Cafés on the Mosel

10 sweet retreats

 

Nothing against wine establishments but sometimes only coffee and cake will do. Of course, our wine country also offers beautiful places where latte macchiato and Black Forest gateaux meet. Sitting in a café and relaxing is the perfect time out from the day’s hustle and bustle. Ten sweet retreats for those who love to savour life? Gladly.

Innenansicht des Café Hansen in Bernkastel-Kues.

The journey begins in Bernkastel-Kues. Situated on a bustling marketplace, Café Hansenhas been impressing customers with its outstanding cakes, pastries and confectionery creations for over 100 years. For instance with its Cusanus-Kugel, a praline that pays homage to the town’s famous son, Nikolaus von Kues.

Also in Bernkastel-Kues, Café K invites you to enjoy coffee and cake in a pleasant atmosphere in Villa Junk. Word has long since spread that the home-baked cakes there are pure bliss. The breakfast menu, which is prepared with great attention to detail, ensures a healthy and relaxed start to the day. Make a reservation!

Ansicht auf den Springiersbacher Hof in Ediger-Eller.

Another absolute delight is the red vineyard peach liqueur, which Gabriele Borchert uses in the treats she creates for her wine café in Ediger-Eller. The Springiersbacher Hof was once a settlement of the Springiersbach monks. The Borcherts have given the historic building a modern, romantic facelift. And the delicious dishes and cakes available are not at all monastic in nature!

Ansicht auf das Café Bonaparte in Kinheim.

On weekends, you can take in the historic flair of the Kunst- und Kulturcafé Bonaparte at the Echternacher Hof in Kinheim. A cosy café with a stage, piano and a small rose-scented garden. The roots of the estate date back to the 18th century. And there is even a Roman column hidden away in the vaulted cellar there.

Anyone interested in the Romans will sooner or later end up in Trier. Café Zeitsprung promises enjoyment and relaxation on the journey through the millennia. In this museum café, you can actually sit surrounded by the medieval city walls and exhibits provided by the Landesmuseum (archaeological museum).

Innenansicht in das Café in Klapperburg in Beilstein.

A museum is a place that preserves things for posterity. And Café Klapperburg certainly has museum character. Its highlight being the over 500 coffee grinders on display in the café – the loveliest tourist attraction in Beilstein.

In Saarburg the Eiscafé Cascata is worth a visit. The ice cream confectioner Cristofaro Russo has been running the Russo ice cream factory with a lot of passion at the butter market - right by the spectacular waterfall - for decades. The ice cream is freshly prepared every day according to old Italian tradition.

 

Located along the river in Zeltingen is the small café bistro cabin “Zum Weingärtner”. The cabin previously stood on the site of the local train station, where the famous “Saufbähnchen” (drinkers’ train) ran. Now the café has the reputation for delicious cakes and hearty main dishes.

 

Ansicht auf das Café Leon in Traben-Trarbach.

Still almost a hidden gem is the Cafébar Léon in the Wolf district of Traben-Trarbach. Located directly by the cycle path along the Mosel, it offers a little Mediterranean oasis for coffee lovers, where those who enjoy frozen yoghurt will also find their hearts desire.  

Ansicht auf das Café Villa Provence in Kobern-Gondorf.

And another secret tip – if only because it isn’t that easy to find – is the Villa Provence. Tucked away in the Sölliger Höfe in Kobern-Gondorf, is a genuine country café in all its glory with a garden full of statues, fountains and flowers.

It’s almost a shame to give away that these lovely places exist!

 

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