Food and drink

Discover a culinary adventure in Leipzig

Diverse city, diverse cuisine

Leipzig has something to offer everyone’s tastes. From traditional German dishes to a variety of Asian, Mediterranean, and European eateries throughout the city, you will always be able to find what you fancy.  

The city has a thriving café culture, with lots of cosy places to grab a hot drink. In the summer most restaurants will operate outdoor seating, so the city is filled with music and chatter. 

Traditional dishes

Of course, you know that Germany is famous for its sausages and beer. Maybe you also heard the reference to the Germans as ‘Krauts’ (cabbages) earned by their consumption of all kids of dishes that use the vegetable as a base. Maybe you heard about other famous national dishes including Currywurst, a street food consisting of sausages in a curry-based sauce, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest gateau), a rich chocolate cake with cherry filling, and Maultaschen, dumplings served in broth.

But, did you know, that the regional dish of Saxony is Sauerbraten (literally ‘sour roast’), a type of pot roast? 

Leipzig even has its own specialty dish: Leipziger Allerlei. This vegetable-based dish is typically made with young carrots, asparagus, kohlrabi, cauliflower and peas, and is served with crayfish tails and bread dumplings in a creamy sauce. 

The city is also home to its own type of German beer: Gose. Gose is brewed with salt and spiced with coriander, giving it a medium sourness and a mild, fruity finish. 

Or, if you prefer something sweet, you could try ‘Leipziger Lerche’. The most famous café serving it is called ‘Kandler Café’ – and it is just opposite our campus.

International food

As well as its national and local dishes, Leipzig has plenty to offer in terms of world cuisine. The city is home to a wide range of restaurants, takeaways and eateries, from Vietnamese dumpling houses, pizza places, ramen spots, and curry houses.  

You can also find ingredients for your favourite home-cooked meals in shops and local markets all around the city. Our city centre campus makes it easy for you to combine learning with shopping.