DRESDEN FOR THE CURIOUS
The ultimate list of cool spots in our hood
Kaffanero's mission is to serve the best craft coffee in Dresden. And they were the first roasters here, so they know what they're doing. You can sit among eclectic pillows and beans from around the world and learn more about the best cultivating, roasting, packaging and preparation techniques. Not a coffee snob? Just order your perfect cappuccino and bounce.
Everyone who lives in this hood agrees that Fettboy has the best burger. Why? The herb-focaccia bun, the perfectly seasoned patty, the bacon, the asian-inspired toppings...If you're feeling adventurous, don't stop at the burger. Try a wagyu burger, a "Ghetto Boy" or a "Holy Boy." If you're not in the mood to eat with your hands, there's also a few kinds of ramen.
This sustainable cafe is good for everyone: vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. The menu changes depending on what's in season along with the art on the walls. While you wait for your food or after you lick the bowl clean, check out their fair-trade and natural product shop in the cafe's basement. If you're lucky, you might even catch a live music performance outside. You'll leave with a full stomach and a clear conscience.
This cosy hotspot with exposed brick walls is a must for foodies. All the Saxon classics you have been craving are plated to perfection. Meat, check! Vegetarian options, check! Here, it's all about what's local: all wine and beer are locally sourced and the art on the walls is produced by local artists. Note: it fills up, so book a table ahead of time by calling or email (they don't accept online reservations through their website anymore).
Lunch, dinner, dessert or just drinks, this central bar and restaurant hits the spot. Check out their specials, like the weekly signature cocktail, Wednesday Fish day (fish meal for under 10 euros), and seasonal happy hour. They have tons of outdoor seating too for when you want that happy hour breeze.
Art on the building, art on the plate. A Lila Sosse includes all the colors of the rainbow, especially purple. Their signature "Lila" purple sauce comes with a story, "it stands for creativity, modernity, imagination and individuality...purple is the color of mystery, magic and ghosts: characteristics of the site, the yard of mythical creatures."
No, this isn't a Disney dream... You do have a castle next door. This gorgeous palace looks ancient, but it was actually reconstructed after it was bombed in 1945. You can enjoy the castle from the outside or buy a ticket (with free audioguide) to explore all of the exhibits inside.
With a life-size Giraffe climbing up the side, Kunsthofpassage is straight out of Dr. Seuss' daydreams. Designed by artists Annette Paul, Christoph Roßner and André Tempel, this multicolored courtyard is the one place you want to be in bad weather: the giant funnel on one of the buildings turns into a musical instrument powered by rain. So get ready to sing along. You can stand under my umbrella, ella, ella, ay, ay, ay...
No, you're not in Oz. Inside the Dresden Castle, you'll find this Baroque wonder, The Treasury of Augustus the Strong. Made of two vaults, The New Vault hosts selected new exhibits and the The Historic Green Vault, has been restored to its original splendor. If you visit the Castle, make sure to buy a ticket that includes this so you can glimpse this glittering green gem.
Albertbrücke Flea MarketSundays, Saturdays
This flea market is so beloved that it has three different names (Albertbrücke, Elbe Flohmarkt AND Dresdner Elbemarkt). Every Saturday and Sunday, more than 500 dealers set up stalls by the Albert bridge to sell vintage clothes, jewelry, records, toys and more. Trash or treasure? You decide.
This independent bookstore in the Kunsthofpassage area feels like you're just hanging out in someone's living room. Books on books in every genre: from sci-fi to poetry. While you browse, you can also hang out with the shop's resident cat, Mayamoto Musashi, and have some tea or coffee, on the house.
This locals-only beer garden in the middle of the Outer Neustadt district is right next to the Scheune live music venue. Local brews, city views and lots of energy. They also have the best barbecue from Fleischerei Creutz to wash your beer down with. If you are coming with a large group, make sure to reserve a table beforehand.
With ramps, rails, halfpipe, and fresh graffiti, this is a skater/rollerblader/anything-on-wheels paradise. The Lingnerallee skating area is just off the side of The Grand Garden. You can chill out on the grass and watch the locals trick. If you’re a skater, bring your board with you and jump in.