10 Things to eat in Dortmund and where

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Dortmund is a German city in northern Germany, the most important in the Ruhr region, in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is best known for the its industrial tradition, the delicious beers and its football team, Borussia Dortmund.
Here there are so many things to do, including sports, nature, museums and historic squares, and you will have to recharge your energy several times during the day. So here is a list of the 10 things to eat absolutely in Dortmund and the clubs and restaurants that are worth a stop.


  1. Currywurst
  2. Westphalian Grünkohl
  3. Pfefferpotthast
  4. Westphalian ham
  5. sauerbraten
  6. Blutwurst
  7. pretzel
  8. Rostbratwursten
  9. Soup
  10. Beer
  11. Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Currywurst

E' one of the most popular street food in all of Germany! You will find it practically in every city and if you are on vacation you cannot miss it.
It is a great dish to eat for a quick lunch on a day full of visits. But you will find vendors at more or less any time of day.
It is grilled and cut into pieces which is covered with a sweet and sour curry sauce. It all comes with bread and French fries coated with your favorite sauce.

  • Recommended to: lunch
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: sausage, curry, chips

2 - Westphalian Grünkohl

It is a particular kind of cabbage, much loved and consumed in this area of ​​Germany, which grows with very rich leaves on woody stems. In Roman times it was a food consumed mainly by the rich, it was then transformed into the main ingredient of poor medieval recipes, as it is very easy to grow and remains even in cold temperatures, protagonists of the German winter.
Today it can be found in different variations and in different dishes in most restaurants.
A well known version is the one it comes in used in a soup, just based on cabbage and ham.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: cabbage

3 - Pfefferpotthast

It's a traditional dish of German cuisine and Westphalian cuisine, and it is a meat-based goulash.
The meat is first seared in a pan and then blanched with onion, some bay leaves and cloves. It is necessary to continue cooking until the meat becomes very soft, which flakes with a spoon. It is then necessary to season with abundant pepper, and possibly with capers and lemon juice. In summer the meat is usually accompanied by boiled potatoes and salad, in winter with mashed potatoes, gherkins and beets.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: meat, onions, vegetables

4 - Westphalian ham

Westphalia is the home of the ham on the bone. So, if you are in Dortmund, you cannot miss this particular type of ham.
Its particular taste, much loved, derives from its preparation process, absolutely carried out by hand and which includes one slow artisanal seasoning. The thigh is always worked with the entire bone, so this gives it a particular nutty aroma, the salting takes place during the ripening period, which goes from 6 to 12 months, so the salt slowly penetrates inside the ham. Finally, the smoking takes place cold with beech wood.
Great to serve with bread and a selection of cheeses.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 7,00 cutting board
  • Main ingredients: smoked ham

5 - Sauerbraten

It is one of the most popular dishes from this area of ​​Germany. It is one meat stew served with a particular sauce. It is a typical dish of Germany, but each region brings variations in its personal recipe.
For example, in North Rhine-Westphalia, the region where Dortmund is located, the meat is marinated for several days in a spice mix that consists of mustard seeds, pepper, coriander, bay leaves, basil, cumin seeds, cloves and cinnamon. Once, the meat used for the stew was horse meat, today it is mainly used beef, in some cases you can also find pork or turkey.

  • Recommended to: dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: meat marinated in a mix of spices

6 - Blutwurst

The Blutwurst, or Flönz in the Rhineland, is a typical product of this area of ​​Germany, prepared and eaten even Cologne and Dusseldorf and traditional carnival. It is roughly our black pudding, a black sausage prepared according to tradition to be consumed fresh, and not dried or long-life like South German sausages.
It is the basic ingredient of many recipes and it can generally be accompanied by mashed potatoes, onions or vegetables, asparagus is used a lot here, and the very spicy mustard cannot be missing.

  • Recommended to: dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: pork sausage

7 - Pretzel

There are a true German gastronomic icon! You will find them anywhere in Germany, and depending on the area, you may also find yourself under the name pretzel, laugenbretzel or breze.
They consist of soft braided bread whose dough is made from soft wheat flour, brewer's yeast, malt, water and sodium bicarbonate. It is then covered with coarse salt and sesame seeds.
Its particular shape dates back to the th century, when the monks prepared them in the monasteries and they created these three holes in the bread to recall the Trinity.

  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: soft wheat flour, brewer's yeast, coarse salt, sesame seeds

8 - Rostbratwursten

It is typical of German cuisine, it is one sausage made from veal, beef or pork which is cooked on the grill or in a pan and which, in some recipes or particular dishes, comes also cooked in broth or directly in beer!
Here in Dortmund you can find it in different recipes and it will be presented to you in different ways: in the various stalls you can also find it inside a sandwich, convenient to eat while walking or as a snack in the afternoon, while in the breweries or restaurants comes generally served with sauerkraut and potato salad, being able to choose the number of sausages you want on the plate.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, in sandwiches also as a snack
  • Average cost: sandwich € 5,00; dish in the brewery € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: meat sausage, bread, sauerkraut, potato salad

9 - Suppe

Germany in general is known for serving great soups, often ordered before consuming a second meat dish. In addition, they are great for warming up on the cold winter days that characterize Dortmund and the whole country. As you may already know, the proposed soups are many and different from each other.
In the various clubs you can often find the Goulash suppe or Kartoffelnsuppe, the first with a broth of beef, paprika and onion, the second based on potatoes, carrot, leek, speck and onion, accompanied by bread.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: small from € 4,00, large from € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: broth, onion, potatoes

10 - Beer

Germany's iconic drink, here in Dortmund it is a real institution! It is drunk for lunch, dinner, after dinner, in the afternoon, in the morning, always.
In the breweries of the city, in addition to the classic German labels, you can find the beers produced by the brewery itself.
And, if there are many of you or you feel fit, in some places you can order half a meter or a whole meter of beer! It is a long wooden glass holder, half a meter or a meter long, in which a glass of light beer and one of dark beer are alternated. Definitely to try!

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: from € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: beer

Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

In Dortmund you will find restaurants offering all types of cuisine, both traditional German and international, Italian, French, American and many others. But, to enter the full culture and atmosphere of the city, we absolutely recommend that you go to eat in the breweries, places that offer excellent typical cuisine accompanied by rivers of beer, beer produced by them.
If, on the other hand, you are in a hurry, between one visit and another, there are many barracchini and small places that sell classic German street food, with currywurst and sandwiches with blutwurst.

1 - Zum Alten Markt

  • Description: brewery with wooden interiors, with typical cuisine and excellent beer produced by the brewery itself
  • specialty: traditional German cuisine
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Markt 3, Dortmund - Get directions, FB page

2 - Wenkers am Markt

  • Description: brewery with typical cuisine and excellent beer produced by the brewery itself, shop and numerous events
  • specialty: traditional German cuisine
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Betenstraße 1, Dortmund - Get Directions, Website

3 - Pfefferkorn's No. 1 am Markt

  • Description: brewery with elegant interiors, typical cuisine and excellent beer produced by the brewery itself
  • specialty: traditional German cuisine
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Markt 6, Dortmund - Get directions, FB page

4 - Hoppy's Treff

  • Description: popular pub run by an old Borussia Dortmund player
  • specialty: German cuisine
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Nordstraße 1, Holzwickede - Get directions, FB page

5 - Wurst Willi

  • Description: small place in the center of Dortmund, with tables outside, specializing in street food
  • specialty: currywurst and bratwurst
  • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
  • Address: Petrikirchhof, Dortmund - Get Directions, Website

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