Friedrichstadt is a neighborhood located in central Dresden, Germany. Famed as the home of the expressionist art movement Die Brücke, it’s also known as an old factory district. World War Two brought intense bombing from British and American troops, annihilating the city’s landscape and bringing its inhabitants to its knees. Much restoration work was done in the attempt to recreate and rediscover the charm the city once had. The district now has a plethora of great places to eat. Here are our 10 favorite restaurants.
Restaurant, Mongolian, $$$
For a total departure from classic German food, or in fact from any conventional restaurant, try MongolianBar for a take on Mongolian cuisine. Dishes on the menu include spicy salads and grilled cuts of meat and fish. There is even the option for those with more adventurous taste buds to try more alternative meats such as kangaroo or antelope. The restaurant is decorated with Asian art, which makes a nice touch and works well alongside the Mongolian theme. Make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment as the restaurant is particularly popular.
This restaurant offers a unique dining experience where customers have the opportunity to dine in the iconic cigarette factory which was in operation in the early 20th century. The building is referred to as Tabakmoschee, or ‘tobacco mosque’ by locals for its spectacular domed roof that was clearly inspired by oriental architecture. The menu offers traditional German cuisine, which seems an apt choice while gazing over the horizon of the city. Make sure you visit in the summer months so you can dine al fresco and take advantage of the pleasant balcony and beer garden.
If you’re searching for the typical German dining experience, this is the place to be. The food is classically German, complete with a buzzing atmosphere and locals enjoying traditional German beers, unctuous stews and generous portions of schnitzel. The theme of the restaurant is reflected in the décor and furniture, with taxidermy proudly displayed on the walls, as well as murals depicting German forest scenes. The restaurant is not an overwhelming attempt for tourist attention, but a genuine, hearty spot for some great German cooking.
This restaurant offers something a little different from the traditionally heavy German style of cooking. Instead, the menu is Mediterranean and therefore the place to be for light, healthy meals. Choose from a variety of salads, soups and cured meats, created with the freshest of ingredients and all elegantly and creatively presented. The restaurant is unusually small, with only 10 seats. However, this adds to the inviting, warm atmosphere and friendly service. Customers can expect delicious, high-quality food, served in an unpretentious manner.
The kitchen at Oma & Opa produces delicious archetypal German food and is a favorite among the locals of Friedrichstadt. Oma & Opa directly translates as grandma and grandpa, and the name neatly completes the theme as a quintessential German restaurant, with an interior designed to replicate the house of traditional grandparents who are perhaps stuck in the mid 20th century, along with their approach to German cooking. The restaurant is lit with candlelight, and tables are decorated with dated centerpieces and traditional tablecloths, all adding to the charm and warm atmosphere.
Tucked away in the corner of Friedrichstadt is Artemis, an authentic Greek restaurant that is hailed as one of the best in Dresden. The chef and staff ensure that customers are warmly greeted upon arrival, and their friendliness adds to the overall experience. The Greek dishes are expertly cooked, created with organic ingredients, and are served to customers with immaculate presentation. Immerse yourself in the full Greek experience and opt for a post-meal ouzo the classic Greek aniseed digestive, or Metaxa, a Greek brandy and wine blend.
Finesse is a hot spot for moderately priced high-quality food in an inviting setting. The interior is elegantly designed with contemporary furnishings, in modern silver and grey tones, which complement the dishes on the menu, all of which have a contemporary twist and are presented in a stylish, minimalist fashion. There are ample options to choose from on the menu, from tasty pizzas with perfected dough to fresh seafood. This is another great restaurant for those seeking a break from traditional German cuisine.
It’s not often you come across a vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Germany, so if you’re tiring of meat-dominated dishes, this restaurant is definitely for you. The kitchen offers a variety of appetizing pastas, salads and homemade soups, and food is well-prepared with fresh, organic produce. Portions come in generous, healthy sizes and are filling. While this is not the easiest location to reach, it’s worth the walk a bit out of town for the delicious food and charming hospitality. There is an even the option to dine al fresco in the summer months in the lush garden.
The concept for this restaurant is a classic Japanese buffet-style restaurant, specializing in deliciously fresh sushi. While this all you can eat restaurant is not the total fine dining experience, it is a great spot for some moderately priced authentic Japanese food. The service is efficient and staff are particularly friendly and attentive, overall adding to the atmosphere. There is also the chance to sample some authentic Japanese beers to wash down the the cuisine.
While Mama Africaisn’t technically in Friedrichstadt, getting to the restaurant merely involves a pleasant walk across the River Elbe, the winding river that flows through Eastern Germany. The restaurant itself is an innovation and quite the contrast from traditional German cooking. The restaurant succeeds in bringing a real taste of South Africa to eastern Germany, with perfectly seasoned and spiced food, and succulent, organic cuts of meat. The cuisine is a million miles away from German cooking, with zebra, ostrich and even crocodile featuring on the menu. The décor is well thought-out and fits well with the theme. Bright colored walls and exciting murals make this spot a cheery and exotic restaurant – definitely worth the walk across the river.