The Karli

Karl-Liebknecht-Straße known affectionately as ‘the Karli’ is a long stretch of road beginning in Zentrum-Süd, ending at Connewitz and running right through what’s known as Südvorstadt. It’s the most urban street outside of the Zentrum with plenty to do here night and day. The streets immediately off the Karli are hugely popular residential areas and you’ll find all sorts of quirky shops, cafes etc. Well worth a wander around.

Trams 10 and 11 provide very frequent service the full length up and down the Karli. If you’re feeling energetic it’s a 15-20 minute walk from the Zentrum. It’s also relatively easy to flag a taxi here late at night.

There are three clusters of action along the Karli. Firstly, at the north end starting around the Hohe-Straße tram stop and down to the Südplatz tram stop is the greatest concentration of bars and clubs including the well-established favourites Flower Power, Volkshaus, KilliWilly’s Irish pub, naTo, and the under-appreciated HafenBar (beer garden). There are numerous cafes and restaurants as well. Some of our favourites are Cafe Pushkin, Safran (Indian) and Kneipencafe Orange (for desserts). There are many others but places tend to open, close and re-open frequently.

Volkshaus, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße
Volkshaus, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße

Acapulco
Great terrace for drinking – awful food!

Cafe Pushkin
Cafe Pushkin

 
Keep heading south towards Connewitz to the major cross-road of Kurt-Eisner-Straße. The popular Noel’s Ballroom pub is located just off the Karli on Kurt-Eisner. Along the 500m or so stretch of the Karli between the intersections with Kurt-Eisner-Straße and Richard-Lehmann-Straße (both by the way the names of two convenient tram stops) you’ll find another cluster of interesting stuff.

This stretch is somewhat less sophisticated (and cheaper) and more focused on cafes and restaurants than bars and nightlife. Here is Leipzig’s best (in our humble opinion) vegan restaurant called Symbiose, another of our favourite healthy places to eat called Fela, and a very interesting tea shop called Tee Contor.

Evening snack on the Karli
Evening snack on the Karli

Teatime
Teatime

Noel's ballroom
Noel’s ballroom

 
Finally, at the very end of the Karli at the Connewitz-Kreuz tram stop you’ll discover the charms of Connewitz. Immediately next to the tram stop is a lovely cafe (Cafe Suedbrause) and behind that you’ll find the trendy Werk 2 venue. Also nearby is the film, music and theatre venue UT Connewitz and a little further down on Wolfgang-Heinze-Straße there’s several bars and restaurants. Things are bit more edgy and youthful here compared to the more yuppyfied scene further back up the Karli. Enjoy!

[page content last updated May 2014]

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