Eat & drink

Altena is also a haven 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

Mo-Su 11:30am-14:30pm, 5-11pm


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
Tu-Fr 5-10pm, Sa & Su 12am-10pm
closed: monday

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

Mo-Fr 8:30am-10pm, Su from 9:30am


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

Mo-Sa 11am-2pm, 5-10pm
closed: Sunday


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

Tu-Fr ab 3-9pm, Sa-Su: 2-9pm

closed: Monday


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

Tu-Fr 11:30am-5pm, Sa-Su 11:30am-6pm
closed: Monday

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

Mo-Su 9:30am-6pm


Konditorei Merz

First-class pastry shop with a fine tradition, opposite Altena's main station. Coffee tables, takeaway cakes and ice cream, cafe can be hired on various occasions and for groups.


Bahnhofstr. 15-17 // 02352 5483848

Tue-Sa 2-6pm, Su 1-5pm
Closed: Monday

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

Mo-Su 11:30am-2pm and 5:30-9pm

Closed: Tuesday

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

Mo-Fr 12am-11pm, Sa-Su 10am-10pm


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
Tue-Sa from 5pm, Su 12am-2pm & from 5:30pm, closed: Monday

Gasthof Droste

The family business in Dahl 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

Thu-Tue from 5pm, closed: Wednesday


Café Zagreb

Housemade Croatian dishes and warm ambiance, close to the Fuelbecke dam, with bowling alley at the back room. Groups: up to 50 persons.


Rahmedestr. 318 // 02352 52210
Mo-Thu 5-11pm, Fr-Su 11:30am-2:30pm & 5-11pm



Opposite the adventure elevator is this restaurant that offers plain German dishes: soups, schnitzel, sauerbraten, roulades and seasonal specialities. Groups up to 30 persons.


Lennestr. 38 // 02352 71744

Thu-Tue from 11am, Wed 11am-3pm


Croatian specialities and a bowling alley between Altena and Lüdenscheid.

Groups up to 180 persons


Rahmedestr. 217 // 02352 50566

Mo-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fr-Sa 11:30am-11:00pm, Su: 11:30am-10pm

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

Mo-Su 10am-7pm

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

Thu-Fr 9:30am-6:30pm, Sa-Su 9:30-2pm

Su 10am-6pm, closed: Monday

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

Mo-Sa 9am-7pm, Su 11am-7pm