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Best Cafes in Cologne

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The lanes of Cologne are dotted with cozy cafes serving hot coffee and quick bites. If you are fond of coffee and love going to cafes, you will have plenty options to choose from while in Cologne. This collection features the best cafes in the city that should not be missed.


Set in a quaint, casual space, Hommage is one of the best places around to enjoy some delicious crepes and rich coffee. The cozy atmosphere, friendly wait staff, and the old-world charm of this coffee shop set the mood for a pleasant experience. Everything on the menu is price-friendly and homemade, from the freshly-brewed coffee to the soft crepes and scrumptious sandwiches. They specialize in vegan cakes, too. Kick start your day on a good note by treating yourself to their hearty breakfast options.

Friesenstrasse 75, Cologne, Germany, 50670
The Coffee Gang

This small specialty coffee house in the Quartier Latin offers freshly-roasted coffee and some nice although limited food options. It’s a great place to stop for a drip coffee or espresso and a quick bite to eat. Most of the food items, including all breads, cakes, and granola, are made in-house or delivered daily. Locals come for the flat whites, which have a nice texture and are more smooth than bitter. The atmosphere recalls the reclaimed wood and concrete minimalism of so many coffee shops, but the place manages to stay inviting with shelves of books and some art hanging from the walls.

Hohenstaufenring 19, Cologne, Germany, 50674
The Great Berry

The Great Berry, situated in Belgian Quarter, is a popular cafe and deli known for the wide range of coffee, smoothies, fruit juices, tea and salad bowls that it serves. The menu features plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options that are healthy, as well as, delicious. Sipping a cup of your favorite coffee and grabbing a quick bite at The Great Berry is recommended while in the neighborhood. The vegan muffins and gluten-free cakes are two desserts on the menu that are a huge hit among the patrons.

Limburger Strasse 18, Cologne, Germany, 50672
Miss Päpki

Miss Päpki, a cozy cafe, is the favorite tourist-haunt for sweet and savory snacks and desserts. Dig into homemade ice creams, beat the summer heat with a chilled milkshake or satiate your appetite with some salads, soups or light snacks; this charming cafe can cater to the food desires of one and all. Other decadent offerings include quality cheese and meats. Enjoy your meal in the snug indoor setting or take in the breeze at their outdoor patio. If you aren’t too hungry, go for one of their sumptuous coffees prepared from housemade blends. The delicious brews are not famous without a reason!

Brüsseler Platz 18, Cologne, Germany, 50674
Café Riese

Except in summer when they put out chairs, it's easy to miss Café Riese when you go shopping along the Schildergasse, but there's plenty of interest inside. If you go past the bakery and the praline counter on the other side, you'll get to two huge rooms, where mostly older people are having coffee and cakes or other smaller confectionery. It's often so full that it's difficult to find a place, though. It's even busy on Sundays, when there are almost as many people as when the shops are open. Regardless of whether you want to sit down inside, the praline counter is definitely worth a look.

Schildergasse 103, Cologne, Germany, 50667
Café Rico

Café Rico is a popular breakfast spot in the city. This coffee house and restaurant is located on the trendy Mittelstraße which is famous among shoppers. Make a pit stop to sip a hot cuppa or relish the hearty dishes before you start exploring the neighborhood. These include tarts, cakes, quiches, soups and sandwiches. Get along your canine friends and kids as well.

Mittelstraße 31-33, Cologne, Germany, 50672
Café Wahlen

Café Wahlen can look back on quite a few years of Kaffeetradition. Centrally located on the Ring, it mainly caters for a loyal, regular clientèle. Thick carpets and fancy décor that are hold-overs from the 50s and 60s (including some rather peculiar wall-hangings) are the surroundings in which you can choose from a variety of coffee blends. South American brews are served in old-style German cups. By the way, the Hohenstaufenring and the Hohenzollernring are often confused - the Hohenstaufenring is at Barbarossaplatz.

Hohenstaufenring 64, Cologne, Germany, 50674
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