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Our Recommendations in Cologne!

The best restaurants? The best cafés, clubs, bars, pubs in Cologne? Where do the locals hang out? Everybody has the same questions about recommendations when new in a city. However, it’s not always easy to find the right answer whereas for us Cologne locals, the answers are so simple.

We love Cologne and we want everybody else to love the city as well. So these are the places you should check out when in town and the recommendations below will help you get there!

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Museums

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Cologne Chocolate Museum

Duftmuseum im Farina Haus

EL-DE Haus

Kölnisches Stadtmuseum

Museum Ludwig

Mustard Museum

Roman-Germanic Museum

TIMERIDE Cologne

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Churches

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Basilica of St. Ursula

Cologne Cathedral

St. Agnes

St. Gereon

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Sites

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Brüsseler Platz

Cologne Triangle

Cologne Zoological Garden

Eigelstein-Torburg

Flora und Botanischer Garten Köln

Hahnen Gate

Hiroshima-Nagasaki Park

Melatenfriedhof

Rheinboulevard

Rhein-Seilbahn

Severinstorburg

Stadtwald

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Clothing

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Dressgoat

Ehrenfeld Apparel

Fairfitters

Green Guerillas

kiss the inuit

Magasin Populaire

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Souvenirs & Design

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Agnes & Astaire

blickWERKE Vintage & Interieur

Früh Shop

Hurra

Mrs. Goodwill

Schee

Siebte Himmel

Things We Like

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Food & Drink

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Belle Booze Cocktail Boutique

Gott erhalt’s! Bierladen

Köln Rum Kontor

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Check out the different brewery & restaurant recommendations that feature some of Cologne’s local delicacies!

  • Bei Oma Kleinmann
  • Brewery Päffgen
  • Früh am Dom
  • Gaffel am Dom
  • Gaststätte Lommerzheim
  • Max Stark
  • Oma’s Küche
  • Peters Brauhaus
  • Rievkoochebud Reibekuchen
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Breweries

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Brauerei zur Malzmühle

Braustelle

Brewery Päffgen

Das Zappes

Gaffel am Dom

Früh am Dom

HELLERS Brauhaus

Peters Brauhaus

Reissdorf am Hahnentor

Schreckenskammer

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Bars

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Bumann & Sohn

Im Leuchtturm

Joode Lade

Kajtek

La Ola Büdchen

KRAUTIs

Metronom

Seiberts

Suderman

Rosebud Bar Cologne

Toddy Tapper

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Beer Gardens

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HELLERS Volksgarten

Biergarten Rathenauplatz Veedelstreff

Biergarten “Schwimmbad”

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Italian

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Antica Pizzeria Nennillo

CARUSO Pastabar

Pasta Werkstatt

Pizzeria Da Franco

Pizzeria Made In Napoli

Pizzeria Totò e Peppino

Restaurant Il Bagutta

Ristorante Toscanini

485Grad Filiale Kwartier Latäng

485Grad Filiale Südstadt

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Chinese, Korean & Japanese

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Bai Lu Noodles

Daikan Izakaya Bar

Downtowner Korean Urban Restaurant

Sweet Sushi

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Turkish

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Doy Doy Palast

Kepabland

Oruç Kebap

Öz Harran Doy Doy

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Indian, Thai & Vietnamese

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Chok Dee

Chum Chay

Ginti Indian Restaurant

Krua Thai 

LU Vietnamese

Nam 

1980 – Cafe und Bành Mì

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Looking to not break the bank while eating in Cologne? Here are some recommendations to try:

  • Beirut
  • Falafel König
  • Habibi Köln
  • Kebapland
  • Pinocchio
  • Rievkoochebud
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Following a plant-based diet or just avoiding meat? Here are some of our favorites:

  • Bunte Burger
  • Chum Chay
  • Edelgrün
  • Mashery
  • Mei Wok
  • Ngon Veggie
  • Udum Vegan Restaurant
  • Veganland Çiğköfte Ehrenfeld
  • Veganland Çiğköfte Weidengasse
  • Well Being Restaurant
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Burgers

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Beef Brothers

Beef Brothers 2.0

Bunte Burger (Vegan)

Die Fette Kuh

Freddy Schilling

Freddy Schilling

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Lunch

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Habibi Köln

Pescado – Fish & More

Puszta-Hütte

Raph’s BBQ Deli

Rich`N Greens

Rievkoochebud Reibekuchen

1980 – Cafe und Bành Mì

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Breakfast or coffee on your mind? We’ve got you covered! Check out these for both:

  • Bastian’s
  • Goodchild
  • blooming coffee roastery & coffee-bar
  • Café Elefant
  • Café Walter
  • The Coffee Gang
  • easylivin’
  • hommage café
  • Jlöcklich Barista Café
  • Kaffeehaus Treibgut Köln
  • Kaffeesaurus
  • Südgold
  • Parmigiano

We want to give credit for many of our recommendations to our guides and especially to Christian Zabawa! He helped put together a comprehensive list of some of our favorite places.  Follow him on Instagram to see some of his truly beautiful photos of our city and beyond!

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