While there are many things that I love (and have grown to love) about living in Europe, today I’m going to talk about five things that I truly enjoy about dining out here in Germany.
Let’s just get straight to it, shall we?
5 Things I Love About Eating Out In Europe
1. Fine Dining.
Every dining experience is a “fine dining” experience whether you’re eating a burger and fries or an exquisite delicacy from a top rated restaurant. The food is always fresh and the presentation is always stunning. It’s as if they are backstage practicing diligently and precisely how to gracefully glide each plate out of their angelic little hands like a delicate ballerina in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Not only that, but they present it to you as if it is such a gift to be able to serve you with the most exquisite dining materials. Plates, bowls and knives, oh my! Oh, and their mesmerizing, exotic, deep heavy accents only add to the beauty of the presentation that they display before you. “Madam, here is this fine plate that you shall be eating off of tonight, it is paired elegantly with the fork and the knife so that you have a plethora of options as you dine on your delicious feast this evening. Please enjoy every morsel and dream of me as I twirl away to the exit music that will begin to play as I drift away slowly to the next table.”
At least that’s how it mostly goes in my head. 😉
2. Open-Air Cafes.
Almost every single restaurant has the option to eat outside and the scenery is always breathtaking. Eating outside isn’t just “eating outside” it’s much, much more than that. It’s as if you’re sitting in a magical fairy-tale garden as the wind gently kisses your face all whilst the smell of freshly baked breads and perfectly aged wines dance around you. Not only this but gargoyles and cherubs sit closely nearby, nestled tightly on each massive towering building, admiring you as you dine. Just knowing that they are there, existing, as you fill your belly, brings comfort and joy to your soul.
3. Dog Friendly (and I don’t even have a dog).
There’s no better feeling than having a furry companion by your side as you enjoy a comforting meal made by someone else’s hand, even if it’s not yours! I’ve not only seen dogs outside of the cafes snuggled quietly near their owner’s feet, but I’ve also seen dogs inside some restaurants (be sure to call ahead), sitting obediently and patiently while their owners happily mingle and dine. It’s quite the sight to see. The server immediately offers to bring a bowl of fresh water and always seems genuinely concerned about the pups overall well being. It’s truly heartwarming to see. There’s also just something about having an animal nearby, something calming and therapeutic simply hovers in the air around you. It just makes the room so much more cuddly and cozy.
4. No Small Talk.
This was something that I gradually learned to love the more times I went out to eat here in Germany. The waitress couldn’t care any less about how you feel about the weather, how many children you have or don’t have, or what kind of church you go to or don’t go to. Germans believe in relaxing and enjoying a meal without any disruptions, so you’ll never find the waitress hovering over you or coming back to check on you way too many times with a handful of small talk ready to go each time. You could be in a restaurant at the same table for over five hours and no one would bat an eyelash. As long as you’re enjoying your meal and having a good time, that’s all that truly matters. Now on the flip side, if you’re in a hurry, be sure to learn the subtle art of flagging down your waiter because otherwise you’ll be sitting there for a lifetime waiting for your bill. The majority of the time, however, I’m not in a hurry and it’s so relaxing and refreshing to know that we aren’t going to be timed and hurried out of the room simply because it’s the rush hour.
5. Tipping For Smiles.
No matter what I tip, from my experiences anyway, the waiter or waitress is always overly thankful and grateful for my generosity. So overly thankful, in fact, that it always feels like they are giving me an acceptance speech as if I’ve handed them an Oscar for their award winning performance. Tipping really isn’t a big thing here in Europe because the wait staff is paid well for their service. In the States, it’s quite the opposite and so waiters and waitresses rely heavily on their customer’s tips. However, here in Germany, it doesn’t matter if I give one euro or five, the server is always incredibly satisfied with my generosity and has always thanked me graciously for anything extra that I add to the bill. Even though it’s not custom here to tip generously, I always tip my waiter at least 15-20% because I am so very grateful for their time.
So there you have it, my top five things that I love about my dining experiences here in Europe. Enjoy the photos below of some of the meals I’ve thoroughly enjoyed while living here in Germany.
Until next time,