The Germans’ famous love of all things sweet is very much apparent in beautiful cathedral city. The following cafés and activities are perfect for those with a sweet tooth.
Törtchen means ‘little cake’ in German and this is a perfect name for Matthias Ludwig’s three patisseries that produce decadently delicious tarts, éclairs, macarons, pralines and even ice cream using the finest regionally sourced or fair-trade ingredients. The Laphroaig whisky praline is a definite must try. If you fancy yourself as a patissier you can also enroll in their one-day cooking courses (in German only).
Apostelnstraße 19, Cologne, tel. +49 (0)221 1707 108
Alte Wallgasse 2a, Cologne, tel. +49 (0)221 2725
Steinbergerstraße 5, Cologne, tel. +49 (0)221 9987
Over the past decade, the Belgisches Viertel (Belgian Quarter) has become the neighborhood of choice for many art and media types, who have brought dozens of cool cafes, shops and restaurants in their wake. Here you can find Madame Miammiam run by professionally trained artist Anne Schulte. Her creative skills are apparent in her elaborate creations, with homemade tarts, petit fours and cupcakes that look too good to eat.
Antwerpenerstraße 39 50672 Cologne, tel. +49 (0)221 2719 242
Madame Miammiam, source: http://coolplaces.me/
With its whimsical decor and sweet little treats this cupcake bakery is the perfect place for a girl’s afternoon tea. Taking inspiration from the explosion of popularity of cupcakes in the UK and Australia Le PomPom produces light and delicious cupcakes in a fantastical array of flavours and colours.
Lindenstraße 38 50674, Cologne, tel. +49 (0)221 9630 8166
If you are searching for vegan treat then look no further than this Café Hibiskus. Based in Hansaring, this 70s inspired café serves organic Fairtrade coffee and exclusively vegan food. The Black Forrest Cake is a must try.
Ritterstraße 52 50668, Cologne
Cologne Christmas markets
Opening on the last Monday before Advent, Cologne’s Christmas markets are a fantastic explosion of festive music, arts, craft, toys and, most importantly, food. They are crammed full of stalls selling mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, gingerbread and stollen and local biscuits, perfect to start the Christmas season of over-eating in style.
Various markets around the city from 24th November to 23rd December 2014
Cologne chocolate museum (Schokoladen)
The Schokoladen Museum is a chocolate-lover's heaven. Located on the river this museum explains the history and production of chocolate from the Aztecs to the present day plus a live factory tour and, of course, a chocolate shop.
Am Schokoladenmuseum 1a, tel. +49 (0)221 221 931 8880