A Unesco World Heritage Site, Bamberg is home to some of the oldest breweries in Europe. Remnants of the city date back to 400 A.D., with original architecture in tact as fully livable spaces. If you have a few days to explore what I call one of the most poetic cities in Germany, then read on, and check these "off-the-beaten-path" dining spots from your foodie bucket list.
Okay, this isn't technically a restaurant. But I couldn't talk about the best foodie finds in Bamberg, and not mention it. Part cafe, part college hangout, and part bar, this coffeeshop has a young, hipster, down-to-eart vibe that you just can't resist. Looks are deceiving from the outside, but when you walk in, you're transported into this cosy, and edgy cafe. It even has a wood burning fire on the corner, with a selection of books and magazines you can read.
Depending on who's working, you'll hear music ranging from Latin American, to old school hip hop and R&B, to classic rock and blues. They have the best coffee in town, hands down. It's always fresh, never bitter or burned, and served freaky fast. They have some food items, and it varies by the week. Food ranges from fresh soups, to toasted sandwiches, and a selection of baked goods. It's definitely vegan friendly in both food and drinks, with almond and soy milk varieties, too. Everyone speaks great English, and are always very friendly.
It's also one of the few spots in town with wifi. In fact, I am in here now, jamming to Biggie, and writing this blog. (Shades on, head boppin' ensues)
Little Italy was one of the first places we stumbled upon during our "look and see" trip before our official move to Germany. Their pizzas are what I know and love about Italy, full of tangy and savory flavors from the home made tomato sauce, and fresh ingredients. I also love their pastas, always cooked to perfection. Portions are generous, and would highly recommend their beef carpaccio pizza, salmon entree, and seafood risotto. They are vegan and gluten friendly, and can accommodate to many dietary request. The staff knows English and they also have an English menu, so just ask for it if you need one. Bon Appetito!
If you want to experience Bamberg like a local, stop by Cafe Muller for breakfast or lunch. They have an expansive menu that includes breakfast, pastas, crepes, and other hardy traditional entrees. I love their Ottoman's breakfast, which is basically a veggie scramble, with sheep cheese, olives, bread and a warm beverage. Their Turkey Salad is great too, if you're looking for something light, and healthy. They also have their version of käsespätzle, made with goat cheese. Lucas always loves their crepes, and we get it with applesauce (known as apple mouse), but you can pick from a variety of other toppings including Nutella.
Just don't make the mistake of taking the seat of the many Opas (elderly guests) that frequent the cafe, or you'll get an intimidating stare, which is often amusing, but sometimes frightening! You'll see them seated in the corners enjoying a cappuccino, while playing chess, or reading the paper. They have an English menu so just ask for it if you need one! You can make reservations, but never needed. It gets very busy, but also flips quickly.
Can you say Franconian Thai Food? Yes, this little restaurant offers a unique twist to traditional Asian cuisine, by adding seasonal Franconia-inspired flavors. In the fall, the menu is full of pumpkin based dishes. The summer bring fresh fish into the mix. And you'll always find the menu staples which include Duck, potatoes, noodles, curries, and rice dishes.
For gin fans, they also have an extensive gin list, one of the most expansive in all of Bamberg. In the summer, they open their beer garden and it's super rustic, and an amazing spot to enjoy the summer nights, and a meal. They often have live music outside as well. Tables are hard to land, more so inside than out, and usually require reservations. If you don't have reservations, try an earlier dinner around 5 when they open. They have an English menu, so just ask for it if you need one!
If you have a car and can venture about 20 minutes outside of the city center, you'll find one of the best traditional German restaurants in the area. Located in the foothills of the region called Franconian Switzerland, It's a warm, inviting, and cosy restaurant, with a lovely beer garden. They serve all the traditional German fixings from käsespätzle, to grilled meats, knödel, and a variety of pickled salads and cabbages. With amazing views of the rolling hills beyond the horizon, it's also a lovely escape from the hustle of central Bamberg, and a great place to enjoy a beer or wine during the summer months.
We are explorers.
Thrill Seekers. Foodies.