Eat your way through Stuttgart. I made the plan for a weekend when one has more time to explore the food scene and I wrote my weekend rituals so I can remember them. I write a lot for myself so I don’t forget.
First, a little disclaimer – I am sure Stuttgart has many great restaurant and coffee places. The ones I list and recommend I discovered by myself, then invited my friends to and kept returning.
Important expressions if you want to fit in and feel like a local:
- Grüß Gott! This is how you will be greeted in most places in southern Germany and Austria. Is my preffered German salutation. Moin moin is another. Originally, it comes from grüß dich Gott ( ‘may’ God bless ‘you’), the equivalent of goodbye in English (“God be with ye”) or Adieu (“to God”) in French and most latin languages. It should be just accepted, and not misunderstood or mocked.
- Kaffee und Kuchen, literally coffee and cake, an afternoon tradition. It is straight-forward and as delicious as it sounds.
- Vielen Dank or Dankeschön = Thank you very much or thank you beautifully! A better visual below.
Friday night ritual
Sushi early light dinner pre-dancing at “I love Sushi” (Rosenbergstraße 69B). Friday evenings I was usually until late dancing away the week at my dance school.
If you preffer a fancy sushi restaurant I recommend:
- Wip Sushi (Esslinger Str. 22)
- Origami (Hauptstätter Str. 61), so Japanese as the name.
Before I joined my dance school, I was sometimes having Fridays a burger at Hans im Glück . There are many in the city. Vegetarian options available, including snacks as sweet patato fries. Burgers are very good also at Triple B.
Saturday. How to spend a perfect day in Stuttgart
Big statement. Start the weekend right with a brunch at Metzgerei in Bismarktplatz in Stuttgart West. I recommend (all) the omelets and the pancakes with maple sirop. Coffee comes from Mokuska coffee roastery, like most places in West.
Metzgerei is a popular place, so in case is full, the Greek restaurant Achillion (Schwabstraße 75-77) was my go-to numerous times.
After brunch I always stop by market nr 1 in Bismaktplazt and even market nr 2 Markthalle because Sunday shops are not open in Deutschland.
Every great city has a market and Matkhalle in the center is the place to start. And eat lunch. I always like to climb the stairs on the 1st floor and admire it and the Art Deco arhitecture.
This market is a piece of the world at your feet. Iranian food. Greek. Italian. Turkish. Spanish tapas.
Dessert I would have at the lovely “Cafe Da” in Bohnenviertel aka my sweet spot. Actually dessert plus coffee, or Kaffee und Kuchen like we learned before.
“Cafe DA” is ownen by Daniela, a very friendly Romanian woman. “Da” means Yes in Romanian, so I had a familiar feeling the moment I entered.
Next, we would go to see a viewpoint at Eugenplatz and grab an ice cream there at Ice Pinguin, a legend already. The most famous flavour is “Mercedes Ice” apparently.
Dinner it can be israeli at YAFA Stuttgart (Hauptstätter Str. 31) for the best humus and falafel in my opinion – light and so delicious.
Followed by a cocktail at Paul and George, that is just one minute away. The place is in the Red Light street in case you will wonder, but is a normal cocktail bar with a New York / Amsterdam vibe, so why not. A lot of humor and no judging.
Easy Sunday. Another perfect day to eat
For Sunday – the best brunch à la française at “Patisserie tarte & törtchen” with original french recipes and good homemade ice cream in summer. We are sticking in the West because has all the good spots.
Weather is always great and sunny in Stuttgart, so take your takeovers from the market from yesterday and head to Karlshöhe for picnic with a view . I feel I am repeating myself with the viewpoint, but they are that pretty, so bear with me.
Next stop is for a gelato at Gelateria Kaiserbau at Marienplatz 14.
In case is cold or it rains go to Marienplatz (gelato place) and stay in the area because next door is LA Signorina, which just happens to be the place with the best pizza in town, confirmed by many italians. Just like coffee and ice cream, I’ve tried many pizza places and this is really the best.
Tapas light dinner at Cortijo (Eberhardstraße 10) with a live guitar concert and flamenco! Perfecto for Sunday evening.
That was my tasty week-end in Stuttgart.