You will find many nice pubs and restaurants up in the hills of the Wangener Hoehe. That's a place you can go if you want to get away from therush and busy downtown. But if you are downtown, have a look at the old market hall where you can get all kinds of food from all over the world. Walk through the Japanese garden which has been left from the 1986 international garden exhibition and you can feel the ambience of Japan. A must do is the Staatgallerie. More of it in the next section.
A good place for a quick lunch is Bernd's on Charlotte Street. If you have a car, you may also do a tour along the Neckar River and visit the very old City of Esslingen which is just about 20 minutes away or Ludwigburg with the beautiful palace. Ludwigsburg resembles a German Versailles but is of course smaller. Another highlight will be a visit of the Wine Musum in Uhlbach. Best time to visit is spring.