Bremen for … foodies
"Happy is the man who has reached port, who has left behind the sea and the storms, and who has found a warm and quiet berth in Bremen's Ratskeller." German poet Heinrich Heine's culinary experiences in Bremen inspired him to write these words.
And enjoying good food and drink is indeed an important part of life on the Weser river. Whether it's wine or beer, sweet or savoury – anyone visiting the city on the banks of the Weser will also want to experience its gastronomic side.
Kale and pinkel, labskaus, knipp – granted, Bremen specialities do sound like they might take a bit of getting used to. But that doesn't make them any less delicious. The combination of country life and proximity to the sea are at the heart of traditional Bremen fare. A history of trading dating back centuries connects Bremen with culinary specialities from around the world. Did you know, for example, that every other cup of coffee consumed in Germany is made using beans that have entered the country via Bremen?
The people of Bremen live by the old saying: "Tradition is not to worship the ashes, but to pass on the flame." And so they don't just cling to the past, instead they use their ingenuity and creativity to improve what's new. How else to explain the steady increase of small artisan producers, making everything from craft beer to sweets?
Visit Bremen and discover foodie heaven:
From klaben and kluten to knipp and kükenragout – be inspired by the diversity of local delicacies and find out here what's on the menu in Bremen.
Craft beers are – quite literally – the thing on everyone's lips. Hand-roasted coffee is made and served with care, and spirits made from fruit typical of northern Germany, such as sloes, sea buckthorn and rose hips, tantalise your taste buds. How about a tour around one of Bremen's artisan producers? Find out more here …
Sipping cocktails in the Überseestadt district? Or enjoying a latte in Bremen's bohemian quarter? Feeding the fish and admiring the views across the water, or trying some local labskaus stew? We have listed a wide range of restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs for you to discover
How about exploring the vaulted ceilings of Bremen's Ratskeller and the largest collection of German wines, including the oldest German cask wine, at this UNESCO World Heritage site? Or taking in the smell of fresh coffee at the roastery?
Immerse yourself in Bremen's food and drink culture on one of our culinary tours. You'll find all the relevant information here.