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The hidden city spots of Leipzig

Picture of Leipzig - ThinkstockLeipzig may suffer from a somewhat stuffy image being the birthplace of Sebastian Bach but the German city is every bit as exciting as hip cities such as Berlin and Munich. Among the historical and cultural sights, you’ll find many gems; these are the hidden city spots of Leipzig!

Don’t follow the steady stream of tourists but do as the locals do and visit fun places, hidden in between industrial monuments outside of Leipzig’s city centre. The city’s buzz continues in the fun districts, the quality restaurants, the beautiful parks, the fabulous concert halls, the vintage shops and the cool art galleries located outside of Leipzig’s ring-road. If you don’t have an idea where to start, fear not. Hidden Leipzig has compiled a handy guide filled to the brim with tips and fun places to visit. Indispensable during your next city trip to this wonderful German city!

Start your day at Café Fleischerei if you’re staying in the north part of Leipzig. This retro Art Deco café is located in an old butcher’s shop where you’ll find the hooks from which the cows once hung incorporated into the decor. Good coffee and homemade pies are served among which the lemon pie is our favourite! If you’re into art, don’t miss Galerie Kontrapost for the most terrific sculptures. Another place that merits a visit is the Friedenskirche church which often organises concerts, exhibitions and film nights next to the more traditional weddings, christenings and masses. Fabulous!

Is it time to go shopping yet? In the east of the city you’ll find the best gifts and the most original gadgets at Tschau Tschüssi. If you’re an Art Deco fan, then the right wing of the GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts is for you. This museum is considered to be one of the leading museums of applied arts and design in Europe. Its 1200 square meters (nearly 4000 square feet) are the setting for the Grassi Messe each October. The Grassi Messe is the trade fair for applied art and experimental design.

If you want to take a breather during your city trip, head to Leipzig’s south and stop at the stunning green Clara Zetkin Park which is also a great spot for cycling. Next, take a look at HIVYOHIVYO, a vintage lovers paradise! The two dress-makers will make sure that a possible last minute wardrobe malfunction will be fixed in no-time. Finally, pay a visit to naTo which, besides being a cultural centre, also houses a theatre, cinema and a cosy bar for an afternoon drink.

Contrary to what the name leads one to expect, Vleischerei is the vegetarian counterpart to doner kebab! This successful concept offers every vegan and every vegetarian a choice of delicious snacks before a night out on the tiles as Vleischerei is open late. Pay a visit to Barfusz if you want to round off the night in style. Order an elegant glass of wine or a sumptuous cocktail while sitting in the cosy lounge chairs, watch cabaret on the first floor or let your hair down during salsa night.

Are you ready to discover Leipzig’s other side?

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