There is no shortage of restaurants, cafes etc. at the Market square. This one is nothing special, but it's not bad either. They have a terrace in front of the bistro, view of the town hall, but also affected by the traffic - this part of the square is NOT car-free, and surprisingly many cars driving by can really be annoying.
I had the daily lunch special - stew that day. Pretty good, definitely filling and quite tasty. A steal, with an apple juice I paid only 5 Euro or so.
I'd like to go back and try their self-made cookies and cakes - smelled yummy!
Open Tue - Sun, 11-18 h (in winter from 13 h on)
This small cafe is one of my most recent discoveries in Pirna. I am pretty sure they only opened in 2010 or 2011. It is located right on the Market square corner where the small alley leads to St. Mary church, next to the Tourist Information in the Canaletto house - perfect. The cafe is actually a chocolate shop with a few tables - probably two inside if I recall correctly and about six or so outside on the Market square. Perfect for a sunny day in spring :-)
They sell their own manufactured chocolates - all organic and best quality. See their website; the manufacture is only a few steps away. For the cafe they also manufacture chocolate cake (was out when I visited, a shame!) and "Kalter Hund" (Cold Dog) which is a specialty from the old DDR-times (layers of chocolate and shortcrust alternating). I have never been very fond of that specialty but tried it anyway - it was good, but I'll probably never become addicted to it.
However, the latte macchiato was excellent, came with a delicious praline (to die for) and was served with a glass of tap water - perfect. The slice of "Kalter Hund" was 1.90 Euro, the latte macchiato 3.90 (more expensive than usual because of the praline). Service was quick and very friendly.
If you're in the mood for a quick coffee, tired from (window) shopping or sightseeing, then have a break at this shop. They have actually two shops, located across the street from each other. The one on the picture is the smaller one where they sell some sorts of self-roasted coffee in beans or prepare a cup of their coffee for you that you can drink outside - they just put a couple of small tables and chairs along the walls of the house. Great for people watching :-)
We ordered a mild coffee and bought one of their chocolate bars with high percentage of cocoa - only ate one or two small pieces (hehe) - absolutely yummy.
Coffee is 2 Euro, the chocolate bar was 2.50 Euro - but organic/fair trade.
One of the fanciest (whatever that means in Pirna - don't expect upscale restaurants like in big cities!) restaurants in Pirna is located in the Hotel Deutsches Haus. Under vaulted ceilings from centuries ago they serve mostly local food, hearty and filling but with a nice fancy touch.
We visited in fall 2008 and had beef medaillons with vegetables, mushrooms and spätzle for main course, accompanied by a nice red wine. Very good! The dessert was panna cotta (I think) with ice-cream and whipped cream, very nicely presented. Also delicious!
Prices are a bit higher than average but not really expensive compared to bigger cities. Definitely worth the money.
We discovered this cafe on the latest visit to Pirna. They claim it is the cafe with the longest tradition in town - opened 1887. It definitely looks like back in the old times - cosy, romantic. They bake their cakes and cookies themselves - everything I tried was very good. I also bought some cookies (butter + choco called black and white) which were yummy.
Favorite Dish: We had Sachertorte, cheesecake, cappuccino and simple coffee. Everything was excellent. I will definitely go there again.
This cafe is my favourite in Pirna. The location is not to beat - at a corner of the Market square, offering exactly the famous view that painter Canaletto chose some hundred years ago. Thus the name of the cafe, of course. For best views try to get a table inside by the large window to the Market square or outside.
Service is very good. Prices are average. (Fancy) Cakes are yummy, snacks are fine, too. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate specialties are available and very good.
Favorite Dish: I use to have a cake and tea. Or hot chocolate in winter.
This cafe is one of THE meeting places for locals in Pirna's old town, especially for the younger crowds. The cafe occupies the ground floor of an old townhouse (quite rustic ambience) but if possible you should opt for sitting outside on the streetside.
They don't serve only ice-cream, but that's what's best there. Coffee is ok also. But I didn't see much else that was intriguing. The cake didn't look too yummy.
Favorite Dish: Ice cream! Home-made and really delicious.
This is a place where locals and German tourists like to frequent. The atmosphere was very nice and we were kindy helped.
As usual in Germany our food arrived promptly and hot.
Favorite Dish: I had the popular soup Soljanka and then beef tongue with potatoes, Fingermorchen (small carrots) and peas, generously spooned over with melted butter.
For dessert a traditional Saksische Quarkkeulchen which is a kind of grated potato/quark pancake with sugar, cinnamon and apple sauce.
Refugium is a nice restaurant in a oldfashioned cellar and I was there for fast lunch, when i had some work to do in Pirna.
Favorite Dish: Refugiums-Salat is with slamon, crabs and garneles and sweet fruits, a strange combination at first moment, but taste was very nice ! Great local beer and nice wines they had also, but when working I prefer a alcoholfree beer.