If you're looking for an excellent Viennese coffeehouse then you might consider this one. Although the architecture is modern, the ambience, the (fancy)cakes and tarts, the coffee and tea etc. reminded me of the good old time. They even have a piano player on several afternoons each week (like when I visited).
I had a piece of blueberry tart and a Wiener Melange coffee, both excellent. The check was 5.05 Euro. I had a table outdoor and enjoyed the autumn sun, watching people and listening to the piano. Very good and friendly service.
Location is in the pedestrian zone, a bit off the beaten path behind the town hall.
Right in the pedestrian zone is this very nice Bistro-Restaurant where they serve excellent French cuisine. They have tables outside which were perfect for lunch on this sunny day in September.
Service is very good, attentive and competent. I chose the daily offer, potatoes Rösti-style with mushrooms and a green salad (yummy), had a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon rose (very good) and a mineral water (Perrier). I paid 18 Euro incl. tip which was a bit more than usual for lunch, but it was well worth it.
The literal translation of "Scheune" is barn which refers to the rural location and the part of the restaurant, one of the dining rooms, that originally was a barn. Grütznickels Scheune is a place for the locals, serves hearty, regional food. Unfortunately I did not have the time to eat there.
I only wanted something to drink. A welcome surprise was the "Summer bowle" that they served, made of dry red wine, mineral water and different, sliced fruit (strawberries, melon e.g. if I recall correctly). Very refreshing on a hot summer day and very tasty. A glass (0.3 l) cost 3.20 Euro.
Right on the Markt square is the Cafe Venezia, a typical ice-cream and coffee place Italian style. They have tables outdoor in summer from where you have a good view of the folks parading by - but that's the only really positive aspect about it.
I had a cup of ice-cream and cappuccino. Unfortunately the size of the ice-cream cup did not match the quality - I've hardly ever had a worse one. The cappuccino was not particularly good, either. The check was a bit more than 8 Euro, *way* too much. Not worth a recommendation.
One of the "In"-places in Chemnitz is the bistro/lounge/restaurant Don. It is located in the city centre, next to St. Jakobi church. The place has two floors: on the ground floor is the cafe, a grand staircase leads up to the restaurant area with a bar, off this one, on the corner with views of the pedestrian zone and St. Jakobi church, is the lounge area. I picked a table in the lounge area right by the windows.
The interior is modern, stylish, with interesting light effects (see pic 3). Chairs and sofas are comfortable, I can easily imagine to spend a couple of hours there, chatting away with friends and watching people - that's what apparently quite a lot of (mostly younger) folks do.
Favorite Dish: I had a freshly squeezed orange juice, creme brulee and Darjeeling tea. Everything was yummy. The check was 10 Euro incl. tip. Service was friendly though a bit slow. Everyone seemed to have plenty of time to kill, I was probably the only one who needed to catch a train.
A good place for a sumptuous breakfast buffet is the restaurant of the Hotel Mercure, located on the top floor and thus providing great views of the city. In case the weather co-operates you can see the Erzgebirge mountains from there (it did not for us).
The breakfast buffet had all sorts of meat, cheese, eggs, bacon etc., fruit, yoghurt, cereals, different kinds of bread and rolls, also some sweets/cakes, sorts of juice and of course coffee and (loose) tea. Service was very competent and friendly. We showed up quite late (about 9.30 am) and everything was still available. As non-hotel guests we paid 14 Euro each, the same what they charge hotel guests.
This restaurant is so far the best I've found in Chemnitz. I had an excellent lunch there in Oct 2011. Location is on the northern edge of the city centre, close to the high-rise Hotel Mercure. The building is one of the few old townhouses that survived the bombing in WWII. The interior is tastefully modern, with pictures and works done by local artisans. Upstairs are another dining room, the gourmet department for the evenings, and a small art gallery.
On workdays (Mon-Fri) they have a special offer for lunch - changes weekly - that includes soup plus main course and coffee or cake - for 9.90 Euro only. Or you pick the dish of the day for 5.90 Euro.
I chose the menu of the week. I cannot exactly remember what the soup was, but it was delicious. Main course was Schnitzel with potatoes and green salad. I also had a yummy white wine and some water. The check was 15.80 plus tip.
Service was very competent, attentive and friendly. The place is highly recommended!
Espitas is a relatively new restaurant in Chemnitz - and it is said to be always packed. A good reason to see myself what the hype is all about. It's a nice pseudo-mexican atmosphere in which very attentive waiters (perhaps even too attentive) serve the food. We went for a mixed salad with palm hearts, tacos with mixed meats and burritos. While the food was alright and in parts really creative (chicken with chocolate sauce!), the cocktails were really good. Espitas offers a large selection and gives helpful explanations about what the cocktails consist of (e.g. a description of what ingrediences make up Aperol liquor).
In summary: A good place to eat, but an even better one for a good drink.
Favorite Dish: Burritos and Tacos were good. Cocktails are great.
Oh, this place is really great! They are the number one Indian restaurant in Chemnitz and offer a multitude of Indian dishes in a somehow weird (i.e. Indian + Saxonian) ambience. You sit in a pretty dark room with massive furniture and are served by the most attentive waiters.
The food is very tasty but may sometimes be quite hot. But for this cause, the Maharadscha waiters are prepared - it's a matter of seconds that they add some sauce to your food which makes it less hot. When I was there the last time, I was too proud to accept... but I survived the "medium hot" food anyway!
Favorite Dish: Just choose for yourself, you won't be disappointed!
Malula is a nice Syrian restaurant located on the shore of river Chemnitz. The food is great and the service very attentive. My family and me came here after a long day of hiking and enjoyed grilled lamb and chicken as well as some good starters. Prices are above average, but it's definitely worth it. In summer, a beer garden behind the house is open to visitors.
Favorite Dish: Starters are excellent and should be part of every Malula meal. The grill plate is also good.
Everywhere in the house local artists did a great job from the lamp until the table, the wallpaper und the signet. And of course the cookery also belongs to the style of the restaurant.
From the fine light cuisine and the well-chosen wines innumerable people became a slave already. Sometimes it is hard to find a table.
It is a really cozy restaurant to sit and talk, drink a good wine and just talk with friends.
It starts at noon already: the lunch dish changes every day. In the afternoon you get pie which is self made and tasts just great.
And in the evening you will find the people living around the place - Kaßberg - in there. Especially on Thursday when there is Live Music.
It is a small place but very popular and uon sundays also a cozy place to have breakfast.
monday to friday 11am -1am, saturday 6pm -1am, sunday 10am -1am
The alternative to swells place. It goes over two floors - it has a cozy character and you will feel very comfortable.
Bright red walls with always new paintings, crowded book shelfs, all old furniture - and regular Live music.
The cook has some new dishes every week and the tea card is just great. No wonder that the place is always full of people.
It´s worth checking out.
Was the place for our After-Christmas-Party last year.
monday to friday from 11am, saturday from 4pm, sunday from 10am
Nowhere changes the character of a caf? so much as there: at lunchtime there are buisness men sitting there, in the afternoon grandmothers are sitting there for a talk - and in the evening there are the revellers.
Popular besides the beverages and cocktails are the good pastas and pizzas.
From the big windows you have the view to the opers and the museum.
Unrepeatable in Chemnitz: besides all that you have 32 Billard tables for people who are looking for that to do at night with the cocktail in their hand.
Right in the city centre, and very busy on Mayday when we arrived. Enjoyed our lunch here, good vegetarian choice for Mrs Bonio and two beers on offer went down a treat!