With postcard-perfect views for days, Marburg is the kind of place you spend your days strolling around the old town, browsing shop windows and stopping here and there to refuel on coffees, teas and snacks in between. We’ve made a list of the best cafés in town for when you need that break.
Cafe, Restaurant, German, $$$
Die Pause café is a little gem, tucked away in the corner of a narrow alley in Marburg’s Oberstadt. The hippy-esque vibe is mixed with fresh and yummy food for breakfast, lunch and quick snacks. With a bit of luck, you can snatch one of the outdoor seats on a sunny day. Tables are scattered across several idyllic terraces on both sides of the steep staircase down to the Unterstadt.
The old town café is an all-time favourite of Marburg’s café culture. For nearly 100 years, Café Vetter has served breakfast and what are arguably the best cakes and gateaux in town. Wicker chairs, tablecloths and lace curtains underline the rustic and traditional atmosphere. Sundays afternoons might be accompanied by live piano music.
The cute and cosy patisserie in Marburg’s Oberstadt enchants guests with its French flair, speciality coffees and sweet treats. The team offers a number of to-die-for cakes and gateaux from their 70-odd repertoire – vegan options included – plus delicious chocolates and cookies. Their Death-By-Chocolate cake might send you straight to chocolate heaven.
Café am Grün is an oasis for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Locals, students in particular, love it for the alternative and chilled vibe. The fancy-schmancy crowd steers clear of the small café, leaving the rest to enjoy great coffees, breakfast and midday snacks – and the idyllic riverside setting, of course.
Located right on Oberstadt’s main drag Barfüßerstraße, Café Barfuß is one of the student hotspots of the city. The bistro/bar/café kicks off the day with a typically German breakfast platters of bread rolls with all kinds of sweet and savoury toppings and eggs, followed by lunch and dinner. Coffees and teas are swapped for beers and cocktails later in the day.
Café Cappuccino has earned stellar review on all channels, mainly thanks to their excellent cappuccino. The café is located at the heart of Marburg’s old town and lures customers with a modern and stylish interior, Italian coffee creations and fantastic food ranging from daily breakfast to paninis, quiches and varying lunch options, plus burgers every Thursday and pizzas on Fridays.
If you enjoy the ambience of a Viennese coffee house, you don’t have to go much further than a few minutes north of the city centre. At café Rosenpark, you sip on a cup of coffee and indulge in divine baked goods inside, surrounded by marble floors and velvety seats, or on the sunlit terrace.