Fast food restaurants popular for singles in Germany 2019

Most German singles preferred to go to McDonald’s, as far as fast food restaurants in Germany were concerned. McDonald’s was followed by Burger King and Nordsee – a fish restaurant tracing its roots back to Bremen.

The golden arches

McDonald’s popularity in this case isn’t surprising as it is among the leading quick service restaurant companies ranked by number of outlets in Germany. It’s accessible and familiar to most of the German population and massively represented across cities, towns and transport hubs. McDonald’s is also the most visited fast food restaurant in Germany. Most German singles visited restaurants and pubs several times a month, fewer did so several times a week. Going to coffee shops wasn’t as popular by comparison.

Restaurant industry thriving

Based on surveys, German consumers tended to eat out in their leisure time “sometimes” rather than often or never. Still, whether diners often visit a restaurant or not, restaurant industry revenue has been growing in recent years.

Leading fast food restaurants for singles in Germany in 2019

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Release date

November 2019



Survey time period


Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German-speaking population

Method of interview

Questionnaire and personal interview

Supplementary notes

For this survey those respondents were considered single who lived in a one-person household.

Total sample information:

2018: 23.086 respondents, projection to 70.45 million people

Information on the target group "singles":
Projection to 16.37 million people

Information on the target group "Singles till the age of 49"
Projection to 6.81 million people

More information on the methodology can be found here.

This question was worded in the survey as follows: "How often do you personally eat at one of the following quick-service restaurants?"

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