Eat & drink

Altena is also a heaven with all creature's comforts. The well-structured town centre comprises relatively many pavement cafes, pubs, ice cream parlours, snack bars, pizzerias and a bar at every 100 metres.


Stylish restaurant with wine cellar and Mediterranean food. The outdoor terrace with view of the Lenne river is open in summer.    

Groups: 15 - 70 persons



Lennestr. 34 // 02352 9746393

Haus Pilling

The inn at the Nette valley has been a reputable address since 1724. Here you will be offered plain cooking and regular Sauerland classics, including Potthucke (potato dish). 

Groups: up to 130 persons


Nettestr. 18 // 02352 24559

Café zur Burg

Cafe and restaurant with great breakfast, housemade German specialities, coffee and cake. Very close to the wire museum, on the road to the castle.

Groups: up to 30 persons.

Freiheitstr. 2 // 02352 910088

Hotel am Markt

Proper portion sizes and plain fare (also vegetarian) and housemade Slavic specialities in informal surroundings. Groups: 10 to 70 persons



Kirchstr. 43 // 02352 3388490



Fancy cafe bar with snack list, coffee and cake. Breakfast buffet in the weekends. The outdoor area with deck chairs, on the Lenne promenade, on the river Lenne is open in summer.



Lennestr. 12 // 02352 5488580


Restaurant at the castle with party hall and veranda. For day trippers as well as for parties, celebrations and any kind of meeting/conference, themed gastronomy.



Fritz-Thomée-Str 80 // 02352 548 86 95

Tischlein deck dich

Sylvi hardly ever stops cooking and baking, That is why she offers homemade cakes and a freshly served menu every week. Groups up to 10 persons with inquiry beforehand.


Lennestr. 9 // 0172 2369623


Croatian specialities and a bowling alley between Altena and Lüdenscheid.

Groups: up to 180 persons




Rahmedestr. 217 // 02352 50566

Gasthof Spelsberg

Hotel-restaurant with terrace and beer garden. Lunch and dinner, coffee and cake, comprehensive menu with Sauerland specialities.
Groups: up to 40 persons


Großendrescheid 1 // 02352 95800

Kletterwelt Bistro

Even without climbing,  the menu of the day (also vegan) is worthwhile, or alternatively you might prefer a coffee with housemade cake with a sportive ambiance and view of Sauerland.



Rosmarter Allee 12 // 02351 879 911 2

Hotel Alte Linden

Upscale yet grounded is the best description. The restaurant will impress you with seasonal dishes. The bowling alley and vaulted cellar can be hired for parties.

Groups: 15 - 70 persons.


Hauptstr. 38 // 02352 979695

Gasthof Droste

The family business in Dahle is led by the 4th generation at present and it offers plain German cooking and an authentic ambiance. 

Groups: up to 130 persons



Hasenkampstr. 1 // 02352 71364

Haus Lennestein

In Haus Lennestein you can expect a modern furnished restaurant with bar, outdoor area, attached festival hall, bowling- and skittle alley in the building. The chefs spoil  you with plain cooking and a wide choice of dishes.


Werdohler Str. 15 // 02352 3382981

Cafes and ice cream parlours

Eiscafé Cappuccino

Italian ice cream parlour and pavement cafe with housemade ice cream and the finest coffee specials.


Kirchstr. 1 // 02352 26667

Café Nostalgie

This nostalgic pavement cafe offers delicacies and has antique furniture for sale as well.

Groups: up to 55 persons


Lennestr. 63 // 01573 6164448

Eiscafe San Remo

This ice cream parlour has been in Altena for over 30 years. 2016 it moved into a half-timbered house and offer Italian ice cream specials


Marktstr. 6 // 02352 22224