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Essen restaurants have both local German fare on offer as well as a good selection of international cuisines.
Westphalian cuisine — and Essen’s — is well-known for its strong international flair, and less known for its own unique dishes (as Berlin with Currywurst or Bavaria with Weißwurst.) There is a wide variety of international foods that you will find here.
However, be sure to try one traditional Westphalian dish, the Pfefferpotthast, a stew of pepper beef and onions.
Schloss Hugenpoet Relais & Château (August-Thyssen-Straße 51)
If you’re looking to splurge, go no further than the Schloss Hugenpoet. This palace-cum-restaurant has its own moat in addition to exquisite French cuisine and five-star service.
Hannappel (Dahlhauser Straße 173)
This gourmet Essen restaurant has regional and European specialties and – even more surprising – reasonable prices. With fresh ingredients and a casual, friendly atmosphere, Hannappel is a great choice for your Essen dining experience.
Résidence (Auf der Forst 1)
Another luxurious Essen restaurant is the Résidence. Here you can find such delicacies as Nova Scotia lobster, goose liver, Texas angus beef and braised cheek of Irish ox.
Bonne Auberge (Wittering Straße 92)
This French restaurant is quickly gaining a reputation for excellence in Essen. It has an eclectic mix of international influences and local German flavor.
Miga Sushi Restaurant (Rüttenscheider Straße 54)
While you might not expect a nice sushi meal in the middle of Germany, the Miga Sushi Restaurant does just that. It has a bright and friendly setting that will make you feel comfortable. Even the sushi newbies can eat here with a user-friendly poster of the different menu offerings.
While not an actual restaurant, this yearly event sees many of the city’s best come together for several days to delight in the local gastronomy. You can join in the festivities in the summer months usually, right in the city center.