Are you visiting Cologne soon, or are you even at home in Cologne and still looking for a great cup of coffee of the finest quality and, ideally, a delicious cake or snack?
We asked our Cologne-based artists about their favorite cafés and coffee shops in Cologne.
Here are their top 15 café spots in Cologne
Here are the first 4 coffee spots, recommended by artist Tobias, who is known for his "Butt Sculptures - Painting Plaster Figurines" Workshops and his Nude Art Sticker Workshops, all of which take place at his home in Cologne-Ehrenfeld.
- Café Tulpe und ToastLocation: Ehrenfeldgürtel 147, 50823 Köln
Super cozy café with plenty of vegan food options.
They are popular for their vegan cakes, waffles, and toasties.
You can feel the passion and heart of the owners here.
Located directly on the main street with free parking around.
- Café Rotkehlchen
Location: Venloer Str. 400, 50825 Köln
Small café with a big menu and lots of vegan or veggie options. They are known for their „Rotkelchen" Red Beets Coffee and vegan salmon sandwiches.
- Café Schwesterherz
Location: Venloer Str. 239, 50823 Köln
They are popular for their freshly homemade banana bread.
Bright yet cozy inside, and plenty of plants to help you feel at home.
A very nice and cozy place with a big choice of hot beverages and homemade cakes. Try their Schamong coffee!
- Bakery Die Mehlwerkstatt
Location: Venloer Str. 202, 50823 Köln
They are known for their "Wickel", both sweet and savory. Especially the one with cinnamon is popular. A delicious smell of coffee lingers in the air. Great vibe in the place, dogs are allowed, food to go and take in. You can see the bakers baking.
Let's continue with the top 4 cafés recommended by the Burlesque Duo Anna Venture and Nita Bon Air, who you can get to know in person at their Burlesque Workshops. In addition to their individual workshops, the two also offer Burlesque Workshops for Bachelor Parties, Birthdays and Private Groups.
- WALLCZKALocation: Subbelrather Str. 295, 50825 Köln
Anna's favorites here are the great coffee and (almost) all the cakes, especially the cheesecake with passion fruit and the banoffee pie are her top two. Otherwise, WALLCZKA is also known for its good breakfast, good eggs royale, and the “tapas style” portions that are perfect for sharing.
- Ain CaféLocation: Venloer Str. 374, 50825 Köln
Anna especially likes the Pandan cake here (super delicious!). Seasonally, there is also Mango & Sticky Rice, which always reminds her of her holidays in Thailand.
- Madame Tartine
Location: Venloer Str. 432, 50825 Köln
Anna recommends coming here for their great breakfast and good coffee.
- Café Mansito
Location: Kurfürstenstraße 1, 50678 Köln
Nita especially likes the alfajores there. Besides, they have an indoor and outdoor garden sitting with a lil’ latino vibe going. Known for their brunch, for their choice of cakes and empanadas. Their Heilandt coffee is prepared by barista skills that are spot on.
We also asked actress and painter Marleen for her favorite place to chill, have a delicious cup of coffee, and get some laptop work done. Marleen is giving the Intuitive Painting Workshops "Paint Your Soul" at her atelier in Cologne.
- Habitat Coffee
Location: Burgunderstraße 11, 50677 Köln
It’s a loving little café that fulfills all coffee needs. They serve you cold drinks and comfortable seating outside and inside. In the morning the sun is even on the outdoor courts. When you order a flat white, you can tell that high-quality coffee culture is alive here. People recommend their cinnamon rolls.
And voilà the 2 café hotspots recommended by artist Mara, who is known for her The World of Colors" Painting Workshops, for which she comes directly to your home, office or hotel.
- Kaffee und Kuchen
Location: Venloer Str. 19, 50672 Köln
They are famous for their New York cheesecake with lemon flavor and blueberries on top. When you want to go for a savory option, then the bagels and egg bowls with(out) bacon, feta, and avocado are a good catch.
Location: Friesenpl. 15, 50672 Köln
Known for their yummy, well-presented breakfast and beautiful interior space. They have options for vegetarian as well as non-veg. Convenient location next to a tram stop and a lot of seating space.
Alrighty, let's see where Bea usually goes to get her dose of caffeine.
Bea is hosting the "One by One" Mosaic Workshops and the "Love You To Pieces" Mosaic Workshops for Bachelor*ette Parties.
- zwoo kaffeeröster ⎮ kaffeefenster
Location: Körnerstraße 73, 50823 Köln
A tiny, specialized coffee shop that serves coffee with a high standard and barista skills. Coffees change regularly. You can ask the barista for their advice on what beans to choose from. No seating area yet!
- Kaffeebud Ehrenfeld
Location: Glasstraße 62, 50823 Köln
Nice small coffee shop, known for its tasty banana bread and its coffee from Heilandt.
Last but not least, we also asked Eva where she spends her coffee breaks. Eva runs our "Copy + Taste" – Risography Printing Workshops in Cologne.
- vevi - Veganes Vintage Café
Location: Brüsseler Str. 29, 50674 Köln
Eva loves this cozy café because they not only serve vegan, but also sugar-free cakes. And Eva is big on living a sugar-free life. Read her book about how to get rid of sugar within 6 weeks. We read it, tried it, and can recommend it!
- Café Sehnsucht
Location: Körnerstraße 67, 50823 Köln
Eva's go-to-café place when she is in Ehrenfeld. The café is known for its brunch and breakfast.
Okeyyy, these were the 15 favorite coffee spots recommended by our Cologne-based artists. When you can think of another one, which we haven't listed here yet, please let us know in the section below!
Until next time and enjoy your coffee! :)
Your subcultours Team