Nestled on the banks of the river Neckar, between sloping green hills on both sides, Heidelberg is a breath-taking mixture of medieval and Baroque architecture. Heidelberg’s culinary scene is as impressive as its aesthetics, ranging from fine luxury dining to traditional pub fares to delicious international cuisines. Here we look at Heidelberg’s most outstanding venues.
Located in an idyllic, ivy-covered house with shutters and flowers at the windows, Restaurant zur Herrenmühle promises a quintessentially charming German experience. The restaurant falls into the category of Landhausküchen, roughly translating to ‘country cottage kitchen’. Both food and atmosphere are intended to be traditional, natural, and rustic. Zur Herrenmühle achieves this, while never settling for a less impressive quality. All dishes are unique and experiment with different flavor combinations, while still acknowledging their German and European roots. Some highlights include the carpaccio and baked Atlantic lobster, as well as the Jerusalem artichoke soup. The interior of the restaurant has an impressive yet comfortable ambience, with dark wood-panelled floors and walls, while vines and flowers surround the seating area in the garden.
Veggieart is a hip little dining spot tucked away in Heidelberg, a cross somewhere between a café and a restaurant. Its key selling point is its unique menu focus: it specializes in Persian-inspired vegetarian and vegan food, and is another exciting example of Heidelberg’s international and experimental restaurant culture. The restaurant offers classic Persian saffron-infused rice with a range of rotating mains across the week; highlights include a walnut and pomegranate sauce with sweet chestnuts, and a spicy courgette and aubergine stew, both of which are spins on traditional Persian dishes. The restaurant also offers a range of pastries and cakes, making it an ideal hangout spot for the town’s university students and those seeking to expand their culinary experiences.
Veggieart, Plöck 77, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany, +49 6221 1816332