Cologne restaurants offer a rich and flavorful cuisine. From mouth-watering traditional German sausage to new imports from the delectable Turkish cuisine, this is one place where you will never go hungry.
Himmel un Ääd
It means “heaven and earth” and you might find it hard to disagree. This dish consists of blood sausage and onions with apple-mashed potatoes.
No German meal could be complete without Rievkoche, better known to English speakers as the potato pancake. It is usually enjoyed with apple sauce.
This plate is traditionally made with horse meat (although beef substitute is quite common) marinated for several days in vinegar and spices.
While the English translation of this name may elicit some snickering, (“one half of a cock”), this meal will leave you with a smile on your face. Made with a dark rye bread, cheese and mustard, this is a traditional tasty treat.
One can’t talk about German cuisine these days without a mention of this immensely popular fast food dish. Germany’s large Turkish population has given it the döner kebab, roasted meat and veggies in a pita smothered with white yogurt sauce.
There are too many fantastic restaurants in Cologne to mention all of them. Here are a few highlights.
Das Kleine Stapelhäuschen (Fischmarkt 1-3)
This Cologne restaurant is best known for its much-lauded wine. But it’s equally popular for its delectable food. Their Rheinischer sauerbraten is a house specialty.
Le Moissonnier (Krefelderstraße 25)
You won’t find much German sausage here, but this French restaurant is widely regarded as one of Cologne’s best.
Alt-Köln am Dom (Trankgasse 7-9)
The ideal location of this restaurant, nestled in between many of Cologne’s top sights, make it a popular stop. Traditional German cuisine is on offer and views of the Glockenspiel and Cathedral come at no extra cost.
Börsen Restaurant (Unter Sachsenhausen 10-26)
This spot is more of a restaurant complex. You’ll find three different options here depending on your palate and your budget. The Börsen Restaurant-Maître is a fine dining experience with duck and foie gras. The Börsen-Stube is middle-of-the-road food and prices. The Börsen-Schänke is a budget beer hall with sausage and schnitzel.