Restaurants

Top Choice European in Cologne

Salon Schmitz

Spread over three historical row houses, the Schmitz empire is your one-stop shop for excellent food and drink. Greet the day with a lavish breakfast in the retro-hip 1950s and '60s setting of the Salon; order cake,…
Top Choice German in Cologne

Bei Oma Kleinmann

Named for its long-time owner, who was still cooking almost to her last day at age 95 in 2009, this perennially booked, graffiti-covered restaurant serves oodles of schnitzel, made either with pork or veal and paire…
Market in Cologne

Meet & Eat Markt

A combination of farmers market and street-food fair, Meet & Eat draws locals of all ages to Rudolfplatz on Thursday evenings. Aside from fresh produce, you can pick up homemade pesto, chutney, organic cheeses a…
International in Cologne

Feynsinn

This well-respected Zülpicher Viertel restaurant is an excellent pit stop at any time of the day. Come for extravagant breakfasts, light lunches and creative cakes or a dinner menu that weaves organic seasonal ingre…
German in Cologne

Gaststätte Lommerzheim

The best reason to wander east across the Hohenzollernbrücke railway bridge over the Rhine is this delightfully old-school pub serving some of the finest pork chops around. Just tell the waiter what sides you want (…
European in Cologne

Sorgenfrei

Dishes are prepared with the same attention to detail (yet lack of pretension) found throughout this casual fine-dining treasure. An excellent wine list, charming hosts and a feel-good ambience make Sorgenfrei a loc…
European in Cologne

Engelbät

This cosy restaurant-pub is famous for its habit-forming crêpes, which come in 50 varieties – sweet or savoury, meat or vegetarian and vegan. Also popular for its breakfasts (served until 3pm) and salads with homema…
Burgers in Cologne

Freddy Schilling

A wholewheat bun provides a solid framework for the moist patties made with beef from happy cows and drizzled with Freddy's homemade 'special' sauce. Pair it with a side of hand-cut fries or Rosis (butter-and-rosema…
Bakery in Cologne

Madame Miammiam

This luscious bakery specialises in stunning wedding cakes but also has a mouth-watering range of cupcakes, petit fours, cookies and tarts on display in its little cake shop. Pick your fave, then find a spot on Brüs…
German in Cologne

Haxenhaus

While the Altstadt has no shortage of mediocre restaurants aimed at beer-swilling tourists, this old place stands out for its classic local and German fare, and is especially famous for its Haxen – roast pork knuckl…