Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Where to Eat in Nuremberg, Germany - Inside the Altstadt Part 1

Over the course of my 10 days in Nuremberg (for a work trip) I managed to eat at some pretty delicious places. Searching for recommendations on the internet before I came was difficult so I figured I would write my own! What I was able to gather from the World Wide Web was that one of the signature dishes of Nuremberg are finger sized sausages – Nuremberg Bratwursts (you will see these all over the city/dining hall at tradeshows). 
Sometimes not having internet can be a blessing. All of the random restaurants we stumbled upon and ate at were good – with no perceived notions or expectations going into it, we were able to enjoy the food for what it was, a tasty meal.
From this point on, you will see me refer to Nuremburg as Nürnberg – which is the way it is pronounced in Germany (Deutschland). I am going to divide this review into two posts (German and Non-German cuisine) so you are not overloaded with words! Part 2 is here coming later this week!!

German Cuisine

Rathauspl. 2
90403 Nürnberg, Germany

If you want a stereotypical German food/beer hall experience then Zum Spießgesellen is the place for you. The women are dressed in the typical "wench" or barmaid attire. This is where I had the traditional Nürnberger Bratwurst and Sauerkraut for the first time and quickly understood its charm. Along with the bratwurst, I ordered “meat on a sword” – which to American folks is a beef kabob – on the menu it is “Hauptmannspieß” for 22,90. There are certainly more budget friendly items on the menu but this was delicious. I enjoyed the pints of beer, having 2-3 large ones, as well as a shot of jaeger to end the meal. Business dinners, am I right?

Karolinenstraße 2
90402 Nürnberg, Germany

After working 8 straight long days, my coworkers and I stumbled around trying to figure out where to eat to celebrate the tradeshow being over. We happened upon a small door that we thought couldn't possibly be the entrance to a restaurant. We were wrong, it led down to a basement/dungeon like environment. The ambiance alone is worth stopping by for and luckily the food was just as tasty. I highly recommend making reservations as we were told this place fills up quickly. We all ordered soup to start our meal – I had the Franconian potato soup. For my entrée I had some sort of spätzle with beef – both options were hearty, delicious, traditional German dishes. 
Rathausplatz 1
90403 Nürnberg, Germany

On my only free day in Nürnberg (and last German meal of the trip) Josh and I spent the day doing a self-guided walking tour and stopped by this place for a quick bite to eat. You can't beat lunch for 2,50, plus it was quick and perfect to eat while strolling around. However, if you choose to sit down and eat, this looks like another fun German Experience. Tip – if you get it to go, once you enter and go through a short hallway, you order at the window on the right. Then if you want toppings, there is a bar in the middle of the restaurant where you can put mustard, ketchup, etc. on.
After wandering around trying to find a few last minute souvenirs Josh and I stopped by this little trailer before going on another walk/search for dinner. He wanted to get a pretzel before he left Germany, and I wanted to try the infamous glühwein (hot mulled wine). It was a nice break from walking and something German to check off the list. The people working this stand were very nice and welcoming and we had a great conversation before moving on. 

I hope this helps if you ever find yourself in Nürnberg!! Enjoy! 

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