Let's drink to Dresden: The Hedonist
What to see and where to be seen
Saturday 26 July 2014
We start by maximising the happy-hour bellinis at the classy Karl May Bar, inside the Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski (00 49 351 4912 720; kempinski.com). Then we take the short stumble back through the Aldstadt for an intense – and much-needed – all-you-can-eat session at Sushi und Wein (00 49 351 30707510; Sushi-und-wein.de) at Maxstrasse 1, a venue conveniently across from our sleeping place: the Art'Otel Dresden (00 49 351 49220; artotels.com/dresden). Finally, we fetch up at our suite to enjoy panoramic views of Dresden's storied skyline (and to order digestifs from the Factory bar below).
Dreaming away the morning, we cross into nearby Neustadt for a serious dose of German hipsterdom. To make the most of the sunny biergarten weather, we park ourselves at the riverfront Augustus Garden (00 49 351 8020774; augustusgarten.de) at Jagerstrasse 19, where we slurp Paulaners and conceive our game plan. Heading through the leafy Neustadt Markt and into the heart of Neustadt (the jeans on offer getting decidedly skinnier along the way) we make a beeline for Devil's Kitchen (00 49 174 7387373; devils-kitchen.eu) at Alaunstrasse 39, to chomp on towering burgers and curly fries in the kitschy, diner-themed joint.
It's all go along the Alaunstrasse, and the shady Louisengarten (00 49 160 796 5137; biergarten-dresden.de) on Louisenstrasse is already filling up – as are we on half-litres of golden Radeberger pilsner. We then stretch our legs with a stroll through the whimsically mosaicked Kunsthofpassage, poking into craft shops and picking up boho accessories at Mrs Hippie (00 49 351 8013258; mrshippie-dresden.de) at Gorlitzer Strasse 25. Then it's time for coffee at the Thalia Cinema Café (00 49 351 6524703; thalia-dresden.de) at Gorlitzer Strasse 6, where we debate testing our linguistic abilities with an artsy film before sensibly deciding on a taste of homegrown indie punk at al fresco Scheune (Alaunstrasse 38; 00 49 351 323 55 6 40; scheune.org).
For dinner, we head to the casual but packed Curry & Co (00 49 351 2093154; curryundco .com) on Louisenstrasse 62 for piping-hot, drippy currywurst and a cone of perfectly greasy fries. From there, we make for retro-cool Raskolnikoff (00 49 351 8045706; raskolnikoff.de) at Bohmische Strasse 34 for a few drinks before popping next door to Sidedoor (00 49 179 6856440; sidedoor-dresden.de), where we take up a prime position at the bar.
Around midnight, we gulp in a dose of fresh air on our way to Madness (00 49 351 4483835; madness-dresden.de) at Louisenstrasse 20 for a few hazy, red-hued drinks. Then, all too soon, we're grabbing a godsend doner kebab from Ararat at Alaunstrasse 37 and winding our way back to Art'Otel, feeling wistful about all the other busy, cool little Neustadt hang-outs that there wasn't time to explore.
A Hedonist's Guide to ... (Hg2) is a luxury city guide series for the more decadent traveller. For more information, see hg2.com
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 3 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 4 African jawbone discovery pushes birth of humanity back by 400,000 years
- 5 The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Worst Airports of 2014: Poll names Islamabad airport in Pakistan worst in the world
The best time to book flights – region by region
The Atlas of Beauty: Photographer travels around the world to capture cultural diversity through stunning portraits of women
The 10 Best lightweight luggage
The 10 Best hiking boots
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Due to the consistent growth of...
£18000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity exists for an ex...
£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity exists for an ou...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing fitness cha...