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Eating Out in Cologne, Germany

Cologne is filled with restaurants and cafés, serving a wide range of different menus and suitable for every budget.

There isn’t one main area where you’ll find all of the city’s top and most popular eateries; however, if you head to Zülpicher Straße, you will come across a concentration of great places for lunch or dinner. Other areas including Altstadt also boast a selection of dining opportunities.

International cuisine is well-represented in Cologne’s restaurants, from Japanese to Italian, while a large number of local and national favourites are also available.

One such dish is ‘Halver Hahn’. Literally translated as ‘half a chicken’, this dish does not in fact contain any meat. Instead, it’s made up of a large chunk of cheese, bread and pickles. This tasty treat makes a great lunch.

Restaurants in Cologne

  • Café Rico

    Mittelstraße 31-33, Cologne, Germany

    The chilled vibe and funky interior of this café bar makes it the perfect choice for some breakfast. Offering croissants, breads, cheeses, meats and much more, along with a selection of juices, coffees, teas and energy drinks, here’s a place where you can ease your way into the day.

    Open Mon-Wed 10am-8pm, Thurs-Fri 10am-2am, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 10am-8pm.

  • Alex

    Friesenplatz, Cologne, Germany

    If you're looking for somewhere to check out at lunchtime, Alex is an excellent choice. Sit outside at one of the multitude of tables to enjoy the bustling square that surrounds this popular gastro-bar. From baguettes and wraps to pasta dishes and schnitzel, the menu is filled with a great selection of appetising dishes.

    Open Mon-Fri 9am-1am, Sat-Sun 9am-3am.

  • Borsalino

    Zülpicher Straße 7, Cologne, Germany

    You won’t be hungry after a trip to Borsalino, as the portions of hearty Italian fare offered here are large and filling. After ordering, a basket of doughy bread is deposited at your table by the friendly, English-speaking staff. There’s a lot to choose from menu-wise, including pizzas and pasta dishes galore. While you eat, you can check out the big screen TV inside or sit outside and watch as people pass.

    Open Sun-Thurs 8am-1am, Fri-Sat 8am-3am.

  • Ständige Vertretung

    Frankenwerft 31-33, Cologne, Germany

    A great place to try out some local dishes, this restaurant looks out at the Rhine and on a sunny day you can sit out under the flower-covered trellises to enjoy your food. It’s a cute spot, with plenty of tables inside too, offering a huge selection of food from soups, salads and pasta dishes to favourites such as ‘Halver Hahn’ (pictured).

    Open Mon-Thurs 11am-12am, Fri-Sun11am-2am.

  • El Gato

    Engelbertstraße 31a, Cologne, Germany

    Serving a mix of Mexican and American dishes from burritos to burgers, El Gato is a busy spot each and every evening. Here you can enjoy the delicious food surrounded by cool Tex-Mex themed paintings, big windows and lots of plants. There are lots of tables so getting one shouldn’t be a problem. Complimentary nachos and salsa provided at the start of the meal are an especially tasty treat.

    Open daily, 5pm-11.30pm.

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