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 brauhauses. Tipping is a matter of personal preference based on the quality of service and is usually around 5-10%.
Himmel un ÄdCuisine: Modern German
This Michelin-starred restaurant is a very special dining experience, especially on a summer’s night. Serving cuisine which is inspired by the Rhineland on the 11th-floor roof terrace of the Hotel im Wasserturm, from where the views are almost as good as the food. Unsurprisingly, it has the atmosphere and prices to match.Address: , Kaygasse 2, Cologne, 50676
Telephone: +49 221 20080.
TakuCuisine: 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 1-5 / Domplatz, Cologne, 50667
Telephone: +49 221 2701.
Em KrützcheCuisine: 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: , Frankenturm 1-3, Cologne, 50667
Telephone: +49 221 258 0839.
Haxenhaus Zum RheingartenCuisine: 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.
Husarenquartier – Restaurant Bistro Herbert BrockelCuisine: German
This Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant focuses on food from the Rhine Valley. Its wine list has more than 250 German plonks and they buck current trends by inviting guests to smoke over a digestif or coffee. It’s a 30-minute drive southwest of Cologne city centre – but the adventurous will be dining in one of the top restaurants in Germany.Address: , Schlossstrasse 10, Erftstadt Lechenich, 50374
Telephone: + 49 2235 5096.
maiBeckCuisine: 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.
BeirutCuisine: 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 SionCuisine: 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 brauhaus 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.
Curry CologneCuisine: German
Curry Cologne is the best place to try the classic German snack of currywurst (curried sausage), chips and sauerkraut. They offer a range of sauces besides the traditional tomato ketchup-come-chilli creation, so if you’re not an instant aficionado then you can mask it with mayonnaise or ali-oli. Cheap, tasty and fun.Address: , Brabanter Strasse 42, Cologne, 50672
Telephone: +49 221 589 4556.