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Culinary Cologne – Hearty Meals And Locally Brewed Beer in Great Company


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You won’t have any problem finding a pub, bar or restaurant in Cologne. Check out the student district Kwartier Latäng, Friesenviertel, Belgisches Viertel, Südstadt and Ehrenfeld, a traditional industrial quarter. Prices are surprisingly reasonable for a city this size, and happy hour often lasts all day. Once you find an inviting place, make sure to try some of the following Rheinland specialties:


Halber Hahn (Half chicken). Don't be disappointed if you don't get what you expected, a half a chicken. Instead you'll receive a buttered rye roll, halved and topped with Gouda cheese and mustard served with pickles and onions.


Reibekuchen or Kartoffelpuffer: Grated potato cakes popular in all areas of Germany, but they are most famous in the Rheinland.


Sauerbraten, literally translated as "sour roast," is made by marinating a beef roast in a sour-sweet marinade for 2 to 3 days before browning it, then simmering the meat in the marinade for several hours, resulting in a very tender roast and a delicious sauce.


Rhineland Sauerbraten is generally sweeter than in other regions as it contains raisins and gingerbread. The key to an authentic Sauerbraten is time: the roast must marinate for three to four days before being cooked. Sauerbraten is traditionally served with dumplings, boiled potatoes or noodles.


Kölsch is a top-fermented clear beer, which is brewed locally. It is the palest of German beers and has a slightly fruity flavor. Only breweries in and around Cologne are allowed to call their beer Kölsch. Kölsch is being served in the signature 0.2 liter glasses called Stangen.


Whether you are looking for haute cuisine or a casual dining experience, the offer from the pubs, bars and restaurants in Cologne is enormous. Check out a few of our favorites and make yourself comfortable amongst locals and travelers from all over the word.


Fine Dining


Hanse Stube—located inside the magnificent Excelsior Hotel, this imaginative restaurant is one of the best in the city. Its wine list is among the best in the region, and the tempting French cuisine includes regional dishes with a Mediterranean flair.


Das Kleine Stapelhaeuschen—centrally located in the Fish Market on the banks of the Rhine River, this restaurant is one of the most popular ones in the city:  it is famous for its traditional decor, great menu and excellent wine list. The menu offers a good selection of favorite German meals, including a variety of meats and fish.


Grande Milano—the place to go for wonderfully prepared and beautifully presented fine Italian cuisine. Most dishes receive the elegant touch of truffle shavings before they are served, and this simple gesture adds amazing flavor to simple yet already-flavorful meals. A great list of Italian wines. 


Glashaus—located in the elegant Hyatt Regency Hotel, Glashaus lives up to its name with a glistening glass ceiling. Enjoy fine Italian cuisine while taking in the fantastic 360-degree view of the Dom and the Rhine River.

Casual Dining

Stadtgarten—located downtown, Stadtgartenis an all-around favorite for casual dining in a relaxed and fun environment. The traditional menu changes daily, and food choices are varied enough for any flavor or taste.

Berrenrather Hof—centrally located downtown is known for its well-prepared traditional German favorites as well as its French cuisine. Berrenrater Hof has a full menu of delicacies; entrées are delicious and filling.

Keule—an old town German eatery: sip a Kölsch and munch on Rhineland dishes of fishes and meats while you eye the most chic residents of the city. Stay late and prepare for a full evening of dining and conversation. Keule is a city tradition offering excellent old world ambience and service.

Em Krützche
—traditional German eatery and good choice if you are looking for a full meal in a friendly and casual environment. Try one of the stews, entrées, or a delicious appetizer for a lighter meal. It’s hard to choose, as all the regional dishes are delicious.