Restaurants & Cafés

Even outside the Zentrum and the four main entertainment areas (the Karli, Gottschedstraße, Karl-Heine, and Münzgasse) the city has a great selection of places to eat or drink. Like most things in Germany, you’ll find the food to be decent quality. This goes even for fast food as well. Coffee, sodas, beer (of course), and other prepared drinks are also very good.

For a review of recommended beer gardens (biergartens) check out Nightlife & Drinking.

Food doesn't get any more local than this
It doesn’t get any more local than this

Vegan & Vegetarian

Healthy eating is a major thing in Leipzig. If you are vegan or vegetarian or want organic (‘bio’) you will love the selection of places to eat out. You’ll find vegan and vegetarian menu items in the most surprising of places. Indeed it would be difficult to find a menu in Leipzig that doesn’t offer at least one non-meat or non-dairy option. Even fast food places such as kebab, pizza or hotdog shops will have veggie/cheese, bean, or soy alternatives to their usual fare.

In Connewitz there is a cluster of organic, vegan and vegetarian restaurants and fast food joints. On Wolfgang-Heinze-Straße there’s Deli, Le Cygne, Atacolypse2, and Vegan Lonestar. And on Bornaische Straße you’ll find Braker’s Go and Zest. Our favourite here is Zest, mainly because it turns into a really nice hang out in the evenings.

Deli - Wolfgang-Heinze-strasse 12a
Deli – Wolfgang-Heinze-strasse 12a


Check out more detailed reviews of top places to eat. The following map lists more of our favourite spots. Guten Appetit!



Bornaische Str. 54, 04277 Leipzig

Leipzig has a huge vegan/veggie scene. Zest is one of our top recommendations. Excellent food, nice inside space and in the evenings Zest turns into a cool hang out with an awesome drinks selection (alcohol / non-alcohol)



Karl-Heine-Straße 58, 04229 Leipzig

American owner runs a tight ship with reliable wi-fi, great coffee and simple but delicious Tex-Mex menu. On the funky Karl-Heine strip. Recommended



Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 112, 04275 Leipzig

This organic (‘bio’) vegan restaurant on the Karli has some of the most delicious food in town, vegan or otherwise. Don’t be afraid to try this place even if you prefer meat dishes or are out socializing with carnivores



Täubchenweg 67, 04317 Leipzig

Substanz offers freshly grilled organic burgers and a great wine collection. There's a very nice beer garden where you could happily spend an afternoon. Inside dartboards, table tennis and table football games


San Remo

Nikolaistraße 1, 04109 Leipzig

New York style takeaway pizza slices. Sometimes a slice of pizza is all you need and this is the number one place in town. Around €3 for a giant slice. Try it you'll see what we mean!



Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 57, 04107 Leipzig

Probably the best Indian food you'll find in Leipzig. Not exactly 'Brick Lane' here, but the Vindaloo is actually spicy. The kitchen will oblige if you want things made hotter. Very pleasant inside and outside seating on the Karli


Promenaden Hauptbahnhof

Willy-Brandt-Platz 7, 04109 Leipzig

Wait a second, the train station?! Er, well yes. There is an enormous selection of decent restaurants here. They're open long hours and, crucially, all day Sunday as well when many places close in Germany


Milchbar Pinguin

Katharinenstraße 4, 04109 Leipzig

Cosmopolitan and touristy café in the Zentrum. The Milchbar Pinguin is a throw back to the old GDR times. Specializes in ice creams and desserts and is a wonderful place to hang out on a sunny day. Recommended


Mephisto Bar

Grimmaische Str. 2, 04109 Leipzig

'Upscale old world charm' aptly describes this unusual cafe inside the Mӓdler Passage. Desserts, cocktails and good coffee. Open from 11am


Maza Pita

Könneritzstraße 49, 04229 Leipzig

Modest order-in or takeaway style restaurant with simple inside seating and outside tables. Quick and friendly service. Food is wholesome and fresh with all the usual offerings such as falafel, halloumi, baba ghanousch, but with a Syrian twist



Marschnerstraße 11, 04109 Leipzig

Bit of a locals-only secret, Localino probably serves up the best Italian food in Leipzig. Forget the menu and look at the daily specials. Mid-range prices. Open long hours including late Sundays


Inside Asia

Gottschedstraße 6, 04109 Leipzig

Simple little Sushi place on Gottschedstraße. Unusually good and fresh food for the prices asked. Our recommended sushi place if you want to eat well and not break the bank. Try their lunch menu


Hotel Seeblick

Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 125, 04275 Leipzig

Best breakfasts on the Karli served until 4pm every day. Hotel Seeblick was way cool before Leipzig got all trendy. Funky 70s GDR decor. Try their excellent pancakes, tapanades, smoothies. Ooooh and those french fries...


Green Soul

Johannisallee 7, 04317 Leipzig

Another stand-out vegan/veggie place in Leipzig. Delicious food. Friendly and helpful staff will explain everything on menu (in English too!). Slightly complicated opening times, check website


Fram Tran Phat

Arthur-Hoffmann-Straße 52

Chain of local Vietnamese restaurants. Arthur-Hoffman just one of many locations throughout Leipzig. Best value Vietnamese in town. Delicious. Recommended



Brühl 33, 04109 Leipzig

American sports bar connected to the Marriott hotel in the city centre. Loads of screens visible from any angle. Decent US-style bar food. Drink prices reasonable. Separate smoking room with its own screen too!


Café Maître

Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 62, 04275 Leipzig

Fantastic "old school" French pastries and local foods served in this historical corner café on the Karli. Try their mid-week lunch specials. Breakfasts are to die for, but you'll need to get there early especially on weekends


Café Luise

Bosestraße 4, 04109 Leipzig

Long-standing Café Luise on Gottschedstraße is a bit of an institution. Lovely inside and outside spaces and great breakfasts. If Leipzig had yuppies this is where they would go on Sunday mornings..



Südplatz, Leipzig

One of three locations of this iconic local burger chain. This location on Südplatz open through the night on weekends. Best fast-food burgers in town


Beard Brothers

Karl-Heine-Straße 69, 04229 Leipzig

In Saxony and Thuringia the grilled bratwurst or simple wurst ('sausage') is practically a religion. Take a pilgrimage to Bread Brothers out on Karl-Heine street in Plagwitz for a modern twist on this local cuisine


Bayerischer Gosebrauerei

Bayrischer Pl. 1, 04103 Leipzig

With comfy indoor and outdoor spaces the Gosebrauerei is a great place any time of year. Local Gose beer brewed on premises. Hearty Saxon food served til late. Safe bet for a good all-round restaurant / beer garden in Leipzig


Bagel Brothers

Nikolaistraße 42, 04109 Leipzig

Best bagels in Leipzig. Vast selection with fillings or spreads (‘schmears’) and their coffee is a notch above the usual as well. Salads ain’t bad either. They have another branch on the Karli. Open long hours and Sundays


Auerbachs Keller

Mädler Passage, Grimmaische Str. 2-4, 04109 Leipzig

Very old and very touristy restaurant with a well-deserved reputation. Five separate dining areas serving hearty regional specialities. Mephisto Bar on top floor. Reservations required.


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