From breakfast to cakes and ice cream: coffee heaven in Dortmund

The aroma of freshly brewed coffee drifts through the air, tempting you inside to take some time out over a latte and lunch, or just to relax with friends, family or co-workers. Sublime! Forget coffee-to-go: When in Germany, do as the Germans do. Immerse yourself in German coffee culture and order yourself a real, hot, steaming coffee – in a real cup! If this sounds like your thing, then Dortmund won’t disappoint you.

But for those of you with an aversion to the black stuff, don’t fear: There are ample alternatives – teas of every description, real drinking chocolate, rhubarb spritz … and of course delicious cakes. Where? Scattered all over town! In the city centre, alongside traditional coffee houses you’ll find the ubiquitous chains as well as some cosy bakeries where you can sit down and sip your beverage of choice. But the best place by far for caffeine lovers is the Kreuzviertel area, where you’ll be spoilt for choice with an array of small and independent cafés.

Kreuzviertel = Dortmund’s café district

Explore the backstreets and courtyards between grand old buildings for cute little cafés – often with a glass facade, vintage décor or an old-school industrial interior, but always individual and lovingly furnished. Most of them offer homemade breakfasts too, ranging from healthy to indulgent, and many also have a small lunch menu. Or treat yourself to an enormous slice of home-baked cake and cosy up with a good book or just watch the world go by.

Breakfast buffets and freshly roasted coffee

We’re all told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, for any sceptics out there: most cafés in Dortmund offer tantalizing breakfast menus or buffets that may end up converting you. Bear in mind though that Germans take their leisurely breakfasts seriously and – as we mentioned – many cafés are on the snug side, so on Sundays booking is essential.