Unsolicited advice: Where to eat in Heidelberg, Germany

After telling you when to visit Heidelberg and where to go for a beer, it’s time that I finally give away my favorite picks for food.

Spätzle at Weinrestaurant Traube in Heidelberg

Spätzle at Weinrestaurant Traube in Heidelberg

For traditional German food, my favorite is Weinrestaurant Traube (Rathausstraße 75, Heidelberg-Rohrbach, website in German, open Wednesday – Sunday after 5pm). They specialize in Southern German treats like Spätzle (a type of pasta made with eggs), Maultaschen (looking a bit like ravioli but they are very different) and wine from the area. Meaty dishes include steaks, Schnitzel and roasts. The quality is very high, both of the food and the wines, and yet the prices are reasonable. For desert, the apple pie with home made vanilla ice cream is a dream. The restaurant is a little away from the center in the Rohrbach district. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to call ahead if you want to visit during the weekend. To get there from Bismarckplatz, take the line number 23 in direction Leimen and exit at Rohrbach Markt. It’s a five minutes walk from there. A more central, yet also more expensive alternative with an impressive dining hall is the popular Kulturbrauerei.
Fried Maultaschen filled with venison, served with creamy savoy cabbage and cranberries.

Fried Maultaschen filled with venison, served with creamy savoy cabbage and cranberries.

My favorite pizzeria is Sardegna (Schwetzinger Strasse 82, 69124 Heidelberg-Kirchheim) in the Kirchheim district. The interior design is outright crazy but the pizza are great and the owners are always merry, transforming this inconspicious corner restaurant into a warm, crowded and lively home away from home.

One of the most popular choices for a snack is a small falafel shop in the old town. It’s called “Falafel” (Merianstr. 3, 69117 Heidelberg) and is in one of the smaller side streets just off the main street.

Another option for a quick eat is Tiger and Dragon’s Food Corner between Adenauer Platz and Bismarckplatz in central Heidelberg. It’s just a simple Asian fast food place serving a mixture of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese food – but the one reason to go there is that they serve a very decent Pho Bo.

For coffee and very tasty cakes, head to the Portugesian café La Fee (Untere Strasse 29, Heidelberg). This stylish and cosy café is right in the party mile of Heidelberg. Yet, during the day, it’s a pleasant spot to relax.

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2 thoughts on “Unsolicited advice: Where to eat in Heidelberg, Germany

    1. perelincolors

      Oh, that’s too bad! It would have been great to know what you think about these places! But I hope your Spätzle were good too, there are not common at all in the part of Germany where I am from but they are very typical for the South and I got to like them a lot while we lived there.

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