Dresden is well known for its complex history and impressive museums, but anyone visiting Dresden should know about its up-and-coming culinary scene. Dresden has a great selection of foodie delights for all budgets. For those of us with dietary restrictions, traveling can be a little stressful, but the Dresden food scene has options for everyone. Exploring the restaurants of Dresden can give you the opportunity to appreciate local art and architecture, as well as wine and beer from the surrounding Saxon area.
Stullenbüro is a great, quick place to grab lunch or breakfast. Although Stullenbüro specializes in open-face sandwiches, they also offer smoothies, pastries, and a breakfast menu. While Dresden is filled with great places for healthy, fast food, what makes Stullenbüo unique is their picnic basket service. If you’d like to have a picnic in any of Dresden’s beautiful parks, you can pick up a gourmet picnic basket there. Stullenbüro is very vegan-friendly; its hearty vegan breakfast is a favorite.
Address: Görlitzer Str. 37, 01099 Dresden, Germany
Website: Stullenbüro (in German)
2. Lila Sosse
Lila Sosse is another budget friendly option in Dresden. Lila Sosse is popular for its modern interpretation of traditional German cuisine by adding unique flavors like hibiscus blossoms and lavender salad dressing. Because of its vegan and gluten-free options, Lila Sosse is a great option for big groups. Feel free to take advantage of their outdoor seating while the weather is nice.
Address: Alaunstraße 70, 01099 Dresden, Germany
Website: Lila Sosse (in German)
3. Grand Café Coselpalais
Situated inside of an enormous 18th-century baroque landmark, Grand Café is beloved for its coffee and decadent desserts. Diners can choose to eat in any of its classically decorated salons or enjoy outdoor seating. Grand Café offers an enormous menu ranging from traditional German food to international cuisine. Grand Cafe is vegetarian and gluten-free but lacks many vegan options.
Grand Café Coselpalais
Address: An der Frauenkirche 12, 01067 Dresden, Germany
Website: Grand Café Coselpalais
For the veggie lover, check out Roots Vegan and Vegetarian Cafe. If you’re a carnivore, you might imagine vegetarian meals as too light to be filling. However, Roots is known for its veggie burgers and sweet potato fries. If you aren’t looking for a big meal, they also offer a salad bar, soups, and smoothies. It is important to know that Roots is cash only.
Address: Hauptstraße 35, 01097 Dresden, Germany
Because of its outdoor seating, Kastenmeiers is a great summer dining option, while the interior offers exposed brick and eclectic decor. Although Kastenmeiers focuses mostly on seafood, there are several vegetarian options as well as traditional German dishes. Kastenmeiers is where you want to eat for a true luxury dining experience.
Address: Tzschirnerpl. 3-5, 01067 Dresden, Germany
Website: Kastenmeiers (in German)
6. Laden Café aha
Offering a lunch special, breakfast, and a children’s menu, Laden Café aha is a great option for families or those on a budget. Laden Café aha is a filling, healthy option for everyone, but they do specialize in vegan and vegetarian cuisine; they also have many gluten-free options. For those concerned with sustainability, 70 percent of their ingredients are sustainably sourced while they also host a free-trade gift shop next door.
Laden Café aha
Address: Kreuzstraße 7, 01067 Dresden, Germany
Website: Laden Café aha (in German)
Located in a cellar with exposed brick walls, Genuss-Atelier offers both meat and vegetarian options, as well as innovative desserts. To give you a real taste of the region, all wine and beer are locally sourced, while the art on the walls is produced by local artists. For the little ones or those who don’t drink, Genuss-Atelier provides an every changing array of seasonal lemonades and ice teas. It’s recommended that you book a table ahead of time, which can be done easily through their website.
Address: Bautzner Straße 149, Ecke Waldschlösschenstraße, 01099 Dresden, Germany
8. Creperie La Galette
Another great option for groups and families, Creperie La Galette creates sweet, savory, gluten-free, and vegan crepes at budget friendly prices. The menu at Creperie La Galette changes each season in order to offer the freshest produce. One thing you can be sure won’t change on this menu is their homemade elderberry jelly and their commitment to sustainability.
Creperie La Galette
Address: Rothenburger Str. 9, 01099 Dresden, Germany
Website: Creperie La Galette
9. Curry and Co.
Curry and Co. is a fan favorite in Dresden that’s great for a quick, gourmet meal. Although they have permanent locations, you may see their food trucks around Dresden. Curry and Co. offers traditional German sausages with innovative sauces like jalapeño and peanut. When the weather is nice, you can sit at one of their umbrella covered picnic tables. While nearly every item on the menu can be made vegan, they do lack gluten free options.
Curry and Co.
Address: Louisenstraße 62, 01099 Dresden, Germany
Website: Curry and Co. (in German)
Located in a restored three-story home, BrennNessel is a cozy restaurant with an enormous selection of vegetarian dishes with a few meat options. The restaurant features a charming wine and beer garden to showcase their excellent selection. BrennNessel also offers a gluten-free menu, making it a great place for group travel and those with dietary restrictions.
Address: Schützengasse 18, 01067 Dresden, Germany
Website: BrennNessel (in German)
Eating is all part of the fun
When you’re traveling, eating isn’t just a meal. It’s a different way to explore the city that you’re visiting. Visiting any of these 10 restaurants is a great way to experience German culture. All of these restaurants present a different interpretation of the local samplings. From children to vegans to luxury travelers, there’s something in Dresden to satisfy everyone.
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