typical German, especially in the south.
The Hotel and Restaurant 'Bayerischer Hof' is located close to the center of Kempten just on the other side of the river Iller. During the premeet here in Kempten for the Euromeet2012 in Bergamo we went here for dinner in the beergarden. The beergarden in Bayerischer Hof has an excellent calm atmosphere as tables are rather far apart in a nice elegant park. The hotel and the restaurant can also be recommended, guests from work often stay here.
The name of the restaurant gives you a good hint of its origin, 'Stift' can be translated to monastery. The restaurant is located in old buildngs that formerly belonged to Kemptens monastery. Outside you will find a traditional and cosy beergarden that invites on a sunny day.
Favorite Dish: The food here is traditional Bavarian food. It might be good to inform that portions are rather large!
The restaurant serves local swabian food. Very tasty.
Bahnhofstr. 8, 87435 Kempten
Tel. +49-(0)831-29237, Fax 0831-23253
Opening hours: 10.00 - 24.00
Warm food: 11.00 - 22.00
Closing day: June - November on Sundays
The Bachtelweiher Garten is a beergarden and Cafe at the outskirts of Kempten in the beautiful area close to the Bachtelweiher, a small lake. Beside coffee, beer and cake they also serve warm local food.
There are possibilities for kids to play and you will find a minigolf place.
The tap of the Allgäu brewery was close to our hotel so had to visit. Maybe a little more upmarket than we are used to, friendly and comfortable all the same. Excellent food, we had a little trouble with the menu - unusually for us we had to resort to an English one. Tasty vegetarian food for Mrs B as well.
We were starting to feel the cold on our walk around town and spotted a sign to this bar. It's underground as the name suggests, but easy to find. Warm and friendly inside, a coupe of beers and a bowl of goulasch soup for me, good vegetarian choice for Mrs Bonio too.
Just what the doctor ordered!
A freezing cold and snowy Saturday night we were staying in this hotel, no way were we going to venture outside so, the hotel restaurant it was for us. Good choice! very tasty food, vegetarian choices for Mrs Bonio, along with a very drinkable wine.
It was a very warm day late in May and a Sunday so nothing we wanted to visit was yet open. We decided to go into the beer garden next to the church and were very glad we did. There were long tables set up under the trees and a lovely cool breeze. Three elderly ladies soon joined us and although they spoke no English and we spoke little German, we all managed to have a grand time together. (In all fairness, my husband speaks quite a bit of German and that really helped.)
Favorite Dish: We both had sausages and sauerkraut and loved it. I'm from a little German town in Ohio and grew up on such food. My husband just likes sausage and sauerkraut. I'm sure I've had no influence on that . . . LOL