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What lunch will cost you in Germany

At Smunch, we believe in the importance of a healthy lunch as this is an essential part of the working day. That’s why we decided to uncover how much employees in Germany's most populated cities pay on average for a business lunch in the local financial district. We also analyzed the most affordable business lunches relative to the average income and living costs. To gain a proper insight into how affordable this lunch is, these costs were then put into relation with the monthly expenses.

Business Lunch in Germany

Anyone without access to a corporate or public canteen can make use of special lunch-time offers in local restaurants. During certain hours, selected dishes are offered for a cheaper price than on the usual à la carte menu. The following price comparison shows you how much business lunch costs in the 15 most populated cities of Germany. 

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Business Lunch Price Overview


City

Business Lunch

Local Cuisine

Bistro

Italian / French

Asian

American

Business Lunches per Week
1 Dresden 11,98 € 15,07 € 9,95 € 13,67 € 10,77 € 10,43 € 78
2 Dusseldorf 12,84 € 13,50 € 11,63 € 16,40 € 9,80 € 12,86 € 96
3 Berlin 12,94 € 15,08 € 9,66 € 16,94 € 8,92 € 14,11 € 21
4 Essen 13,10 € 12,57 € 16,67 € 12,13 € 12,52 € 11,63 € 95
5 Leipzig 13,74 € 12,98 € 11,43 € 18,12 € 13,57 € 12,60 € 67
6 Stuttgart 14,15 € 15,81 € 13,63 € 20,04 € 12,13 € 9,13 € 87
7 Hannover 14,85 € 16,30 € 21,17 € 14,93 € 9,10 € 12,73 € 102
8 Dortmund 15,32 € 18,30 € 11,56 € 14,49 € 14,63 € 17,60 € 68
9 Frankfurt am Main 16,27 € 19,94 € 22,57 € 13,22 € 14,00 € 11,63 € 81
10 Bremen 16,51 € 17,73 € 14,13 € 27,17 € 8,33 € 15,17 € 66
11 Nuremberg 16,68 € 36,38 € 8,97 € 10,63 € 10,63 € 16,77 € 72
12 Hamburg 17,45 € 22,65 € 11,10 € 13,77 € 27,35 € 12,38 € 74
13 Cologne 18,49 € 23,33 € 14,23 € 23,80 € 19,50 € 11,60 € 64
14 Duisburg 19,76 € 23,27 € 20,26 € 33,47 € 11,20 € 10,60 € 63
15 Munich 22,49 € 17,87 € 14,43 € 21,63 € 37,86 € 20,67 € 49
- Germany 15,77 € 18,72 € 14,09 € 18,03 € 14,69 € 13,33 € 72
Smunch Background

Methodology

In order to calculate the average cost of a business lunch, we looked at the 15 most populated cities in Germany. For each city capital, we reviewed business lunches within business and financial districts. In total, three business menus from five different cuisines per city were researched. The cuisines are: Asian, Local, Bistro, Italian/French, American. Then, the average business lunch price was calculated by taking three business lunch prices per menu and calculating the average price.

Definitions

Business District

A business district is defined as an area where the majority of businesses, organizations and restaurants are located, that offer a lunch menu. This was researched on Wikipedia, Wikitravel, Conbiz.

Location

The location of the business district and restaurants. This was researched on Google Maps.

Ranking criteria

Cost of Menu

In order to obtain the cost of a business lunch, we analyzed the official websites of each restaurant, reviewed the menus and listed the price for a business lunch dish in the local currency. When no menu was labeled as lunch menu, the average price of three main dishes were calculated instead (see Business Lunch Index Table). All business lunch prices have been converted from the local currency to US-Dollars (currency converted on 08/25/2019).

Monthly Gross Income

The monthly gross salary was researched through WorldData.info.

Calculations

Average Spend in %

The average amount of income after tax deduction that is spent on crucial factors e.g. rent and food was accounted through the following formula:

Average Spending Money

The average amount of money in Euro that is left after living expenses are deducted and that can be spent is calculated with this formula:

Number of Business Lunches per Month

The amount of Business Lunches that a person can afford is calculated as follows:

Number of Business Lunches per Week

The amount of Business Lunches that a person can afford per week is calculated as follows:

Who are we?

So here’s what we do in a nutshell: We deliver delicious lunches to companies all over town so that office people can enjoy their breaks to the fullest. So if your office was a hotel, we’d be room service.

Our food is super fresh and healthy, and as we have dozens of partner restaurants that take turns preparing it, we can offer a huge variety. Basically, it’s like eating out in a different part of the city every day.

Most of the companies we cater for choose us as their everyday lunch program. Why? Our food can be subsidized through meal allowances, saving the employer not only the costs of running a canteen, but also taxes and social security payments.