Places to eat in Germany
As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Germany, we've picked out a selection of places to eat.
There's so much more to Germany's food scene than beer and bratwurst. The country is packed with innovative chefs doing exciting things with exceptional ingredients and here is a small selection of places where you can savour some of the country's finest produce.
Tuck into tasty treats such as pumpkin seed ice cream in one of Bonn's best restaurants, or try fluffy späetzle (Germany's beloved egg noodle dish) in a café hidden in Hamburg's maze of alleyways; indulge in a fantastic selection of oozy cheeses and gooey desserts, or enjoy hearty dishes flavoured with foraged ingredients, such as asparagus and garlic; there's even a restaurant set on a monastery with its own 900-year old organic farming estate.
Wilder Ritter, Durbach
The stylish Hotel Ritter Durbach lies halfway between France and the Black Forest. The interiors are decadent (think wood panelling, walls in deep crimson or covered in gilt floral paper, low lighting) and the food is gourmet...and then some. The Michelin-starred chef, whose manra "food should be fun" influences every recipe that graces the menu, has been delighting guests with creative, cosmopolitan dishes here since 2014. He pairs his food with a fabulous list of wines, many of which are local. ritter-durbach.de
Out-of-towners and local Bonn residents alike rave about the food at this beachside place, and rightly so. The food is creative without being fussy: start with prawns with a cucumber and mint smoothie, move onto seabass with beetroot risotto, and finish with pumpkin seed ice cream. The 'Surprise' menu is just that: you never know what you're going to get. Bag a table on the terrace if you can: festooned with fairy lights, it's a pretty romantic spot to spend the evening. Inside is just as charming, with its whitewashed, seaside feel. Lovely, knowledgable staff too. strandhaus-bonn.de
Bio Gasthof Kolonieschanke, Burg
The Spreewald region in east Germany is a designated a UNESCO nature reserve, famous for its network of over 200 small canals and large areas of wetland and pine forests. If you're a walking or cycling the myriad leafy trails or plying the canals by boat, this red-bricked inn is a good port of call for a tasty lunch or dinner. The restaurant is 100% organic, with a menu that leans heavily on traditional recipes and local ingredients. The riverside terrace is a quiet spot to watch the boats pootle past. kolonieschaenke.de
Restaurant Seespiegel, Eifel
In the lower Eifel region of western Germany lies a beautiful medieval monastery, Maria Laach. On the grounds of the abbey is this smart hotel and restaurant. The restaurant uses regional produce above all else: fish from nearby Laach Lake, game from surrounding woodland, and beef and pork from the monastery's organic farming estate, established some 900 years ago. Hearty dishes are flavoured with foraged ingredients – herbs, garlic, asparagus – and there are local wines to wash it down with: ask if you can take a sneeky peek at their wine cellar. seehotel-maria-laach.de/restaurant-seespiegel.html
Hellers Brauhaus, Cologne
Run by Hellers, the only organic brewery in the city, this atmospheric pub and restaurant in the studenty Rathenauplatz area serves a range of organic beers, including the famous Kölsch. If you want something to soak it up you’ll find all the local favourites on its food menu, from Halver Hahn (Gouda with a rye roll and fried onions) and Himmel und Äd (a “heaven and earth” of fried black pudding with mashed potatoes and apple sauce) to Sauerbraten (beef marinated in vinegar with raisins, apple sauce and potato dumplings). hellers.koeln
Café Eugens, Konstanz
Easy-going on all levels, from the simply prepared food to the relaxed staff and cheerful interiors, this popular café has gathered something of a cult following in Konstanz. The organic menu is inspired by regional produce from the nearby Black Forest: find dishes such as wild garlic gnocchi, quiche of the day with spelt shortcrust pastry and an ever-changing selection of hearty soups, well as plenty of vegetarian options and kid-friendly meals. The café's own organically-run patisserie across the road supplies the café with fresh cakes, pies and pastries throughout the day. eugens.bio
This menu at this café, located in the spa town of Beuren, focuses on homemade produce, from the breads and pastries to the cakes and ice cream. Regional dishes such as ravioli, späetzle (soft pasta-like noodles) and schnitzel are also made on site. The town's most popular spa is next door, making this a great spot for lunch if you're visiting the baths for the day. In fine weather, grab a table under a parasol on the terrace.