Cologne, Germany

Cologne was a marvelous city. It was an incidental adventure as well. Our Berlin hostel had bailed on us and we were left without a place to go. Cologne was close to where we were so we gave it a shot.

Cologne is known for Kolsh, a type of beer brewed locally. It is very light, very cold, and not very carbonated. It is also served in fantastic portion sizes for me: 200mL glasses. in this size, I can taste lots of beers without getting too hammered. We ended up trying several varities including Fruh, Schreckenskammer, Paffgen, and Gaffel. My favourite is Schreckenskammer (located at Ursulagartenstr. 11).

This is from the Fruh am Dom. It is very cold, very light, but a bit on the sour end.

Fruh also serves meals in their bierhaus. The ambience is quite nice.

This is a bockwurst with potato salad. This wasn’t a great deal at 7.60 Euro = $12.16CAN. The bockwurst tasted very similar to frankfurters we can get in Canada. The potato salad was reasonable but again, nothing remarkable. I would not return to Fruh for their food.

Fruh am Dom, Am Hof 12-14, Cologne, no website.

 

By this point in the trip, I was dying to have some sushi. We tried out Sumo located close to the Belgian Quarter.

The interior decor had many woody highlights and was quite comfortable. The menus had a significant amount of English but even if it didn’t, I could understand most of the Japanese on the menu.

This is the Sushi mix platter. The fish was fantastic. Cold, slippery, meaty. The rice was a bit on the undercooked side. This dish was fantastic but very expensive at 14.50 Euro = $23.20CAN.

This is the spicy tuna roll. Sadly, an odd number of pieces means we had to fight over the last one. Similar to Misato in Calgary, the sauce in this dish isn’t the Vietnamese Red Rooster sauce we know but more of a sesame based spicy sauce. It was very delicious. Not a great deal at 5.50 Euro = $8.80CAN.

Sumo really hit the spot for me. I don’t know if it is because I was dying for sushi but the fish here was really excellent. I just wish it was cheaper.

Sumo, Aachener Stra. 17-19, Cologne, www.sumo-restaurant.de

 

Being really hungry after our dinner at Sumo, we went to Falafel Salam, a joint owned by a Vietnamese family in the Belgian Quarter.

Look at all the toppings!

Here the staff is loading up my falafel.

I got the basic falafel for 2.70 Euro = $4.32CAN. This thing was gigantic! It had a ton of veges in it and the falafel balls themselves were nicely fried, crispy, and spiced nicely. My only complaint was the leathery wrap.

Not as good as a donair but this falafel was a nice change of pace from the many donairs we’ve eaten.

Falafel Salam, Zulpicher Platz 7, Cologne, no website.

 

After climbing to the top of the Dom (509 steps) we rewarded ourselves at the bottom with berliners that JFK made so famous. These are from Merzenich.

What a mesmerizing pattern.

From the outside, a donut with some sugar dusted ontop.

From the inside, some jelly filling. At 1 Euro = $1.60CAN for 2, it wasn’t a bad deal at all.

 

Ice cream at night was a fantastic way to end the day. The number of gelato vendors in Cologne would’ve really impressed Jules. So many varieties, so many options, and best of all, each scoop was 1 Euro = $1.60CAN and it comes with a waffle-style cone (I only say style because I am sure it wasn’t made with a waffle press).

Look at all the flavours!

This is Rum and Rasberry Cheesecake.

 

The donair from Yilmaz Grill just couldn’t compare to the donairs I’ve had in Amsterdam or Hamburg.

This item was 3 Euro = $4.80CAN and reasonable. It didn’t have a lot of vegetables and had a brushchetta/salsa topping that I didn’t really like. I’ve had better elsewhere.

Yilmaz Grill, Eigelstein 60, Cologne, no website.

 

You can’t go to Cologne without going to the chocolate museum (Schokoladenmuseum). It has partnered with Lindt in recent years to allow tourists to see first hand how chocolate production happens. Admission is only 4 Euro = $6.40CAN and includes one tiny chocolate.

These modern walls contain a small mini chocolate production factory, many articles and chocolate artifacts, a cafe, and a huge chocolate store.

Here, an employee dips several wafers into liquid chocolate to allow guests to sample. I came back a few times (each time there was a shift change so the lady wouldn’t recognize me).

Here, some locals are engaging in a truffle making class.

Here some truffles are rolling off the factory line.

The cafe was a very promising end to the tour but the food was sadly disappointing.

This is the sachertorte which was incredibly dry. Skip getting cake at the cafe. Go for the warm chocolate drinks instead.

The chocolate shop was breathtaking but didn’t have a lot of high-end chocolates. The highest end they carried was Dolfin from Belgium.

This is 50 Euro = $80CAN of chocolate Ian and I purchased for ourselves, friends, and family.

Schokoladenmuseum, Rheinauhafen 1, Cologne, www.schokoladenmuseum.de           

 

After all the richness of the Schokoladenmuseum, we had to get some salt into our mouths. We stopped at this street wurst place.

Very little English spoken here. Very difficult to order.

Here are our two orders of currywurst. Yum. I am starting to really like this dish.

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~ by Russ on June 3, 2008.

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