sweet & cooling
If you've got a sweet tooth, you've come to the right place. Bremen will get your taste buds tingling with its chocolates, sweets and ice cream cakes!
In artisan workshops all over Bremen, local producers put their heart and soul into creating the most wonderful delicacies, including sweets, handmade chocolates, klaben fruit loaf and gingerbread liqueur. These make the perfect souvenir for visiting tourists. Many producers also open their doors to the public for a chance to see how the finished product is made.
Fancy something cooling and sweet? It simply has to be ice cream. Check back soon for our upcoming article on organic farm Kaemena, which is making waves with its ice cream and its milk vending machine. Bremen also has a super-cool ice cream parlour in the shape of Creamlovers.
We've already blogged about Bremen's chocolate scene. You can take part in a chocolate workshop in Neustadt (see offers below) or at Schröter's im Schnoor, where they're so busy making delicious chocolates (not to mention fantastic ice creams) that they don't have time to update their website. So, it's best to give them a call to find out more. Bremen's best-known chocolate brand is undoubtedly Hachez, who have a beautiful shop on the market square where you can stock up on chocolate treats and other Bremen specialities, such as tea and coffee. And just next door you'll find Martinshof selling their exquisite handmade jams and marmalades.
No trip to Bremen is complete without cake. We'd thoroughly recommend a slice of schneemustorte ice cream cake at Raths-Konditorei Stecker on the market square. Or the gooseberry meringue torte at Kaffeehaus Classico, best enjoyed with a cup of Lloyd coffee while admiring the view of the UNESCO World Heritage town hall. Then there's the extensive cake counter at Knigge, a stalwart on Sögestrasse since 1889. Most of the new cafés in Bremen also serve vegan-friendly options.
In a couple of places, you can even see culinary creations come to life: watch lebkuchen being made in Überseestadt or sweets taking shape in Böttcherstrasse. It's sure to leave you hungry!
They even make honey in Bremen. The cathedral bees' honey is sold in the Markthalle Acht market hall on Domshof square, among other places. The roofs of Hotel Munte am Stadtwald and the Kunsthalle gallery are also abuzz with hard-working bees. And an extra tip from Meike: in the summer months, the STROM Restaurant in Sail City Bremerhaven makes delicious ice cream from its own honey. That brings us neatly back to where we started: ICE CREAM!
And Sonja has a recommendation for the perfect sundowner – a cold glass of Union Pils at the Weserbogen boathouse. After a lovely slice of cake, naturally …
May and August
This ice cream festival at the Schlachthof arts centre offers a vast array of cool desserts, including gelato, sorbet and frozen yoghurt.
October is funfair season in Bremen, and the Bürgerweide is the place to go for family-friendly thrills and delicious treats. Don't miss the Eis wie Sahne ice cream stand!
Christmas & More exhibition
If you are mad about cakes and like to get creative with your baking, this is the place to indulge in your passion.
Christmas market and Schlachte-Zauber
Bremen's Christmas market is one of Germany's finest. Embrace the festive cheer of our historical city with a steaming mug of glühwein and some original Bremen schmalzkuchen doughnuts.
Chocolate class (also available for groups)
Learn fascinating facts about cocoa cultivation and the ancient origins of chocolate, about how chocolate is made and about the differences in quality between types of chocolate.
Taste of Bremen - group tour
A culinary tour of discovery around Bremen city centre. This guided walk takes you to some of the prettiest parts of Bremen and reveals the history behind such local specialities as labskaus stew and traditions including the schaffermahl banquet.
Look inside the lebkuchen bakery - group tour
A behind-the-scenes look at the lebkuchen bakery in Bremen's historical Fabrikenhafen, where elisenlebkuchen are baked.
Head of the countryside - group tour
The Blockland region of Bremen is ideal for leisurely cycling tours. Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city centre and explore Bremen's rural surroundings on two wheels. Be sure to stop for a well-earned ice cream at the Kaemena organic dairy farm.