A Local Guide to Leipzig: Dumplings, Variety and Delicious G&Ts | Leipzig vacation


There is really good Saxon cuisine in Leipzig, i.e. very hearty dishes with dumplings (so-called dumplings). dumplings or dumplings) served alongside meat and fish, especially carp and trout. In the Ratskeller, near the New Town Hall, you can get almost everything from traditionally seasoned meat to Saxon roulade (usually beef stuffed with bacon, onions, gherkins and mustard), and all of it in really good quality and at a reasonable price. There is also a pleasant terrace. Rather high-end, Max Enk serves just about everything the region has to offer, including his version of Leipzig all sorts, which is prepared with crabs and morels (instead of the traditional vegetable mix served as a main or side dish). Typically Saxon food doesn’t get any better than that.


I am very fond of the Leipzig Cotton Spinning Mill, a 19th-century former cotton mill (once one of the largest cotton mills in continental Europe) that now has restaurants, shops, a cinema, several galleries, and more than 100 studios for architects, jewelers, ceramists, and artists . It revived the city’s artistic scene when it opened in the early 1990s. German artist Neo Rauch has a studio here, which is open for occasional exhibitions and tours. There is a full program of exhibitions, concerts, films and other events throughout the year, but it is especially worthwhile when all the galleries are open to visitors, which happens three times a year. Another must-see is Leipzig’s most important landmark – the City-Hochhaus, as the locals call it the steep tooth (“Zackenzahn”) with 36 floors and a tower designed by Hermann Henselmann in the shape of an open book. The whole of Leipzig lies at your feet on the 120 meter high viewing platform.


Eisenbahnstraße in the eastern district of Volkmarsdorf has a special flair and is culturally very diverse. From the “most dangerous street in Germany” it has developed into a popular place for young people and invites you to stroll. Families have settled here too, and you’ll find Vietnamese kiosks, Turkish kebab shops and Polish delis, as well as cocktail bars like Kune and cafés like Brothers, where you can have a wonderful breakfast, especially on Sundays. There are even small underground parties on the streets.

green space

My absolute favorite place is the Palmengarten, a beautiful botanical garden with lots of water to relax in. It dates back to the 19th century and although the original greenhouse with palm trees and other tropical plants is gone, there are pretty bridges, ponds and a cast-iron pavilion to admire, as well as a theater made from an old gas station. For a long time I too underestimated how beautiful Leipzig is from the water. A boat trip along the canals reveals that Leipzig is not only “Little Paris” but also “Little Venice”.


I like going to Kakadu, a fun karaoke bar that’s kind of always the last stop—or the beginning—of a long night. Also try R10, named after its address at Ratsfreischulstrasse 10, which has the largest gin selection I know of. I went there once with a large group of girls and they each made us a gin and tonic to match our outfits. Finally, the last stop is Flowerpower: it’s a fun place and attracts such a diverse crowd: alternative types and retirees, hipsters and business people. It’s a colorful, human hodgepodge of people who love to party… and play darts.


The cozy Hotel Fregehaus (double rooms from 90 € only overnight) is hidden in an inner courtyard from the 18th century. With chic decor and antique furniture, it is centrally located and has comfortable and quiet bedrooms.

Nancy Naumann-Hirt is managing director from macean organic restaurant in a (n art Deco building on Markgrafenstrasse downtown

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