Located across the Ruhr River in an old station chateau, Lukas is a fine morning retreat from the city center. The refined ambiance sits in contrast to the brick exterior of the traditional German train station architecture outside, while the terrace has its own relaxing vibe. The breakfast buffet is simply lavish with everything from juices, cold cuts, marmalades, cheese variations and fresh fruits, to irresistible, aromatic coffee.
Address & telephone: Lukas, Prinz-Friedrich-Platz 1, Essen, Germany, +49 0201 848353
The former mining complex of Zeche Carl is currently home to various pan-regional cultural events, from galleries to workshops. Suited to quiet brunches and light afternoon meals, the entire industrial complex here is one of the most attractive places to visit in Essen. Packed with cultural activities like live concerts and community gatherings, Zeche Carl is somewhere to meet new people over a plate of home-made garlic bread, chorizo and jalapenos, all with a cocktail on the side.
Address & telephone: Zeche Karl, Wilhelm-Nieswandt-Allee 100, Essen, Germany, +49 0201 8344410
The ravishing haute cuisine restaurant inside the Zollverein complex hosts a delicious brunch buffet for connoisseurs and gourmands. Every Sunday, Casino Zollverein lays out a buffet filled with carefully chosen dishes, all styled to the highest quality. The avant-garde concept of combining the industrial design with a chandelier-worthy look brings the restaurant into the sphere of the innovative and interesting.
Address & telephone: Casino Zollverein, Gelsenkirchener Str. 181, Essen, Germany, +49 0201 830240
Jagdhaus Schellenberg is housed in a historical German residence, boasting an exquisite panorama over the surrounding nature and a penchant for traditional cuisine. Built in the 19th century, the restaurant showcases the typical lumberjack housing in the Rhine-Ruhr region. The breath-taking views over the spectacular valley of the Baldeneysee below is definitely worth the trip, while the Sunday breakfasts are also fantastic!
Address & telephone: Jagdhaus Schellenberg, Heisinger Straße 170 a, Essen, Germany, +49 0201 437870
Damfe has 300 seats across its indoors and delightful beer garden, while the breakfast buffet always has fresh seasonal additions that make it one of the best in town.
Address & telephone: Dampfe, Heinrich-Brauns-Straße 9-15, Essen, Germany, +49 0201 630070