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New in town? Hungry? Vokü for you!


There are lots of places to eat in Leipzig, but did you know there are Voküs? That’s short for “people’s kitchen”, and there are lots of them in town.

Basically a group of people get together and make a huge pot of something and other people come and eat it. Sometimes it’s on a donation basis. Sometimes it’s 3-5€.

It’s always non-profit.

The food ranges in quality and flavour and is usually vegetarian, if not vegan. Usually there is a super interesting and friendly crowd to mix with and meet.

Sometimes, like Küche für Alle at Japanische Haus, there’s a movie or some kind of entertainment. That’s probably the best part. They have them on Thursdays and Saturdays. They start cooking at 4 and serving at 7.

Sometimes they are for special occasions, like Helmut‘s Kohldampf // Herbst 16 November. Helmut is a bit different because it is run by a group of 30 people, mainly students, and many of them bring a dish. It’s super super yummy, and on a donation basis. Anything left over after expenses goes to their community programs aimed at ending racism, sexism and homophobia and empowering the arts.

Voküs started in the 90s in squats.

They were the leftist counterpart to soup kitchens. Today many are in housing or social projects.

These vokü’s are either found on a flyer for October or have asked to be included:

Casablanca (Bäckerei), Josephstr 12
Atari, Kippenbergerstr 20 / corner Täubchenweg

KulthuM, Demmering str. 74 with film in German (usually with English subs)

Manfred, Stockartstr 3
KulthuM, Demmering str. 74
Liwi, Stockartstr 11
Plaque, Industriestr 101

Japanisches Haus, Eisenbahnstr 113b
Plaque, Industriestr 101
Manfred, Stockartstr 3

Hinz & Kunz, Georg-Schwarzstr 9
Japanisches Haus, Eisenbahnstr 113b
Sublab, Karl Heine 93
Libelle, Kolonnadenstr 19

Liwi, Stockartstr 11

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