It’s easy to get to Karl-Heine-Straße. Take tram 14 or the new S1 S-Bahn line to Plagwitz bahnhof (train station).
Noch Besser Leben (25 Merserburger, enter from Karl-Heine) has long been a feature on the Karl-Heine scene. It was a popular drinking hole, music and stage venue well before Plagwitz was cool. Another long-timer and popular landmark for drinks, food and entertainment is the Schaubuhne Theatre. China Restaurant Peking Haus next door is another long-time Karl-Heine institution that’s been serving up great Chinese food for years.
Bar Seventy is a new-ish addition, but with good music and excellent well-priced food it has quickly become an established hang out. If you seek a beer garden, look for one called Kasierbad, formerly known as Sommergarten Im Westwerk. This is a chilled out place for a drink or have snacks situated next to the Karl-Heine canal. For the best hotdogs in Leipzig (with vegan and veggie options) check out Beard Brothers. La Cantina has gained a solid reputation as a fine Spanish tapas and wine bar.
Rather amazingly, up until only recently is was hard to find a decent cup of Joe on Karl-Heine-Straße. Nowadays there’s several excellent coffee shops with indoor and outdoor seating spilling out onto the sidewalk. Cafe Albert is a good option especially for sitting outside. A few doors down Tacoholics has a cozy inside, good coffee and Mexican snacks, and friendly staff (is that an American-English accent I hear?).
Intersecting Karl-Heine-Straße is Merseburger Straße along which you’ll find süß+salzig (‘sweet and salty’) which has a delicious and varied menu including many veggie options and nothing over €8.90. Also on Merseburger Straße a cozy spot great for watching football (Elias the owner is a Benfica fan) and enjoying a properly good cup of coffee is A Petisqueira.
[page content last updated June 2015]