From: Dresden, Germany
Restaurants and cafés
Hearty, down-to-earth Saxon cuisine is a mainstay of many Dresden restaurants. It's heavy on meat, dumplings, and other accompaniments that may have you reaching for an extra Lipitor, but why quibble when you're on vacation? Take another portion, wash it down with Radeburger Pilsner or a Kruovice Cerne dark beer from across the border in the Czech Republic, and order a slice of the local Eierschecke (a custard-topped cheesecake) for dessert.
Mind you, Dresden does have other dining options, from Asian to Tex-Mex. See the tourist office's Gastronomy listings.
Some of the restaurants that we've sampled personally include:
If you're visiting Dresden in nice weather, don't miss the Carolaschlösschen, or Little Carola Palace, in the Grosse Garten (Dresden's large city park). During the summer, you can eat or drink at a table by the lake, and the Monday-Friday lunch buffet is popular year-round. (I suggest taking the Dresden Park Railway to the Carolaschlösschen, just for fun. You can catch a train at a number of points in the park, including a station across the street from Volkswagen's Transparent Factory at the edge of the city center.
I can personally recommend the bakery's "Teff-Brot" Dreikornbrot , a coarse-textured three-grain bread that travels well and makes a great gift or edible trip souvenir. (Heberer also has several other branches in Dresden, including Schlossstrasse in the Altstadt and Prager Strasse north of the railroad station.)
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