You will find restaurants, bars, cafes in many neighborhoods (in German called 'Stadtteile') and always in Downtown. German cities are walking cities.
Downtown, the Leipzig City Center.
Drallewatsch (see next page), Schauspielviertel (near Leipzig’s Schauspielhaus Theater, around Gottschedstraße. It starts just across the street from St. Thomas’s Church.), Südmeile (stretches along Karl-Liebknecht-Straße south of Leipzig’s city center and offers a mix of culture and cuisine. 'In' places are e.g. Flower Power, Ilses Erika or naTo and Volkshaus), Münzgasse (connects Drallewatsch with Südmeile), Gohlis (neighborhood north of Leipzig city center; enjoy beautiful Art Nouveau villas and Leipzig’s only remaining authentic Gose beer pub – Gosenschenke ‘Ohne Bedenken’. Gose is a top-fermented Leipzig beer speciality which you drink pure or mixed with fruit syrups or liqueurs. The area is also home to Leipzig’s only palace, the baroque Gohlis Palace, which houses an elegant restaurant.), Plagwitz (A former industrial area located west of Leipzig city centre. Find restaurants and cafés - some are situated on the banks of the Weiße Elster river and the canals in the area. Visit e.g. the 'Stelzenhaus', built into one of the canals, or check out the 'Ristorante Da Vito' where you can make a ride in a genuine Venetian gondola.).
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Roughly translated: seating outside.
Meanwhile ”LE”, as the locals call their Leipzig with affection, has gained a great reputation as a city with street culture.
The German word Freisitz (meaning something like street restaurant or café), which in other cities is often replaced by beer-garden,
has become something like a cult word.
Really big beer-gardens, like those in Bavaria, are rare in Leipzig.
Instead, pubs and restaurants invite their guests to sit outside on the Freisitz. Of the 1,100 gastronomy enterprises in Leipzig (everything from scenic pub to Chinese restaurant) 385 have meanwhile established a Freisitz. With the exception of restaurants in concentrated residential areas, all places may stay open as long as they (or their guests) want.
No closing time!
From 11 o’clock at night, especially the city center radiates a festival atmosphere. Young and old gather, according to the motto: ”See and be seen” and enjoy the ”street theatre”.
The phenomenon of Freisitz culture had already existed in GDR times. The Freisitz boom, however, only started in 1990. One catalyst for the development was certainly the concept of the pedestrianized city center as well as the generous granting of Freisitz permission by the city government. Roaring engines and exhaust fumes from cars have meanwhile become foreign words for visitors of the Drallewatsch pub mile(More info: The Pub Mile Drallewatsch). Reconstruction and refurbishment of the historical trade fair buildings and inner courtyards as well as the widening of the sidewalks (e. g. in Gottschedstrasse) have supported this development. The price-value relation is good, too. Especially guests from the west of Germany praise the quality of the food, which – compared with other big cities – is also inexpensive.
The variety of food on offer is breath-taking. On the 0.8 square kilometers of the city center alone there is a wide range of gastronomy present, from the traditional Saxon restaurant via the elegant Italian food temple up to crowded Irish pubs. This variety leads to a phenomenon generally called ”pub hopping”, which is especially popular with the Leipzigers. When young people are asked about their favorite places they can hardly ever give a definite answer. What is ”in” today will be ”out” tomorrow.
Also there are hardly any places in Leipzig where only tourists go.
That is why it is relatively easy to make friends with the locals or the students of Leipzig.
The historical sites in the city center are of course of special interest for tourists.
Sitting in one of the Nikolaikirchhof street restaurants you can enjoy the view of St. Nicholas’ Church, the starting point of the peaceful Monday demonstrations in 1989. Historical flair is also present on Naschmarkt. There you can sit next to the Goethe statue, which shows the great poet as a young student during a time when pretty Leipzig girls and nightlife in Auerbachs Keller was more important to him than his studies at the university. In his vicinity the centuries meet. There are the Baroque Old Stock Exchange and the Old City Hall, one of the finest examples of German Renaissance.
After satisfying your hunger and quenching your thirst you can go on to Moritzbastei, Europe’s biggest students club, and dance the night away with music from blues to samba or dark wave. There is a unique flair in the old fortification vaults and an international public. Close by there are also other popular discotheques like Nachtcafé, JAM Dance Hall, Dark Flower and SPIZZ, which with current music trends attract above all a younger clientele.
Further places are the discotheques Markt 1 and New Eden, where oldies and pop music dominate and instead of Reudnitz or Ur-Krostitz beer sparkling wine is consumed.
More ”work-out” , of a different kind – is guaranteed at the Metropolis, at the start of the Drallewatsch pub mile in Große Fleischergasse. Here you can watch others dance – attractive young ladies who entertain the guests all night long with table dancing.
If you need a break, you can go to the next Freisitz just a few meters away and enjoy a nice cold lager. Looking for a clock in crowded Barfußgässchen will be in vain as there is no official closing time in Leipzig ...