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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Cologne is complete without tasting the traditional Cologne food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Cologne to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Gefullte Eier: it is a great appetizer made of the eggs stuffed with the egg yolks mixed with other ingredients.
  • Sauerkraut Balls: German popular dish made of the sour cabbage and other ingredients such as meat crumbles.



  • Gurkensalat: this is a homemade Germany style cucumber salad. It is prepared of the sliced cucumbers, vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Wurstsalat: salad prepared of sausage, onions and vinegar or mayonnaise. It can also contain parsley, gherkins and radishes.

Main courses

  • Bauernfrühstück: it used to be the peasant's breakfast that consisted of fried potatoes, eggs, onions, bacon and other ingredients.
  • Döppekooche: an old German dish consisting of grated potatoes with onions, eggs and bacon or sausage on top.
  • Frikadeller: it consists of the pan-fried dumplings of minced meat.
  • Himmel und Erde: is a German national dish that consists of black pudding, fried onions, and mashed potato with apple sauce.
  • Jägerschnitzel: this is a variety of schnitzel that is prepared of veal or pork and served with a mushroom sauce.
  • Kohlrouladen: is an international dish prepared all over the world. It consists of the cabbage leaves wrapped around a variety of fillings, usually meat or rice.
  • Panhas: this is the traditional Dutch delicatessen prepared of meat, flour and condiments.
  • Pfälzer Saumagen: a German dish that originated from Palatinate. It is made of a casing stuffed with potatoes, carrots, pork, onions and spices.
  • Rheinischer Soorbrode: braised beef in the brown sauce with raisins and almonds, a delicatessen with its roots from Rheine.
  • Rhenish Sauerbraten: German pot roast served with red cabbage, potato dumplings or noodles.
  • Rievkooche: grated potato pancakes popular all over the world. In Germany are served with apple sauce or pumpernickel bread.
  • Steckrübeneintopf: German dish that consists of a stew made from swede, carrots and potatoes. It is served almost daily in the villages.
  • Wienerschnitzel: a national Austrian dish consisting of an escalope coated in breadcrumbs and fried. It is usually garnished with lemon, parsley and potatoes.


  • Apfelpfannkuchen: a German apple pie with cinnamon, sugar and vanilla is a real sweet delicatessen.
  • Bienenstich: German honey cake topped with almonds and filled with vanilla custard.
  • Honig Brät Mandeln: German sweets made of baked almonds with sugar and honey.
  • Lebkuchen: traditional German Christmas cookies with the main ingredient being honey.
  • Milchreis mit Kirschen: rice porridge with cinnamon, sugar and cherries. It is a bit different from the simple pudding having a bit of a sour taste.
  • Milchreis mit Zucker und Zimt: a rice pudding mare of rice mixed with milk and sugar, by adding cinnamon and other condiments or flavourings.
  • Pflaumenkuchen: German plum pie prepared of fresh juicy sliced plums on a pastry base.
  • Spekulatius: popular German biscuits baked around Christmas.

Fast food

  • Halver Hahn: it consists of a rye bread with cheese, served with butter, pickles, and mustard.
  • Kölscher Kaviar: a traditional dish of the Cologne gastronomy, consisting of blood sausage and onion rings.

Street food

  • Currywurst: it consists of hot pork sausage seasoned with curry sauce and curry powder.
  • Doner Kebab: Turkish dish made of lamb meat garnished with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Glühwein (Mulled wine): it is made of red wine combined with spices and served warm.
  • Helgoländer Grog: German drink that is made of the red wine with sugar, rum and a slice of lemon.
  • Kölsch: it is a very popular beer produced in Cologne.
  • Pharisäer: a German hot drink that is prepared of coffee by adding rum, sugar and covered with whipped cream.

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