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!



Cologne Chocolate Museum

Duftmuseum im Farina Haus

EL-DE Haus

Kölnisches Stadtmuseum

Museum Ludwig

Mustard Museum

Roman-Germanic Museum



Basilica of St. Ursula

Cologne Cathedral

St. Agnes

St. Gereon



Brüsseler Platz

Cologne Triangle

Cologne Zoological Garden


Flora und Botanischer Garten Köln

Hahnen Gate

Hiroshima-Nagasaki Park






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



Brauerei zur Malzmühle


Brewery Päffgen

Das Zappes

Gaffel am Dom

Früh am Dom

HELLERS Brauhaus




Bumann & Sohn

Im Leuchtturm

Joode Lade


La Ola Büdchen




Beer Gardens


HELLERS Volksgarten

Biergarten Rathenauplatz Veedelstreff

Biergarten “Schwimmbad”



Antica Pizzeria Nennillo

Pasta Werkstatt

Pizzeria Da Franco

Pizzeria Made In Napoli

Restaurant Il Bagutta

Ristorante Toscanini

485Grad Filiale Kwartier Latäng

485Grad Filiale Südstadt

Chinese, Korean & Japanese


Bai Lu Noodles

Daikan Izakaya Bar

Downtowner Korean Urban Restaurant

Sweet Sushi



Doy Doy Palast


Oruç Kebap

Öz Harran Doy Doy

Indian, Thai & Vietnamese


Chok Dee

Chum Chay

Ginti Indian Restaurant

Krua Thai 

LU Vietnamese


1980 – Cafe und Bành Mì

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

  • Beirut
  • Falafel König
  • Habibi Köln
  • Kebapland
  • Parmigiano

Following a plant-based diet or just avoiding meat? Here are some of our favorites:

  • Bunte Burger
  • Chum Chay
  • Edelgrün
  • Mashery
  • Mei Wok
  • Veganland Çiğköfte Ehrenfeld
  • Veganland Çiğköfte Weidengasse
  • Well Being Restaurant



Beef Brothers

Beef Brothers 2.0

Bunte Burger (Vegan)

Die Fette Kuh

Freddy Schilling

Freddy Schilling



Habibi Köln


Raph’s BBQ Deli

Rich`N Greens

Rievkoochebud Reibekuchen

1980 – Cafe und Bành Mì

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

  • Bastian’s
  • 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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