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Food and drink

Both directly on the grounds of the Zollverein World Heritage Site and in the surrounding area within walking distance, there is a whole range of varied gastronomic offerings. From cafés with snacks to pizzerias and classy restaurants - our visitor service will be happy to advise you on which location is available for which occasion.


We have compiled the most popular offers for you here.

In the middle

The Ruhr Museum is home to the Café Kohlenwäsche. Amidst restored original machines, enjoy cakes, snacks and coffee specialties and watch the hustle and bustle on the 24-meter level at your leisure.

Opening hours Monday to Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

To the website: www.imhoff-essen.de

Phone +49 (0)201 2470442

Aufnahme des Cafés in der Kohlenwäsche.
Copyright: Stiftung Zollverein; Foto: Jochen Tack


Bistro Schacht XII is located in Hall 12 and is centrally located between Werner-Müller-Platz and Zollverein Park. Drinks, snacks, salads and hearty daily specials await you here every day. In addition to its large outdoor area, it holds two levels of industrial charm ready for its guests inside. Weddings, birthdays, company parties and other celebrations can also be hosted here.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm

Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5.30 pm


To the website www.bistro-schacht12.de/

Phone +49 (0)178 8238730


Distance from Ruhr Museum

240 m on foot via Kulturstraße / through Hall 12

Innenaufnahme des Bistros im Schacht 12.
Copyright: Stiftung Zollverein; Foto: Jochen Tack

Exactly opposite

Enjoy modern cuisine in a stylish industrial setting between the Doppelbock winding tower and the orange escalator of the Ruhr Museum. The lunch menu features seasonal dishes, while the evening is Mediterranean, with steaks and burgers.

Opening hours

Wednesday to Sunday 12 to 10 pm


To the website www.the-mine.eu/

Phone +49 (0)201 36458704


Distance from Ruhr Museum

50 m walking distance

Innenaufnahme des Restaurant „The Mine“
Copyright: Stiftung Zollverein; Foto: Jochen Tack

Beautifully located

Next to the Red Dot Design Museum, the impressive rooms of the former compressor hall are home to one of the most renowned restaurants in the Ruhr region. Advanced international cuisine with regional elements awaits you here, as does a wonderful beer garden with tarte flambée and currywurst. Casino Zollverein has a function room for up to 1,200 people.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday 5 to 10 pm

Summer garden open Friday to Sunday 12 to 6 pm


To the website www.casino-zollverein.de/

Phone +49 (0)201 830240


Distance from Ruhr Museum

450 m walk across the cour d'honneur / past the Doppelbock

Innenaufnahme des Restaurants „Casino Zollverein“.
Copyright: Stiftung Zollverein; Foto: Jochen Tack

Worth every step

A few hundred meters from the museum, the café and restaurant is located in the former mixing plant of the Zollverein coking plant. The impressive architecture of the former industrial building and the outdoor area with beer garden in front of the unmistakable backdrop of the coke oven batteries make a visit to the café a unique experience. A large dining room on the upper floor also allows groups to be catered for with Mediterranean and Ruhr cuisine.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 12 to 8 pm

Saturday 12 to 10 pm

Sunday 10 am to 8 pm

To the website www.die-kokerei.de/

Phone +49 (0)201 830240


Distance from Ruhr Museum

600 m on foot via Fritz-Schupp-Allee

Innenaufnahme des Cafés und Restaurants „die kokerei“.
Copyright: Stiftung Zollverein; Foto: Jochen Tack

Not far

Between the PACT dance studio and the Folkwang Art University, the hotel friends is located on the grounds of the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex with great gastronomy - from small breakfasts to special dinners. Here you can find everything your heart desires, be it a snack or refreshment in the friends-lounge with XXL-terrace.

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 24/7


To the website www.hotelfriends.de/essen

Phone +49 (0)201 7470430


Distance from Ruhr Museum

650 m on foot via Fritz-Schupp-Allee

Aufnahme der Lobby des Hotels der Zeche Zollverein.
Copyright: Ruhr Museum; Foto: Andrea Kiesendahl

In the immediate vicinity of Zollverein are also the Mezzo Mezzo (450 m walk), the Öz Adana Kebap Salonu (900 m walk) and the Trattoria Paolo (1,000 m walk).