Eating and Drinking in Cologne – What to Expect

The food in Germany is world-renown, with tourists flocking from the far corners of the earth to experience its delicious cuisine. Each city has its own unique tastes, none more so than Cologne – home of the Kölsch. Here, we’re going to detail what you can expect on your trip to this marvellous city.


Kölsch Beer

This particular type of beer is brewed only in the city of Cologne, so this is a rare opportunity. Served in tall, cylindrical glasses – this light ale is a favourite amongst locals and visitors.  The New York Times said “drinking a Kölsch is more than just drinking a beer. It´s like drinking an entire culture.”

For the best experience, visit one of the traditional German pubs known as Brauhaus. The ale is amazing and there are around 26 different types – so you’ll have plenty of options. Just remember to say “no” to the servers (known as “Köbes”), or they’ll keep giving you another whenever you finish.

Kölsch & Food

Many brew houses will offer food that perfectly complements their beer. These local specialties include Himmel un Ääd (known as Heaven and Earth – a mixture of apple pieces and mashed potatoes), Kölsche Kaviar (black pudding, rye rolls and onions) and Hämmche (pork, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut).

Some of the best breweries in Cologne include:

  • Früh – The most famous brewery in the city and more than a century old.
  • Gaffel am Dom – Located in the middle of Cologne – it’s a brew house and pub inside one building.
  • Sion – Reconstructed after the Second World War, this establishment allows you to enjoy Kölsch while sitting outdoors.
  • Brauhaus zur Malzmühle – A traditional meeting point with fantastic cuisine.
  • Peters Brauhaus – A great atmosphere and located in the centre of the city.

Beach Clubs

Another popular dining experience in Cologne is the beach clubs. This may seem a little bizarre, as the city is technically landlocked, but the Rheine runs right through and locals take full advantage of this fact. In the summer, visitors can spend the evenings lounging on the sand with a spectacular view of the cathedral.

Some clubs will charge for entry, but this will normally only be a very small amount (€4 each for adults). A number of them are based at Escher Lake, offering a different view to the river, while some host beach sporting events – so there’s something for everyone. In addition, the food and drink on offer are excellent.


Of course, the traditional idea of a restaurant is still alive and well, and you can find a huge range of establishments that will serve you all the sausage and sauerkraut that you want. But in recent years, the city has begun to expand its horizons and now hosts international eateries as well.

From French to Far Eastern dishes, you won’t go hungry in Cologne!

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