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Restaurants in Cologne

While it’s easy to find the typical sausage and sauerkraut meal in Cologne, the city has long since expanded its culinary repertoire beyond the German stereotype and into the international fare. Michelin stars decorate the landscape and menus include influences from France to the Far East.

The Cologne restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over €35)
Moderate (€20 to €35)
Cheap (up to €20)

These Cologne restaurant prices are for a three-course meal per person and include taxes but not drinks. Note that credit cards are not generally accepted in Brauhäusern. Tipping is a matter of personal preference based on the quality of service and is usually around 5-10%.


Em Krützche

Cuisine: German

Set in a 16th-century house on the river in the Altstadt, you can eat excellent local and regional cooking at Em Krützche in the same traditional panelled dining room in which Bill Clinton and Tony Blair have dined. Specialities include herring, sauerbraten (a beef pot roast), wild salmon and roast suckling pig. Desserts are deliciously over the top.

Address: , Am Frankenturm 1-3, Cologne, 50667
Telephone: +49 221 258 0839.

Ox & Klee

Cuisine: Modern European

Michelin-starred Ox & Klee started out in 2010 with sauerkraut and bratwurst on the menu. While simplicity is still the focus, nowadays diners can choose from two tasting menus that aim take them on a mind-blowing culinary journey.

Address: , Kranhaus 1 Im Zollhafen 18, Cologne, 50678
Telephone: +49 221 169 566 03.


Cuisine: Asian fusion

Armed with a Michelin star, this clean, modern restaurant combines tastes from across East Asia with the spirit of hospitality (as the name Taku implies). Chef Mirko Gaul combines traditions from Malaysia, Thailand, China, Vietnam and Indonesia to create a contemporary, experimental menu.

Address: , Trankgasse 5, Cologne, 50667
Telephone: +49 221 2701.


Cuisine: Modern German

Young Michelin-starred chefs, Jan Maier and Tobias Becker, are creating exquisite dishes at maiBeck, keeping them simple in order to allow their ingredients to come to the fore. Only the best-quality produce gets their nod of approval, and it's that attention to detail that's earned the Altstadt restaurant its growing reputation.

Address: , Am Frankenturm 5, Cologne, 50667
Telephone: +49 221 9626 7300.


Bei Oma Kleinmann

Cuisine: German

Accurately named 'at Grandma Kleinmann's', this rustic restaurant serves mostly traditional recipes in a charmingly old-fashioned setting. The main attraction is schnitzel which comes with a variety of side options, some more unusual than others like pineapple sauce or sardines and capers.

Address: , Züplicher Straße 9, Cologne, 50674
Telephone: +49 221 232 346


Cuisine: German

Almost like a beautifully converted medieval hall, this 800-year-old house in the heart of the Atltstadt offers typical hearty Cologne cooking with homemade bratwurst and pork specialities. While the decor may err towards the cheesy, its food stays firmly where it belongs: in the realm of wild boar knuckle, dumplings and cabbage.

Address: , Frankenwerft 19, Cologne, 50667
Telephone: +49 221 947 2400.



Cuisine: Middle Eastern

If falafels, hummus and lamb koftas are your thing, this Middle Eastern restaurant ticks all the boxes. Serving a wide range of meat-free options in an informal setting, Beirut is a welcome refuge for vegetarians intimated by the onslaught of pork in the traditional Germanic taverns.

Address: , Buttermarkt 3, Cologne, 50667
Telephone: +49 221 258 1539.

Brauhaus Sion

Cuisine: German

Sample hearty local Cologne specialities such as Reibekuchen (potato pancakes) and Sauerbraten (beef marinated in vinegar) in the restaurant of this traditional wood-panelled Brauhaus. The venue often provides a sounding board for local musicians, so depending on the schedule you could be in for a raucously good evening.

Address: , UnterTaschenmacher 5-7, Cologne, 50667
Telephone: +49 221 257 8540.

Mad Dogs


This fast food joint located close to Rudolfplatz caters to meat lovers as well as vegetarians and vegans. You can choose from a selection of 10 different hot dog toppings as well as a variety of sides. The buns are homemade and the ingredients are regional and sustainably sourced.

Address: , Aachener Straße 14, Cologne, 50674
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Hilton Cologne

Set in a quiet side street by the cathedral, this smart, sophisticated hotel has all the quality you'd expect from a large chain. Its trendy IceBAR, which serves its signature shot in a glass made of ice, and onsite Konrad restaurant are popular meeting places for locals.

Hopper Hotel St Antonius

This very reasonably-priced design hotel is housed in a historic journeyman's hostel and set within walking distance from the main railway station and the banks of the Rhine. It comes complete with an excellent restaurant, original modern artworks and one of Cologne's most popular private theatres.

Stern am Rathaus

Nestled in the heart of the Altstadt, between the Rathaus and the Dom, this small family-run hotel couldn't wish for a more central location. There are only ninw rooms here, but each is spotlessly clean, modern in design, and equipped with everything you'd expect from an international chain hotel.

Savoy Hotel

The individually designed rooms in the Savoy are themed around different world destinations. So whether you're slumbering in the San Tropez suite or sleeping in the Samurai room, this smart boutique hotel allows you to travel the world without wandering any further than the wardrobe. It also has an excellent restaurant and spa facilities.

Excelsior Hotel Ernst

This grand dame of accommodation in Cologne continues to impress with its sweeping spiral staircases, great service and central location. Rooms come in beige and earth tones or calming blue and white. Taku, one of Cologne’s most exciting restaurants, is housed here and the Piano Bar offers an interesting range of cocktails.

Hyatt Regency Cologne

If you're looking for luxury and arresting views, Hyatt Regency Cologne fits the bill perfectly. The spacious, well-appointed rooms look out onto the Rhine and towards looming towers of the Dom. It also has an indoor pool, fitness club and spa, and a restaurant housed in a panoramic glass atrium.