Bottom of the Ettelsberg gondola, bright, modern, fast service great basic fayre for families. Italian/German dishes that hungry children won't pull faces at. Very, very reasonable prices and open at 8.30am for early skiers and during the three nights they have floodlit skiing.
If you are looking for something to eat after the game try the good, simple pub-style food the Hövels Haus Brauerei. The house beer is also very good, and they have a small biergarten which is nice if the weather is good.
Hoher Wall 57 (the city centre end);
tel: 0231 9145 470;
Barrock is the place to go before and after the games. It's only a 10 minute walk from the stadium and is one of the meeting points for Borussia Dortmund fans, so it's a good chance to mix. They also sell Brinkhofs, one of the best local beers.
Kreuzstraße 87 (on the corner of Lindermannstraße);
tel: 231 2063 221
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