What to have for lunch is always a bit of a problem for us!
Luckily, we were near the Culture Centre and saw an old car which had been converted into a place to sell German sausages. Plenty of people were queued, so we thought that was a good sign and joined them. We had a Bockwurst each which was really nice, no wonder the queue wasn't getting any shorter. At 1.5 euros, this was a very cheap and filling meal.
After a long walk into Dresden and spending some time looking at the Kreuzkirche, we were starting to feel a little hungry. We didn't have breakfast, so we decided to look for a Bakery.
We didn't have to look far, for across the road from the Church, was Bäckerei Dreißig, an all glass Coffee shop & Bakery. It was busy, we always think this is a good sign, so in we went.
There was a huge choice of beautiful German cakes, what to choose was a real problem! The savouries, sandwiches and rolls looked very nice, so we decided to come back and have lunch here.
We both chose something nice, mine was Apple, mmm, delicious! I can't remember what my husband had, but I can tell you, he was a happy person! We both enjoyed our drinks on a coolish morning. I had a Hot Chocolate and he had a Coffee. We liked sitting on high stools and looking out to the Altmarkt, fun people watching. It wasn't until afterwards, that I realized there was an upstairs eating area.
For those of you who want to buy your own bread, the selection in this Bakery was of many different varieties.
Service, food, position and cleanliness - all good!
We wouldn't look anywhere else in Dresden for a cuppa & Cake!
OPEN.. Monday - Friday 7 - 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 7 - 8pm
This is one of many restaurants/bars in the Weisse Gasse district in the old town which is a popular dining and hangout place for both locals and tourists. I had supper here twice and thought it was quite good. I recall that the Fusilli with some sauce and parmigiano (7.80 Euro) were tasty, the chocolate cupcake (4 Euro) for dessert was nicely presented and delicious. The 0.2 l of organic Chardonnay (5.50 Euro) were excellent.
I came back with VTer yumyum for a late night drink and we each had a tasty black tea. Someone also had a yummy chocolate cupcake with vanilla ice-cream and whipped cream :-)
Prices are reasonable, service is usually good but can be a bit slow when the place is very busy - like later at night, especially when they have tables outdoor, too.
This is my favourite Italian restaurant in the old town. It is located in the "Weisse Gasse" restaurant/bar district, close to town hall and Kreuzkirche, where locals as well as tourists go for dining and hanging out after work and in the evenings. Interior is rather plain, not much in regards of decoration, more on the rustic side with dark wood. There's a gallery upstairs with a few tables, too, from where you have a good view of the ground floor. Large windows and - if the weather co-operates - tables outdoor provide excellent options for people watching.
Service is quick, friendly and competent. They have special lunch offers Mon - Fri, which is a big hit with the folks from surrounding offices (town hall!).
Favorite Dish: I ate there a couple of times, but only managed to snap some photos on my most recent visit during lunchtime. I had a lunch special, filetto di pollo (chicken filet) piccante with tagliatelle, capers, olives, a hot tomato sauce (chili) and parmigiano. Absolutely delicious and a steal for 6.80 Euro. I had a wheat beer with it (Schöfferhofer), which was good, too (3.90 Euro).
My co-worker had a pizza (Milano) which was very good but nothing to write home about.
No "pane e coperto", service is included, but they point out on the check that "tip is not included" - in English and not in German! Calls for no tip policy IMO.
Open Mon - Sun from 11 am.
One of the best restaurants in Dresden for fish & seafood is located right by the port in the Friedrichstadt district. Hardly any tourists come here, the area is off the beaten path. The restaurant is in the former social and cultural building of the port, erected in 1956. After a major redesign/-decoration the restaurant opened with maritime ambience in 1995. For example, there is a sea water aquarium with a capacity of 5,200 l inside. They also have a nice terrace with view of the port. In 2010 the owner changed and another redecoration was done - well done, I'd say.
Service is quick and friendly. Prices are a bit higher than usual, but you get excellent quality. Calculate about 15 Euro for a main course.
Favorite Dish: I had meals here several times. My favourite is the Lotte de Mer - totally yummy. It comes with ginger-honey carrots and baked potatoes.
Continue your Friedrichstadt walk here.
Yes, McDonald is in Dresden too with the following branches:
Altmarkt - ECE-Center - 01067
Wilsdruffer Strasse 19/21 - 01067 (McCafe)
Pragerstrasse 4A - 01068 (McCafe)
Hansastrasse - Neustadt - 01097 (McCafe + McDrive)
Peschelstrasse 38 -A4 Autobahn- 01139 (McCafe + McDrive)
Favorite Dish: A salad
The Pulverturm is located at the place where the Powder Tower once stood. This tower was built in 1565, when the city walls were completed.
In 1744 the tower was detroyed; only some outer walls remained partly.
In 1763 the construction of the so-called Coselpalais started.
Today, besides the street terrace, the restaurant has 4 basement, preserving the remaining parts of the previous buildings.
The restaurant serves Saxonian food, for instance suckling pig and traditional German dishes.
There's also a wine room offering many Saxonian wines fresh cheeses.
Daily: 11AM - 1AM
El Perro Borracho is a Spanish restaurant with a small terrace in the middle of the Kunsthofpassage courtyard.
The restaurant offers tapas and typical other Spanish menu's and international dishes.
In the weekend brunches are served till 3PM; on other days lunches are served till 4PM.
Mo-Th: 11.30AM - 1AM
Fr: 11.30AM - 2AM
Sa: 10.30AM - 2AM
Su: 10.30AM - 1AM
Favorite Dish: The lunch with Mexican beans.
The Müntzgasse street to be for people watching. The bars all have a terrace offering a perfect opportunity for looking at others.
And not to be ignored: they offer excellent food and drink as well.
The Grand Cafe Coselpalais, located next to the Frauenkirche, is *the* place for fancy cakes. They also serve full meals, lunch and dinner, but it is overpriced IMO. However, their (fancy) cakes are not to beat! That's what draws me back to the place, again and again :-) That, and the ambience.
The building was destroyed in the bombing in 1945 and reconstructed in the 1990s. Lots of stucco, gold, chandeliers, the cakes and coffee/tea are partially served on Meissen porcelain - you get the picture.
I highly recommend the "Haustorte", their specialty fancy cake. Tea is also excllent, so are the coffee specialties. Their selection of regional and international wine is also very good and recommended.
Update from May 2013: I had their Harlekin Torte (fancy cake, see pic 3), absolutely delicious. Not too sweet, not too rich - just perfect. The dark chocolate on top didn't split into a dozen pieces when you dug into it, it was somewhat soft, just how I like it. Tea (Darjeeling) was also perfect. Afterward we had a long drink, Grapefruit liquor with (German) champagne (means Sekt) - yummy.
Service is attentive and friendly.
Pic 5 shows their fancy cakes counter ... mouth watering, isn't it?
This is one of the many restaurants in the five-star hotel Kempinski Taschenbergpalais. It is sort of the 'little brother' of the Gourmet restaurant "Intermezzo", and as the name indicates it is French cuisine, bistro style, but somewhat on the fancy side. Ambience is casual-elegant, white linen and silverware on the tables, large mirrors on the walls, chandeliers with odd colours on the ceiling (pic 5). Service is impeccable.
I have been here on several occasions earlier and over the years noted that the prices increased quite considerably - on my latest visit in 2013 I was sort of shocked by what I got for the money.
Favorite Dish: We had asparagus cream soup and a half portion of green salad with ruccola, grilled mushrooms and slices of parmigiano for starters - both very tasty. Main course was Coq au vin with grilled mushrooms, also half portion. The main course came without a side dish, so we opted for bread (4 slices of yummy baguette) for which they charged 4.50 Euro extra. LOL! The Coq au vin was tasty, but I've had better ones. We had 0.2 l of a rose wine each plus a bottle of mineral water.
The meal set us back 80 Euro (for two). Not sure it was worth the money. I doubt I'll go back.
This place is in the upscale Swissotel, a five-star hotel right in the old town by the Royal Palace, thus the name that refers to the "Schloss." The Schlossbar is the Swissotel's lobby bar and cafe, occupying the room to the left of the entrance and the main lobby. I have been there on several occasions, in the afternoon for coffee and cake and after opera performances for a drink or dessert and/or hot chocolate. If you plan to have your coffee or whatever in the lobby, then better give the waiter/barkeeper a notice because it is a bit away from the bar and he might not see you for a while. Otherwise service is perfect - friendly, attentive, competent. Prices are a bit higher than usual but not outrageous - and given the ambience (modern, quite stylish), the excellent options to do some people watching plus the quality of the food/drinks, the prices are absolutely justified.
Favorite Dish: I had a piece of local specialty cake "Eierschecke" and on another occasion a piece of chocolate fancy cake (filling like mousse au chocolat) e.g. - both delicious - and coffee resp. hot chocolate - also yummy.
The restaurant Klosterschänke belongs to the Hotel Klosterhof, located in the picturesque district Altleubnitz, a former village that became part of the municipality Dresden but managed to preserve the rural ambience pretty well. The place is a former guesthouse of the monastery Altzella, about 20 km or so northwest, outside Dresden near the small town Nossen and the motorway A4. The complex was reconstructed a couple of times over the centuries, but looks back at a history of almost 1,000 years. The restaurant is in a Renaissance style hall (pic 3), a bit too dark for bright summer days, but exactly right for cold days when the open fireplace is in action. Rustic, cosy interior.
Favorite Dish: I had Sunday brunch with a group of five friends and since it was a warm, sunny spring day we chose a table outside in their lovely courtyard. Service was VERY friendly, super attentive and competent. Prices are very reasonable - 15.50 Euro per person for the brunch buffet which included cereals, yoghurt, several sorts freshly cut fruit, ham, salami, other cold cuts, a selection of cheese, some sorts of jam, honey, nutella ... a wide selection of rolls, bread, baguette. For warm dishes (lunch part) they provided potato gratin, rice, pasta, pork roast, chicken breast in creamy sauce and some fish. Dessert was several cremes with berries, custard, Kaiserschmarrn (cut-up and sugared pancake with raisins). Filtered coffee, tea, o-juice, tap water included. Coffee specialties and other drinks were extra. Everything was delicious, we'll certainly be back.
When you're looking for an excellent bakery/pastry shop, preferably with a cafe so you can try their goodies right there, definitely consider Konditorei Müller. They look back at a tradition of 100 years at their home corner Kesselsdorfer Str./Gohliser Str. but also have a cafe/shop close to the Tech University at Nürnberger Straße. Naturally this place is frequented by students pretty much, but you'll also see lots of other locals who live in this nice residential area called "Swiss district", just south of the main railway station. Getting there is easy, it's final stop of tram #8 "Südvorstadt", and bus #61 (the "student shuttle") also stops there (Bernhardstraße).
Service was nice and competent, although the young lady was not exactly talkative at first. Took her a while, but in the end we chatted nicely.
It's a great place for people watching - inside the cafe/shop but also outside. Large windows, best view of the sidewalk and the street.
Favorite Dish: I had a piece of Swedish apple cake and a milk coffee - 5 Euro incl. service (You pay a surcharge of 60 ct. per piece of cake if you eat it there and don't take it away.) Yummy, although slightly too much sugar coating for my taste (others will beg to differ).
The "Scheune" (in English: stables) is sort of the "heart" of the Neustadt, the vibrant nightlife district of Dresden. This is where it all started in the late 1980s as a sort of co-op, as a place for live music, off-mainstream arts and such.
Nowadays it is still a place for such kinds of music and arts, a non-profit organisation runs the place. Recent developments are flea markets and a small (non-typical) Christmas market on the grounds (see pic 4).
But there is also a restaurant there, the Scheunecafe, with a lovely beergarden. To my surprise they are specialised in Indian food! I visited the first time in 2013 when I met up with fellow VTer EasyMalc and we stumbled upon the Scheune right when we needed a break from sightseeing. We had a table outside (although it was not exactly summer weather). Service was very good, the waiter spoke very good English, the menu was in both German and English. Malc helped me with picking the food (thank you very much!)
Favorite Dish: I had Chicken Korma, Malcolm had Mutton Madras. Both very good. I found out I would have liked the more spicy, not so fruity with the curry taste of the Mutton Madras better, though. He also ordered Naan bread, which was unfortunately not very good.
We each had a bottle (0.5 l) organic Pilsener beer brewed in the Neustadt district. Pretty good.
The check was 32.70 Euro for the two of us. Quite reasonable, I'd say.