The German cuisine is extremely delicious especially when it is combined with endless glasses of cold beer. Check out these delicious things to eat in Cologne to find out what will best suit to your glass of Kölsch beer.
What to eat in Cologne
I am not gonna lie, the traditional Cologne food is all about the meat. On the menus you will find tens of different sausages, fried meat, boiled meat, baked meat and whatever meat you can imagine. All this comes with a huge portion of fried potatoes and cabbage. So brace yourselves and be prepared for a meat feast. If you are a meat and beer lover, you will certainly feel like home in Germany.
3 Things you must eat in Cologne
Schnitzel – extremely delicious fried piece of pork or veal meat, coated with bread crumbs and eggs. It is usually served with fried potatoes.
Bratwurst – a grilled sausage made from finely minced pork and beef. It is one of my favourites.
Schweinshaxe (Hämmche) – an enormous roasted or boiled pork knuckle (usually about 600g to 1400g, including the bone). It is served with mashed potatoes and pickled cabbage (Sauerkraut).
Other things to eat in Cologne
- Himmel un Ääd (Heaven and Earth) – this dish is a combination of mashed potatoes (the earth) and apple slices (the heaven). It usually comes with blood sausage.
- Mettbrötchen – it is minced raw pork meat with raw onion rings on a bread roll.
- Halver Hahn – it is a rye roll with cheese, butter and mustard.
- Flönz/Blutwurst – a blood sausage.
- Kölsche Kaviar – a blood sausage served with slices of onions and rye roll.
- Rheinischer Soorbrode – this meal is made from horse or beef meat marinated in vinegar and raisins, served with potato dumplings and red cabbage.
- Leberkäse – it is a baked meat loaf, prepared from beef, pork and bacon.
What to drink in Cologne
Cologne is known for its beer – Kölsch. It is soft, light-coloured beer with a little fruitiness. Kölsch is served in small glasses of 0,2 L, which are tall and cylindrical. Try the Kölsch in an original brewery (brauhaus).
The person who serves you the Kölsch beer is called “Köbes”. The Köbes will bring you a new glass of the fantastic ale every time the old one is over without even being asked. So if you don’t want more just put the beer pad on your glass.
It is easy to lose track how many beers you drank, so the waiter will mark each one of the beers with a line on your beer pad.
Tipping and Etiquette
It is not typical water to be served on your table without specially requesting it. So if you want, you have to order it and you will have to pay for it as any other beverage. You will be asked whether you wish carbonated mineral water or still (stilles Wasser). It is uncommon to request a tap water.
How to pay
Service is included in the menu prices, so you don’t have to add 20% more on your bill. It is enough the amount to be rounded. For example 4,40 EUR to be rounded to 5 EUR.
If you like the food or the service very much you can always leave 5-10% over the amount. When the waiter comes with the bill, you have to hand him/her the money (or the credit card) and say the amount you want to pay.
Restaurants in Cologne I have tried
Brauhaus Em Kölsche Boor
It is one of the oldest breweries in the city and their Kölsch is with superb quality.
Every day: 10:30 AM – 00:00
Address: Eigelstein 121, 50668 Köln
Brauhaus Gaffel am Dom
It is a huge brewery located next to the Cologne cathedral. The menu provides a large selection of typical Cologne food with oversized tasty portions.
From Sunday to Thursday: 11:30 AM – 00:00
Fridays and Saturday: 11:30 AM – 02:00 AM
Address: Bahnhofsvorplatz 1, 50667 Köln
Other good places to try Cologne food
Traditional German restaurants and pubs
Bei Oma Kleinmann
They have an extensive Schnitzel menu and are masters in preparing delicious Schnitzels since 1949. So it’s no wonder why this restaurant serves the best Schnitzel in Cologne.
From Tuesday to Sunday: 05:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Address: Zülpicher Str. 9, 50674 Köln
Go for their beer. This is a traditional brewery from 1883 and they serve one of the best Kölsch in Cologne.
From Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 AM – 00:00
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM – 00:30 AM
Address: Friesenstraße 64-66, 50670 Köln
They offer very delicious sausages and great Kölsch.
From Monday to Thursday: 12:00 PM – 00:00
Friday and Saturday: 12:00 PM – 01:00 AM
Sunday: 04:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Address: Engelbertstraße 67, 50674 Köln
Brauerei zur Malzmühle
It’s a family brewery and it is the second oldest one in Cologne. The Kölsch is brewed exactly as it was in 1858. The beer here is one of the best Kölsch in Cologne.
From Monday to Thursday: 11:30 AM – 00:00
Friday and Saturday: 11:30 AM – 01:00 AM
Sunday: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Address: Heumarkt 6, 50667 Köln
Die fette Kuh
The name of this place in English means – the fat cow. Considering the size of the burgers that are served here, they definitely come from really big cows. The restaurant is not a traditional German pub, but they offer the best burgers in Cologne. So if you want to vary your diet of Schnitzels and Cologne sausages, check out this place.
From Wednesday to Monday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Address: Bonner Str. 43, 50677 Köln
It is a small restaurant with delicious traditional German food.
Every day: 09:00 AM – 03:00 AM
Address: Unter Fettenhennen 2, 50667 Köln
Gilden im Zims
They serve one of the best pork knuckles in Cologne.
From Monday to Thursday: 12:00 PM – 01:00 AM
Friday: 12:00 PM – 03:00 AM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 03:00 AM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Address: Heumarkt 77, 50667 Köln
In addition to the delicious Cologne food, the restaurant also offers Balkan specialities and Argentinian steaks.
From Monday to Friday: 11:30 AM – 02:30 PM and 05:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Address: Heumarkt 47, 50667 Köln
It is a great brewery with authentic German food.
Every day: 11:00 AM – 00:00
Address: Mühlengasse 1, 50667 Köln
It is not a typical Brauhaus, but they serve delicious traditional German food.
From Sunday to Friday: 10:00 AM – 00:00
Saturday: 09:00 AM – 00:00
Address: Pfeilstraße 32-35, 50672 Köln
If you are looking for cheap tasty Cologne food with great Kölsch – this is the place.
Every day: 10:00 AM – 00:00
Address: Eigelstein 74, 50668 Köln
Places for a quick bite
It’s a lovely café with a great variety of cakes, sandwiches and typical Cologne style dishes.
From Monday to Saturday: 08:00 AM – 08:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Address: Schildergasse 103, 50667 Köln
It’s a nice bakery with delicious homemade croissants.
From Monday to Friday: 09:30 AM – 07:00 PM
Saturday: 09:30 AM – 06:00 PM
Address: Brückenstraße 23, 50667 Köln
The bakery is founded in 1896. So as you can imagine, they have a lot of experience if preparing tasty pastries.
From Monday to Saturday: 06:30 AM – 08:00 PM
Sunday: 08:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Address: Wallrafplatz 4, 50667 Köln