In one of the largest cities in the Oberpfalz, Weiden restaurants offer a wider variety of cuisines than most towns in the area. You can find Indian food, burger stands, Italian restaurants, small cafes, Chinese take-out, and upscale restaurants – just to name a few options.
Americans Living in Germany: Know Before You Go
First and foremost, bring cash. Whether you just PCSed to Germany or if you’ve lived here for years, you will occasionally forget! Luckily, however, an ATM (geldautomat) will usually be within walking distance of the restaurant.
If you’re driving to a restaurant around the marktplatz, there’s a parking garage right across from MAX + MUH. It’s cash only (of course), and from 8am to 8pm, it costs €0.90 for the first hour, and every additional hour is €1.20.
But if you’re going to a restaurant that’s not around the marktplatz, street parking may be your best option. Some places will have a small parking lot for 4 or 5 cars, but don’t count on grabbing one of those spots!
Also, when in doubt, make a dinner reservation. Even if it’s during the week, many restaurants will fill up quickly. Lunch is usually safe for impromptu outings, but if a restaurant is known for awesome breakfast, I recommend making a reservation just in case.
And if you want to leave a tip after your meal (which you should), you can just round up the tab. So if your total comes to €21.60, consider paying €22. If you enjoyed the service, you can round up and add €1 – €5 on top of that. Usually a higher bill means you received more service from the waiters and staff, which requires a little more of a tip (15-20% rule). And don’t leave the cash on the table – it’s considered rude!
Top Weiden Restaurants for Burgers
The Weiden restaurant scene offers a wider variety than most other towns in the area!
MAX + MUH
If you miss your local burger dive, visit MAX + MUH for delicious burgers and beverages!
Their burgers are made from Bavarian beef, but they also have meatless options for vegetarians and vegans. Or, if you’re not in the mood for a burger, they have salads and burritos as well.
Personally, I prefer their chicken sandwich. But overall, I feel that MAX + MUH has the best quality burger meat in town!
And their beverage selection is just as varied and flavorful. They offer a wider variety of beer than most restaurants, as well as amazingly decadent milkshakes. Just prepare yourself: the milkshakes aren’t as creamy as American shakes!
Mama’s Bar & Lounge
Mama’s serves amazing burgers in Stadt Weiden at two different locations, but only on a limited schedule. You can go to burger night every Wednesday at Mama’s Bar & Lounge, or you can eat at Mama’s Fresh Streetfood company.
The Streetfood location has more burger and hot dog options, as well as an assortment of fries. But Mama’s Bar & Lounge lets you build your own burger! Just be aware that the Bar & Lounge doesn’t have fries as a side option.
Wam no1 is the most recent player in the Weiden burger game, and so far they’re my favorite! They have vegan and vegetarian options, but for anyone eating a beef patty, they grind their hamburger meat fresh.
And for those of you who love fries (which is everyone), they have a much wider variety than most: waffle fries, crinkle fries, regular fries, and sweet potato fries! Can’t decide? Get them mixed!
And you should stick around for dessert because the owner is also a pastry chef. (Ever had tiramisu made with beer?)
Pro-tip: Even though Steaklounge Weiden is known for their steaks, you should definitely try the burger!
Best Places for Breakfast in Weiden
This Weiden restaurant is all about breakfast and located inside of the Cafe Center in downtown. Enjoy the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet at Weiner Cafe every Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. for just €8,90. You’ll find the traditional assortment of cold cuts, bread, yogurt, and cheese, but they also have assorted fruit and roasted vegetables.
And if you’re especially hungry, you can also order from the menu. I recommend scrambled eggs with mini pieces of bacon mixed in. Menu items cost extra, but this is a great deal if you want breakfast on a budget.
Le Pére (plus Konditorei & Café Fissl)
Le Pére is another popular breakfast and brunch destination. They serve these beautiful tiers of meat, cheese, fruits, and tiny baked goods that are 100% Instagrammable (and also delicious)!
The owners of Le Pére also own Konditorei & Café Fissl, the oldest pastry shop in Weiden. They offer a wider variety than other pastry shops you may find in Germany, and all their recipes are unique (and family-owned).
Edelweiss’s small, rustic interior is perfect for a quiet meet-up with a friend at any time during the day. And if it’s nice out, they have a lovely patio as well.
Every day they serve breakfast items such as eggs, cold cut platters, and mini pancakes called poffertjes (my personal favorite). But on Sundays they go all out on their brunch buffet! Again – reservations are highly recommended.
Top Italian Restaurants in Weiden
L’Italiano Pizza e Pasta Bar
Spoiler Alert: they serve amazing pizza! Located next to the alte Rathaus (old city hall), L’Italiano Pizza is one of the only pizza bars I know of that also serves coffee, great pasta, and pizza by the slice. I recommend the Hawaii pizza with a stuffed cheese crust “Käse-rund.”
Pro tip: If you’re drinking wine at Hansel & Gretel, you can bring your pizza inside to enjoy!
They also have a food truck that pops up around Weiden in der Oberpfalz at various events. Plus, they’re one of the few Weiden restaurants that delivers, and they’re open late Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Ask for Mario and Luigi! (seriously – they’re the owners.)
Mi Piace Pizzabar
They have tasty twists and combos like buffala mozzarella and pistachio, Tex-Mex, or even a curry pizza. But every once in a while they’ll have a really far-fetched flavor, like their kiwi pizza.
Did you know that there’s an airstrip in Weiden? Maybe that’s why this Italian restaurant is named after the flying horse! And when the weather is nice, you can sit outside of Pegasus and watch the planes arrive and take off.
This is definitely a restaurant that you wouldn’t find by simply wandering around Weiden, but it’s a worthy destination. Make a reservation so that you can enjoy their spaghetti amatriciana or tiramisu.
Trattoria Bologna is another restaurant that’s not near the Weiden marktplatz, but absolutely worth a visit!
It’s been family owned since 1994 and serves an ever-changing menu. When you arrive, you’ll see all the fresh dishes written on their chalkboard, including a variety of seafood.
COVID-19 Update: Trattoria Bologna is take-out and delivery only
It’s my favorite pasta in Weiden, and if you’re a fan of lobster, you can order their lobster pasta in advance.
This is the best Italian restaurant to visit during nice weather! And it’s another restaurant that you won’t necessarily stumble upon.
Kleine Freiheit even has a playground for younger children, as well as live bands or DJs perform on occasion. Treat yourself to some amazing pizza and nature views!
La Vita is a popular Italian restaurant on the marktplatz, and it’s easy to see why! Their portions are generous, they can seat large parties, and the atmosphere is cozy (but the restaurant is larger than you think).
Whether you’re with family or friends, this is a crowdpleaser. Be sure to enjoy a glass or bottle from their great wine menu as well.
Popular Restaurants in the Weiden Marktplatz
While I recommend that you make a reservation when possible, sometimes you need to just make a spontaneous decision to go out!
Kloine Zoigl Stub’n Zum Stich’n
A stub’n is like a Bavarian pub, but cozier. If you want to experience a tiny Bavarian beer pub with loud Germans, beer toasting, and good company, then this is your spot!
Traditionally, they’re only open Thursday through Sunday, but recently they’re actually open daily (when the weather is nice outside). I recommend arriving right when they open at 5 p.m. They don’t take reservations, and the tables fill up fast! In the summer, however, they put out a few biergarten tables to accommodate more people and larger groups.
So what’s on the menu? Beer! But not just any beer – Zoigl beer is traditional Bavarian beer that can only be made in five cities. And don’t expect a large German dinner here, although you can certainly eat your fill of Bavarian sausage, cheeses, cold cuts, bread, and sauerkraut.
And the prices can’t be beat: 2,50€ for a half liter of beer, and no food item is over 10€! Tell Petra (the owner) that DT sent you 😉
If you’re ever craving a hearty German meal, you have to go to Bräuwirt! They serve classic Bavarian dishes like schnitzel and schweinebraten, alongside their own, award-winning Zoigl beer (of which you can order a mini keg in advance).
This hotel restaurant has plenty of space for large parties and families. But while they’re open on Sundays, the menu is much more limited. And, as always, be sure to make a reservation!
Hansel & Gretel
You can’t usually have a full meal at Hansel & Gretel, but you can enjoy a variety of delicious wines! And if you really enjoy a particular bottle, you can purchase it before you leave.
They also offer tastings and special evenings when you can enjoy wine pairings with multiple courses. And if you want to organize a private event, they have a larger dining area in the back!
Nina & Velja’s Kitchen
Nina & Velja’s Kitchen serve tapas-style fusion food, and before opening their gastropub, they had a food truck. You can still find it roaming around the Oberpfalz and in the Weiden marktplatz during the Wednesday farmer’s market.
I recommend the pork belly, but I love anything pork belly. They make a pork belly rice bowl with kimchi and falafel, as well as a pork belly omelet.
But their menu is always changing! Plus, they offer a monthly brunch special. You can easily come here multiple times and never see the same menu twice.
This is by far one of the best Weiden restaurants. And now you can enjoy their new biergarten!
Die Kleine Rosteria
This is, without a doubt, a small restaurant! I highly recommend making a reservation in advance because they only have 7 or 8 tables inside, and can’t easily seat parties larger than 6 (unless their patio is open).
Die Kleine Rosteria has a small selection of steaks, lamb, and pork dishes, as well as delicious sauces and sides to accompany them. A great spot for an intimate date night!
You really can’t go wrong with Greek food! Order yourself a delicious platter of souvlaki and pommes with heaping side of tzatziki.
And while Pallas Gyros is not open very late, you can still stop by their pick-up window for a quick gyro! Or you can place an order for delivery.
Zoe is a great option for a date night or special occasion. But if you can’t get a babysitter for the evening, they also have a kids menu!
They have schnitzel, pizza, burgers, and pasta dishes, but they also offer various meat dishes that aren’t necessarily normal German faire, such as a ribeye or grilled fish.
As I mentioned before, Steaklounge Weiden has a great burger! But you should probably visit for their steaks at some point.
They have a huge variety of cuts that includes tomahawk, rib eye, and filet. If you’re feeling adventurous, they also have ostrich and bison!
Eiscafe Dolce Vita
While not exactly in the marktplatz, Eiscafe Dolce Vita is on the other side of the pedestrian shopping district. And there are no rules about eating gelato in Weiden – you’ll find people enjoying their ice cream and beer early on summer mornings!
If you want to bring your dog, the gelato shop will be happy to sell you a cup of puppy gelato.
Other Places to Eat in Weiden
We’ve touched on most of the dining options in Weiden, but I still have a couple more recommendations!
Das Hemingway Musikcafe
Hemingways has a lot going on – in a good way! You can bring multiple families for a casual evening of dinner and bowling, or treat your hangover with a greasy breakfast and mini pancakes.
It’s probably the closest experience you’ll have to an American pizzeria where your parents would give you a handful of quarters to play games until the food was ready. But this is still Germany – I recommend making a reservation just in case!
You’ll find a few of them throughout Weiden, but the one on Leimbergerstrasse has a drive-thru! You can easily get your brezen in your pajamas with no judgement from the Germans.
All of their locations serve the standard assortment of breads, rolls, and brezen, in addition to sandwiches and limited breakfast platters.
If you’re looking for a German mall experience, check out the NOC shopping center! They have a selection of Asian restaurants, gelato, döner, and a bakery.
In fact, the whole pedestrian shopping district around it has tons of cafes and small eateries that are worth exploring, too.
Frequently Asked Questions about Weiden Restaurants
Haven’t found the answer to your question yet? Check out the most common questions here!
Before I answer this, I have a disclaimer: it’s nearly impossible to find American-style pizza in Europe unless you go to a Domino’s or Pizza Hut! So with that being said, I recommend Kleine Freiheit for the best pizza in Weiden.
If you just want it by the slice, go to L’italiano, or if you just want takeaway, go to Mi Piace Pizzabar. But if you want to sit down and savor your pie, I recommend Trattoria Bologna, La Stella Ristorante & Pinseria, or Pizzeria Ristorante Da Salvo.
Weiner cafe has the best value for breakfast! I recommend Le Pére if you want a leisurely brunch in the marktplatz with a group.
If you’re a fan of mini pancakes (like myself), then you have to go to Edelweiss or Hemingway’s!
Most places accept dogs and will even give them water bowls (and Eiscafe Dolce Vita has doggie Eis!).
But they also expect that, if you bring your dog to a restaurant, you’ve trained it well. If you’re not sure your pup can be calm inside a restaurant, outside seating will be the safest choice.
Have You Decided Where to Eat in Weiden?
Have you eaten at any of these restaurants? Is there another one you recommend? Let us know in the comments!