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New in town? Hungry? Vok√ľ for you!

in Food/Leipzig tips/My Leipzig

There are lots of places to eat in Leipzig, but did you know there are Vok√ľs? 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‚ā¨.

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 K√ľche f√ľr 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.

Vok√ľs started in the 90s in squats.

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

These vok√ľ’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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