Unlike a lot of football stadiums, the BayArena is centrally located within the city. It is situated in a residential area, without masses around to keep fans occupied, but the city center is roughly a 15-minute walk away.
With that in mind, it’s worth noting that the nearest airport to Leverkusen is Cologne, which is one hour away. Cologne is the prettier city, with more going on. Thus, the things listed below are in Cologne, so stay there after you get off your flight and head to Leverkusen closer to game time.
Haus am Park – Located near the BayArena, this restaurant offers a brilliant example of modern German food. Prices are slightly on the expensive side, but the quality of ingredients and execution is high, and you’re definitely better off ordering traditional meat dishes. Reassuringly the place is popular with locals (always a good sign) and unsurprisingly, the vast majority of the staff speaks excellent English and is happy to guide you through the menu.
Haus Alkenrath – If you happen to be there during the weekend then you’ll be inundated with every Bundesliga game. If you’re not, there is plenty to keep you occupied. As well as smaller screens there is a four square meter big screen, and on top of that you can choose between two dart machines, a bowling alley and an enormous beer garden. The pub serves up German/Croatian grub, but this is very much a venue for drinks rather than food.