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Cafe & Chocolaterie 20 Grad
The core business of Cafe 20 is exquisite pralines and other creations made from “brown gold.” That doesn’t mean the quality of the home-made cakes, quiches and tarts suffers. Quite the opposite. The delicious breakfasts and the small but good lunch menu shows quality, as do the 30-plus kinds of chocolate drinks, which, from March, are best enjoyed on the terrace.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Hohenstaufenring 58, Tel. 16 94 59 33, www.cafe20grad.de

Café Café
This colorfully furnished café keeps Cologne people supplied with all kinds of tasty sandwiches, Focaccias, cakes and salads. Of course you can also get a regular coffee in the morning as well as special coffees such as Chai Latte and Latte Macchiato.

›› Neustadt-Süd, Aachener Str. 45, Tel. 2 70 66 39, www.cafecafe.de

Café Eichhörnchen
French charm and comfort is the order of the day in this café. Croissants, quiches and cakes are made in an unhurried manner on the premises. During warm summer months a spacious terrace attracts customers to enjoy the food and drink served here – that’s when a fresh Belgian beer tastes espcially good.
›› Nippes, Baudriplatz 2, Tel. 1 20 88 88

Café Fleur
Café that’s especially popular with students. As well as breakfasts and various cakes, hot meals are served. There are three different coffee blends from which tasty variations are such as Kaffee Fleur, which contains rum, cinnamon and a shot of alcohol.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Lindenstr. 10, Tel. 24 48 97, www.cafefleur.de

Café Franck/Shibuya Lounge
Café Franck shows its quiet side during the week, serving customers richly varied breakfasts, aromatic coffee and delicious cakes. At weekends the tame coffee house transforms into the Shibuya Lounge, where Cologne’s night owls rule the roost, dancing until the early morning to house and soul music.
›› Neuehrenfeld, Eichendorffstr. 30, Tel. 7 16 72 10, www.cafe-franck.de

Café Rico
Chic but very friendly café that’s a tempting lunchtime spot with its rich variety of cakes, tarts and different snacks. People with special dietary needs don’t have to miss out because there are gluten-free cakes, lactose-free milk and fruit preserves for diabetics.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Mittelstr. 31-33, Tel. 2 40 53 64, www.cafe-rico.de

Café Reichard
This traditional café beneath Cologne Cathedral has been one of the city’s best places for coffee and sweet treats for over 150 years. Tarts and creative cakes as well as the finest pralines will tempt you to come back again and again. If the weather is nice you can make yourself comfortable on the large terrace with a view of the Cathedral.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Unter Fettenhennen 11, Tel. 2 57 85 42, www.cafe-reichard.de

Café Schwesterherz
The two sisters Gülsüm and Seher really look after their guests in a hearty manner, whether you try out the “Etagerie for Two’’ on the cozy green sofa or take a “Quetsch’’ sandwich back to the office.
›› Ehrenfeld, Venloer Str. 239, Tel. 16 95 54 06, www.schwesterherz-koeln.de

Café Sehnsucht
This cozy café with a cute tile oven serves home-made cakes made from organic ingredients. The coffee also is from organic producers.  
›› Ehrenfeld, Körnerstr. 67, Tel. 52 83 47, www.sehnsucht-koeln.de

Café Sur
This café’s atmosphere and menu are inspired by the owners’s Argentinian roots. Especially popular are the Pevetes sandwiches, made from small baguettes with steak and egg inside or as a vegetarian option. The espresso is said to be the best in Cologne.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Martin-Luther Platz 7-11, Tel. 34 43 22

Café Vreiheit
Very popular place well known for its generous breakfasts. You can enjoy the food and drink here to your heart’s content without a bad conscience because fair trade coffee is served and the milk and eggs come from local organic farms.
›› Mühlheim, Wallstr. 91, Tel. 9 91 77 93, www.cafe-vreiheit.de

Café Wahlen
A traditional café that takes customers back in time with its 1950s furnishings, chandelier and carpets. You can enjoy coffee and cake in peace and quiet well away from the hectic pace and stress of daily life. One of the best places in Cologne to experience coffee house life from former times.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Hohenstaufenring 64, Tel. 23 16 25, www.cafe-wahlen.de

Delüxe
Despite the name you can get coffee, a large breakfast, as well as lots of different international snacks here at reasonable prices. The delicious cocktails taste twice as good on the cozy terrace during the cut-price Happy Hour.
›› Deutz, Deutzer Freiheit 89, Tel. 29 92 59 97, www.duxdeluxe.de

Goldmund
If you come here to enjoy a cup of coffee and piece of home-made cake, you’ll find an extra attraction if you look up – there are lots of shelves stacked with a vast quantity of books waiting to be read. Regular readings and cultural events are also staged here.
›› Ehrenfeld, Glasstr. 2, Tel. 5 34 15 84, www.goldmundkoeln.de

Katinka
The Katinka easily succeeds where many other locations fail. It’s a successful combination of café and bar. It has a play area for young children and free WiFi for grown-ups. Regular readings and concerts are held. The daily changing selection of organic cakes (including little red riding hood tart!) and meals is worth checking out. It’s worth a visit just for the Sunday brunch buffet.
›› Sülz, Luxemburger Str. 251, Tel. 16 87 52 70, www.katinka-köln.de

Milchmädchen
Trendy, chic café, which is an inviting place to hang out in, if only for the bright blue and white colored interior. You can have a Fair Trade coffee with a fruit cake, freshly buttered bread or other tasty snacks. The best place to do this is on the outdoor terrace, which on cloudless days is in the sun all day.
›› Neustadt-Nord, Bismarckstr. 44, Tel. 0 172/806 91 24, www.milchmaedchen.de

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Bars & pubs


1460
The number 1460 hides one of Cologne’s most unusual places. After climbing a rough staircase, you’ll find yourself in a bar and cocktail lounge amid the 500-year-old roof arches of the Klein St. Martin chapel. Make yourself comfortable among the purist design leather furniture with a cool cocktail and relaxing lounge music and you’ll be charmed by the history-rich building.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Augustinerstr. 23 , Tel. 0 15 20/7 66 67 83, www.14hundert60.de

Abhörbar
The bar’s name suggests that the Russian secret service is listening to your every move. Here they won’t have a problem because the bar is well-known for its party atmosphere. The place has a lounge look with red lamp shades, Cyrillic nameplates and busts of Stalin as well as a choice of select vodkas and lively music at the weekend.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Friesenwall 128, Tel. 0 177/7 11 41 85, www.abhoerbar.com

Arcadia Bar
If you go on a weekend pub crawl in Cologne, this cult bar is one place you’ll definitely visit. Amid the 1970s decor you can dance to soul, funk and dance music and enjoy lots of cocktail creations at the bar. Especially recommended is the Mojito.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Friesenstr. 52, Tel. 1 39 26 50

Arty Farty Bar
Arty types and all those that want to be can hang around in the Arty Farty Gallery in a chilled atmosphere and have a few drinks.
›› Neustadt-Nord, Maastrichter Str. 49, www.artyfarty-gallery.com

Bei Oma Kleinmann
Veedel's last traditional pub bravely fights on surrounded by trendy student bars. Young and old sit comfortable together at wooden tables at Oma Kleinmann's. Hearty, simple food is served, including a legendary supersized Wiener Schnitzel.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Zülpicher Str. 9, Tel. 23 23 46, www.beiomakleinmann.de

Boogaloo
Bathed in warm lighting, you can spend earthy, cozy hours listening to soul and funk sounds in Boogalo. It’s a good bar to knock back a few Kölsch beers with friends, enjoy a cocktail after work or meet for a jolly party night at the weekend.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Roonstr. 19, Tel. 0 177/7 84 48 58, www.boogaloo-koeln.de

Chlodwig-Eck
A long-established favorite of Cologne’s bar scene that was once owned by Clemens Böll, nephew of the author Heinrich Böll. Regulars include painters and musicians. Wolfgang Niedecken, founder of the cult Cologne band BAP, first performed here. Chlodwig-Eck moved to Annostraße in 1979 but southern Cologne’s cult pub is still trendy. Celebrities pop in now and again and the place is full to bursting at weekends. When a sports game is shown on the big screen, the Kölsch beer flows especially freely.
›› Altstadt-Süd, Annostr. 1-3, Tel. 32 75 95

De.Lite
A small bar in the Belgian quarter that’s popular with a young crowd – so you’ll probably have to enjoy one of the delicious cocktails in a closely crowded space. Velvet walls and music played by DJs are also among the attractions.
›› Neustadt-Nord, Moltkestr. 74, Tel. 8 80 97 17

Die hängenden Gärten von Ehrenfeld
The name means “The Hanging Gardens of Ehrenfeld’’ and an ocean of flowers greets customers. The flowers are plastic but that doesn’t spoil the pretty setting. The bar is well known for serving bottles of beer from the local region and from distant countries as well as for playing indie, rock and electro music.
›› Ehrenfeld, Vogelsanger Str. 140, Tel. 5 89 23 38, www.haengendegaerten.de

Die Wohngemeinschaft
A relatively new bar with an unusual concept. The bar’s name means “shared apartment’’ and it lives up to that by being divided into four rooms with different decors and atmospheres. You can check out the ornate pink girl’s room, the Chinese exchange student’s room with a ping pong table or an old VW camper van that can be reserved as a private lounge for € 100.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Richard-Wagner-Str. 39, Tel. 39 75 77 18, www.die-wohngemeinschaft.net

Elektra
Homelike bar whose design echoes the 1950s to 1960s. The Elektra with its live DJ and great cocktails is the perfect place to start a night out.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Gereonswall 12-14

Engel & Weiss
A lounge club that impresses with an upscale decor and snow-white interior on two floors. The big beds in the basement are the icing on the cake. If you reserve one, nothing stands in the way of a relaxing evening drinking cocktails and listening to lounge music.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Mozartstr. 35-37, Tel. 0 163/5 05 05 89, www.engelundweiss.de

Engelbät
For more than 20 years Kölsch beer, cider, wine and other nice drinks have been served in this traditional bar, accompanied by savory crêpes or sweet crêpes for dessert. There is regular live jazz music from October to April.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Engelbertstr. 7, Tel. 24 69 14, www.engelbaet.de

Fiffi Bar
Fiffi Bar has found a new home in southern Cologne but the decorative pictures of four-legged friends moved too and the pooches still watch the lively goings-on of the regulars from the walls, shelves or from the drinks menu, which includes cocktails named after comic book hounds like Rantanplan and Snowy or breeds such as Dalmatians.
›› Altstadt-Süd, Severinswall 35, Tel. 2 61 71 32, www.fiffibar.de

Friesen Bar
Traditonal bar culture is still enjoyed in the new In the new Friesen Bar. In a dignified atmosphere, the experienced bartender creates great cocktails and long drinks, with accompanying music ranging from house to jazz.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Friesenstr. 41, Tel. 0 171/­414 08 02, www.friesen-bar.com

Goldbaron
Yet another stylish bar has opened in north Cologne. Guests enjoy on three floors a giant selection of cocktails and long drinks. German national league and Champions League soccer games are screened on Sky. You can restore yourself on Sunday over a generous brunch.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Salzgasse 6, www.bar-goldbaron.de

Goldfinger
In this former table dance bar it still gets hot at weekends because Goldfinger is well known for being always full. You can chill out from the party turmoil in the comfy chairs on the large outdoor terrace.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Friesenerstr. 54-56, Tel. 1 30 77 73, www.goldfinger-koeln.de

Gottes Grüne Wiese
This place proves that you can watch soccer and drink beer in a bar with a stylish interior. DJs spin sounds and liven up the crowd from Thursdays to Saturdays.
›› Neustadt-Nord, Bismarckstr. 53, Tel. 5 00 83 53, www.gottesgruenewiese.de

Haifisch Club
You descend into this brick-vaulted cellar down steps covered with a crimson carpet. Inside there are comfy leather bench chairs and the lighting is subdued. The rich variety of cocktails have snappy names such as Weißer Hai (White Shark) or Sharkattack as well as the classic mixes, all promising a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
›› Altstadt-Süd, Im Ferkulum 18-22, Tel. 3 10 33 06, www.haifischclub.de

Hallmackenreuther
You descend into this brick-vaulted cellar down steps covered with a crimson carpet. Inside there are comfy leather bench chairs and the lighting is subdued. The rich variety of cocktails have snappy names such as Weißer Hai (White Shark) or Sharkattack as well as the classic mixes, all promising a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Neustadt-Nord, Brüsseler Platz 9, Tel. 51 79 70

Harry´s New York Bar
Cocktails and other alcoholic delights are served here in proper style from behind a 16 m long bar, accompanied by regularly changing live music. All this makes it a great place for lovers of classy bars.
›› Altstadt-Süd, Hotel InterConti, Pipinstr. 1, Tel. 2 80 60, www.koeln.intercontinental.com

Haus Müller
The world is in order in the heart of Cologne’s archetypal Severinsviertel, or as locals call it the “Vrings­veedel.’’ That’s especially true for this quiet and friendly bar-restaurant, which creates a feeling of well-being with its cozy terrace shaded by a large sycamore tree. It only gets lively during Carnival time.
›› Altstadt-Süd, Achterstr. 2, Tel. 9 32 10 86, www.hausmüller.net

Hotelux Sovietbar
This “little sister’’ to the Hotelux Soviet’s main bar has been well known for its excellent and varied choice of top quality vodkas for 20 years. Well worth a trip for lovers of Russian lifestyle.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Rathenauplatz 22, Tel. 24 11 36, www.hotelux.de

Kiez
“North German by nature” is the new tune in Cologne, and you see this from far away with the Jolly Roger pirate flag hoisted on the roof of the Kiez. In the cozy bar decorated in various shades of red, Astra beer is served from the barrel and soccer games played by Hamburg’s St. Pauli are flicker on a large screen.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Moselstr. 76, Tel. 16 95 97 45, www.kiez-koeln.de

Königsblut
This mixture of a rustic pub and Oriental lounge is popular so it can get quite crowded on the cozy couches set amid colorful wall hangings and pictures. The popularity is surely due to the freshly-tapped Kölsch beer and delicious cocktails.
›› Ehrenfeld, Thebäerstr. 8, Tel. 0 163/2 87 86 60, www.koenigsblut.net

Legend Bar
A hot spot in Deutz with an unrivalled view of the Rhine and Cathedral. A big choice of cocktails and whiskies help to make a stop here pleasant. In summer, it has a beer garden right by the Rhine.
›› Deutz, Kennedy-Ufer 2a (im Hotel Hyatt Regency Köln), Tel. 8 28 12 34, www.cologne.regency.hyatt.de


Lizbät
If you want a cozy place to meet friends for a drink. Lizbät, which is the “little sister’’ of Engelbät, is the right location. If you want a tasty snack later, you’re also in luck. The menu is full of crêpes of all kinds with sweet and savory fillings.
›› Ehrenfeld, Geisselstr. 6, Tel. 5 10 45 66, www.lizbaet.de

Lorbass
Subdued lighting, a crackling open fire and, as a special highlight, a 90-year-old mahogany bar from New York that grandly crowns the scene. This is the secret recipe of this cocktail bar, which has a relaxed tone despite its upscale setting and also knows how to satisfy even the most discerning connoisseur with about 150 different cocktail variations.
›› Neustadt-Nord, Antwerpener Str. 34, Tel. 16 86 33 41, www.lorbass-bar.de

Lotte Haifischbar
During the week Lotte is a chilled cocktail bar with a maritime chic. At the weekends the place launches into the clubbing ocean and nets party-hungry night owls with its glaring red illuminated sign that can be seen from far away.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Im Klapperhof 41, Tel. 13 13 35, www.lotte-haifischbar.com

Low Budget
In this cozy local bar you can drink Tequila from the barrel or taste home-made bitters while listening to punk, surf or ska music. The rock concerts, karaoke or open-mic nights when anyone can take to the stage create a wild atmosphere and lots of fun.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Aachener Str. 47, Tel. 25 54 84, www.lowbud.de

M20
The yellow brick building looks rather off-putting from the outside, but first impressions are mightily deceptive in this case and don’t give any hint of what’s inside M20. The bar is chic with straight-lined decor and plays indie, techno, alternative and pop music. A well-balanced choice of cocktails with no big surprises, but they’ll make you feel good.
›› Neustadt-Nord, Maastrichter Str. 20, Tel. 51 96 66, www.m20-koeln.de

Macho Café
There’s now a café named after the best-selling novel by Moritz Netenjakob. The writer/comedian and his partner Hülya don’t only welcome macho types. The excellent toasted sandwiches and the aroma of fresh coffee attract a varied crowd from students to housewives. An great insider’s tip is the Zigarrenbörek!
›› Sülz, Palanterstr. 12a, Tel. 16 93 99 63, www.macho-cafe.de

Metronom
The Metronom is a must for lovers of jazz music. The best jazz music has been played here since 1968, naturally along with drinks and snacks. A lively crowd and quirky atmosphere.
›› Altstadt-Süd, Weyerstr. 59, Tel. 21 34 65

Monkeys
One of the Belgian quarter’s most popular bars. Delicious cocktail mixes and live DJs who play the hottest funk, soul and electro sounds seven days a week.
›› Neustadt-Nord, Venloer Str. 33, Tel. 4 85 56 69, www.monkeyscologne.de

Osman 30
The minute you go through the doors here on the 30th floor of the KölnTurms, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a cocktail lovers’ little paradise. The Osman 30 is actually an exclusive restaurant with international cuisine.
›› Neustadt-Nord, Im Mediapark 8, Tel. 50 05 20 80, www.osman-cologne.de

Papa Joe´s Biersalon
This quaint local bar offers visitors a very special experience besides the usual chilled drinks and hearty food. The bar has lots of historic entertainment and music machines that fascinate customers. The crowning glory is two life-sized figures called Tünnes and Schäl who play the accordion and sousaphone tuba, a spectacle that you shouldn’t miss.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Alter Markt 50-52, Tel. 2 58 21 32, www.papajoes.de

Plüsch Bar & Lounge
This bar in the heart of the Marriott Hotel glitters, thanks to modern lighting effects, in the most dazzling colors. It offers a fabulous setting for a stylish evening while enjoying refreshing cocktails and snacks. A special taste sensation is the “Cocktail meets Food offer’’ that offers matching drinks with food such as lamb skewers and king prawns.
›› Altstadt-Nord, im Marriott Hotel, Johannisstr. 76-80, Tel. 94 22 20, www.koelnmarriott.de

Radio One
Amid 1970s-style retro rugs cocktails and other drinks are served here non stop with very quick and professional service. Friendly atmosphere and a changing, varied selection of music.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Zülpicher Str. 15, www.radioone-koeln.de

Ringschänke
This traditional bar has a special Cologne local neighborhood atmosphere, although the times are largely past when members of the popular cult band Bläck Fööss appeared here and gave it their best with their latest popular hit. Despite that you’ll get good Kölsch beer, good music and meet nice people – what more could you ask for?
›› Neustadt-Süd, Karolingerring 19, Tel. 31 68 26

Rosebud
This classic of the Cologne bar scene is much different than its neighboring wild student pubs on Zülpicher Straße. In an elegant and chilled atmosphere, the award-winning bar staff mix unusual drinks such as aromatic Basilikum Cocktail. One of the city’s best bars.
›› Neustadt-Nord, Heinsbergerstr. 20, Tel. 2 40 14 55, www.rosebud.de

Rubinrot
Rubinrot means ruby and that’s exactly the color that meets customers who step into this bar. The excellent cocktails range from established classics to imaginative new creations devised in-house. The perfect bar in which to start a night out.
›› Ehrenfeld, Sömmeringstr. 9, Tel. 9 90 16 98, www.rubinrotkoeln.de


Scheinbar
The bar’s name means “apparently’’ and its appearance is not deceptive. With its subdued lighting and plush interior, this bar is one of the most popular in the Belgian Quarter. You’ll meet a trendy crowd here at night that don’t just appear happy.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Brüsseler Str. 10, Tel. 9 23 20 48

Secco
An enchanting small wine bar with an excellent choice of wines mainly from European countries as well as delicious snacks. In summer it’s best to get a place in the large outdoor area.
›› Ehrenfeld, Simrockstr. 2, Tel. 5 50 52 00, www.weinlokalsecco.de

Sir Peter Ustinov´s Bar
The bar’s name honors its most famous regular, Sir Peter Ustinov. The interior is decorated in classic style and the cosmopolitan British actor and writer is immortalized with a cocktail named after him on the menu, which also includes lots of classic and new inventions from the cocktail world. You can chill out with the drink of your choice on the cozy couches.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Le Méridien Dom-Hotel, Domkloster 2a, Tel. 2 02 44 75, www.ustinovs.de

Sixpack
The Sixpack is right in the city center and is a popular stopping off point for the young generation of Cologne’s night owls. Bottles of chilled beer from all over the world are served over the bar each evening. A trendy bar with a trashy flair that’s fun to visit.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Aachener Str. 33, Tel. 25 45 87

Sonderbar
You’ll notice the zig zag pattern on the outside of this bar from a long way off. Inside the theme is continued and is crowned by a giant disco lighting ball bathing the interior in a silver shimmer. Nice bar with a large selection of drinks and reasonable prices.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Lintgasse, Tel. 2 57 78 57, www.sonderbar-koeln.de

Spielplatz
This play area (Spielplatz) for adults doesn’t have kiddie’s play equipment but a bar, which is mostly crowded with students from Cologne’s Südstadt district who just want a quick beer or need a tasty meal now and again.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Ubierring 58, Tel. 0 160/91 93 39 89, www.spielplatz-lokal.de

Weißer Holunder
A cult and long-established part of Cologne’s bar scene. The 1954 juke box isn’t the only attraction that awakes nostalgia. The whole interior is furnished with original fittings from the 1950s. The drinks are also nostalgic and include Bärenfang, a German honey-flavored vodka liqueur, Goldwasser (vodka from Gdansk) and elderberry schnaps, which are all a must today, just as they were back then. This is a bar you should under no circumstances pass by.
›› Neustadt-Nord, Gladbacher Str. 48, Tel. 51 34 75, www.weisser-holunder.de

Wirtz
Customers have been coming to this nice little bar since 1889. It’s not only a Kölsch beer stronghold, but also a bastion of the Kölsch dialect.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Isabellenstr. 1, Tel. 31 48 39, www.wirtz-koeln.de

XX - Dos Equis
A very friendly place named after a Mexican beer with a spacious bar, playful decor in the front part and a nice beer garden at the back. Dos Equis is especially popular with single people because in the Lovers Lounge you’re sure to make one or two new friends. Often very crowded due to its great popularity.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Friesenstr. 62, Tel. 13 38 98

Zwoeinz
Red walls and cozy leather sofas bathed in subdued lighting – that’s Zwoeinz Bar, which entertains customers with indie, surf and rockabilly music while fabulous cocktails and long drinks are mixed and tasted. It’s worth calling by on Fridays and Saturdays during Happy Hour from 8 pm to midnight.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Hochstadenstr. 21, Tel. 0 157/87 11 72 79, www.zwoeinz.de

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Gay bars & cafés


Bastard
Bastard is hidden in a small rear courtyard and is a popular meeting place for a big breakfast or nice afternoon coffee. In the evenings the atmosphere is more lively with delicious cocktails and house music.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Friesenwall 29, Tel. 4 20 77 77

Brennerei Weiß
This gay bar has a rustic, brew-pub charm and is a well-known place for those seeking good, solid food. Freshly-tapped Kölsch, tasty food and a nice atmosphere.
›› Altstadt-Süd, Hahnenstr. 22, Tel. 94 65 53 13, www.brennereiweiss.de

Cox
Real men with tough physiques and rampant beards flock here to drink a few beers together. If you’re imagining a grim rock bar, you’re on the wrong track. In this cuddly bar for bear types regulars are always in a good mood and there’s always a relaxed atmosphere.
›› Altstadt-Süd, Mühlenbach 53, Tel. 2 40 04 19, www.cox-cologne.de

Die Mumu
This trendy bar in the heart of Cologne’s most dazzling gay area, known as the Bermudadreieck (Bermuda Triangle), attracts a young and carefree crowd. You can slurp Kölsch beer or cocktails amid bright pink walls, while people get close to each other.
›› Altstadt-Süd, Schaafenstr. 51, Tel. 16 86 72 77, www.die-mumu.de

Excorner
The Excorner is just a few steps away from the Mumu and in this gay bar things get right down to the nitty gritty. You shouldn’t be shy of bodily contact if you want to enjoy the lively, boozy turmoil that attracts gay partygoers late at night.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Schaafenstr. 57-59, Tel. 2 33 60 60, www.ex-corner.de

Gezeiten
Friendly and colorful lesbian local that succeeds as a bar as well as a small restaurant. The beer is tapped fresh from the barrel at the bar and home-made liqueurs and delicious cocktails also sweeten the evening. Tasty snacks and daily specials which change frequently satisfy hunger pangs.
›› Neustadt-Nord, Balthasarstr. 1, Tel. 4 74 77 03, www.gezeiten-koeln.de

Iron
Quite opposite to its cold and hard sounding name, the Iron is a place with a high feel-good factor. Subdued lighting, warm and inviting colors and cozy sofas set the scene. Tapas, a richly varied wine list and a large selection of cocktails perfectly round off this stylish gay bar.
›› Altstadt-Süd, Schaafenstr. 45, Tel. 8 01 40 95, www.iron-bar.com

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Ice cream


Dolce & Gelato
This ice cream paradise only opened in early 2009 but it already has a reputation as one of the best in the city. After being greeted warmly by the female owner, you can check out in detail the ice cream selection and discover delicious creations such as chilli-chocolate and prink grapefruit.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Pfeilstr. 51, Tel. 16 91 33 41

Eiscafé Breda
Popular ice cream parlour in the heart of the city center with a large selection of different ice cream flavors. If you hanker for something different, fresh crêpes, waffles and toasted sandwiches are also served.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Pfeilstr. 2, Tel. 2 57 31 64

Van der Put
This long-established Cologne parlour has produced delicious ice cream according to a secret family recipe for over 60 years. You can also taste the large portion of loving care that goes into the products.
›› Zollstock, Höninger Platz 3, Tel. 16 85 80 87
›› Neustadt-Süd, Volksgartenstr. 2, Tel. 310 68 44
›› Rondorf, Rodenkirchener Str. 79, Tel. 2 35 48
›› www.vanderput.de

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