Hans im Glück

Apostelnviertel

Named after a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, the burgers at Luck Hans are legendary among the crowds of Cologne's central ring. Though already a bit heavy on the bass...

  • Casual
  • American

Metzgerei & Salon Schmitz

Belgisches Viertel

Always packed, ever pricey, but undoubtedly delicious, this small, attractively staffed butcher with neighboring bar and salon, as well as an underground party...

  • Café or Bistro
  • Local Cuisine

Wein am Rhein

Kunibertsviertel

Wine connoisseurs will enjoy the welcoming Wein am Rhein on the river with a fine selection of varietals from the region and one of Cologne's top kitchens. Try the

  • Fine Dining
  • Local Cuisine

Alfredo

Declared "fresh and unfussy" by the Michelin guide, this second-generation Italian restaurant should be at the top of the list for foodies who want a try at a more...

  • Fine Dining
  • Italian

Bäckerei Zimmermann

Apostelnviertel

Feeding hungry shoppers on Ehrenstraße since 1875, the bakery is well-loved among locals and tourists alike. With over fifty sorts of house-made bread and...

  • Bakery
  • Local Cuisine

Beef Brothers

Belgisches Viertel

A cheaper, nearly as tasty alternative to the fancier Hans im Glück. The titular brothers Felix and Jean Paul Windhausen were the avant-garde of the...

  • Casual
  • American

Brauhaus Malzmühle

Altstadt

For tourists and beer-lovers alike, the Brauhaus Malzmühle is not to be missed. As Cologne's second-oldest brewery, it has maintained its original location and is...

  • Casual
  • Local Cuisine

Bunte Burger

Ehrenfeld

Another star on the lapel of Cologne's exhaustive burger-boutique scene, Bunte Burger serves vegan versions of the decadent American import. The restaurant keeps a...

  • Casual
  • American

Café Rico

Apostelnviertel

This very gay-friendly spot in the Apostelnviertel - popular with artists, gallerists and even politicians - serves up comfort food of all sorts. Sample one of the...

  • Café or Bistro
  • Fusion

Café Sehnsucht

Ehrenfeld

A bio-café with an understated, elegant interior and lovely terrace, Café Sehnsucht (Café Longing) was of one of the pioneers of Cologne's slow-food movement....

  • Café or Bistro
  • Organic

Die Rösterei

Belgisches Viertel

One of the first bistros in Cologne to make espresso from house-roasted beans, Die Rösterei not brews drinks made from the "Moxxa" brand of coffee, but also...

  • Coffee shop
  • American

Eisfeld

Ehrenfeld

In the vibrant Ehrenfeld, Eisfiled is an ice cream parlor like no other, with additive-free homemade flavors like cucumber-mint and blueberry-sour cream. Coffee,

  • Casual
  • Sweets

Era Café & Bar

Apostelnviertel

This flirtacious corner-café and bar for queers offers tasty tapas and a nice selection of drinks to accompany the gawking and preening. The pinot gris is especially

  • Café or Bistro
  • Fusion

Flakes Corner

Südstadt

A novelty-café for the oats-and-flakes fanatics. With more müsli and cereal sorts than one ever thought could coexist in a single a location, there are bags to go or...

  • Theme
  • Other

Habibi

Rathenauviertel

One of the (if not the) most popular falafel joints in Cologne, near Rudolfplatz, Habibi is always brimming with a vibrant crowd of mostly locals. The dishes are...

  • Café or Bistro
  • Middle Eastern

Hallmackenreuther

Belgisches Viertel

Blazoned with a Pan Am logo and right next to Brüssler Platz, it is no wonder this bar-café-restaurant is always crowded with hipsters. It's a cleanly-designed...

  • Café or Bistro
  • Fusion

Heilandt

Belgisches Viertel

With beans shipped from Hamburg and roasted in the shop, it's about a fresh a shot as you'll get in the Domstadt. Great for a spontaneous but high-quality

  • Coffee shop
  • American

Herr Pimock

Belgisches Viertel

Another popular watering hole among the night-hipsters, this mustachioed locale serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in good-sized, comfort-food portions. It also

  • Café or Bistro
  • Fusion

Krua Thai

Belgisches Viertel

A fast but flavorful Thai spot in Belgisches Viertel that is rightfully always very crowded. Customers may eat on the premises or take their 4-spicy Thai curry to

  • Casual
  • Thai

Le Moissonnier

Styled like a French brassiere, Le Moissonnier is the only two Michelin-starred restaurant in Cologne, offering creative and often surprising plates, with an...

  • Café or Bistro
  • French

Madame Miammiam

Belgisches Viertel

Appearances are not deceiving at Anne Schulte's very famous sweet shop: the cakes, cookies, and other treats taste as radiant as they look. A great place to pause...

  • Café or Bistro
  • Sweets

Mitetelblond Kulturkneipe

Neumarkt Viertel

This "culture-bar" is an extremely campy restaurant paired with a live cabaret show, more often than not hosted by the owner, Marcos Schlüter. Book well in advance

  • Café or Bistro
  • Fusion

Nada

Agnesviertel

This lounge-y restaurant on sleepy Clever Straße features a half-circle dining room in shimmering gold and a bar framed in mirror tiles, a nice backdrop for a

  • Fine Dining
  • Fusion

Schamong Kaffee

Ehrenfeld

A family-run coffee roaster now in its third generation, with affordable coffee specialties made from the beans and homemade sweets. Try the "Panpepato Nannini:" a...

  • Coffee shop
  • Italian

Simitland

Ehrenfeld

A jewel in the rough, Simitland offers delicious turkish breads and sweets as well as a very affordable, traditional breakfast/brunch buffet every day of the week. A

  • Bakery
  • Middle Eastern

Ständige Vertretung Köln

Altstadt

The Cologne outpost of the Bonn original has walls decked with exorbitant amount of photographs testifying to its once status as a meeting place for local...

  • Café or Bistro
  • Local Cuisine

The Coffee Gang

Kwatier Latäng

An espresso not to be matched in all of Cologne: deep and interesting, sour and sweet, round and sharp. Seating can be scarce and not particularly comfortable, but

  • Coffee shop
  • American

Van Dyck Rösterei

Ehrenfeld

Once a hair salon and now a feel-good coffee shop that carefully roasts on the premisses in Ehrenfeld. Although the drinks may not necessarily be as rigorously...

  • Coffee shop
  • American

Vendôme

Bergisch Gladbach

Located at the Schloss Bensberg hotel in a former nobleman's house, Vendôme is fine-dining within a granite and stained-glass interiors. Highlights include a view of...

  • Fine Dining
  • Other