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Küche 13

“Nobody gets bored here,” says Jan Philipp, owner and chef de cuisine at Küche 13. Ample diversion is provided by the restaurant’s open kitchen and refreshingly upbeat waiters. Philipp, meanwhile, lends a healthy dash of passion to all his culinary creations. He’s a worker, a brooder and a perfectionist, as the wrinkles on his forehead reveal. And it’s all borne out by his dishes, too, be it a salmon ceviche with carrot-and-apricot ice cream or a herring fillet with lavender mustard cream and roasted chorizo.

Beim Steinernen Kreuz 13, 28203 Bremen, Germany
kueche13.de
Markthalle Acht

Here’s a concept that’s being adopted in more and more cities: a market hall with stands offering food from all around the globe. This former bank has been transformed into a creative culinary space where a Spaniard offers tapas, a Vietnamese serves up steaming bowls of pho, an Arab provides his mezze and a North German touts the local oysters. Our tip: the bibimbap, a bowl of rice with meat and vegetables concocted by Jung-Min Kim from Korea.

Domshof 8–12, 28195 Bremen, Germany
markthalleacht.de
Lloyd Caffee

It’s probably no exaggeration to say that Lloyd roasts and brews the best coffee in Bremen. The foam on the cappuccino is wonderfully firm, the espresso is nutty and superbly aromatic. The factory store with a café attached stands in the heart of the city’s port district, surrounded by containers and cranes. And the beans are hand-roasted in the shop before the customer’s eyes.

Fabrikenufer 115, 28217 Bremen, Germany
lloyd-caffee.de
Teestübchen im Schnoor

Enter this establishment and you may think you’ve stepped into some giant doll’s house. Everything here is so small, neat and exquisite. Bremen’s bestknown tea house extends over four floors and is hidden away in the heart of the Schnoor, the oldest part of the city. And over the counter hangs a motto for life: “Do not want, do not be: Just enjoy your wine and tea.”

Wüstestätte 1, 28195 Bremen, Germany
teestuebchen-schnoor.de
Canova

A breath of italianità in Bremen’s Nordic climes! Sitting beneath Canova’s cream parasols, looking out at the well-tended park, you could easily think you’re somewhere on the sunny Mediterranean. The building adds to the experience too: The restaurant is on the ground floor of the Kunsthalle Bremen art gallery, an impressive classical edifice dating from 1849. The menu, too, is a delightful meeting of north and south: of pasta and fish stew, and of pumpernickel and buffalo mozzarella.

Am Wall 207, 28195 Bremen, Germany
canova-bremen.de
Brill No. 6

“We like to conjure up new creations,” says Serkan Koc. Together with his brother Hakan he’s given the city an elegant cocktail bar. And in Thomas Gutowski they have a widely renowned barkeeper to help make it all happen. There’s a good vibe here – perhaps because, as Thomas puts it: “We take our drinks very seriously, ourselves a little less.” The recipe seems to work: It’s advisable to reserve a table if you’re visiting in the colder months.

Am Brill 6, 28195 Bremen, Germany
brillno6.de
Blauer Fasan

As Thomas Gutowski of the nearby Brill No. 6 puts it: “If you’re looking for a good cocktail in Bremen, you just have to head for Jonas and Thomas.” Jonas Groseker, who is from the Allgäu in southern Germany, loves to experiment. And his pear-and-elderberry gimlet is a particular triumph here. He works with many herbs, too, especially rosemary, sage and thyme. As he says himself, the Blauer Fasan isn’t a bar to everyone’s tastes: It’s “one for the cocktail connoisseur”.

Langenstrasse 81, 28195 Bremen, Germany
blauerfasan.de
Ratskeller

A meal at the Ratskeller is a journey back in time. Built in 1405, this muscular vaulted cellar with its vast 17th- and 18th-century wooden barrels lies beneath the Old and New Town Hall. On the menu is hearty North German fare, best accompanied by a bottle of wine from one of the country’s most extensive wine cellars.

Am Markt 1, 28195 Bremen, Germany
ratskeller-bremen.de
Where to stay
Villa Linnenschmidt
“Many a guest has made us their second home,” says Mario Koppe. For 30 years he ran an ice cream parlour on the North Sea island of Norderney with his wife Susanne. They’ve put just as much energy and commitment into transforming a Bremen ruin into this opulent villa. And they’ve shown equally enviable taste in furnishing its eight charming rooms.
Schwachhauser Heerstrasse 157, 28211 Bremen, Germany
villa-linnenschmidt.de
Designhotel ÜberFluss
“Location, location, location!” wasn’t just the mantra of hotelier Conrad Hilton: It’s one of the key features of the ÜberFluss design hotel, too. Standing right by the River Weser and a stone’s throw from the Old Town, the ÜberFluss is surrounded by fine restaurants and hip bars. The rooms are a stylish flirt with the 1970s, the breakfast buffet is small but superb, and the spa is the final flourish.
Langenstrasse 72, 28195 Bremen, Germany
designhotel-ueberfluss.de
Dorint Park Hotel
An emperor’s residence or the palace of a queen? The Dorint Park Hotel could be either, judging by its looks. Standing at the Hollersee in the Bürgerpark, the building was originally constructed as a restaurant for excursioners. Only later did it receive its dome, the hallmark of the hotel today, and the wings that give it a sense of grandeur. Today’s 175-room establishment oozes luxury. And it’s the city’s only five-star hotel.
Im Bürgerpark, 28209 Bremen, Germany
hotel-bremen.dorint.com
What to see
Blockland
Bremen is a green city, and the Blockland on its northern outskirts is a wonderful local recreation area. Cycling is the best way to explore the zone, which stretches along the snaking River Wümme. Its expansive fields, grazing cows and reed-thatched farmhouses draw countless city dwellers out, especially at the weekends. Some of the farmhouses run their own beer garden, too, while the Biohof Kaemena boasts an ice cream parlour offering tasty home-made ices.
Niederblockland 6, 28357 Bremen, Germany
kaemena-blockland.de
Trip to Bremerhaven
Bremerhaven, Bremen’s northern neighbour, is a hugely popular visitor destination, thanks largely to its two museums: the Klimahaus and the German Emigration Centre. But the city has a top culinary attraction, too: the Natusch. Now in its third generation, this family-run restaurant is one of Germany’s finest. It’s a place where the customer is still king and is greeted personally by the owner. The restaurant itself has something of an ancient ship about it. And its deft blend of earthiness and gourmet cuisine works to perfection.
27568 Bremerhaven, Germany
bremerhaven.de
Café Sand
The sea coast may be more than 50 kilometres away, but Bremen can still provide its own sandy beach. It’s at the Café Sand, which stands on the River Weser. There’s even a beach volleyball court. And it’s an ideal place for a sundowner after an extensive city walk, and also for a long and lazy breakfast on a Sunday morning.
Strandweg 106, 28201 Bremen, Germany
cafe-sand.de
Where to shop
Holtorfs Heimathaven
“Things that will make you fat, happy and drunk” – that’s how Sascha Mühlenbeck sums up his wares. This former general store with its high ceilings, wood shelves and Villeroy & Boch tiles offers all kinds of delights, from home-made muesli to pepper from small Sri Lankan farms. There’s a wide range of gins, too, along with some excellent coffees. As Mühlenbeck puts it: “We offer a shopping experience that you’ll never get online.”
Ostertorsteinweg 6, 28203 Bremen, Germany
heimathaven.com
Brigitta Rust – Piekfeine Brände
Bremen gin, whisky and brandy, all distilled by a woman? That’s pretty unusual in such a traditionally male domain. The spirits made by Brigitta Rust are well worth investigating, though. Brigitta, a former management consultant, now spends her days distilling classic spirits, but also finds time for an exotic celery schnapps or a gin with a coffee aroma. They seem to hit the mark: Her products have won numerous awards, and are famed well beyond the Bremen region.
Hoerneckestrasse 3, 28217 Bremen, Germany
br-piekfeinebraende.de
Findorffmarkt
For 70 years now, people have been trekking every Saturday to the Findorffmarkt, which is beautifully located beneath shade-giving plane trees not far from the Torfhafen. Peter Puls sells his sausages, Alexander Grünbergs his aromatic spices and Ferdinand Freitag his Mediterranean delicacies (as he’s done for the past 30 years). And dozens of further traders offer their goods, too, from clothing to flowers and fresh fruit juices.
Neukirchstrasse 45, 28215 Bremen, Germany
findorffer-wochenmarkt.de
What to do
Küche 13

“Nobody gets bored here,” says Jan Philipp, owner and chef de cuisine at Küche 13. Ample diversion is provided by the restaurant’s open kitchen and refreshingly upbeat waiters. Philipp, meanwhile, lends a healthy dash of passion to all his culinary creations. He’s a worker, a brooder and a perfectionist, as the wrinkles on his forehead reveal. And it’s all borne out by his dishes, too, be it a salmon ceviche with carrot-and-apricot ice cream or a herring fillet with lavender mustard cream and roasted chorizo.

Beim Steinernen Kreuz 13, 28203 Bremen, Germany
kueche13.de
Markthalle Acht

Here’s a concept that’s being adopted in more and more cities: a market hall with stands offering food from all around the globe. This former bank has been transformed into a creative culinary space where a Spaniard offers tapas, a Vietnamese serves up steaming bowls of pho, an Arab provides his mezze and a North German touts the local oysters. Our tip: the bibimbap, a bowl of rice with meat and vegetables concocted by Jung-Min Kim from Korea.

Domshof 8–12, 28195 Bremen, Germany
markthalleacht.de
Lloyd Caffee

It’s probably no exaggeration to say that Lloyd roasts and brews the best coffee in Bremen. The foam on the cappuccino is wonderfully firm, the espresso is nutty and superbly aromatic. The factory store with a café attached stands in the heart of the city’s port district, surrounded by containers and cranes. And the beans are hand-roasted in the shop before the customer’s eyes.

Fabrikenufer 115, 28217 Bremen, Germany
lloyd-caffee.de
Teestübchen im Schnoor

Enter this establishment and you may think you’ve stepped into some giant doll’s house. Everything here is so small, neat and exquisite. Bremen’s bestknown tea house extends over four floors and is hidden away in the heart of the Schnoor, the oldest part of the city. And over the counter hangs a motto for life: “Do not want, do not be: Just enjoy your wine and tea.”

Wüstestätte 1, 28195 Bremen, Germany
teestuebchen-schnoor.de
Canova

A breath of italianità in Bremen’s Nordic climes! Sitting beneath Canova’s cream parasols, looking out at the well-tended park, you could easily think you’re somewhere on the sunny Mediterranean. The building adds to the experience too: The restaurant is on the ground floor of the Kunsthalle Bremen art gallery, an impressive classical edifice dating from 1849. The menu, too, is a delightful meeting of north and south: of pasta and fish stew, and of pumpernickel and buffalo mozzarella.

Am Wall 207, 28195 Bremen, Germany
canova-bremen.de
Brill No. 6

“We like to conjure up new creations,” says Serkan Koc. Together with his brother Hakan he’s given the city an elegant cocktail bar. And in Thomas Gutowski they have a widely renowned barkeeper to help make it all happen. There’s a good vibe here – perhaps because, as Thomas puts it: “We take our drinks very seriously, ourselves a little less.” The recipe seems to work: It’s advisable to reserve a table if you’re visiting in the colder months.

Am Brill 6, 28195 Bremen, Germany
brillno6.de
Blauer Fasan

As Thomas Gutowski of the nearby Brill No. 6 puts it: “If you’re looking for a good cocktail in Bremen, you just have to head for Jonas and Thomas.” Jonas Groseker, who is from the Allgäu in southern Germany, loves to experiment. And his pear-and-elderberry gimlet is a particular triumph here. He works with many herbs, too, especially rosemary, sage and thyme. As he says himself, the Blauer Fasan isn’t a bar to everyone’s tastes: It’s “one for the cocktail connoisseur”.

Langenstrasse 81, 28195 Bremen, Germany
blauerfasan.de
Ratskeller

A meal at the Ratskeller is a journey back in time. Built in 1405, this muscular vaulted cellar with its vast 17th- and 18th-century wooden barrels lies beneath the Old and New Town Hall. On the menu is hearty North German fare, best accompanied by a bottle of wine from one of the country’s most extensive wine cellars.

Am Markt 1, 28195 Bremen, Germany
ratskeller-bremen.de
Villa Linnenschmidt

“Many a guest has made us their second home,” says Mario Koppe. For 30 years he ran an ice cream parlour on the North Sea island of Norderney with his wife Susanne. They’ve put just as much energy and commitment into transforming a Bremen ruin into this opulent villa. And they’ve shown equally enviable taste in furnishing its eight charming rooms.

Schwachhauser Heerstrasse 157, 28211 Bremen, Germany
villa-linnenschmidt.de
Designhotel ÜberFluss

“Location, location, location!” wasn’t just the mantra of hotelier Conrad Hilton: It’s one of the key features of the ÜberFluss design hotel, too. Standing right by the River Weser and a stone’s throw from the Old Town, the ÜberFluss is surrounded by fine restaurants and hip bars. The rooms are a stylish flirt with the 1970s, the breakfast buffet is small but superb, and the spa is the final flourish.

Langenstrasse 72, 28195 Bremen, Germany
designhotel-ueberfluss.de
Dorint Park Hotel

An emperor’s residence or the palace of a queen? The Dorint Park Hotel could be either, judging by its looks. Standing at the Hollersee in the Bürgerpark, the building was originally constructed as a restaurant for excursioners. Only later did it receive its dome, the hallmark of the hotel today, and the wings that give it a sense of grandeur. Today’s 175-room establishment oozes luxury. And it’s the city’s only five-star hotel.

Im Bürgerpark, 28209 Bremen, Germany
hotel-bremen.dorint.com
Blockland

Bremen is a green city, and the Blockland on its northern outskirts is a wonderful local recreation area. Cycling is the best way to explore the zone, which stretches along the snaking River Wümme. Its expansive fields, grazing cows and reed-thatched farmhouses draw countless city dwellers out, especially at the weekends. Some of the farmhouses run their own beer garden, too, while the Biohof Kaemena boasts an ice cream parlour offering tasty home-made ices.

Niederblockland 6, 28357 Bremen, Germany
kaemena-blockland.de
Trip to Bremerhaven

Bremerhaven, Bremen’s northern neighbour, is a hugely popular visitor destination, thanks largely to its two museums: the Klimahaus and the German Emigration Centre. But the city has a top culinary attraction, too: the Natusch. Now in its third generation, this family-run restaurant is one of Germany’s finest. It’s a place where the customer is still king and is greeted personally by the owner. The restaurant itself has something of an ancient ship about it. And its deft blend of earthiness and gourmet cuisine works to perfection.

27568 Bremerhaven, Germany
bremerhaven.de
Café Sand

The sea coast may be more than 50 kilometres away, but Bremen can still provide its own sandy beach. It’s at the Café Sand, which stands on the River Weser. There’s even a beach volleyball court. And it’s an ideal place for a sundowner after an extensive city walk, and also for a long and lazy breakfast on a Sunday morning.

Strandweg 106, 28201 Bremen, Germany
cafe-sand.de
Holtorfs Heimathaven

“Things that will make you fat, happy and drunk” – that’s how Sascha Mühlenbeck sums up his wares. This former general store with its high ceilings, wood shelves and Villeroy & Boch tiles offers all kinds of delights, from home-made muesli to pepper from small Sri Lankan farms. There’s a wide range of gins, too, along with some excellent coffees. As Mühlenbeck puts it: “We offer a shopping experience that you’ll never get online.”

Ostertorsteinweg 6, 28203 Bremen, Germany
heimathaven.com
Brigitta Rust – Piekfeine Brände

Bremen gin, whisky and brandy, all distilled by a woman? That’s pretty unusual in such a traditionally male domain. The spirits made by Brigitta Rust are well worth investigating, though. Brigitta, a former management consultant, now spends her days distilling classic spirits, but also finds time for an exotic celery schnapps or a gin with a coffee aroma. They seem to hit the mark: Her products have won numerous awards, and are famed well beyond the Bremen region.

Hoerneckestrasse 3, 28217 Bremen, Germany
br-piekfeinebraende.de
Findorffmarkt

For 70 years now, people have been trekking every Saturday to the Findorffmarkt, which is beautifully located beneath shade-giving plane trees not far from the Torfhafen. Peter Puls sells his sausages, Alexander Grünbergs his aromatic spices and Ferdinand Freitag his Mediterranean delicacies (as he’s done for the past 30 years). And dozens of further traders offer their goods, too, from clothing to flowers and fresh fruit juices.

Neukirchstrasse 45, 28215 Bremen, Germany
findorffer-wochenmarkt.de
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