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Eating and drinking is surely one of life’s greatest pleasures. Anyone who enjoys fine food and drink will discover a wealth of culinary options in Jena. Here, eating and drinking not only means warm hospitality and traditional Thuringian specialities, but also contemporary cuisine and concepts from all over the world.


Jena’s restaurants offer impressive variety and quality. From the panoramic restaurant in the JenTower to the traditional Grüne Tanne inn, where Goethe used to stay when he was in Jena, there is something to suit every culinary preference.

Are you in need of a break after a packed sightseeing itinerary? There is bound to be a small roastery or cosy café nearby.

Looking for the perfect place for breakfast? In Jena, the available options range from innovative to traditional. You’re sure to find a friendly place to suit your tastes – whether you fancy home-made jams and spreads on fluffy croissants or you prefer something a bit heartier.

In Jena on a weekend break or a work’s outing – if you’re visiting the city during the summer months you are bound to end up in one of the city’s beer gardens or on a sun-drenched terrace. From shady spots beneath the trees to traditional countryside inns and relaxed establishments along the Saale river, the sheer variety of choice available in Jena is stunning. Wine and beer feature prominently in the offerings of local cafés and restaurants.

The reputation of Jena’s bar and pub scene has spread far beyond the borders of Thuringia. As Jena is a student city, it’s no surprise that there is a vibrant drinking culture that also appeals to visitors. Drinks, cocktails or a cold beer fresh from the barrel, or perhaps a nightcap on the way home – here, anything goes.

Why not combine an excursion into the countryside with a culinary experience? A visit to one of Jena’s hilltop inns and restaurants offers the chance to enjoy not only delicious food but also magnificent panoramic views.

Everything mentioned so far already adds up to a wonderful prospect for those who enjoy the finer things in life. What makes it even better is an initiative linking our traditional hospitality, food and drink with products such as porcelain, glass, ceramics and other craft items that are typical of the region. The Culinary Thuringia (Thüringer Tischkultur) project is a network of selected producers, workshops and companies who pride themselves on their quality.

Jena Landgrafen Restaurant Berg Essen
Wagnergasse Jena | JenTower
SCALA – Das Turm Restaurant, Restaurants Jena
Café Immergrün Jena, Kaffee, Restaurant
Jena Fuchsturm Gaststätte Essen Berg
Jena Biergarten Am Wehr
Brandmarken Jena, Boutique und Café
Wagnergasse Frühstück

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Markt 16, 07743 Jena
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