Tasting on Meißen and Dresden
With my amazing Couchsurfing hosts Nathalia and Marcel, I was able to try some delicious vegan food, including a vegan spin on a traditional German dinner. It was also federweißer season, so I tried some from the Saxony region.
The currency in Germany is the euro (€), and at the time of writing, the exchange rate was about €0.9 to US$1. All businesses are listed from most budget-friendly to least within each category.
- Coffee & drinks
- Desserts & ice cream
- Grocery stores & homemade food
Coffee & drinks
My hosts let me borrow a bike to visit the old town, and I noticed a wine shop selling Saxony federweißer for €8.50 for 1L. I couldn’t read any German, but I found out later that they were supposed to charge €10 if I wanted to drink it at the shop vs. €8.50 for takeaway. I guess the shopkeep didn’t speak enough English to tell me the difference and ask me for the extra €1.50 when I requested a wine glass to drink it at a table just outside.
To be honest when I began the transaction, I thought I would take the bottle home to share with my hosts. But after the shopkeep swiped my credit card, I remembered that there wasn’t a great place to secure the bottle or prevent any bumps in the road from causing an explosion. So I had to drink the entire bottle to prevent disaster.
There was a little stand in the square nearby selling rostbratwurst for €2, so I got one to accompany my drink. Although the traditional food to have with federweißer is onion cake ([zweibelkuchen][zeiwbelkuchen]), the rostbratwurst hit the spot.
Desserts & ice cream
This ice cream shop is Nathalia’s favorite one in Meißen. It’s right in the little square near Der Weinladen. Sampling doesn’t seem to be commonplace in Germany, but I did convince the scooper to give me a taste of the blackberry sorbet. It had too many large seeds in it for me to buy it. Instead, I got scoops of the fig sorbet and mango lassi ice cream (€1.20 per scoop). They tasted well-made, but there didn’t seem to be any particularly German flavors.
Nathalia’s favorite cafe in Dresden is V-cake. Surprise: everything is vegan! And the interior is adorable.
Good thing Nathalia arrived early: she reserved the last two slices of raspberry cream cake (€3.70). Marcel ordered a slice of donauwelle (€3.30) and a pot of coffee (€3.10). Nathalia got a latte macchiato (€2.50) with a spoonful of nutella (€0.30). I loved the raspberry cream cake! I wonder if I can figure out how they made it.
Grocery stores & homemade food
Nathalia is a fan of marzipan kartoffeln (€0.99), but I thought the ones from the store were too sweet to finish in one go. When I make my own, I’ll be toning down the sugar content.
I was afraid I wouldn’t get to try any beer from Meissen Schwerter before leaving the area, but I found a 0.5L bottle of their pilsner for €0.77 at a location in Dresden.
Nathalia & Marcel’s kitchen
Not only did Marcel make tasty vegan pizza and his famous cauliflower soup, but he also whipped up a delicious version of German meatballs (made of tofu), mashed potatoes, and sauerkraut. Their kitchen is so inspiring, and I hope I can incorporate more vegan meals into my diet after I get home.
Café & Konditorei Schreiber
I didn’t find zweibelkuchen until hours after I’d finished my bottle of federweißer at Scheiber. The shopkeep wanted to make sure I knew it was onion cake when I asked for a slice (€1.50/slice for takeaway), and the Saxon apple tort (€1.45/slice for takeaway) was also yummy. I recommend throwing them in the microwave for 15 seconds to make it taste more like freshly made pie.