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Frequency of eating out in Germany 2016-2020

Eating out is a popular pastime in Germany, with almost 51.3 million people sometimes doing so in 2020, and roughly 11.6 million people stating they often did so. In addition to eating out, Germans also had takeaway meals eaten elsewhere or meals delivered to their home.

Bon appetit

Germany has a varied restaurant landscape, with 71,308 restaurants counted in 2018. While restaurant numbers have decreased somewhat in recent years, it is still a competitive and dynamic industry which sees steadily rising revenues. Eating out is obviously a social pastime and not just about the food. When looking at demographics, restaurants are also popular among singles, with almost half of the single German population aged up to 49 years old stating they ate out several times a month.

Taste of success

Growing revenues in the restaurant sector are a trend that is predicted to continue, with up to 52.35 billion U.S. dollars expected in 2023.

Number of people who eat out in their leisure time in Germany from 2016 to 2020, by frequency

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period

2016 to 2020

Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German-speaking population

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Sample information:
Base: German-speaking population aged 14 and over in private households with the main place of residence in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Total sample information:
2016: 23,854 respondents, projection to 69.56 million people
2017: 23,356 respondents, projection to 70.09 million people
2018: 23,289 respondents, projection to 70.45 million people
2019: 25,318 respondents, projection to 70.60 million people
2020: 25,191 respondents, projection to 70.64 million people

More information on the methodology can be found here.

This question was asked in the survey in the following wording: "What do you do in your spare time, if it is possible according to the season? Please mark in each row if you never, occasionally or frequently did so.“ Leisure: eating out.

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