Guide to German Food and Drink


Our ‘Guide to German Food and Drink’ provides an overview of the most iconic food and beverage specialties that are integral to the Germany’s contemporary culinary culture. Whether you’re about to travel to Germany for the first time, teach German language or culinary principles or or simply want to explore the linguistic roots for certain dishes – here you will find what you are looking for, by category.

If you’re also looking for products available in North America or unique recipes and meal suggestions, you might like to browse the Product Gallery and Recipes by Type of Dish sections of our website.


Beverages, Alcoholic

Beer
Wine
Spirits

Check out the great variety of Germany’s iconic beers, wines, and spirits and say Prost (“Cheers” in English) to your fellow drinkers.

Beverages, Non-Alcoholic

Germany’s many thirst-quenching beverages include unique coffees, teas, fruit juices, mineral waters and ACE drinks.

Breads and Cereals

To walk into a German bakery is to walk into a food lover’s paradise. Bread is taken very seriously in Germany. Learn more about German breads, as well as healthful and delicious German cereals.

Cheese & Dairy

From Schleswig-Holstein to Bavaria, the rich dairy-lands of Germany produce some of the world’s finest cheese and dairy products.

Chocolates and Confectionery

What would Easter be without chocolate bunnies and praline eggs, or Christmas without chocolate Santas, Marzipan and chocolate-filled Advent Calendars?

Condiments

From curry ketchup to Düsseldort mustard, Germany produces unique renditions of the flavors that add the spice — like mustards, horseradish, aged vinegars, mayonnaise, marinades, and sauces.

Cookies and Cakes

Many German cakes and cookies have a rich and colorful history going back many centuries. Cookies, cakes and sweet rich yeast breads are crafted into complex patterns and shapes, often associated with ancient symbolic meanings.

Fish and Seafood

Germany has only one coastline, but produces a variety of heart-healthy fish products to enjoy in sandwiches, snacks, and dinners. Also, the German cuisine includes many original fresh water fish dishes.

Frozen and Chilled Foods

Convenience is king in Germany, too. Consumers can choose from a large assortment of frozen and chilled products that became very popular over the past decade.

Fruit Preserves, Jams, Spreads and Honey

Explore Germany’s rich selection of wild honeys, spreads, and full fruity jams, many available in North America.

Hams, Sausages, and Meats

Germany’s traditional hams and sausages are made from recipes passed down through the generations, and regional variations lend unique flavors that are famous worldwide.

Pasta, Spätzle, and Potato Products

Dumplings, spätzle, pasta and potatoes are served in astounding variety.

Pickles and Vegetables

Germans are particularly fond of pickles, relishes, and sauerkrauts to complement and enhance their meals.

Snacks and Snack Foods

Even snack foods come in unique German varieties!

Wellness, Organic & Natural Foods

Natural and organic foods have a long history in Germany, and the wellness boom is in Germany, too.

German Christmas Cookies

Some of Germany’s most favorite exports are the wide variety of holiday cookies and cakes only baked once a year and only available in the fourth quarter of the year.

Meals and Manners

Learn what to expect at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and table manners for home and at restaurants.

What’s On the Menu

A selection of dishes you might find on German restaurant menus.

Glossary of German Food Words

German food and cooking words from A to Z.