Where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany – gourmet itinerary

Food Guide Germany: where to eat in Cologne

Looking for tips on where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany? Know that no script is complete in Cologne if you don't have a stop to taste the german gastronomy and local city beer, a Koelsch beer. This post about where to eat in Cologne features some special addresses where “I tasted and toasted the city”. For starters, you have to drink a Kölsch in a “brewery”  – the traditional German pub, where beer is brewed. Experts on the subject define Kölsch as a beer with a light body, golden color and low taste and bitterness, with a slightly fruity aroma and an alcohol content of 4,8%.  




As for me, who doesn't know much about beer, I found the Kölsch perfect for women's taste. It's light and harmonizes well with all the dishes I tried in Cologne, especially sausages (würst). 

Below is a list of places I visited and recommend for drinking and eating in Cologne. From restaurants to street food. Enjoy. Prost!

Cologne's classic beer, Kölsch Bier, and I traditional tulip glass!

 

11 places to eat in Cologne and toast with Kölsch 

 

 

1. EARLY AT THE CATHEDRAL

The restaurant and brewery early has more than 100 years of existence. It is one of the favorite spots for tourists and, therefore, is always crowded. Its easy location (very close to the Cathedral), its traditional atmosphere, its attractive prices, the good beer and hearty dishes justify the fame of one of the most popular restaurants in Cologne. Very worth a visit. There are tables inside and out on the street.




Os dishes are the classics of German cuisine: sausages, pork knuckle, schnitzel, among others. I was accompanied by my mother and together we experienced the Mettwurst eo Fresh bratwurst. Both delicious. One salad accompanies the dish. The average of price is de 10 euros per dish.

Address: Am Hof ​​12-18 – in the Historic Center (Altstad), next to the Dom – Cathedral.
Does not accept credit card.
Site : www.frueh-am-dom.de

Where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany – gourmet itinerary

The facade of the restaurant and brewery


Where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany – gourmet itinerary

Früh's internal environment


hummm… that with Kölsch is to kneel and pray!

Where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany – gourmet itinerary


2. BIERHAUS IN D'R SALZGASS

A charming alley in the historic area that cannot go unnoticed is the Salzgasse, glued to Heumarkt. Take the opportunity and make a pit stop to quench your thirst with a Kölsch bier at the lively Bierhaus en d'r Salgass.

 Address: Salzgasse 5-7 – in the Old Town (Altstad).
From 12h to 24h.

Site: www.bierhaus-salzgass.de

Where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany – gourmet itinerary

A pit stop in the alley of Salsgass for a beer is all good!

3. BRUNGS GUESTHOUSE

In a busy and charming corner of the historic area, this restaurant serves traditional meals. I had a light fish there for lunch. A salad accompanies the dish. With the beer, the price per person it was around 17 euros.



Address: Marsplatz 3 – in the Historic Center (Altstad).
Site: gasthaus-brungs.de


Where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany – gourmet itinerary

4. FLEA MARKET

An excellent place to eat street food. A Flohmarkt is a huge fair that takes place on Saturdays on the banks of the Rhine, starting at the padlock bridge, the Hohenzollernbrücke (it's worth crossing the bridge!). In addition to many antiques and trinkets, there are wurst kiosks (German salasicha) and beer, including the popular Früh.

Address: start the walk from the Hohenzollernbrück bridge | on the back of the Cathedral.

Where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany – gourmet itinerary

The Saturday market on the banks of the Rhine

Where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany – gourmet itinerary

Antiques and food at the fair


 

5. HELLER'S BREWERY

The more adventurous and hipsters will enjoy the hustle and bustle of the university district of “Kwartier Lateng”. Over there, the place to drink is Hellers which has craft and organic beer. The gastro-pub has several rooms and a fun atmosphere.

Address: Roonstraße 33 – Kwartier Lateng area
From 17h to 2h.

Website: www.hellers-brauhaus.de

Where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany – gourmet itinerary

One of Hellers' many environments


 

6. SCHMITZ LOUNGE

The coolest crowd is concentrated in the retro Salon Schmitz in the Belgian Quarter – which has a café, ice cream shop, pub and restaurant. I didn't get to order the house Kölsch (which carries the Schmitz brand), but I had a coffee at the end of the afternoon with a delicious pie!


Endereço: Aachener Straße, 30 – Bairro Belga (Belgian Quarter)
Every day from 9 am
Site: www.salonschmitz.com


Where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany – gourmet itinerary

Where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany – gourmet itinerary

 

7. BELGIAN COURTYARD

Excellent place for dinner for two with a romantic atmosphere! I laid eyes on the facade of this restaurant and enjoyed it. So, I made a reservation and went there for dinner at night. The atmosphere is popular with locals, an elegant clientele in their 30s and 60s. The dishes are more elaborate, all first class. It was the only place I decided drink a wine from the Rhine region.

A light dinner for two women with wine was around 60 euros. The restaurant is at the back and at the entrance there is a bar for those who just want to stay there and have a snack.

Address: Bruesseler St 54 – Belgian Quarter (Belgian Quarter)
Every day from 18 am
Site: www.belgischer-hof.de

Where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany – gourmet itinerary

I passed in front of this bistro, enjoyed it and booked it for dinner!

 

8. GOOD EVENING

I ended up not going to this organic and multifunctional bistro, but I passed by it and fell in love with the place. The food looks excellent and the atmosphere is very astral, as well as the public that frequents the place. It is located right in the hustle and bustle of the Belgian quarter in the middle of Brüsseler square. By the way, walk down Brüsseler street and you will find many interesting pubs and restaurants. Choose yours.

Endereço: Brussels Street 55 – Bairro Belga (Belgian Quarter)
Every day from 17 am
Site: www.gutenabend.org

Where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany – gourmet itinerary

 

9. THEY!

For a coffee, a drink in a cool, fun and alternative place in the heart of the Belgian Quarter (Belgisches Viertel).

Address: Neue Maastricht Str. 2 – Belgian Quarter
Every day from 10 am
Website: yo-koeln.de


10. CURRY B.

Interested in street food? This is the place. Perfect for experiencing the famous Currywurst – a typical German sausage grilled with curry – es-pe-ta-cu-lar!

Address: Willy-Millowitsch-Platz (on the way between the Belgian Quarter and the Old Town)

Where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany – gourmet itinerary

 

11. NORTH SEA

A worthwhile German fast food chain. The specialty is seafood. It is present in several cities in Germany and in many central train stations.

Address: Hohe St 68 (street with many shops, right in the center)
Site: www.nordsee.com/de

Where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany – gourmet itinerary

 Click here and check out the map (on Google Maps) with the addresses of the restaurants, pubs and places mentioned in this post!

Where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany – gourmet itinerary

Where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany – gourmet itinerary

Perfect for the day: restaurants in the squares in the Altstad – Old Town neighborhood

Where to drink and eat in Cologne, Germany – gourmet itinerary

Perfect for the night: the Belgian Quarter with its many pubs and restaurants

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