This is a grilled sausage, cut into small pieces and smothered in spicy ketchup. Sounds horrible but it is actually delicious. Eating a Bratwurst before the game is a serious tradition here. If you don't fancy the curry version, eat a plain grilled wurst tucked into a bread roll and garnished with German mustard. Costs about 1.80 euros
There are numerous 'Imbiss Buden'' in Gelsenkirchen. The best place to get your pre-match snack is on the way to the Veltins Arena at an open-air stand. Wash it down with a half litre of Pils to get yourself into the right mood.
Most restaurants and bars only sell two or three types of beer, usually from a single brewery. This place is totally different: They sell more than a dozen beers from small breweries in the Nuremberg/Forchheim/Bamberg area. Snacks are simple and affordable. Having tried a traditional beer here you'll never touch a Budweiser again!
Enjoy a schnapps after your meal or have a different one with every beer. If you are travelling with children, be warned: this place is unpleasantly smoky. Try to get there early as it is hugely popular with the locals and therefore always somewhat crowded.
Rothenburger Straße 26 - a three minute walk from either Plärrer or Rothenburger Straße metro;
A great summer restaurant because of the beautiful courtyard, complete with peacock strutting. Right in the heart of the historical centre. Expensive but perfect service and yummy food.
Historical centre, near the Portuguese consulate
Cologne’s best curry house. The bhuna washed down with a cold glass of lassi is particularly recommended. Thali also does a range of veggie options. You can sit outside on the pavement in the summer and enjoy an al fresco curry. Mains are between eight and 13 euros.
There will be a huge screen set up in the Schlossplatz (main square) which is where most German fans will congregate, but there are many alternatives. Go to a bar, cafe or beer garden to watch World Cup games.
The best atmosphere is generally to be had in Italian bars and cafes, which will obviously be bursting at the seams when Italy plays but otherwise a lot quieter.
At Mezzogiorno, a restaurant on the grounds of the city university, you can watch games on a big screen from the comfort of a leafy beer garden. The pizzas are recommended. You'll also be near to the Theodor-Heuss str, which is where Stuttgart's Germans, Italians, Brazilians, and Spaniards will parade when (if) their team wins.
Mezzogiorno: Kriegsbergstraße 55;
tel: 0711 295089
Orfeos Erben is not only an art house cinema, but also features a nice restaurant...ironically at the moment they are showing the shocking food documentary "We feed the world", a film about the immoral practises of big food companies, which did rather spoil my appetite when I saw it....
Hamburger Allee 45
Tel: +49 697 691 00
Fringe offers a variety of meals throughout the day, but I recommend their breakfast menu. Grab an early seat and watch what’s going on in St Kilda... and then head off to look at the other attractions in Acland St or St Kilda.
73 Acland Street St Kilda (cnr of Shakespeare Gve at the Luna Park end);
tel: 9593 8550;
Catch the tram from the city... it goes right past the door.
Within the wine-growing region of Württemberg, Stuttgart city has considerable areas of vineyards above the Neckar River, which are incidentally also lovely for walking. Rainer Schnaitmann and Weingut Gert Aldinger, both of Fellbach, a town near Stuttgart, are two vineyards that win prizes nationally, while Kessler, of Esslingen, is Germany's oldest Sekt (sparkling wine) producer.
Around 6-10 € spent in any supermarket will get you a good local wine from Remstal, Fellbach or Untertürkheim. Weinhaus Stetter serves a large range of local wines with appropriate food at reasonable prices, in genuine "Swabian" surroundings.
Try Bernd Kreis' wine store if you want advice - they speak English – and if you need to drown your sorrows post-World Cup, don't miss the autumn wine festivals: Weindorf, in Stuttgart 30.08.2006- 10.09.2006, and Fellbacher Herbst, in Fellbach, 6.10.2006- 9.10.2006.
Also look out for the Weindorf World Cup, from 09.06.2006 'til 09.07.2006, when there will be a wine and food festival held in the Schillerplatz, just off the Schlossplatz (main square)
The translation of Mookkala is swordfish and the menu here includes not only that fish but many of its sea-going compatriots.
The décor in the restaurant is lovely: blue walls, unusual but striking pictures, eclectic table settings, padded chairs and sofas. It creates a comfortable, interesting and relaxing atmosphere. Service too, is very good, friendly yet understated and happy to offer advice about the dishes on the menu.
As for the food, well, it was excellent. There is a choice of hot and cold starters plus soup and salads encompassing such things as oysters, crab legs, salmon and lamprey. For a main course as well as the signature dish of swordfish you can sample pike-perch, eel, salmon and sardines. The dessert menu is small, however, you may find that after a fish feast - portions are generous – that you may not have room for much else! There is also a good selection of wines, spirits, beers and other drinks.
There are so many fine restaurants in Tallinn and Mookkala is up there with the best of them. Delicious food and at approximately £40.00 for two courses each, one dessert, drinks, coffee and tip it’s not bad value either.
tel: 372 644 8930
Amazing Pacific North West First Nations restaurant, owned and run by a Git'ksan named Dolly. Small basement room, where you sit on the ground and your legs fit into a pit under the table. Feast on traditional foods: oolican (little dried fish), salmon, venison, elk, duck, wild rice, wild berries, local beers and wines. Excellent food, very friendly.
1724 Davie St, Vancouver;
tel: 604 681-7044;
The Alte Kanzlei – translation “Old Chancellery“ - is a bright and bustling restaurant housed in a handsome renaissance building on the edge of the city’s main square, the Schlossplatz. Main courses cost 10-20 euros and, handily, an English language menu can be provided. An excellent Maultaschen (local ravioli-type delicacy) can be had for about 9 euros.
Schillerplatz 5, Stuttgart;
tel: 0711 29 4457
One of the best places to try real Swabian food. Speciality is kidneys with spätzle (swabian noodles), but you can also get a good Rostbraten mit Bratkartoffeln (steak with sauce, onions and roast potatoes). They serve local wine and beer, and the prices are moderate. When the weather is fine there is mostly room outside on the terrace, otherwise it pays to reserve a table. Open for lunch and dinner.
Immenhofer Straße 33, Stuttgart Süd;
tel: 0711 602704
Capannina Beach, located in the Venice party capital of Jesolo Lido, became the setting of the legendary sunset-aperitivo parties known as "The Better Days". With the magic combination of its house set (influenced by everything from acid to electronica to deep from minimal to techhouse), open air location and spectacular Venetian sunsets, The Better Days has grown to become the most important, unforgettable beach party in all of Venice. Guests of the party often make comparisons to the bliss and ambience found at the famous Circo Loco parties held in Ibiza, or to those of Cavo Paradiso in Mykonos. Unforgettable.
Spiaggia di Piazza Mazzini
Lido di Jesolo - Venezia;
The Alte Kanzlei – translation “Old Chancellery“ - is a bright and bustling restaurant housed in a handsome Renaissance building on the edge of the city’s main square, the Schlossplatz. Main courses cost 10-20 euros and, handily, an English language menu can be provided. An excellent Maultaschen (local ravioli-type delicacy) can be had for about 9 euros.
Schillerplatz 5, Stuttgart;
tel: 0711 294457
This restaurant offers a really good deal for a three course meal - it costs about 12 euros if you go before 7pm and about 15 euros after 7pm. Portions are small but really delicious and service is great
Ottostraße 69, Ehrenfeld;
tel: 0221 55 6261;
Nearest tram stop is nussbaumerstrasse on line 5 or 13
This is a suburb of Gelsenkirchen (which is hosting several World Cup games) and it is much prettier, with a pleasant shopping street and lots of cafes and restaurants like Kronski, Zutz and La Scala, all within walking distance of each other. There are quite a few pubs with beer gardens too. As Gelsenkircheners are enthusiastic football fans, they will most probably give visiting fans a friendly welcome. They're a bit like Northerners - direct and straightforward. Take a guided tour of the Arena as well if you get the chance, it's fascinating to go behind the scenes of this huge stadium.
You can take a bus or tram from Gelsenkirchen to Buer, it only takes about ten minutes or you could even walk there from the Veltins Arena;
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