Cologne / Germany

Best Cologne Vegan Guide: Restaurants, Sights & More

Updated March 8, 2024

Cologne is known for many things — it’s the fourth largest city in Germany, home to 12 beautiful Romanesque churches, the gay capital of Germany, and it has a growing vegan food scene!

When I first visited the city, there were only a handful of vegan and vegetarian spots — nothing to write home about, but that’s all changed! Over the last few years, the number of vegan and vegan-friendly spots has really taken off (maybe Cologne is trying to win the honor of most vegan-friendly European city?).

Now, I am sure you’re super excited about checking out the city, so let’s get down to business. This vegan guide to Cologne will help you find an endless lineup of restaurants, sweets, things to do, and more!

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Tip: Depending on when you visit, Cologne’s Christmas Markets are known as some of the best in Germany. The larger market takes over the city center while others pop up in various neighborhoods. The market usually kicks off in late November and runs through December.

Vegan Restaurants in Cologne

This vegan guide to Cologne is full of amazing food options — from nutrient-dense juices to greasy fries and everything in between!

Well Being

Am Rinkenpfuhl 57, Cologne, Germany
This vegan Vietnamese restaurant has a huge menu — you’re in for a treat! Enjoy sweet and savory veggie beef, lucky rolls filled with crispy, house-made veggie fish, and crunchy mii noodles — plus so much more! I think it’s best to go multiple times or go very hungry!

vegan vietnamese noodle dish with green onion and peanuts at well being cafe in cologne
Credit: Well Being

Bunte Burger

Hospeltstraße 1, 50825 Cologne
This casual vegan restaurant is the perfect place to indulge in a fantastic selection of burgers — pulled BBQ jackfruit, crispy chick’n, red bean Italian-inspired burgers, and more! Make sure you leave a little room for one of their fudgy brownies!

Trash Chic

Wiersbergstrasse 31, Cologne
With a name like that, how can you not check it out!? This little vegan pub serves a great selection of junk food like burgers, chili cheese fries, gyros, schnitzel, and more!

Trash Chic vegan restaurant in Cologne with a vegan burger and pink soda
Credit: Trash Chic


Josephskirchstraße 25, 51103 Cologne
This cozy Japanese noodle bar features a seasonal menu of udon bowls, tempura veggies, and more.

Vegan Food Revolution

Venloer Str. 456, 50825 Cologne
Luckily, many Middle Eastern dishes are vegan, but Vegan Food Revolution took it one more step and omitted all animal products! You can enjoy flavorful Turkish specialties like Cig Köfte, Turkish meatballs filled with bulgur, nuts, and spices and finished with a pomegranate sauce to traditional falafel, hummus, and more.

Vegan turkish food at Food Revolution in Cologne which include hummus and falafel
Credit: Vegan Food Revolution

Maki Maki Sushi Green Köln

Mauritiussteinweg 2, 50676 Cologne
Forget about basic avocado rolls; this Japanese restaurant has reinvented traditional sushi with a vegan spin! The extensive menu features a fantastic mix of colorful house-made rolls and traditional dishes.  

specialty vegan sushi rolls with a japanese mug at maki maki in cologne
Credit: Maki Maki Sushi Green Koln

Vevi – Vintage Vegan Café

Brüsseler Str. 29, 50674 Cologne
The charming vegan cafe is perfect for a casual breakfast or lunch. The menu features waffles, sandwiches, beautiful cakes, and more.

Udum Vegan Restaurant

Am Rinkenpfuhl 55, 50676 Köln, Germany
This modern vegan Asian spot has a little bit of everything to delight its guests! Start with a mix of Asian tapas, then move on to veggie-packed bowls, noodles, and sushi. Don’t skip their house-made mochi!

vegan asian bao dumpling surrounded by vegan sushi at udum in cologne
Credit: Udum Vegan Restaurant


Ludwigstraße 11, 50667 Cologne
The beautiful plant-based buffet is overflowing with options from fresh salads to hearty curries and everything in between at this vegan spot. Just grab a plate and start loading it up!

Vegan Junk Food Bar

Hohenzollernring 21-23, 50672 Köln, Germany
If you’ve been to a Vegan Junk Food Bar location in Amsterdam or Barcelona, then you know you’re in for a treat! The veganized junk food menu doesn’t disappoint — loaded Frech fries, McCruelty Free burgers, mac-n-cheze Betterballs, and more!

To80 Vegan

Händelstraße 28, 50674 Köln, Germany
Everything is so colorful and full of flavor at this Vietnamese spot! The team behind this spot wanted to bring the concept of Vietnamese street food (along with some traditional dishes) to Cologne. You’ll find a great mix of small bowls which are perfect to share or larger ones that you should just keep to yourself (at least I would!).

someone eating a piece of vegan crispy spring roll with chopsticks next to an orange colored drink in a wine glass in cologne germany
Credit: To80 Vegan

Vegan 365 Restaurant

Venloer Str. 214, 50823 Köln, Germany
All year long (365 to be exact — see what I did there), this family-run restaurant is pushing the veggie gospel with its delicious Asian cuisine. The menu has a mix of inspiration, you can find everything from bowls of udon to bao bun burgers!

Virtuous Pie – Vegane Pizza

Venloer Str. 241-245, 50823 Köln, Germany
When I first saw the name of this spot I thought, no way, is this the same vegan pizza spot that I loved in Vancouver and Portland?! It sure it! The fantastic vegan pizzeria has jumped over to Europe with its fantastic wood fired pies, pasta, and house-made ice cream!

golden vegan pizza covered in arugula on a black table in portland

Vedang – ️Plant Burger

Brüsseler Str. 44, 50674 Köln, Germany
Junk food lovers, listen up! No trip to Cologne is complete without a stop at this vegan fast food joint! Here you can find giant burgers and crispy chick’n sandwiches alongside cheese covered French fries, nuggets, and more!

an order of vegan cheese covered french fries in a small paper boat covered in jalapeno slices at vedang in koln germant
Credit: Vedang – ️Plant Burger

Vegetarian Restaurants in Cologne


Roonstraße 3, 50674 Cologne
This vegetarian Indian restaurant features loads of traditional dishes, including samosas, vegan paneer, curry, and much more.

Mashery Hummus Kitchen

Roonstraße 36, 50674 Cologne
You’ll immediately be charmed by this pastel pink vegetarian restaurant as soon as you walk in their door. Their menu revolves around crowd-pleasing hummus — straight up with veggies and fresh bread or classic Middle Eastern favorites.

vegan hummus bowl topped with roasted mushrooms at mashery hummus kitchen in cologne
Credit: Mashery Hummus Kitchen


Kartäuserwall 7-11, 50678 Cologne
This long-time vegetarian café specializes in health-conscious salads, sandwiches, and small plates. The menu is well-marked for vegan and gluten-free options.

Chum Chay

Friesenwall 29, 50672 Cologne
Experience gorgeous Vietnamese specialties at this vegetarian spot! Their menu delights veggie and veg-curious diners with savory curries, fried spring rolls, steamed bao, and more.

vegan asian noodle bowl with fresh green sail and crispy wontons next to little bowls of nuts and chilis at chum chay in cologne
Credit: Chum Chay

Vegan Breakfast & Brunch Spots in Cologne

If you’re in need of a fruity bowl of crispy waffle to get your day started, check out these awesome vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in Cologne!

Vevi – Vintage Vegan Café

Brüsseler Str. 29, 50674 Cologne
This chic little café in the hip Belgian Quarter is a great place to start the day with fresh juice, hot coffee, and a golden waffle!

vegan croissant on a small plate next to a coffee on a wood table at vevi vegan cafe in cologne
Credit: Vevi Vintage Vegan Café

Little Green Kitchen

Klingelpütz 10, 50670 Köln, Germany
This breakfast and lunch spot is known for its colorful lineup of healthy plant-based fare! Start your day with a house-made quiche, coffee, or one of their beautiful pastries!


Friesenstr. 75, Cologne
If you’re a coffee lover, you might not want to miss this café! They say they have the finest coffee in Cologne, along with pastries, toasts, crepes, and more.

vegan breakfast spread with toast, coffee and an acai bowl at hommage in cologne
Credit: Hommage


Kartäuserwall 7-11, 50678 Cologne
A vegan brunch buffet!? Count me in! Every Saturday and Sunday morning, this popular spot offers its special brunch buffet, and one side of the buffet is always vegan.

Madame Tartine

Venloer Str. 432, 50825 Köln, Germany
This vegan-friendly French-inspired café has excellent options to start your day. From a hearty full vegan breakfast feast to house-made granola with soy yogurt, you’ll find something you will love!

Vegan and Vegan-Friendly Bakeries & Ice Cream in Cologne

If you’re craving a slice of decadent vegan chocolate cake or a house-made waffle cone filled with creamy soft serve, you’re in luck; you’ll find both in Cologne!


Händelstraße 55, 50674 Köln, Germany
This cute vegan café (they also have a bakery truck!) will delight you with flaky croissants, chocolate donuts, and gorgeous house-made sandwiches.

round vegan tiramisu on a cake stand in front of pink flowers at hempies in cologne
Credit: Hempies

Cafe Hibiskus

Ritterstraße 52, 50668 Cologne
You’ll find a tempting selection of rotating vegan sweets here — pastries, cakes, tarts, and more!

Isabella Glutenfreie Pâtisserie

Kettengasse 2, 50672 Köln, Germany
You’ll want to check this bakery out if you’re vegan and gluten-free! The gluten-free bakery is very vegan-friendly; you’ll find luscious chocolates, cakes, and more! They also have an amazing vegan-friendly location in Hamburg, too! I wish I could’ve visited it more than once!

vegan and gluten free croissant in cologne germany

Die Eisdielerin

Venloer Str. 402, 50825 Köln, Germany
This popular ice cream spot has a great selection of creamy vegan options and vegan waffle cones!

Vegan-Friendly Hotels in Cologne

Mercure Severinshof Koeln City Hotel

Severinstr, Kleine Spitzengasse 199, 50676 Köln, Germany
This budget-friendly, modern hotel is an easy 20-minute walk to the city center. Just outside the hotel is the Severinstrasse metro station, just in case you don’t want to walk or want to get somewhere quickly. The hotel offers a breakfast buffet with a few vegan options — fruits, cereals, and bread. Perfect if you have to get up and moving fast; otherwise, you can get something heartier at one of the many vegan cafes!

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ibis Koeln Am Dom

Bahnhofsvorpl., 50667 Köln, Germany
If you want to be right in the heart of the city and near the main train station, check out this ibis location (there are multiple throughout the city). The hotel chain is well known for its modern, budget-friendly rooms. Like the Mercure, it also offers a morning breakfast buffet with a few vegan options to help get you going.

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What To Do in Cologne

#1 Visit the beautiful Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)

You can’t miss this beautiful cathedral; it towers over the city and makes itself known from just about every vantage point. This UNESCO World Heritage site is open daily for tours but what you really don’t want to miss are the views from the South Tower. For €3, you can climb the 533 steps to enjoy impressive city views (tours of the cathedral are also available for  €10). On a clear day, they say you can see the seven mountains called the Siebengebirge. Please note this is very popular. If available, I would book ahead or get in line early. Monday – Saturday, it opens at 6 am and Sunday at 1 pm.

#2 Shop & wander the streets of the Belgian Quarter

Skip buying souvenirs in the main tourist areas and head to hip and trendy, The Belgian Quarter. Filled with chic shops, street art, and cafes, it’s a great place to spend an afternoon shopping and eating. At night it comes alive with a vibrant nightlife scene with many parties, events, and nightclubs.

#3 Explore the quaint Old Town

The Old Town of Cologne is a network of cobblestone alleys filled with cafes, pubs, restaurants, and more. It has not always looked this postcard-perfect; during WWII, most of the city was destroyed, including the Old Town. In 1945 the city was rebuilt and restored to its original glory and beauty.

#4 Capture Instagram worthy views of the city from Köln Triangle

Across the Rhine River, The Köln Triangle offers visitors the opportunity to go up 29 floors to see the city. The view will cost you €5, but it’s worth it, especially if you cannot get into the South Tower of the Cologne Cathedral.

Cologne City View from Koln Triangle

#5 Enjoy the beauty of the Botanical Gardens (Flora und Botanischer Garten Köln)

If you enjoy plants and nature or want a break from the city, this is the place to come. The gardens are home to more than 10,000 native and exotic plants. Depending on the time of year you visit, there are beautiful Alpine and Dahlia gardens, with over 300 varieties of dahlias. Oh, and I buried the best part, a visit to this beautiful place is free.

Exploring More of Germany or Europe?

There are so many lovely vegan-friendly cities and towns that you must explore when you visit Germany and the rest of Europe! If you’re considering adding other stops aside from Cologne, check out our other vegan travel guides!

Vegan Ultimate Vegan Travel Guide to Munich
The Complete Vegan Travel Guide to Hamburg
Vegan Best Berlin Vegan Travel Guide
Vegan Travel Guide to Heidelberg
The Perfect Warsaw Vegan Travel Guide
11 Vegan-Friendly Hotels to Visit in London
The Complete Vienna Vegan Travel Guide
The Best Vegan Travel Guide to Budapest
The Best Restaurants for Vegan Brunch in Berlin
Where to Grab The Best Vegan Breakfast Eats in Hamburg

About Author

Rebecca is the founder of the vegan travel company Veggies Abroad. In 2021, she bid her 15-year career goodbye and ventured into the world of ethical business with the launch of a vegan travel blog (the one you’re reading!). As the blog flourished, Rebecca expanded her vision to encompass personalized travel planning services and launched Veggies Abroad's inaugural vegan tour to Thailand, marking the beginning of many more eco-conscious, plant-powered adventures to come. Follow her adventures on Instagram or Facebook @veggiesabroad