This place is filled with history, having been built in 1899 and was once just one of many Goseschenke. These pubs specialized in serving Gose, a sour lactic beer that was peculiar to Leipzig and a few surrounding towns. It suffered damage during WWII air attacks but managed to remain open until 1958 and during the last ten years of its existence was the only place in the world serving Gose. Lothar Goldhahn read an article on the Goseschenke phenomenon and decided to refurbish the classic old pub. It was up and running by the mid-80s but he had a hard time trying to find someone to brew the then defunct Gose beer. After one brewery gave up, he started his own in the early 90s only to find it was not cost effective. It is hoped that current producers like Dollnitzer and Bayerisher Bahnhof continue on making this classic and esoteric brew. He did an amazing job with the old charmer of a pub, all in wood with a sprawling beer garden that was a great place to have lunch the day we were there.
Favorite Dish: I had the Goseschmorbraten with a huge klosse (dumpling), all in a sauce made with Gose of course. The meat was succulent and the sauce tasty, not sour. The portion (pictured) was quite big for just under 8 Euros. There were smaller lunch specials at half the price for those less hungry. A half liter of Gose was just under 3 Euros and just a perfect refresher out in the lovely beer garden.
In August 2007 I had a mini VT-meeting with Christian aka "Leipzig". He didn't fail to drag me to one of the two remaining restaurants that serve "Gose" which is a local specialty - a top-fermented, slightly sour tasting beer. You can drink it pure (I did) or with liquor or fruit juice. It won't become my favourite beer, but the taste was at least interesting.
The Gosenschenke is a traditional German restaurant with a very nice and shady beer garden in the courtyard. Self service in the beer garden. Prices are very reasonable.
My friend recommended this restaurant which he knew from an earlier visit. They had an offer for business lunch that sounded interesting: samlet fillet on a bed of potato and celery pieces plus a glass of white wine for 9.90 Euro. We had a bottle of water with it and an espresso each. Very good food and very good deal.
I liked the ambience (vaulted ceiling, white linen) a lot, the service was very good also.
The Bistro in the Seaside Parkhotel is a good place for people watching and having a quick meal inbetween. Large windows give the opportunity to watch the locals, tourists, shoppers walking from the central railway station into the old town and vice versa. The other good thing is that they offer food from morning till late at night. The service is quick and attentive, the ambience informal. Prices are ok.
Favorite Dish: I had a potato soup and the local beer "Urkrostitzer". Both very good.
This restaurant is located a bit far from the center, but don't let it bother you. This place is a German paradise.
The place looks very traditional with heavy wooden tables and chairs. Also the waitresses are wearing traditional dresses.
There is an open area grill in the middle of the yard and no roof, it makes the place really cozy.
From the menu you can find German traditional food. One of us took normal grilled steak, it was cheap and very tasty. Most of us took a pork leg with sauerkraut. If 1,4kg pork meat does not satisfy your appetite, then you have a big problem. And that dish is just delicious !
I myself took a selection of sausages. The dish seemed first quite small, but it was surely enough to satisfy my hunger. And even though I have eaten dozens of different sausages earlier in my life, these were quite different. One of the sausages was called "liver sausage", it looked suspicious, but tasted like heaven.
And all this food we could enjoy by having couple of Gose beers. But more of that in another story..
Favorite Dish: Oh man, if we would have been here a week, we could have tasted every dish in the menu. Just select anything and you will be happy.
As I learnt this is the place where all the VT meetings in Leipzig take place. Very good restaurant with hundreds of different potato meals. Very German!
The same building also has an Irish Pub and a restaurant specialised in egg dishes.
Favorite Dish: I loved my baked potato with spinach, but the decision was hard.
This is my favorite restaurant in the city. Three restaurants in one location.
Pelle: (German word for peel). Here you get all menus with potatos.
Eierei: (German for egg-location). Here you get all menues with eggs.
Fregatte: (German word for frigate). Here you get all menues with fish. unfortunately it has closed since a few weeks but you can order the dishes in the other two restaurants
Inside the building you can also find an irish Pub and the Buschfunk, a nightclub.
This train station was built from 1842 to 1844 for Saxony's first long-distance line Leipzig-Dresden.
The renovated four triumphal arcs is the only part of the building that was not destroyed in World War Two. This railway station is world's oldest still used terminal station.
In the year 2000 all the wing buildings were renovated and contain a brewery for the famous and traditional Leipzig beer 'Gose' as well as a restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Here you get great Saxon and Bavarian cuisine. Don't miss to taste the typical Gose beer.
Antikhaus is a nice place with a couple of restaurants in house. It is where VT member "Leipzig" uses to set up VT meetings :-)
I had lunch in the restaurant "Kartoffelkeller" there. The ambience is informal, almost familiar. Service was attentive.
Favorite Dish: Because it was Friday I had fish with potatoes and some salad, accompanied by a glass of white wine. Good quality.
Expect huge portions!
Housed in the original main train station, this upscale brewpub is one of the finest of the new breed in Germany. The interior is innovative in utilizing the train station motif and the outside beer garden is big with a playground for the kiddies.
Favorite Dish: If you are hankering for Bavarian specialites while in Saxony, this is as good a place as any to indulge in them. They had massive haxens (pork knuckles) but since we had already ate a big lunch, we opted for the Obatzer platter with home made soft pretzels for under 4 Euros. The had house-brewed Gose, dunkes, pils, and weissbier. I had the very tasty dunkles beer and the Gose was great too.
Favorite Dish: Rustic cellar in the cellar of the new town hall with excellent Saxon cuisine and moderate prices!