Top Choice Modern European in Cologne

Salon Schmitz

Spread over three historic row houses, the Schmitz empire is your one-stop for excellent food and drink. From the casual bistro to excellent seasonal meals in the restaurant to the takeaway deli, you'll find somethi…
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, grafitti-covered restaurant serves oodles of schnitzel, made either with pork or veal and paire…
Top Choice European in Cologne

Bistrot B

Classic French cooking by chef Jean-Claude Bado stars at this prim little bistro that's one of Cologne's most popular restaurants. The dishes are inventive, seasonal and remarkably good value given the talents at wo…
European in Cologne


This cosy restaurant-pub is famous for its habit-forming crepes, which come in 40 varieties – sweet, meat or vegetarian. Also popular for weekend breakfast (served until 3pm). Outside of summer, there's often live j…
International in Cologne


This well-respected Zülpicher Viertel restaurant weaves organic seasonal ingredients into sharp-flavoured dishes. The owners raise their own meat. Get a table overlooking the park for a meal or just a drink.
Modern European in Cologne


A huge wine-by-the-glass menu is but one draw of this Belgische Viertel fine-dining treasure. Dishes are prepared with the same attention to detail yet lack of pretension found throughout this small restaurant. Hard…
Bakery in Cologne

Madame Miammiam

A luscious and spunky bakery that captures the Belgisches Viertal vibe, come here for amazing cupcakes, tarts, cookies and more. Then repair to Brüsseler Platz to enjoy.
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 Rosi's: small butter-and-rosemary tossed p…
Cafe in Cologne

Café Reichard

There are plenty of cafes around the Dom, but this slightly hidden one is a true luxe gem. Cologne grannies have been bringing their granddaughters here for luscious cakes and treats for generations. Great people-wa…
German in Cologne


While the Altstadt has no shortage of mediocre restaurants aimed at beer-swilling tourists, this old place stands out for serving up classic German fare (eight kinds of haxe – meat knuckles). Patio tables have river…