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Culinary experiences for your conference in Leipzig: Our guide

Are you planning a meeting, conference or congress in Leipzig and wondering whether the city can offer you and your guests the right dining experience? You bet it can! Below we present a selection of Leipzig’s culinary highlights, from chocolate, coffee and beer to the finest gourmet cuisine!

Auerbachs Keller Leipzig: The traditional restaurant

Auerbachs Keller is undoubtedly one of the most famous establishments in the city. Apart from its age, this is probably due to one well-known patron in particular: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
During his student days, young Goethe spent many hours in Leipzig’s second oldest pub. With his work Faust. A Tragody, he immortalised Auerbachs Keller in Leipzig in the scene of the same name.
This Leipzig institution first served wine back in 1525. In 2025, Auerbachs Keller celebrates its 500th birthday with an exciting anniversary programme. For those of you who don’t want to wait that long, we recommend visiting now. Take part in the Fasskeller ceremony or a guided tour through the historic vaults. At Mephisto’s Coffee Party, after a half-hour tour of the historic wine rooms and the Großer Keller, enjoy a slice of Mephisto’s world-famous cake with a cup of delicious coffee. At the end of the Goethe and Faust tour, all guests can enjoy the menu of the day. As a souvenir of both tours, take home a sinfully sweet Mephisto’s chocolate.
Would you like to hold not only your enjoyable social programme, but also your conference in Leipzig’s most famous inn? More information about organising a conference at Auerbachs Keller is available here.

Culinary craft: Goethe Chocolaterie und Kaffeerösterei Leipzig

Chocolate – the perfect complement to your conference themes or a complete contrast? Whatever the answer, you shouldn’t miss out on the fine creations of these masters of their craft!

Leipzig’s Chocolaterie offers works of art such as the trademarked Goethe pralines and Goethe cake and a variety of chocolates and chocolate spreads – all lovingly made by hand. At the Kaffeerösterei Leipzig, you will find tempting confectionery specialities paired with exquisitely refined coffees.

And as the icing on the cake, the Goethe Chocolaterie offers events all year round: from a fruity ice cream course in summer to a chocolate bar workshop and a coffee roasting and tasting course.

You can find all the information you need for your special culinary experience in Leipzig on the website of the Goethe Chocolaterie.

Pick-me-up: Coffee tradition in Leipzig

Since the 17th century, the city has been a haven for lovers of this popular hot drink. One of the first coffeehouses in Europe opened here in 1694. Fancy a journey through Leipzig’s coffee history? We present the best places to go!

The Riquet coffeehouse in Leipzig’s city centre is a real rarity: it is one of the few original coffeehouses in Leipzig. Designed in Art Nouveau style with Chinese elements, this is the place to immerse yourself in Leipzig’s coffee history.

In the middle of Leipzig's historic centre, the Kandler coffeehouse also serves up authentic coffee delights. And what is essential for any coffee break in Leipzig? That’s right: a Leipziger Lerche – meaning “Leipzig lark” – or the café’s own speciality, a praline created in honour of Bach called the Bachtaler.

The east of Leipzig has the perfect spot for espresso lovers. Espresso ZackZack is an espresso bar serving deliciously aromatic espresso specialities and pastries to match.

In western Leipzig, Dankbar is a café known for its excellent and original coffee creations. This café has a charming interior and drinks are accompanied by the finest confectionery specialities.
And how do the people of Leipzig like their coffee? Strong, of course!

Culinary tours through Leipzig

It’s fun to share! Especially when it comes to pleasure. So how about a culinary tour?

A tour of Plagwitz with allerleipzig will give you a comprehensive impression of the western part of the city. As well as delicious souvenirs, you will also take away a sense of the special flair, impressive architecture and diversity of the districts of Plagwitz, Schleußig and Lindenau.

The tour stops at small shops and local meeting places such as Westwerk, the restaurant Prellbock and the pizzeria Capra.  

Discover the culinary highlights of Leipzig’s city centre on a culinary walking tour with FoodTours: the guides will take you past timeless architecture, historical milestones and show you the culinary diversity that Leipzig has to offer.

Would you prefer to remain seated while you enjoy an indulgent tour of Leipzig? Then why not take a nostalgic tour of the city on a 1920s Pullmann tram?! The programme includes travelling around and stopping at all the sights. The tour ends with a 3-course meal in the Old Town Hall restaurant.

Cook together in Leipzig

A different kind of team building: what could be more fun than being part of a group learning experience?

Book a cookery course at the kitchen Leipzig for your evening programme. From seafood to Israeli and seasonal cuisine, there is something for every palate!

The feuerwassereis cooking studio in Leipzig city centre will help you put together your very own personal cooking evening and will be happy to give you individual advice on planning.

At the Küchenfuchs Eventstudio Leipzig, you can immerse yourself in a world of indulgent creativity, from exciting cookery courses to entertaining live cooking buffets with top chefs in the heart of Leipzig.

Three more culinary experiences not to be missed!

  1. Brewing beer at Bayerischer Bahnhof

  2. Beer and whisky seminars at Ratskeller Leipzig

You can find even more inspiration on our page on social programmes in Leipzig.


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