Breakfast and brunch are the best ways to kick off a day full of sightseeing. Dresden offers a variety of cafés and restaurants serving everything from American pancakes to spinach-and-cheese sausages. Add some coffee or prosecco and you’ll surely feel invigorated to explore Dresden’s beautiful sights. Here’s a list of seven locations that serve sumptuous food in the mornings.
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A cute and cosy café in the heart of Dresden’s old town, the Dresdner Kaffeestübchen serves a typically German breakfast of rolls, bread, sandwich meats, cheese, spreads and hard boiled eggs along with excellent coffee. The speciality is the Dresdener Gedeck – a slice of Eierschenke, a cake with apples, curd and poppy seeds, accompanied by a cup of their signature blended coffee and a shot of coffee liqueur.
The Wohnstube restaurant of the HYPERION Hotel Dresden am Schloss in the old town offers a daily breakfast buffet and brunch every Sunday. The brunch menu varies weekly but always features hot and cold meals and drinks, including prosecco. In the warmer months, the staff fires up the BBQ and adds freshly grilled meats and veggies to the menu.
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PlanWirtschaft, Dresden | Courtesy of PlanWirtschaft
The PlanWirtschaft café, in Dresden’s trendiest quarter Äußere Neustadt, lures with an elaborate breakfast buffet which includes several kinds of bread and rolls, sandwich toppings, scrambled eggs, spreads, muesli and cereal, yoghurt, a waffle station and unlimited coffee. The wooden furniture gives a homely feel, but it’s worth trying to snatch a seat in the backyard on a sunny day.
Tucked away behind a lush garden on the waterfront of a lake, Carolaschlösschen is probably the city’s most beautifully set café. Guests can sit inside the Art-Déco interior or in the beer garden. The Sunday brunch buffet is composed of international specialities from antipasti to dessert.
The Stresa restaurant in the Striesen district is known for its modern and creative cuisine. The chef is committed to using regional and seasonal products and the menu varies accordingly. A cold buffet is available and warm options can be ordered – choose from eggs, fish, meat, vegetarian dishes and seasonal specialities, such as grilled ox meat, roast pumpkin and mushrooms in autumn.
The L’Art de Vie restaurant in Dresden’s Societaetstheater is open all day and gives Mediterranean dishes a creative twist. Breakfast is available daily and includes everything your heart desires, including a full English. On weekends and bank holidays, guests come here to have a brunch feast of cold and warm specialities – a glass of prosecco is included.
The daily breakfast menu at Lloyds doesn’t hold big surprises, but caters to all tastes. You can design your own plate or choose one of the themed options from the menu – the French option with croissants and marmalade, the Saxonian with sandwich meats, cheeses, a hard-boiled egg, sweet and savoury spreads and bread, or the full Lloyds breakfast which tops the former with scrambled eggs, muesli, yoghurt and prosecco.
Assuming you like German sausages it’s fair to say that you’ll probably love Watzkes Wurstküche (previously Erste Dresdner Wurstküche). After this months rebrand, new creative Bratwurst varieties have found their way onto the menu. Think spinach-and-cheese, pumpkin or asparagus-and-chanterelle sausages. On Sundays, it offers brunch with all the German goodies from bread to spreads, and of course sausages and sandwich meats.
The weekend breakfast at Dresden’s popular vegetarian restaurant Scheunen Café follows the common thread of Indian cuisine paired with regional specialities. The Indian platter comes with flatbread, yoghurt, achar and a mango lassi. If that’s a tad too experimental for you, you can opt for the continental classics of eggs, croissants, cheeses and meats or buttermilk pancakes. Vegan options include olive, eggplant or avocado spreads.
The breakfast menu at Max in Dresden’s Neustadt quarter lists classics from croissants with marmalade, honey and Nutella for those with a sweet tooth and eggs on bread for guests who prefer a savoury breakfast. You can always spice it up with an extra order of any of the available toppings, a fruit salad or some prosecco. Sunday brunch always comes with a glass of the fizzy drink and scrambled eggs.