Currywurst and Kebab Street Food in Dresden
Prior to World War II, Dresden was said to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Its buildings in old town dated back as far as 1743. There they stood until the final days of World War II when they were destroyed in bombings. Germany rebuilt in the years that followed. Seeing these buildings is something I’ve always wanted to do.
Venturing away from old town, much of Dresden is reminiscent of Berlin. Graffiti adorns the walls of buildings, hidden bars, restaurants, and beautiful murals are everywhere. If you get lost you’ll notice that alcoves and hidden courtyards act as opportunities for even more works of art.
Though I had only 24 hours to pass through Dresden, I was determined to enjoy some incredible street food. After doing some research and talking to the locals at the hostel, I found two great places.
Curry & Co.
Louisenstraße 62, 01099 & Loschwitzer Str. 56, 01309 in Dresden
€5-7, Open 11:00-02:00
Located on a busy road on the west side of the river is the tiny space of Curry & Co. As I walked in curry and the rich smell of grilled sausages and fried potatoes hit me like a palatable wave. The space was small with just a few tables and bar stools in case I wanted to sit down to revel in the flavors of this street food.
I was excited to try my first German currywurst and Curry & Co. came highly recommended online and was spoken well of by every local who had an opinion. The woman behind the counter spoke English and translated for me what wasn’t written in English on the menu.
First I decided to try the smoked pork with a spicy curry sauce and a small order of fries. The pork sausage was indeed smoky and savory. The curry sauce tasted of rich tomato and had a nice kick to it. The fries were fried in front of me (two times total) and went well with the creamy paprika sauce I ordered.
The wurst is served on a tiny paper plate with a small plastic fork. Fries are served in a cone that fits perfectly into holes they have adapted into each of their tables. Both dishes allow diners to eat at a table but act as easy ways to eat this street food on the go as well. When in a hurry or late night (they’re open until 02:00) this is a big help.
I also ordered the vegan wurst. I was reluctant to give it a try, thinking it’s tough to make a ‘sausage’ taste good without any meat. My assumption was completely wrong. The flavor profile was almost identical to that of the smoked pork sausage. Dare I say, it was seasoned even better.
The only difference I could identify was that it didn’t have the oiliness that sticks to one’s tongue after each bite. Other than that, it would be difficult to tell this one apart from a meat sausage in a taste test. I was impressed. Though it was a fair amount of food, I happily finished it all and thanked the woman behind the counter for her recommendations. Highly recommended.
Istanbul Kebap Haus
Voglerstraße, 01277 Dresden
€4-6, Open 10:00-23:00 Mon.-Sat., 11:00-23:00 Sun.
Located just off the corner of a busy street, locals led me here saying that among all the kebap spots in the area (there are a lot) this guy does the best job. Introducing himself as I walked in we got to talking about my recent trips across Istanbul and Cappadocia, and he explained he was from Isparta, not far from Antalya, where I had also traveled.
He patiently responded to my questions in English and spoke much better than he humbly gave himself credit for. I ordered a durum wrap that had extra meat since I was quite hungry again. He asked me about each of the toppings I wanted and recommended I try everything. I agreed and he went to work, slicing the meat from the vertical rotisserie. He smeared some tzatziki and chili sauce on the durum wrap, added the meat and then added the cabbage, veggies and more sauce. I asked for extra chili.
The durum was huge!
Taking the durum home I could hardly wait to give it a try. I took my first bite and loved it! It was so large it could stand on its end. It was the largest and one of the tastiest durum wraps I’ve ever had. I finished most of it that night and ate the remainder for breakfast before heading to the train station the next morning. For less than €5 this is one of the best deals to be found in Dresden. Stop in and give them a try.
Dresden Travel Tips
- If you plan to visit Dresden on a Monday, be aware that large anti-immigration protests occur there each Monday night.
- Although the trains in Germany are wonderful to travel in, they’re quite expensive. Check out their inter-city bus system or take a BlahBlahCar and make some new friends.
- For a list of all Dresden’s sites, check out Lonely Planet.
Prost! (Cheers in German)