A calm slice of Esfahan in Heidelberg – don’t miss the aubergine creations!
Environment: A small establish verging on minimalism with not much clutter and white walls.
Service: Calm, helpful, and polite; sometimes a bit slow – even with drinks.
Eats: Pre-starter offering of flatbread with sabzi (fresh herbs), cheese, onion. Delicious starters, including may excellent aubergine variations. For main course, there are of course many variations of grilled meat/kebab and rice or chips – if you are used to eating half a sheep in one seating, the portion size may disappoint. Additionally some Persian favourites such as fesenjan, sheresh polo, ghormeh sabzi, and other stew-style dishes.
Drinks: Doogh (Iranian yoghurt drink) and surprisingly quaffable Spanish red wine as well as beer, soft drinks etc.
Where: Rohrbacherstrasse 21, Weststadt, Heidelberg
It is certainly worth finding this great establishment on the periphery of town.
Environment: A large terrace garden (open according to need), basic beer garden, and restaurant with nice terrace area. The full french menu is only available int he restaurant area as the kitchen capacity is limited.
Service: Very accommodating, friendly, and able to cope with a large group.
Drinks: Franziskaner or Welde beer, wines, limited spirits. Vegan wines are on offer.
Eats:A basic menu of very traditional German foods is on offer in the beer garden. For those wanting more than wurstsalat, the Restaurant serves a mix of carnivorous, vegetarian and vegan dishes with French influences. The Breton Galettes, savory buckwheat pancakes, are really tasty.
Where: ImWeiher / Dossenheimer Landstrasse 125; on the very edge of Handshuhsheim
A little bit of France that is worth exploring in Heidelberg’s industrial zone
Environment: Tucked away with a large outside area, BBQ running in summer, and a spacious interior too. Atmospheric and relaxing for a long summer evening.
Service:Laid back, not overly attentive but friendly and good.
Drinks: Reasonable wines by the bottle or carafe from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Chile &c. Distelhäuser Beer, coffee and hot drinks, and standard French aperitifs are also on offer.
Eats:Simple, good quality food. Prices for main courses vary between just over €10 (pasta dishes, other simple meat/fish course) and close to €25 (could be rack of lamb). Some fish and seafood options In summer, specialties from the grill are available. Vegetarian options are on offer.
Where: nr. Betriebshof, Bergheim
Treat yourself to an excellent G&T!
Environment: Initially, I was put of but the coolness of this place. Once I’d tried Lino’s though, I found several reason to go back. Can get really busy with not too much seating. Nice seating in the window.
Service:The manager is very knowledgeable about his drinks, in particular the gins! Other bar staff are friendly and helpful but not quite as familiar with giniculture.
Drinks: Cocktails are good but the gins are the highlight – some excellent combinations of local and international specialty gins and a selection of tonics. Naturally little hard on the bank balance!
Eats: Some simple snacks are available, e.g., baked feta.
Where: Bergheimer Strasse 21, 69115 Heidelberg
From breakfast to late nights this bar is a low-key friendly local.
Environment:Down to earth bar, with some seating outside. Very relaxed.
Service:Friendly and happy to help.
Drinks:Cocktails, wine, beer, other classics.
Eats: Cheese and meat platters that feel slightly depleted by Sunday evening. Some toasts and sandwiches, game pate. Breakfasts served too.
Where: Bergstrasse 1, Neuenheim
Coffee preparation is science and art form in this excellent coffee house.
Environment: With a number of different rooms, places out front, and a small yard, there are a variety of seating options. Good for working, with free WIFI and power.
Service: Friendly and fastidious, they do take their time!
Drinks: Ice coffee, ice chocolate, two types of coffee beans and several specialty drinks, all made to a high standard.
Eats: Great breads with simple fillings, but they do run out. Tasty simple cakes, croissants, and the like. Squid ink, cranberry baguette is tasty.
Where: Near Adenauerplatz, Bergheim
This is a list of many of the Heidelberg offerings, *some of which I have visited, others not. Thanks to the superb Espresso magazine for filling in some of the gaps! If you notice missing places, feel free to comment and point out missing locales.
*Bar d’Aix en Provence
Beans of Joy:
Billy Blues (Ziegler):
Bodega Don Jamon:
Café Bar Grano:
*Casa del Caffe:
Chocolaterie St. Anna No. 1:
Dean and David:
*Emma’s café bar:
Fair und Quer Naturkost:
*Good Morning Saigon:
Heidelberger Suites‘ Patria:
*Heidelberger Schnitzelhaus (Alte Munz):
*Hot Pot House:
Hugo Wine & Dine:
*Kaede Sushi Bar:
*La Locanda 26:
*Lino’s, The Lovely place
*Moro Caffe und The:
*Print Media Lounge:
*Red – die Grüner Küche:
Rich n Greens:
Ristorante Goldene Rose:
Salerno il Calabrese:
Salerno in Roten Ochsen:
*Shanghai China Restaurant:
*Tiger and Dragon’s Food Corner:
Wirthaus zum Seppl:
Wirtshaus zum Nepomuk:
Zimmer Küche Bar:
Zum Güldenen Schaf:
Zum Roten Ochsen:
Zum weissen schwan: