Eating Out in Cologne

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"Abendbrot" in Haus Toeller

"Abendbrot" in Haus Toeller

Andreas Schreiber

Nobody dies of hunger or thirst in Cologne

Cologne is an internationally famous city: a tourist destination, a venue for staging exhibitions, congresses and major events and an economic centre all in one. The city offers an unparalleled selection of more than 3,000 bars, restaurants and breweries, the highest number per capita than anywhere else in Germany.

What to eat and drink

The typical drink is Kölsch, a light, top-fermenting beer that cannot be brewed anywhere other than in Cologne. It is served in the breweries by Köbes (the traditional Cologne waiters) on scoured white beech tables. The brewery tradition can be traced back to the 15th century and the blue overalls of the "Köbes" remind of the brewers' old traditional uniform accordingly.

Small specialities are served as an accompaniment to Kölsch: for example Halver Hahn (literally: half a chicken), which is actually a thick slice of rye bread with cheese and mustard, or black pudding and raw onions, ordered under the name of Kölscher Kaviar. Hiding behind the name of Himmel un Ääd is fried black pudding with potatoes and applesauce.

Traditional Cologne cuisine also includes the Rievkooche (grated potato cakes), even though the humble potato fritter is enjoyed nowadays with more sophisticated toppings such as salmon. Another favourite Cologne dish is Rhenish Sauerbraten (marinated roast beef). Horsemeat was formerly marinated for the purpose, but now it is usually made from beef.

The welcoming and friendly atmosphere in the breweries is also reflected in other bars and restaurants. Here, a cross-section of international cuisine is offered - something to suit every taste. A myriad of Italian restaurants is present in "Italy's most northern city" French cuisine is well represented, not only owing to the historical relationship with France. There are Argentinean steak houses, Asian and Bohemian specialities, Cajun dishes from Louisiana and refined German cuisine. In addition, when all else fails, there are always the basics: currywurst sausage with chips and tomato ketchup/mayonnaise and the 24-hour pizza service.

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September 24, 2005 change by giorgio

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Früh am Dom

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This cosy brewery serves Kölsch specialties, its own home-brewed "Schnaps" and, of course, Kölsch on the tab. They also have a nice beer garden.

type:Local
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address:Am Hof 12-14
tel:+49 221 - 21 26 21

Amabile

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The Amabile serves gourmet French food. Try the house specialty: lamb filet in a basil-garlic crust. Anonymous: Very good value is the "surprise" 3,4 or 6 course menu's. It's always a selection of dishes for the carte, so you are not losing out and you can choose between fish, meat or vegetarian for the main course. Only small complaint is that the wine can be pricey, though it is always excellent and because everything is made fresh you can have a wait - The service and atmosphere always make it a very enjoyable experience

type:French
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address:Görresstr. 2
tel:+49 221 - 24 60 17

Blue Marlin

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The Blue Marlin is a Sushi bar (not a regular style reastaurant) located in a shopping area in the middle of cologne. The quality of the sushi is excellent and its moderately priced. The serice is also very good and very fast. A good choice if you are getting hungry from shopping.

type:Japanese
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tel:+49-221-257 0 651
url:www.sushi-club.de
address:Wolfsstrasse 2-4
email:marlin@sushi-club.de

Poncho's

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Here you can sample Argentinian dishes of the finest quality. It specialises in huge steaks that melt in your mouth.

type:International
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address:Salzgasse 9-11
tel:+49 221 - 24 65 65

Wirtshaus Schwejk

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An eating establishment known for its Bohemian specialties including Prague ham in bread and Pilsener Urquell beer on the tab.

type:International
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address:An Gross St. Martin 2
tel:+49 221 - 21 67 30

Haus Töller

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One of the oldest typical "Kölsch" restaurants in Cologne.

type:Local
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tel:+49-221-2589316
url:www.haus-toeller.de
address:Weyerstr. 96

Maharani

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A well-known Indian restaurant which now is situated near the cathedral. Tandoori specialties cooked in a real Tandoori oven are served.

type:Indian
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address:Komödienstr. 40
tel:+49 221 - 13 76 52

Brauerei zur Malzmühle

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A venerable and old brewery serving traditional Kölsch cuisine. Right in the middle of the centre.

type:Local
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address:Heumarkt 6
tel:+49 221 - 21 01 17

Zum Treppchen

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A popular restaurant with a large beer garden located some distance away from the centre of things in the suburb of Rodenkirchen. Specialties include "Mainzer Käse" and cologne liver sausage.

type:Local
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address:Kirchstr. 15
tel:+49 221 - 39 21 79

Ristorante Alfredo

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A small and nice but expensive restaurant serving Italian cuisine, specialised in fish and pasta in a multitude of variations.

type:Italian
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address:Tunisstr. 3
tel:+49 221 - 24 43 01

Haus am See

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A much-frequented restaurant located on Decksteiner Pond in the Stadtwald (City Forest), a short drive beyond the city. Both international cuisine and regional specialties are available here.

type:International
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address:Bachemer Landstrasse 420
tel:+49 221 - 43 43 21

Brauhaus Päffgen

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This typical "Kölsch" restaurant and brewery has a very rich tradition. It is specialised in fare indigenous both to Cologne in particular and the Rhineland in genral.

type:Local
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address:Friesenstr. 64-68
tel:+49 221 - 13 54 61

Bier-Esel

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Cologne's oldest mussel house. During the summertime instead of mussels a large assortment of salads are offered.

type:Local
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address:Breite Strasse
tel:+49 221 - 24 85 59

El Gaucho - Original Argentine restaurant and steakhouse Koeln

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Since 1971 the Restaurant El Gaucho has served its guests with genuine, Argentinian angus steaks, prepared on a central, open charcoal fire. Watch and enjoy the taste of these Argentinian specialties - just like gauchos in the pampas.
For some there is the best steaks of the world. El Gaucho not only stands for quality dining, but is also a part of authentic Argentinian culture in Germany and Köln (Cologne / Koeln).


type:South American
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tel:+49 221 246797
url:www.el-gaucho.de
address:Barbarossaplatz 4a
email:steaks@el-gaucho.de

Taj Mahal

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Here Vegetarians find lots of really delicious dishes. Curries are specialties.

type:Indian
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address:An Sankt Agatha 27
tel:+49 221 24 11 12

Em Krützche

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Here lives tradition - for more than 600 years this restaurant already exists. Specialties are based on traditional Rhineland cuisine, and include brain of calf, sweetbread and game. It is an expensive pleasure to eat here, but it is worth it.

type:Local
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address:Am Frankentutm 1
tel:+49 221 - 21 14 32

La Barrière

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Cheap but really good French cuisine with an emphasis on vegetarian dishes.

type:French
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address:Aachener Str. 569
tel:+49 2321 - 49 32 56

Mandalay

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Burmese restaurant like it should be, dishes tend to be spicy and piquant - a cross between Indian and Chineese cusine. Try the "Fire Pot" or "Shanghai Duck".

type:International
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address:Brüsselerstr. 53
tel:+49 221 - 52 74 73

Tchang

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A cosy Chinese restaurant of long-standing tradition.

type:Chinese
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address:Grosse Sandkaul 19
tel:+49 221 - 21 76 51

Früh em Veedel

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Typical "Kölsch" dishes ("Halve Hahn" and lamb), excellent Früh beer, enjoy the atmosphere.

type:Local
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address:Chlodwigplatz 28
tel:+49 221 31 44 70
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