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For all its culture, Weimar is not noted for gastronomy. For the most part, food is straightforward and portions are large.

At the pub-style restaurant in the Hotel Zur Sonne, Rollplatz 2, one can get a good three-course meal for less than E14.Sommer's Weinstuben, at Humboldtstrasse 2, just around the corner from the Christliches Hotel Amalienhof, has plain wood tables, a big tile stove, old photographs on the walls and acceptable food. The beautifully restored Gasthaus zum weissen Schwan, Frauentorstrasse 23, where Schiller and Goethe hung out, is charming and the most popular place in town. Food is stick-to-the-ribs-heavy and plentiful. The best meals we had were at the Residenz Café, Grüner Markt 4; a noisy, smoky, student hangout that serves the great Czech beer, Budvar.