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New Michelin star award for Leipzig

New Michelin star award for Leipzig
With the launch of the renowned Guide Michelin for 2017, the East German city of Leipzig was awarded another Michelin star: The Residenz im Herrenhaus Möckern

A former mansion, Herrenhaus Möckern is set in the floodplain of the White Elster River. The manor, which dates from 1317, has undergone extensive renovations, with two new restaurants opening since 2015. While Die Residenz (Residence) attracts guests with upscale delights, Die Brennerei (Distillery) offers traditional home cooking. Its atmospheric setting with stucco ceilings, historic barrel-vault and two terraces for the summer months makes a visit completely distinctive (www.herrenhaus-moeckern.de)

Leipzig’s restaurant scene has long been crowned by FALCO, the only 2-star Michelin restaurant in East Germany outside Berlin. FALCO towers over the city on the 27th floor of the Westin Leipzig. Chef, Peter Maria Schnurr, was also awarded Chef of the Year 2016, as well as 19 out of 20 points by the prestigious Gault Millau restaurant guide, the highest award in the German catering business. In addition to the changing fresh seasonal dishes prepared by Schnurr and his team, FALCO boasts an extraordinarily broad culinary range of some 60 different cheeses and 1,200 types of wine (www.falco-leipzig.de) 

Leipzig is already known as a foodie destination, with its many culinary specialties such as the Leipziger Lerche, Leipziger Allerlei and the city’s coffee tradition. Adding to Leipzig’s international flair and another hot candidate for culinary accolades is the Australian chef Paul Berry, owner of The B10, which opened earlier in 2015 and is located in Beethovenstraße 10, in the heart of Leipzig’s music district. The modern restaurant offers a small eclectic menu that changes constantly, as well as great wines, coffee and outdoor seating on the terrace (www.the-b10.com)

For casual fine dining in the heart of the city, Planerts, opening up just outside the beautifully restored Oelssners Hof passageway, has proven to be an instant hit. Inspired by many trips to Asia, host Stefan Planert opted for a light, healthy menu carried by Far Eastern influences. (http://planerts.com)

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The ‘Leipziger Lerche’, Leipzig’s famous pastry, as served by Café Maitre (© LTM/Schmidt)

Since mid-October 2015, Leipzig has been home to the French restaurant C’est la vie. The mission of owner Inga Connolly-Dahse and her partner Deborah Connolly is clear: “I cannot live without champagne. In victory, you deserve it. In defeat, you need it.” None other than Napoleon Bonaparte, who lost in the Battle of Leipzig  in1813, is referred to in the restaurant’s motto. (www.cest-la-vie.restaurant)

In December 2014, Hannes Schlegel was appointed chef de cuisine of the gourmet restaurant Villers and the Vinothek 1770 of the 5-star superior hotel Fürstenhof Leipzig, and has since been creating unique taste sensations for his guests. Leipzig is not new to the 37-year-old chef. Before exploring the international gourmet cuisine in Switzerland, Finland and the United States, he learned his craft at Restaurant Stadtpfeiffer, situated next to the Gewandhaus in the city centre. Stadtpfeiffer is one of the Michelin-starred restaurants of Leipzig. Today, Schlegel regales the city with his exceptional creations, based on French cuisine combined with local produce and exotic ingredients. (www.restaurant-villers.de) 

The petit Paris – Café Bistro Champagne opened in September 2014 in the flourishing east of Leipzig, close to the city centre. Manager Pierre Croizeau is French and daily specials make lunch a treat for the palate. Quiche Lorraine, Tarte Tartin or a glass of cider – the petit Paris leaves nothing to be desired. The bistro’s name also bears a link to Goethe, who called Leipzig ‘Little Paris’ because he was impressed by the city’s stylishness. (www.petit-paris-leipzig.de)

The fact that Leipzig also has a lot to offer for vegans was recently credited by the animal rights organisation PETA, honouring Leipzig as the most vegan-friendly city in Germany. The vegan supermarket Veganz, which opened in the city centre in November 2014 with its own café, the restaurant “S-Kultur” in Lindenau or the “Deli” in the Südvorstadt district are just a few examples for vegan gastronomy in Leipzig.

Information, travel offers, room reservations
Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH, Tourist-Information, Katharinenstr. 8, 04109 Leipzig, Tel: +49 341 7104-260, info@ltm-leipzig.dewww.leipzig.travel

  • Feature image: Leipziger Allerlei, Leipzig’s signature dish as prepared at the restaurant Weinstock (© LTM/Schmidt)

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Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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