Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Hanover is complete without tasting the local food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Hanover to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.
- Bratwurst: sausage, made up out of finely chopped meat.
- Braunschweiger: type of liverwurst (pork liver sausage) which, if stuffed in natural casings, is nearly always smoked.
- Bregenwurst: specialty sausage of Lower Saxony made of pork, pork belly, and pig or cattle brain.
- Kochwurst: German pre-cooked sausage.
- Kohlwurst: fresh, strongly smoked sausage made of lights, pork and fat.
- Knipp: smoked sausage made from oat groats, pork head, pork belly, pork rind, liver und broth.
- Pumpernickel Bread: whole-grain bread made from rye flour and coarse rye meal.
- Aalsuppe: soup made from eel, vegetables and other ingredients such as herbs or dumplings.
- Hochzeitssuppe: clear, German soup based on chicken broth, fortified with chicken meat, meatballs, asparagus heads, noodles and cooked egg garnish.
- Fleischsalat: made of Ring Bologna, German pickles and German mayonnaise.
- North German Herring Salad: salad made with pickled herring, beets, onions, pickles and apples.
- Sauerkraut: finely shredded cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria.
 Main courses
- Birnen, Bohnen und Speck: type of stew, in which the main ingredients are pears, beans and bacon.
- Buntes Huhn: salt meat served on assorted vegetables.
- Grünkohl: kale, very slowly cooked, with bits of rather salty sausage called Pinkel.
- Kassler: a salted (cured) and slightly smoked cut of pork.
- Knieperkohl: cabbage, bacon, smoked knuckle of pork.
- Salzkartoffel: boiled potatoes.
- Schlachteplatte: dish consists of boiled belly pork and freshly cooked Blutwurst and Leberwurst sausages.
- Steckrübeneintopf: stew made from swede, carrots and potatoes.
- Buchweizentorte: buckwheat cake.
- Butterkuchen: simple German cake baked on a tray.
- Rock Candy: type of confectionery mineral composed of relatively large sugar crystals.
- Welfenspeise (Welf Pudding): layered pudding made from milk, eggs, wine and vanilla.
 Fast food
- Frikadeller: pan-fried dumplings of minced meat.
- Halbe Hähnchen: half of a grilled chicken.
- Reibekuchen: potato pancakes.
- Rollmops: pickled herring fillets rolled with slices of onion and green olives.
 Street food
- Doner Kebab: lamb meat (mainly) cooked on a vertical spit and sliced off to order.
- Fischbrötchen: sandwich made with fish and onions, sometimes also made with remoulade and pickles.
- German Brötchen: bread roll.
 Drinks (Non-alcoholic)
- Apfelsaftschorle: apple juice mixed with soda water.
- Spezi: genericized trademark for a soft drink made with cola and orange soda.
 Drinks (Alcoholic)
- Altbierbowle: dark beer with fruit syrup.
- Cider: fermented beverage made from apple juice.
- Coffee with Rum: warm and creamy drink.
- Eierlikoer: sweetened dairy-based beverage traditionally made with milk and/or cream, sugar, beaten eggs, and liquor.
- Kir: popular cocktail made with a measure of blackcurrant liqueur topped up with white wine.
- Korn: German colorless spirit that is usually made from fermented rye but may also be made from corn, barley, or wheat.
- Pharisäer: coffee with rum and whipped cream .
- Radler: drink consists of mixture of various types of beer and German-style soda pop or lemonade.