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The 7 Best Cafés For Relaxing in Cologne

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Like most European cities, Cologne is stuffed full of cafés. Some are old-fashioned Viennese cake palaces, others are arty political hotbeds and still other are the best possible mix between old and new. All seven of these cafés serve excellent coffee and a delectable array of food.

Café Bastard

Cafe, European, $$$
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Tucked away off Ehrenstrasse between Friesenplatz and Rudolfplatz, Café Bastard is a little oasis in the middle of the city. Excellent coffee and cold drinks along with light lunch items and late opening hours make this a great ace up your sleeve. There’s also a mammoth terrace, so there’s always somewhere to sit.
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Sun - Sat:
1:00 pm - 1:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual, Cosy, Arty

Café Jansen

Cafe, Tea Room, European, $$$
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This café, a stone’s throw from the cathedral, is a time warp full of delicious cakes and adorable old people. It’s one of the oldest cafés in the city, and they take great pride in their products and service.
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Sun:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual, Cosy, Traditional

Cafe Eichhornchen

Cafe, Healthy, Dessert, $$$
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In the super-trendy north-Cologne neighbourhood of Nippes, this tiny little café is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon coffee and a bit of cake. Right next to a church in a leafy square, there’s plenty of space to sit outside if the weather is good.
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Sun:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon:
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue:
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed:
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu:
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri:
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Cafe Sehnsucht

Cafe, European, Northern European, $$$
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This lovely little café in the super-hip neighbourhood of Ehrenfeld is the perfect place to spend a day. The coffee is roasted just down the street and the breakfast is to die for.
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Sun:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tue:
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Wed:
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu:
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat:
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
9:00 am - 2:00 am

Miss Päpki

Cafe, Northern European, European, $$$
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Doilies, bone china and mismatched tables and chairs; Miss Päpki has the Victorian tea lady/hipster chintz vibe down pat. Service is excellent, the breakfast is delicious and the coffee is from Schamong, Cologne’s oldest coffee roaster.
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Sun:
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Mon:
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wed:
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thu:
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Fri:
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:
10:30 am - 7:00 pm

Café Storch

Cafe, Northern European, European, $$$
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Café Storch is a popular venue for poetry readings, complete with candles and jazz. They serve a multitude of different types of tea.

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Sun - Mon:
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Tue:
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tue - Wed:
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wed - Thu:
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thu - Fri:
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am

Salon Schmitz

Cafe, Northern European, European, $$$
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One of Cologne’s special treats, Salon Schmitz is a grand old café in the Viennese tradition, without all the snobbery. It’s in an area surrounded by clubs and theatres, so you can head straight out for a great night out after your coffee and cake.
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Sun - Mon:
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Tue:
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Tue - Wed:
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Wed - Thu:
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Thu - Fri:
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
9:00 am - 4:00 am
Sat - Sun:
9:00 am - 4:00 am