Cologne Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Cologne

April 1, 2018 Flossie Demartino

There are 2,000 years of history in Cologne, and visitors here will find everything from Roman towers to Gothic churches to fine examples of modern architecture. Cologne has a variety of museums, too—check out the Museum of Applied Art, the Museum Ludwig and, if you have a sweet tooth, the Chocolate Museum. Be forewarned, though—the gift shop at the latter will utterly ruin your diet.
Things to do in Cologne

1. Restaurant Gaststaette Bei Oma Kleinmann

Zuelpicher Str. 9, 50674 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer Diner, German, Brew Pub, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$78 - HK$243 +49 221 232346
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Restaurant Gaststaette Bei Oma Kleinmann

Eckkneipe/Gaststätte gutbürgerlich, alteingesessen, rustikal Frische, hausgemachte Speisen, Kölsch, Weine und Softgetränke

Reviewed By SamstaR22 - Sydney, Australia

Having read the reviews at how popular this place is, rather than turn up and take our chances we made a reservation online with the help of google translate! So glad we did! Fabulous food, attentive service, tables were turned over promptly for waiting patrons but at no point did we feel rushed. It was worth the 30 minute walk from where we were staying to work up an appetite - and glad of the walk home to walk off the excess food!

2. Hanse-Stube

Trankgasse 1, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available French, German, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +49 221 2703402
Excellent
72%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 254 reviews

Hanse-Stube

Reviewed By Rosan J

This restaurant in the hotel Excelsior is a beautiful place. We had dinner here with 14 people. The service the food, the service and the wine were just out of this world, really fantastic! What a wonderful experience. Would go back there any time!

3. Le Moissonnier

Krefelder Str. 25, 50670 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol French, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +49 221 729479
Excellent
75%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 294 reviews

Le Moissonnier

Reviewed By Roman P - Krakow, Poland

Great place with excellent food, playing with modern variations on some local and German traditions. All dishes were perfect. Maybe the fish a little, little too salty but still very tasty. Service was excellent with a small show sometimes, but always within the acceptable and enjoyable range. The staff has a great level of empathy and adapts to the guests mood perfectly. Wow.
The place is little small and crowded. But you should not plan going there to talk. You should definitely plan going there to eat! ;)

4. Pasta Bar

Salierring 46, 50677 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner HK$78 - HK$243 +49 221 9386311
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 508 reviews

Pasta Bar

Reviewed By Lance J - Victoria, Minnesota

Small boutique restaurant with limited Seating so I suggest you make a reservation. The outside of the restaurant was less quaint but the inside was very quaint from the art on the wall to the rustic tables. I tried the burratta antipasto with zucchini and cherry tomatoes. Very good. The burratta brought a creamy texture to the vegetables. My next course was the Pasta del Giotto, which was a ravioli stuffed with burratta and aubergine. Very good. All of the above was paired with a Nero d’Avola that was quite good. I finished the meal with a glass of Averna. I definitely will make an effort to come back.

5. Amabile

Gorres Str. 2 | 50674 Cologne, 50674 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Late Night HK$86 - HK$275 +49 221 219101
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 169 reviews

Amabile

Reviewed By Pam C - Preston, United Kingdom

5 course menu started wonderfully with bouillabaisse & scallops & prawns. Great bread served with yoghurt?(wrong) instead of butter. Overenthusiastic wine pouring - only seen before in Chinese restaurants. Waited well over an hour for main course. Lamb was almost uncooked (red not pink) and lasagne was raw and cold. I did not eat it. Cheese served with dense & bitter bread. Still Water was 7 euros a bottle- the most we have ever paid. £10 deducted from bill. If there is a problem explain, don't keep saying the food will be 2 mins, you are next .....

6. Kamasutra Indian Restaurant

Weyerstr. 114 | 50676 U-Bahn Station: Barbarossaplatz - U-Bahn Lines 12, 15, 16, 18, 50676 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$126 - HK$243 +49 221 34892828
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 304 reviews

Kamasutra Indian Restaurant

Reviewed By agar1979 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The restaurant, the food, the service, the ambiance - all are in first class category. We ate Butter Chicken, Chicken Bireeyani, Spicy lamb curry (they serve lamb, not mutton), Daal Makhanee, Rotis and Naans - all were excellent in taste and served beautifully.
Summary: In Kamasutra you get First Class food and service and pay Economy Class prices. Many thanks to Kamasutra team.

7. Bulgogi-Haus

Neusser-Str . 654 | 50737 Cologne, 50737 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Barbecue, Asian, Korean, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks HK$141 - HK$220 +49 221 2788896
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 430 reviews

Bulgogi-Haus

Reviewed By WilliamWSwitzerland - Switzerland

I went to some Korean bbq in Hong Kong also owned by Koreans but this one was way better than my previous experiences. The service is friendly and takes care. Buffet is medium sized but offers quality. The meat and fishes were fresh and not too greasy. Despite that our clothes smelled like a grill when going out of the restaurant, I really enjoyed the experience.

8. Shaka Zulu Restaurant & Bar

Limburger Str. 29, 50672 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +49 221 16862814
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 515 reviews

Shaka Zulu Restaurant & Bar

Southern African Streetfood

Reviewed By Pam C - Preston, United Kingdom

Very bright & welcoming. Started with a Limpopo lychee cocktail. VERY sweet, tasted only of lychee syrup. Chose Communal meal -7 dishes. All you can eat & staff were attentive & generous Lovely fresh samosas to start. Meat curry was tender. I really wanted to like the food, but it was pretty tasteless. Soggy potato wedges. Pap. Pudding good. Did not like the dog close by in the restaurant, although it did behave

9. Il Valentino

Herzogstr. 14, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +49 221 25084909
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 171 reviews

Il Valentino

Reviewed By Gwyneth006_8 - Neath, Soth Wales

Visited on a busy Monday Evening we were a party of four who all had a variety of starters and mains from Pizza,Pasta Dishes,Carpaccio,Saltimbocca all cooked and presented perfectly the service was very good,good choice of wine and desserts all washed down with some Digestives at the end of Limoncello and Grappa great evening

10. Marcellino

Krefelder Str. 39, 50670 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +49 221 99878320
Excellent
78%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 130 reviews

Marcellino

Reviewed By BJAJDA - Atlanta

Strengths: Attentive staff; small intimate restaurant; will seat groups of 6-10; only 30 people in whole place. All the food was excellent and I mean really high quality; its a fixed menu; nice opening starter; relzed antipasta platter; the cheese pasta with trufffles is simply phenomenal; all the meat entrees were great.
Opportunies: Ventaliation. The management needs to take seriously the need to get fresh air into the restaurant. Put a small vent above the door.

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