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Best Places to Eat in Nuremberg for Vegetarians

German cuisine can be very meat based and not the easiest for a vegetarian. On a recent trip to Nuremberg we discovered there was more to the city’s culinary scene than the Schäufele (pork shoulder) and the Nürnberger Rostbratwurst (Nuremberg sausage), which incidentally is not just any old sausage, as I found out when looking for a vegetarian alternative.

Disclaimer: We were hosted by the Nuremberg Tourist Board, however all views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a copyright of the Curious Pixie.

It has particular requirements in order to meet official guidelines. Such as, being no longer than 9 centimetres and weighing no more than 25 grams. It must also be made only from mince pork (hence no veggie version) and must have a fat content of less than 35 per cent. Due to this artisan tradition and uniqueness the Nürnberger Rostbratwurst has gained Protected Geographic Indication (PGI) status. Interesting – says the vegetarian.

Vegetarian and vegan German Food

Back to the herbivore plot. Finding plant based food in Nuremberg was no problem at all. There are some great establishments serving fantastic vegetarian and vegan dishes. And with Germans loving potatoes as much as they love meat I knew finding decent food wouldn’t be an issue.

Here’s a list of my best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Nürnberg:

Hausbrauerei Altstadthof

Nuremberg Brewery

Located in a charming old town on Bergstaße is the organic brewery Hausbrauerei Altstadthof. Nuremberg has been influential in brewing beer for centuries and Hausbrauerei Altstadthof is famous for upholding the Franconian beer traditions.

Blonde, red and dark beers from Hausbrauerei Altstadthof Nuremberg Brewery

On our visit we tried a trio of blonde, red and dark. The red or rotibier as it’s known was my favourite by far, smooth, malty and with a reddish-amber glow in the glass. It went down a treat.

Spätzle a German version of mac and cheese

The traditional dining menu is full of regional dishes with a kids menu and a small vegetarian section. Spätzle, or as I think of it German mac & cheese pleased the kids along with another German favourite a Kiba. Who knew cherry and banana in a drink would be a winning combo!

Girl drinking Kiba in Hausbrauerei Altstadthof

The adults feasted on onion beer soup served and bretzel, a cheese platter with a Bavarian cheese delicacy Obazda and a Kartoffeltaschen, a potato pocket filled with cream cheese served on a salad.

A cheese platter with a Bavarian cheese delicacy Obazda and a Kartoffeltaschen, a potato pocket filled with cream cheese and served on a salad.

The authentic German beer house has dark wood interiors, copper adornments and dried hops hanging from the ceiling. The rustic atmosphere along with the locals tells you immediately you’re in the right place.

Love your beer, and want to sample some of the best?

Hausbrauerei Altstadthof | Bergstraße 19 | 90403 Nürnberg | Website

Fränk’ness

German celebrity chef Alexander Herrmann brings a new concept of urban Franconian cuisine to Nuremberg’s historic centre with Fränk’ness.

Interior of FRÄNK'NESS

The creative menu offers a mix of traditional dishes and street food with everything from pizzas, burgers, delicious salads and other Franconian oven-baked classics. There are plenty of vegetarian options, although I wasn’t a huge fan of the big chunks of vegetables on my pizza.

Vegetarian pizza from FRÄNK'NESS with chunks of vegetables

Exposed brick walls, mismatched colourful wire lampshades, wooden tables, a visible kitchen and quirky booths creates a casual and fun atmosphere.

Fränk’ness | Königstraße 70 | 90402 Nürnberg | Website

The Wicklein Lebkuchen Bakery

German Gingerbread

INSIDE THE WICKLEIN LEBKUCHEN BAKERY

Head to Hauptmarkt (the Main Square) for a taste of the best Lebkuchen, the city’s famous gingerbread. The Wicklein Lebkuchen Bakery is a great pitstop when you’re walking around the old town for a taste of this sweet treat with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, creamy hot chocolate or spicy tea.

GERMAN GINGERBREAD COOKIES WITH TOPPINGS FROM THE WICKLEIN LEBKUCHEN BAKERY

Browse the array of freshly baked and packaged Lebkuchen, other pastry specialities and confectionary. It’s a treasure trove of German sweet treats. If you have a more time to spare the bakery also offers a 90 minute workshop where you can experience the traditional art of Lebkuchen baking.

The Wicklein Lebkuchen Bakery | The Hauptmarkt 7  | 90403 Nürnberg  | Website

Zeit & Raum

OUTSIDE VIEW WITH DINERS OF ZEIT & RAUM

Historical Wespennest, midtown is home to Zeit & Raum. The cosy, inviting cafe and restaurant inspired by French bistros is often referred to as the Living Room. The outside terrace spills out into the pedestrian area overlooking the Pegnitz river. Perfect for summer evenings as are the delicious picnic baskets the cafe offers.

Flammkuchen, a thin flatbread and Germany's version of a thin crispy pizza.  With toppings; sour cream, bacon and onions

Known for its Alsace-German speciality Flammkuchen, a thin flatbread and Germany’s answer to a thin crispy pizza. The traditional toppings are sour cream, bacon and onions, but there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options along with some Mediterranean style dishes on offer.

Zeit & Raum | Wespennest 2  | 90403 Nürnberg | Website

Café Neef

Another great stop when exploring the city is Café Neef near Nuremberg’s market square. The window displays of the massive cakes alone will entice you in. It’s the perfect place for a rest and let’s be honest a hug slice of cake, plus they do a great hot chocolate topped with lashings of whipped cream too.

Nürnberger Rostbratwurst, a marzipan version.

With over 40 years of cake baking under their belts it’s considered an institution, which is evident in the number of locals you’ll find there. From an array of cookies, pastries and tarts, traditional and some rather innovative creations, you’ll be spoilt for choice. This was the closest we’d get to Nürnberger Rostbratwurst, namely a marzipan homage.

Café Neef | Winklerstraße 29 | 90403 Nürnberg  | Website

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26 Comments

  • Binny Shah-Patel 9th September 2019 at 4:33 pm

    A fantastic list to bookmark for a trip out there!!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 11th September 2019 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks Binny. I know you’d go crazy for the Lebkuchen,

  • Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi 11th September 2019 at 5:23 pm

    All that cheese sounds utterly, utterly amazing!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 11th September 2019 at 5:43 pm

      I know, we were in heaven with that board.

  • Samantha 11th September 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Great to see there are some vegetarian and vegan options in Nuremberg!
    I’ve never been to Germany but I’m hoping to go to Berlin for a weekend next year.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 11th September 2019 at 9:28 pm

      Yeah it’s always a worry when you travel as vegetarian. You’ll be fine in Berlin, so many options. There is a post on the blog on my best eats in Berlin.

  • Rebecca Smith 11th September 2019 at 8:22 pm

    What a great selection of places to eat there – that Flammkuchen looks absolutely delicious! I always like finding out foodie recommendations!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 11th September 2019 at 9:28 pm

      The Flammkuchen was so delicious. I love a thin base and crust.

  • Jess Howliston 12th September 2019 at 10:21 am

    Its great to see there were plenty of vegetarian options and everything looks so deliciously fresh and tasty too!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 12th September 2019 at 11:02 am

      It’s always a worry when I head abroad, but Nuremberg delivered on many levels.

  • Natasha Mairs 12th September 2019 at 1:33 pm

    The food looks yummy. I get a bit worried if travelling abroad being a veggie, as quite a lot of places don’t have much options apart from chips

    • Sima Sthanakiya 12th September 2019 at 1:36 pm

      Same here Natasha, that’s why I always end up writing a foodie guide of most of the places I’ve been. Hopefully you find some of them useful on the blog and who knows may inspire a trip 😉

  • Bejal 12th September 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Being veggie I’m happy to see there are quite a few options available (always check these up well advance as I love my food!) and I’m with the kids, anything cheesy, especially mac n’ cheese!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 13th September 2019 at 10:45 pm

      As veggies, we have to do our research when travelling in Europe. Otherwise it can result in very sad holidays.

  • Rhian Westbury 12th September 2019 at 4:12 pm

    i’ve only made a fleeting visit through nuremberg once so don’t know it very well but it’s good to know there are some great options x

    • Sima Sthanakiya 13th September 2019 at 10:44 pm

      You’ll have to go back to explore more Rhian.

  • Claire Roach 12th September 2019 at 8:54 pm

    I spent my last holiday in Bulgaria living on bread, chips and salad. I can never find any decent veg options when I go away.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 13th September 2019 at 10:43 pm

      Oh no Claire, this makes me sad. You need to check out some of my foodie guides.

  • Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too 15th September 2019 at 8:34 am

    It’s wonderful to see such a great selection of food choices available. It can be sometimes difficult and a somewhat limited menu. I love the look of the gingerbread – yum yum

    • Sima Sthanakiya 15th September 2019 at 12:26 pm

      So true Sarah. And yes, the gingerbread were incredibly tasty.

  • Emily Underworld 15th September 2019 at 3:58 pm

    All of this food looks so delicious, I’m so glad there are a lot of vegetarian options.
    Emily from http://emilyunderworld.co.uk x

    • Sima Sthanakiya 16th September 2019 at 12:19 pm

      You and me both, otherwise when the food is not great it totally affects the trip.

  • Nell (Pigeon Pair and Me) 20th September 2019 at 12:00 pm

    It looks as though you had plenty of choice. My son and husband would be very happy here! Though the size of the carrots on your pizza did make me smile (and your comment about the chunks of vegetables) 🙂

    • Sima Sthanakiya 20th September 2019 at 9:29 pm

      Yes they would, a great contender for a family city break for you guys. And yes, chunks of veg on pizza is just plain wrong.

  • Paul Healy 21st September 2019 at 2:44 pm

    To be honest, I thought German food was sausage with a side of sausage followed by some more sausage! It’s nice to see some other options here. Those veggie pizzas look delicious.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 21st September 2019 at 7:36 pm

      I did too and pleasantly surprised, hence the blog post. I had to tell everyone?

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