Petere’s Brauhaus is the king of Cologne’s breweries and a place where quality German micro-brews and tremendous food go together. An absolutely stunning setting, with the interior of painted glass ceilings and mahogany furniture. Choose from one of the region’s top micro-brews, the Peters Kölsch, and eat the pork chops with dumplings or the sauerkraut with beer sausages on the side.
Address & telephone: Petere’s Brauhaus, Mühlengasse 1, Köln, Germany, +49 0221 2573950
Die Fette Kuh
Bursting with burgers, hot dogs and more burgers, Fette Kuh, meaning ‘fat cow’, is the king of the grill in Cologne. The 200-gram juicy meat classic is roasted until it reaches that perfect rose color, and the natural vegetarian counterpart makes this place even more awesome. Worth watching out for here is the Philly steak burger, a massive, heavenly steak covered with caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms and Cheddar cheese.
Address & telephone: Die Fette Kuh, Bonner Str. 43, Köln, Germany, +49 0221 37627775
An original French temple, Le Moissonnier simply follows the philosophy of joie du vivre; everything created between these walls is truly lovely. Cooked by Frenchman chef Eric Menchon, the innovative haute cuisine is served with impeccable presentation that complements the creative tastes. Choose from items like duck breast with wild spice strudel, and grab a fine tipple like the Saint Roman Rouge of 2006 to accompany.
Address & telephone: Le Moissonier, Krefelder Str. 25, Köln, Germany, +49 0221 729479
Damiano Pizzichetti is the figurehead of this delightful Italian restaurant. Here, the menu covers classic recipes, traditional Mediterranean cuisine and more, while the modern vibe is absolutely impeccable. On the menu everything is simply mouthwatering, but favorites are the caramel noodles in butter and sage, and the carpaccio on figs with Crème de Cassis.
Address & telephone: Da Damiano, Marzellenstraße 66, Köln, +49 0221 123662
Bei Oma Kleinmann
A truly epic place, Bei Oma Kleinmann is a family-owned restaurant with a crazy atmosphere and an eye for events, from carnivals to high school meetings. But the greatest thing about this place is the menu which feels like a visit to grandma’s house. Traditional Viennese schnitzels come in gigantic proportions and oodles of other classic, hearty staples abound.
Address & telephone: Bei Oma Kleinmann, Zülpicher Str. 9, Köln, Germany, +49 0221 232346
A Mediterranean seafood restaurant, Scampino Wein is located on the Rhine and blends the flavors of the ocean with exclusive wine varieties. You are guaranteed fresh fish, straight from the boats. They boast delicious dishes like fried sole in butter and a fine sea bass fillet sided with herbs and seasonal vegetables.
Address & telephone: Scampino Wein, Deutz-Mülheimer Str. 199, Köln, Germany, +49 0221 618544
Luxurious and modern Konrad is a restaurant specializing in cross-culture haute cuisine. The mahogany wooden interior augments the entire select atmosphere of the restaurant and the modern, metallic furniture is designed to complement the cutting-edge vibe with finesse. On the table, the highlights are the breakfast buffet, the beef carpaccio and the delicious Boston fresh fish buffet.
Opening hours: Mon to Sat 6.30am – 10.30pm, Sun 6.30am – 11pm
Watch out for: Boston fish buffet
Address & telephone: Konrad, Marzellenstraße 13-17, Köln, Germany, +49 0221 130714450
Wein am Rhein
Heading up the wine culture in Cologne, Wein a Rhein is alive with reds, whites and sparkling to boot. With a vivid and welcoming interior design, the restaurant also offers a range of dishes to accompany their wine card, like prime boiled beef sided with root vegetables and soft potatoes in vinaigrette.
Address & telephone: Wein am Rhein, Johannisstraße 64, Köln, Germany, +49 0221 91248885
Ox und Klee
Playing with the concepts of haute cuisine, Ox und Klee is a modern restaurant that reinvents art at the level of the gourmet. On the table stand colorful plates arranged with careful regard for the flavor’s entanglements, such as Dutch mackerel in foamy sauce lined with white asparagus with buttons of avocado, pinches of grapefruit and seasoned with malts and Iberia pork with eggplant and lemon salt.
Opening hours: Mon to Sat 6m – 11pm
Watch out for: Dutch mackerel
Address & telephone: Ox und Klee, Richard-Wagner-Straße 20, Köln, Germany, +49 0221 16956603
A true gourmet institution, Alfredo is not the typical Italian restaurant with pizza margarita and pasta Bolognese, it brings the rustic tradition of father Alfredo Carturan and his passion and recipes of natural and simple ingredients straight from the Boot. Choose from Venetian sole, soft sea bass, almonds, capers or swordfish with cabbage and olives and that exquisite turbot with chanterelles. Then, taste the delicious cheeses like Alto Adige and indulge in wine tasting with a spot of Bianco Malvasia nera, a sweet and perfumed white.
Address & telephone: Alfredo, Tunisstraße 3, Köln, Germany, +49 0221 2577380