Where to Eat in Cologne, Germany

Overlooked by the gothic showstopper that is Cologne Cathedral, the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia dances to its own – progressive – beat, energised by a diverse, young population of movers and shakers intent on making the world a better place

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A breakfast bowl in Cologne


Impact Café

An indie café with a heart, this low-waste vegan spot imports its own fairtrade coffee from Ethiopia and is involved in plastic-recycling projects across East Africa. Sunny? Head for its secret courtyard; otherwise, the window seats make a snug setting for a bowl of turmeric porridge.


Luxemburger Strasse 190, 50937

Cafe Torre Cologne


Cafè Torè

A velvet sofa, feminist artwork and plants trailing from the rafters set the scene for one of Agnesviertel's best-loved cafés. Homemade pesto, generously filled sandwiches and fresh herbal teas keep a stream of hip locals coming in to work and chill throughout the day.


Neusser Strasse 41, 50670

The Lowdown

Make your move in Cologne - visit cologne-tourism.com and urbanana.de to find out more. Purchase Volume 39: Ritual to read our 20-page travel companion to Ruhr, Cologne and Düsseldorf.