10 Things to eat in Dresden and where

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Dresden is a small town in Germany, and the capital of Saxony. It stands on the banks of the Elbe river and was nicknamed "the Florence of the Elbe" by the philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder. It is the city that has suffered the most from the consequences of the Second World War, despite this, today it is considered the most beautiful in the whole of Germany.

Today we want to focus on the gastronomy of this country. Its cuisine is typical of East Germany, mainly based on pork and beef and vegetables, the specialties are often accompanied by many varieties of beers and wines. But let's see in detail the 10 typical dishes to eat in Dresden.


  1. Leipzig various things
  2. Sachsischer Sauerbraten
  3. Sachsische Kartoffelsuppe
  4. Dresdner Christstollen
  5. Pulsitzer gingerbread
  6. Sachsiche Quarkkeulchen
  7. Leipzig larks
  8. Radeberger beer
  9. Muller-Thurgau
  10. Pinot Blanc
  11. Where to eat in Dresden: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Leipziger Allerlei

This is the quintessential side dish in Saxony, it is a plate of vegetables composed of peas, carrots, green beans, turnips, asparagus, morels, cauliflower and celery. All vegetables, after boiling, come mix with the cream and serve with the prawns.

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner as a side dish
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: various vegetables and shrimps

2 - Sachsischer Sauerbraten

For meat lovers this is a dish to try, it is a sour beef roast served alongside potatoes, dumplings and vegetables such as red cabbage.

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner as a main course
  • Average cost: € 13,00
  • Main ingredients: beef, vinegar, spices

3 - Sachsische Kartoffelsuppe

This dish is a Saxon potato soup often accompanied with speck or sausage.

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes and meat

4 - Dresdner Christstollen

The desserts are very special, and this is widespread in the city of Dresden, it looks a bit like our famous panettone and, as happens here, it is consumed during the Christmas holidays. Particularly rich in butter, dried fruit and candied fruit, the dessert is covered by a protected geographical indication (PGI).

  • Recommended to: always during the Christmas holidays
  • Average cost: € 25,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, butter, dried fruit, candied fruit, raisins, yeast, milk, lemon zest

5 - Pulsnitzer Pfefferkuchen

As the name implies, it is a dessert that originated in the city of Pulsnitzer, but soon spread throughout Saxony. It is a variant of gingerbread, differs more from a longer conservation and maturation.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, nutmeg, honey, syrup, wheat flour, rye

6 - Sachsiche Quarkkeulchen

They are gods Sweet pancakes whose name suggests that they contain the fresh and creamy cheese that is called Qaurk, instead once again potatoes are the real distinguishing feature of this dessert. They come accompanied by a tasty apple mousse.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, apples

7 - Leipziger Lerchen

This is actually the typical dessert of the city of Leipzig, but now very widespread throughout Germany. It is a dessert prepared with walnuts, almonds, strawberry jam and shortcrust pastry. The name literally means "Leipzig's lark" in memory of an ancient tradition of the city that saw larks as a delicious dish.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: shortcrust pastry, strawberry jam, almonds, walnuts

8 - Radeberger beer

In Germany you can find beer at will, even Dresden is not lacking. Radeberger beer is the most consumed, in the past it was also the beer of the royal court of Saxony.

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: beer hops

9 - Muller-Thurgau

Wine lovers will also have their chance to try some German goodies. In fact, 37 different varieties of wines are produced in the Elbe valley. Among them, one of the best known is the Muller-Thurgau, is a white wine with a delicate aroma and acidulous taste with a slight bitter aftertaste.

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: White grapes

10 - Weissburgunder

This is the famous pinot bianco, comes from the French region of Burgundy and is very widespread all over the world, especially in Germany where in 2014 there were 4.794 hectares of production of this wine.

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: White grapes

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

In Dresden the typical cuisine is that of East Germany, its traditional dishes are based on meat, from beef to pork, and vegetables. Everything always accompanied by beers and wines that the German territory produces and exports with great success. Here the five best places to eat, including restaurants and typical bars.

1 - Augustus Garten

  • Description: it is a very famous park where you can have a beer and eat outdoors
  • specialty: beers and meat dishes
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Wiesentorstrasse 2, Dresden - Get directions

2 - HB Kugelgenhaus

  • Description: in this building in the Inner Neustadt district there is also a museum dedicated to Romanticism
  • specialty: Bavarian beer
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Hauptstrasse 13, Dresden - Get directions

3 - Pulvertum

  • Description: you can go back to the baroque times of Augustus the Strong in this historic setting in the center of Dresden
  • specialty: homemade desserts
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: An der Frauenkirche 12, Dresden - Get Directions / Website

4 - Makamaka Burger Bar & Grill

  • Description: restaurant with the latest food trends and fast food classics
  • specialty: Hamburger
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Bautzner Str. 6, Dresden - Get Directions - Website

5 - Zum Schiesshaus

  • Description: A few minutes from the famous Theaterplatz is the historic restaurant with full service and excellent cuisine
  • specialty: rustic beer
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Am Schiesshaus 19, Dresden - Get Directions - Website

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