Where to Eat in Ruhr, Germany

Where to Eat in Ruhr, Germany

Germany’s largest urban area, Ruhr is characterised by the creativity and tenacity found across its towns and cities. Visit Dortmund and Essen to discover former mines and breweries being repurposed as meadows, museums and forward-looking cultural cooperatives

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Tables at a restaurant in Dortmund


Froilein Meier

The eponymous chef-owner of this café in trendy Kreuzviertel,
Dortmund, regularly travels to Scandinavia seeking inspiration and
it shows in the tasteful, wood-panelled interiors. Brunch menus are
excellent – expect acai bowls and whipped feta on rye. Booking is a
must, even on weekdays.


GRosse Heimstrasse 45, 44137

Two men have a beer in an industrial restaurant garden


The Mine

This industrial-chic Mediterranean eatery in Essen also serves
juicy burgers and steaks in the evening. It’s located at the
Zollverein Unesco World Heritage site – once an enormous coal mind
– and retains plenty of its former character through rough concrete
walls and steel girders.


Gelsenkirchener Strasse 181, 45309

The Lowdown

Making plans for a visit? Head to ruhr-tourismus.de and urbanana.de to discover more. Purchase Volume 39: Ritual to read our 20-page travel companion
to Cologne, Düsseldorf and Ruhr.

View of Cologne from a rooftop bar

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