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The breakfast menu at Hüftengold, a cafe in downtown Stuttgart, includes scrambled eggs with a variety of sides, such as smoked salmon. The cappuccino is served with a rich cream and melted chocolate.
The breakfast menu at Hüftengold, a cafe in downtown Stuttgart, includes scrambled eggs with a variety of sides, such as smoked salmon. The cappuccino is served with a rich cream and melted chocolate. (John Vandiver/Stars and Stripes)
The breakfast menu at Hüftengold, a cafe in downtown Stuttgart, includes scrambled eggs with a variety of sides, such as smoked salmon. The cappuccino is served with a rich cream and melted chocolate.
The breakfast menu at Hüftengold, a cafe in downtown Stuttgart, includes scrambled eggs with a variety of sides, such as smoked salmon. The cappuccino is served with a rich cream and melted chocolate. (John Vandiver/Stars and Stripes)
Hüftengold, a cafe in downtown Stuttgart, is a popular destination for cake lovers. Various types, including currant, raspberry and cheese, are prepared fresh each day.
Hüftengold, a cafe in downtown Stuttgart, is a popular destination for cake lovers. Various types, including currant, raspberry and cheese, are prepared fresh each day. (John Vandiver/Stars and Stripes)
At Hüftengold, a popular cafe in downtown Stuttgart, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. The cafe is well-known for its cakes and coffee.
At Hüftengold, a popular cafe in downtown Stuttgart, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. The cafe is well-known for its cakes and coffee. (John Vandiver/Stars and Stripes)

If beer and brats are what the German culinary experience is arguably best known for, the afternoon combo of kaffee and kuchen has to be a close second.

And when it comes to coffee and cake, one of the better places to go in Stuttgart is Hüftengold, a cozy little cafe along the city’s bustling Olgastrasse.

The cake here is made fresh each day and costs between 2.50 and 3.50 euros for a generous slice. There also is a wide variety: raspberry, currant, apple, cheese and on and on.

Anyone who hasn’t tried German kuchen shouldn’t miss the chance. For palates groomed on American-style cakes, which often contain layers of frosting and excessive amounts of sugar, the German approach will be an epiphany. Take the currant cake — it’s sweet and sour, creamy but light, and leaves you satisfied but not feeling so guilty.

At Hüftengold, however, you don’t have to limit yourself to sweets. On a recent visit, I bypassed the tortes and cakes and went for breakfast.

I ordered the scrambled eggs with lox and a mustard dill sauce. The plate came with a variety of fresh baked breads. And since Hüftengold is well-known for its coffee — its beans come from a small local roaster — I ordered a rather decadent cup of cappuccino topped with a rich creamy foam and melted chocolate.

If you’re not an early riser, not to fear. Breakfast is served until 4 p.m., right about the time for a late afternoon serving of coffee and cake.

vandiver.john@stripes.com

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