Cool neighbourhood in Essen

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Hi there,

 

My wife and I will be visiting Essen for a couple of days this month, mainly to visit a couple of interesting sites such as the Villa Hügel & the Zollverein. We'll be staying not too far from the Hauptbahnhof, but to be honest, we don't know anything at all about the city.

 

Is there a nice, cool sort of inner neighbourhood where good value food (Restaurants & cafe's) can be found. A bit alternative etc. Sort of like Steintor in Bremen, Bornheim in Frankfurt etc.

 

Also, is there anything else we should definitely see there?

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Ruettenscheid is the hip neighborhood in Essen, just 5 mins south of the Hauptbahnhof. Food is quite inexpensive, but relatively "standard" i.e. typically international with a slight german flavor. If you want some advice on where to go, just ask :) I live there.

Note that it's "hip" (for Essen's standards!!) but not really alternative - as far as I know, there is no real alternative neighborhood in Essen.

 

Anything else to see: I'm a fan of the southern part of Essen, all around the Baldeneysee, from Kettwig to Kupferdreh - in fact, if you're going to Essen during the summer, you could easily take the S-Bahn to Kettwig and then dine at the Biergarten of "Die Stiege", which offers a really, really cool atmosphere. The Museum Folkwang is quite nice, too.

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Thanks FDG, that's great advice. I'm going to check out our tips.

 

I am guessing Ruettenscheider straße in Ruttenscheid is the place to go for the cafes, or is there some side streets I should look for.

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Yes, mostly. There's a couple just right beyond the corners, but you can usually see them from Rü (that's how the street is called).

 

I personally like the greek Meze-bar (a very modern greek restaurants that mostly serves entrees) just at the start of the street, on the left, and the Hausbrauerei a bit further on, near the Irish pub.

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