Top ChoiceInternational in Schwäbisch Hall

Rebers Pflug

Hans-Harald Reber presides over the stove at this 19th-century country house, one of Schwäbisch Hall’s Michelin-starred haunts. He puts an imaginative spin on seasonal, regional numbers such as local venison with...

Top ChoiceGerman in Ulm

Zur Forelle

Since 1626, this low-ceilinged tavern has been convincing wayfarers (Einstein included) of the joys of seasonal Swabian cuisine. Ablaze with flowers in summer, this wood-panelled haunt by the Blau prides itself...

Mediterranean in Ulm

Gerberhaus

This warm, inviting woodcutter’s cottage hits the mark with its delicious mix of Swabian and Italian-inspired dishes. Plump for a river-facing table and sample clean, bright flavours such as home-smoked salmon...

German in Ulm

Fräulein Lecker

Almost Scandi in style with its clean-lined simplicity, this wine-store-bar-bistro lit by funky bottle lights is a wonderful place to try (and buy) local wines with region-driven snacks – from tasting platters of...

Meze in Tübingen

Meze Akademie

Creative riffs on Greek meze (small dishes to share) take centre stage at this slick restaurant, with an open-plan design and bistro-style seating at bare wood tables. The menu seesaws with the seasons, so expect...

Sushi in Ulm

Kon-Ya

Step across the river and into Neu-Ulm in Bavaria for winningly fresh and authentic sushi. Kon-Ya prepares excellent bento, filled with sashimi, maki and nigiri. Children and vegetarians are also catered for with...

Bistro in Schwäbisch Hall

Entenbäck

This inviting bistro receives high praise for its Swabian-meets-Mediterranean menu, from cream of Riesling soup to duck-filled Maultaschen (pasta pockets) and roast beef with onions and Spätzle (egg noodles)....

German in Schwäbisch Hall

Schwein & Weinbar

A relaxed and more reasonably priced alternative to the Michelin-starred finery of Rebers Pflug, this chic wine-bar/bistro under the same roof has a highly decent selection of light meals – all expertly prepared...

Vietnamese in Ulm

Myha

If you're craving a little spice, this new Vietnamese restaurant near the Hauptbahnhof is the real deal. Against a retro-cool backdrop of bistro tables and charcoal-grey, portrait-slung walls – all lit by...

Deli in Ulm

Dean & David

This is a great find for vegetarians, vegans and frankly anyone looking for a healthy bite while exploring central Ulm. The slickly modern deli-cafe rustles up interesting salads (from mango prawn to vegan...

German in Ulm

Zunfthaus der Schiffleute

Looking proudly back on a 600-year tradition, this timber-framed restaurant sits by the river. The menu speaks of a chef who loves the region, with Swabian favourites such as Katzagschroi (beef, onions, egg and...

German in Tübingen

Mauganeschtle

It’s a stiff climb up to this restaurant at Hotel am Schloss, but worth every step. Suspended above the rooftops of Tübingen, the terrace is a scenic spot for the house speciality, Maultaschen (pasta pockets),...

Greek in Ulm

Yamas

This classy Greek restaurant has a market-driven menu, lots of fresh seafood and a bulging wine cellar. Begin with some homemade dips and grilled octopus, before mains such as sea bass with lime mash and...

German in Ulm

Zur Lochmühle

The watermill has been churning the Blau since 1356 at this rustic half-timbered pile. Plant yourself in the riverside beer garden for Swabian classics such as crispy roast pork, Schupfnudeln (potato noodles) and...

Cafe in Ulm

Animo

Snuggled away in a Topferei (potter’s workshop), Animo is a relaxed cafe, with homemade cakes and vegetarian specials (creative salads, pasta, risotto and the like) – all served in beautifully detailed porcelain....

Thai in Tübingen

Samphat Thai

Slickly decorated in calming shades of lavender and violet, this sweet, petite Thai restaurant is the real deal. The smiley staff rustle up curries, noodles and wok dishes that are bang on the money and nicely...

Pub Food in Schwäbisch Hall

Brauerei-Ausschank Zum Löwen

Down by the river, this brewpub attracts a jovial bunch of locals who come for freshly tapped Haller Löwenbrauerei brews and hearty nosh such as Swabian Maultaschen (pasta pockets) topped with a fried egg, and...

Pub Food in Ulm

Barfüsser

Hearty fare such as Käsespätzle (cheese noodles) and pork roast soak up the prize-winning beer, microbrewed in Neu-Ulm, at this brewpub. There are also some excellent craft beers to sample. The lunch special goes...

Vegetarian in Tübingen

Kornblume

Vegetarians and health-conscious locals squeeze into this hobbit-like cafe for wholesome soups, freshly squeezed juice, organic salads by the scoopful and day specials such as rye pancakes with vegetables, and...

Pub Food in Tübingen

Neckarmüller

Overlooking the Neckar, this cavernous microbrewery is a summertime magnet for its chestnut-shaded beer garden. Come for home brews by the metre and beer-laced dishes from (tasty) Swabian roast to (interesting)...