Within less than six months of its opening, Chum Chay has shot up to be one of Cologne’s favourite Vietnamese restaurants. Tucked away in a small courtyard off one of the city’s busy streets, the small joint is an oasis for those who appreciate authentic cuisine. Chef Toni Pham’s cooking has previously drawn crowds to the restaurant LU, but his new venture focuses solely on vegetarian and vegan dishes. Guests are greeted with a cosy interior of unplastered mustard walls, solid wooden furniture and bamboo plants and a menu that brings all-time classics and new creations together. Think banana blossom salad, red curry and a carrot and ginger ice tea.