Green, Hippy and Delicious - Wining and Dining Through Freiburg
Freiburg is a quaint city with the Black Forest on its right and the French border on the left. It's very cosmopolitan and for this reason, you can expect to have some fabulously diverse wining and dining experiences. The atmosphere in the city is vibrant but reserved. This isn't any Berlin or Cologne, but Freiburg has something very unique and slightly indescribable to offer.
Döner in the city center:
I'm sure there's a saying somewhere out there that goes: 'When in Germany, eat a Döner and when you are finished, eat another Döner'. Döner is especially delicious in Freiburg. For those of you unfamiliar with this Turkish dish sent straight from the heavens, it's bread filled with shaved meats or falafel, salad and a mouth-watering yoghurt sauce. It's fast, cheap and oh so tasty. Granted that its not the healthiest choice, I do firmly believe that a Döner (or four) can be a part of a balanced and healthy diet. Go to the right place and the quality can be amazing. Baked fresh bread. Perfectly seasoned meat that melts in your mouth and crisp, fresh, crunchy veggies.
So, two places in Freiburg you should check out:
1. Euphrat Döner has a line that makes its way out to the door and for good reason. It's great. Prices are about 5 euros (a little more than the price of a regular Döner, but worth the extra euro). I went twice: klab meat in Pita bread the first time and falafel on yulfka bread the second. My preference is for the meat. All. The. Way. Don't despair vegetarians, the falafel is still good. They also have vegan friendly options as well, certified by the state, so you can guarantee it's vegan.
2. Uni Döner is a little cheaper and according to my Turkish friend, tastes better! It's cheaper too, so if undecided which one to try (and you can't do both), probably come here instead. Here I had the Doner Teller: it's a Doner without the bread and extra Salad. This is the best option for the carb-conscious amongst us...however I do believe that it tastes better with the Pita Bread. Mmmm.
Légère is very well priced for the quality of the food and the portion sizes. I had the Maltauschen Salad. Maltauschen is a regional dish that's similar to Tortellini, only the pasta (or 'nudel' as they say in Germany) pieces are much larger. Delicately sliced and stuffed with onions and spinach, this salad was fairly light but it truly hit the spot. Wash it down with one of the great wines on offer and you can walk away with a couple of drinks and a great meal for under 20 euros!
For the best coffee in town, you must hit up Sedan, not too far from the main train station in Freiburg. Again, very reasonably priced and the coffee is nothing short of divine (and if you're like me you know how hard it is to find a decent cup of coffee in many European countries, minus Italy!) My friends sunk their teeth into these decadent looking pastries but if you're like me and not a fan, the coffee with suffice.
A great place to come for a speedy breakfast, afternoon tea or a snack is Kolben-Kaffee-Akademie in the heart of the Altstadt, not too far from the McDonald's. For the coffee, you can select your roast and the cakes, pastries and other delicacies look and are apparently amazing. Again, I didn't opt for the sweets but had a sandwich. It was pretty decent. Don't expect to snuggle in and sit down for a couple of hours, it's mostly standing room and it gets pretty busy. Mind you, locals seemed to be deep into their newspapers between bites of croissants or creamy cakes.
There's also the markets around the city center, near the main Church/Munster each day. From fresh produce to exotic delicacies to vegan hot dogs, they have it all!
Freiburg is located less than an hour from the Kaiserstuhl, the gorgeous wine region of Southern Germany. Taking a day or half-day trip out to the vineyards and sampling the incredible wines on offer at one of the local wineries is not a consideration, it is an absolute must! We ventured out to a village close to the border of France on the Rhine River: Breisach, where a local little festival was underway, complete with a traditional band and local food stores. However, take your journey one step further and 15 minutes more you can be in Oberrotweil. In Oberrotweil a wine and asparagus festival was underway, complete with winery tours and of course, a whole lot of sampling. For 12 euros we got in the back of a tractor caddy and journeyed around the vineyards, sampling some incredible champagne, white wine and the best drop of red I think I've ever had. Be warned, in the Kaiserstuhl a sampling is more of a 'drinking' then a sample; each taste is a full glass!
Schlappen is a local bar with a lot of character, and it's not just the clientele who frequent this local hangout, but also the toilet decor. I'll leave it up to you to investigate! We met some feisty but super friendly Drag Queens over a couple of beers from the Black Forest Region. Not my favourite kind of beer, although, I'm not much of a beer person. Many people think the Black Forest Herb Beer is delicious, so you should try it for yourself!