If you were wondering whether there are any Hannover fairground restaurants, you have nothing to worry. There are plenty of places to eat at CeBIT, unlike other shows like IFA in Berlin, where you literally have to use a GPS to find a restaurant (or worse, go without lunch, if you can’t find one). You can choose between sit down dinners where waiters serve you food, self-service buffets, or even small fast-food kiosks where you can sit on a stool.
The Zombi Visitors: What They Are, and How To Avoid Becoming One
While walking around the exhibition halls, you will meet people who are about to fall down, because they haven’t eaten properly. I generally meet them in the afternoon. They are known as “zombi visitors” because they think that they can go without eating and drinking forever. To avoid joining this club, eat, and drink properly during the show. You just cannot afford to let your energy levels go down during this important event, especially if you’ve spent hundreds (or more) euros to come for a couple of days.
Hannover Fairground Restaurants: Berlin (My Favorite)
The restaurant I like the most for eating at CeBIT is called Berlin, and it is located in Hall 17. These are the reasons I love it:
1) Sit-down lunch with excellent service and great prices.
2) Limited but tasty and international menu.
3) Lots of tables, so rarely we have to wait. Waiting is no good, it is lost time. Also, waiters won’t rush you out, nor you will have hungry people looking at you, so you leave, and they can get your table 😀
4) It is located in a not too busy hall. Walking to this restaurant doesn’t take long.
Nelson: A Modern Restaurant in Hall 6
UPDATE: There will be nothing in hall 6, so I doubt whether this restaurant will be open or not. I guess it will have to be Berlin everyday 😀
Nelson is a nice large restaurant located in Hall 6. I have eaten there, and food was good, with a limited variety of very tasty options (this year 2015 they had chicken, fish, pork, rump steak, and 1 vegetarian dish for the main course, so everyone’s happy, including fussy eaters like myself). They are open until 18:00. You can sit on the tables with the tall stools, or on tables with (normal) chairs.
The Munich Hall
If it’s your first time in Germany, or if you’ve never gone to their beer festivals, the Munich Hall is a must-visit. Although they open at 11 in the morning for lunch, the best time to go is after 6, when you can experience the full show. Click here to read more.
Hannover Fairground Restaurants: Other Nice Places
– More international cuisine: If you like Italian food, there are two restaurants located in halls 14 (“Pizza Italia”) and 15 (“Osteria”). There is also a German and International restaurant outside hall 14 called “Bauernstube”.
– Buffet lunch: If you’re on a budget, go for the buffet lunch. You might have to take turns with your friend / colleague. While he/she reserves your table, you can go and get the food, and then he/she can go. I recommend “Boulevard” in hall 12. Sometimes it is hard to find a table, so try to go late. Also, there are some people, after having lunch, use their table as their office. Generally they are businessmen who have come alone and are really tired, so always take a friend / colleague / family member to keep you running all day.
Tipping Guidelines for Restaurants at the Fairground
Most waiters at the restaurants are students that make a small wage and rely on tips for the major part of their income. It is customary to give 10% of the total bill, so be nice to your waiter!
It is important to note that Germans (unlike us Spaniards) keep their timetable. Therefore, if you go after a certain time, they will tell you the kitchen is closed, and will only serve you drinks. It has happened to me. A good time to go is between 2 and 3 o’clock. If, for any reason, you think about eating at the Hannover fairground restaurants late, it is better to pick up a ready-made sandwich from one of the bistros. Below are two nice ones I saw on my last visit.
To check out all the Hannover fairground restaurants that are available, click here to go to the official restaurants page As you can see, there are a whole bunch of them. CeBIT organizers literally want to take good care of all visitors and exhibitors, so they have distributed places to eat all over the exhibition grounds. Not only are they busy during this technology show, but also for other shows that follow, like the huge Hannover Messe industrial show, which is held a month after.