Bremen is known for producing wonderful food and drink, and the locals are known for their appreciation of it. The array of restaurants, bars, cafés and local producers means there's no shortage of places to enjoy the finer things in life. Kale and pinkel, labskaus, knipp – granted, Bremen specialities do sound like they might take a bit of getting used to. But that doesn’t make them any less delicious. Traditional Bremen fare is shaped by the city's proximity to the sea, its mercantile heritage and its rural connections. There are plenty of ways to fully embrace this aspect of Bremen culture, including beer and sweet-making workshops, coffee tastings and foodie sightseeing tours.
How about a tour to Schlachte Embankment? Here you can enjoy food from around the world, dine aboard ships, visit cafés and bars, and take in the riverside views in the beer gardens and outdoor areas, which have seating for more than 2,000 people. At the heart of the city, you will also find the Schnoor quarter, whose many charming restaurants and inns are popular with locals and visitors alike. The city's grand Ratskeller has a particularly long tradition of culinary indulgence. The cellar masters first started serving wine here back in 1409, and now the restaurant also serves traditional Bremen dishes. The wine list runs to over 70 pages and is regarded by aficionados as a veritable encyclopaedia of wine, with 650 delicious-sounding varieties to choose from.