Gottschedstraße in Zentrum-West is one of the top nightlife and dining areas in the city. Its densely packed strip of restaurants and bars tends to attract a slightly older and more well-off clientele, some of whom will be going to or coming from a show at the Central Theatre (Schauspiel Leipzig) on Bosestraße. Although bars like Jamboree Best of Nightlife and Madrigal, and the full-on nightclubs of Night Fever and Twenty-One, do attract a younger more party-animal scene. The street was designated the official party-zone for the 2006 World Cup in which Leipzig hosted matches at the nearby RB Arena stadium.
Gottschedstraße greatest asset is that there’s a great variety of eating and drinking options within a relatively small and compact area. For a nice evening meal two of our favourites are L’italiano Vero (Italian) and An Nam (Vietnamese). Barcelona (tapas), Sol y Mar (modern fusion) and Chang (Thai) are other popular spots worth a mention. For great value sushi at lunchtime we like Inside Asia.
Lübberts and Vodkaria are two trendy places that blur the distinctions between bar, restaurant and nightclub. We like both. In any case, the food at Lübberts is excellent (if a bit pricey).
If you’re more interested in drinking or hanging out with a coffee than eating there’s several good options. Our favourite nightclub is the super chilled Chocolate. Madrigal has an extensive range of cocktails with a funky ambience. Jamboree Best of Nightlife is a more low-key neighbourhood bar.
There’s a lively evening and weekend café scene centred mostly around the long-standing and very popular Luise at the corner of Gottschedstraße and Bosestraße. Other less trendy alternatives can be found nearby. Gottschedstraße is popular for those nursing a Sunday morning hangover with a brunch or extended coffee and newspaper/wi-fi session. Dark sunglasses optional.
Gottschedstraße is ideal for taking your significant other out for an evening meal and a few drinks. Architecturally it’s a very beautiful street. The road itself doesn’t get a huge amount of car traffic so it’s lovely for al fresco entertaining. Most restaurants have sidewalk seating. As we head into the cooler months of September and October many establishments bring out the outdoor patio heaters enabling customers to eat and drink outside.
Gottschedstraße can be reached by trams 1 and 14 (Gottschedstraße stop) or tram 9 (Thomaskirche stop) and is a very short walk from the Zentrum. Parking can sometimes be tight in the immediate vicinity. If it is there’s a city-run public parking garage on Zentralstraße.