Falafel is up there on the list of most popular snack foods in Cologne, and the city centre boasts an abundance of fantastic eateries and restaurants that have mastered the art of making the perfectly seasoned and fried chickpea balls. Here’s where to go for the best falafel in town.
If the queue at Habibi is too long, don’t despair. The main drag of Cologne’s Kwartier Lateng quarter is home to several fantastic falafel shops, including Lebanon Vitamin. The interior may not be as stylish, but the food is great. In addition to the standard takeaway options, from wraps to sandwiches, Lebanon Vitamin also speaks to Cologne’s local patriots with their Cologne platter, which includes the best of what Middle Eastern cuisine has to offer: falafel, halloumi, tabbouleh, hummus and baba ganoush.
Cologne’s Südstadt quarter has no qualms about competing in the falafel hotspot competition. Hayati on Severinsstraße has fed generations of locals with their Arabic snacks. Some say they make the best falafel in Cologne, and whether or not you opt for the fried chickpea balls or decide on a shawarma, makali or halloumi platter, you’re in for a treat. Wash it all down with their homemade tea.
If you ask anyone in the Ehrenfeld neighbourhood about their favourite falafel place, chances are they will come up with ‘Falafel König’ right away. On the weekends, the Venloer-Strasse joint can get quite busy, and you might want to pop into the branch on Subbelrather Straße instead. Either way, you’ll be met by friendly staff who whip up some delicious falafel sandwiches and sauces in a variety of flavours: yoghurt, chilli, curry-pineapple and more.
Similar to Habibi, El Habab in Sülz banks on an authentic atmosphere created by Middle Eastern music and colourful tiles. Their recipe results in perfectly cooked, crunchy yet juicy falafel and draws crowds from all across Cologne to their restaurant. You can choose between sandwiches or a number of themed platters that incorporate all-time favourite items from baba ganoush to tahini.