A local’s guide to Leipzig: dumplings, diversity and delightful G&Ts

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You tin find truly bully Saxon nutrient successful Leipzig, which means precise hearty dishes often incorporating dumplings (called Klöße or Knödel) served alongside nutrient and fish, particularly carp and trout. At the Ratskeller, adjacent the caller municipality hall, you tin get astir thing from accepted spiced nutrient to Saxon roulade (usually beef filled with bacon, onions, pickles and mustard), and it’s truly bully prime and reasonably priced. There is besides a pleasant terrace. Max Enk is much high-end, and serves beauteous overmuch everything the portion has to offer, including its mentation of Leipziger Allerlei, which is made with crayfish and morels (rather than the accepted substance of vegetables served arsenic a main oregon broadside dish). Food doesn’t get much typically Saxon than this.


I truly similar the Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, a erstwhile 19th-century fabric mill (once 1 of the largest fabric mills successful continental Europe) that present has restaurants, shops, a cinema, respective galleries, positive much than 100 studios for architects, jewellers, ceramicists and artists. It revitalised the city’s creator country erstwhile it opened successful the aboriginal 1990s. German creator Neo Rauch has a workplace here, which is unfastened for occasional exhibitions arsenic good arsenic guided tours. There’s a afloat programme of exhibitions, concerts, films and different events each twelvemonth round, but it’s peculiarly worthy a sojourn erstwhile each the galleries are unfastened to visitors, which happens 3 times a year. Another must-see is Leipzig’s main landmark – the City-Hochhaus, which locals telephone der steile Zahn (“craggy tooth”) with 36 storeys and a operation designed by Hermann Henselmann successful the signifier of an unfastened book. The 120-metre-high viewing platform puts the full of Leipzig astatine your feet.


Eisenbahnstraße, successful the eastbound territory of Volkmarsdorf, has a peculiar vibe and is truly culturally diverse. From being the “most unsafe thoroughfare successful Germany”, it has go a fashionable spot for young radical and is precise lively to rotation around. Families person settled present too, and you tin find Vietnamese kiosks, Turkish kebab shops and Polish delis, arsenic good arsenic cocktail bars specified arsenic Kune and cafes specified arsenic Brothers, which is simply a large spot to person breakfast, particularly connected Sundays. There are adjacent tiny underground parties connected the street.

Green space

My implicit favourite spot is the Palmengarten, a beauteous botanical plot with plentifulness of h2o wherever you’ll privation to linger. It dates backmost to the 19th century, and though the archetypal greenhouse with thenar trees and different tropical flora is gone, determination are beauteous bridges, ponds and a cast-iron pavilion to admire, positive a theatre constructed from an aged petrol station. For a agelong clip I besides underestimated however beauteous Leipzig is from the water. A vessel travel on the canals reveals that Leipzig is not lone “Little Paris” but besides “Little Venice”.


Leipzig Flower Power bar

I similar to spell to the Kakadu, a amusive karaoke barroom that someway ever ends up being the past halt – oregon the opening – of a agelong night. Also effort R10, named aft its code astatine Ratsfreischulstraße 10, which has the biggest gin enactment I cognize of. I erstwhile went determination with a large radical of girls and they made america each a gin and tonic to lucifer our outfits. Finally, for a past stop, caput to Flowerpower: it’s a amusive spot and attracts specified a varied clientele: alternate types and pensioners, hipsters and businessmen. It’s a existent colourful, quality smörgåsbord of radical who emotion to enactment … and play darts.


The intimate Fregehaus hotel (doubles from €90 room-only) is hidden distant successful an 18th-century courtyard. With chic decor and antique furniture, it’s cardinal and has comfy and quiescent bedrooms.

Nancy Naumann-Hirt is managing manager of Macis, an integrated restaurant in an art deco gathering connected Markgrafenstraße successful the metropolis centre