The Best Cafes in Dresden, Germany

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Photo of Marion Kutter
30 October 2017

Exploring all the gems that Dresden has to offer takes many days of sightseeing, and you’ll want to have a break every now and again. Here are some of Dresden’s best cafés that will boost your energy levels with caffeine and sugary treats.

Kuchen Atelier

Bakery, Coffee Shop, German, Tea , Vegetarian, Fast Food
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Kuchen Atelier, Dresden
Kuchen Atelier, Dresden | © Pexels/Pixabay

For those of you who love cake, Dresden’s retro-style Kuchen Atelier is a must-stop. The gateaux, tarts and cakes do not only resemble small pieces of art but are also super delicious. The menu is a mix of innovative creations such as a strawberry cake with cucumber, classic German tray-baked cakes and regional specialities, including the city’s favourite Eierschenke.

Grand Café & Restaurant Coselpalais

Cafe, German, Dessert, European, $$$
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Coselpalais - Restaurant & Grand Café, Dresden
Coselpalais - Restaurant & Grand Café, Dresden | © TesaPhotography/Pixabay

The Coselpalais is of the city’s most prominent baroque buildings, and with Dresden’s Frauenkirche as a backdrop, the onsite café virtually calls for their fancy gateau and cake creations to be served on precious Meissen porcelain. The food is as sumptuous as the interior, and it’s tough to choose between baked goods such as the chocolate buttercream tart with currant jam, apple cake with streusel or the many petit fours.

England, England

Cafe, German, Tea , Vegetarian, $$$
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England, England, Dresden
England, England, Dresden | © Courtesy of England, England
England, England is the self-proclaimed hotspot for the homesick and Anglophiles. Floral wallpapers and tablecloths, solid timber furniture and luxuriantly framed pictures of the royal family set the tone for a cuppa tea and a slice of freshly baked Victoria sponge cake. Stick your nose into one of the available books or join the regular social activities, from book club to film screenings.

Fräulein Lecker

Cafe, German, Tea , Vegetarian, $$$
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Fräulein Lecker, Dresden
Fräulein Lecker, Dresden | © Engin_Akyurt/Pixabay

At Fräulein Lecker you can dig into muffins, cupcakes, cookies and cake without remorse. The team opts for comparatively healthy ingredients and swaps wheat flour for spelt and refined sugar for cane. Vegans will be happy to hear that some of the yummy creations are free from animal products entirely. A selection of soups and quiches ease the craving for savoury foods.

Café Sperling

Cafe, German, Tea , Vegetarian, $$$
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Café Sperling, Dresden
Café Sperling, Dresden | © Café Sperling

At the heart of Dresden’s hippest quarter, Äußere Neustadt, Café Sperling lures customers with a Scandi-chic interior and homemade food and cakes. The trendy café is great for either breakfast, lunch or a quick coffee break. On the menu are a range of breakfast platters, bagels, muesli and delicious cakes just like grandma’s recipes.

Dresdner Kaffeestübchen

Cafe, German, European, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
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Dresdner Gedeck
Dresdner Gedeck | © Courtesy of Dresdner Kaffeestübchen

After a tour of Dresden’s main sights, the Dresdner Kaffeestübchen café offers refuge from the hustle and bustle of Dresden’s old town. Baroque design clashes with 80s elements to create a cosy atmosphere. You can choose from various cakes and biscuits, but the menu’s highlight is the Dresdener Gedeck – a local speciality comprising a slice of Eierschenke cake, coffee and a shot of coffee liqueur.

Café Oswaldz

Cafe, German, Tea , Vegetarian, $$$
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Café Oswaldz, Dresden
Café Oswaldz, Dresden | © StockSnap/Pixabay

The Café Oswaldz opened a few years ago but quickly established itself a mecca for artisan coffee aficionados. The beans come from the local Phoenix Coffee Roastery and are turned into tasteful specialities from cold brew to flat white. There’s not much more to ask than having arguably the best coffee in town, a slice of New York cheesecake or a pastrami sandwich and a spot outside in the sun.