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Weimar Restaurants

Hotel Elephant Markt 19
Tel: 3643 80 26 66
Fax: 3643 80 26 10

Elephantenkeller, or Elephant Cellar, is one of two restaurants in the Hotel Elephant that specializes in traditional fare. Located down a flight of stone steps, the decor is rustic, and the food represents Thuringian cooking is at its best. For a perfect German meal, pair the pickled trout and fried potatoes with the Köstritzer Schwarzbier, or black beer. The hotel's more formal restaurant, the Anna Amalia, features a garden terrace and serves "Italian-German nouvelle cuisine."

Grüner Markt 4
Tel: 3643 59 408
Fax: 3643 50 25 60

This popular café offers sofas, newspapers and a simple menu. The array of pastas, salads and baked potatoes make this a vegetarian haven in an otherwise meat-heavy city. However, most visitors just stop in for coffee, cakes and conversation. Marlene Dietrich used to drink here in the 1920s when she was a student at the local music school, and Residenz still caters to the college crowd. Open till 1 a.m.

Zum Goethebrunnen
Frauenplan 13
Tel: 3643 90 22 26

This bustling, friendly bar with scrubbed wooden tables offers excellent beer and bratwurst for less than one euro. Not familiar with the local brews? Just keep in mind that Franken Bräuhell is light and Dunkel is dark. The soundtrack is American soft rock (think Neil Diamond and Roberta Flack), and if you're lucky, you might catch an impromptu a cappella show from students attending the nearby Franz Liszt Academy of Music.

Zum Weissen Schwan
Frauentorstrasse 23
Tel: 3643 20 25 21
Fax: 3643 20 25 75

Located next door to the Goethehaus, this 350-year-old, formal Thuringian restaurant is the only one of its kind with a Michelin listing, and the kitchen's historical recipes allow visitors to eat as the old poet laureate once did. It's expensive by Weimar standards, but pleasantly quiet and hospitable. Enjoy a top-notch wine list and classic local fare, as well as dishes from all over Germany.

Zum Zwiebel
Teichgasse 6
Tel: 3643 50 23 75
Fax: 3643 51 53 88

Named in reference to Weimar's famous October onion market, the mischievous-looking angels on this menu all tote the pungent bulbs. Again, traditional Thuringian cooking is the main attraction at this rustic spot. Settle at a dark wood antique table and start your meal with a delicious Sauerkirschwein, or cherry wine, as an aperitif. Dig into hearty platters of lamb and wild mushroom dishes, and wash it all down with local beers and wines.

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