What to Do When you Have 24 Hours in Cologne?!
24 Hours in Cologne, a whirlwind trip.
On landing, we headed to our hotel. The Hopper Hotel is a converted church, the perfect balance between modern and historical character. The rooms were simple and clean with brilliant storage solutions, and the staff were super accommodating and helpful.
The real benefit of this hotel was its location! It was right in the heart of Cologne, with multiple cafes and restaurants just a walk away.
Its such an interesting mix of architecture walking around Cologne. So much was destroyed in the war and consequently rebuilt, there is so much diversity!
Our first evening, we took a 15 minute stroll from our hotel, after freshening up, to a vegan sushi place called Maki Maki Sushi Green. The sushi was PHENOMINAL!
Even if you are not vegan, the innovation in flavours and options was really wonderful! Perfect food choice for after a day of travelling, full of nutrients.
If you go there, you have to try the sweet sushi! It was sweet coconut rice filled with banana and topped with toasted coconut with a few other delightful ingredients, very interesting to try! I’ve never experienced anything like it!
Afterwards we walked a bit through the Suedstadt of Cologne, taking in all the sights. One of the most charming parts about Europe is the evening culture. People out on the streets, eating, drinking, walking and socialising, its so lovely to just observe the hustle and bustle.
After desperately trying to make a bulletproof coffee in the morning, we brought a nutibullet with us but forgot to bring a french press, so it was a whole ordeal in itself, we decided to head to Leuchte Kaffeebar and grab coffee there instead. Small and intimate, again, just a lovely little hidden gem of Cologne.
Afterwards, we went to the Volksgarten. A gorgeous inner-city park complete with rose garden and moat. Relaxing and laying in the sun, enjoying the little haven of nature in the city.
Lunch was courtesy of Mashery-Hummus Kitchen which did THE BEST hummus and falafel I think I have had. They offer a selection of different toppings and breads to compliment their velvety hummus!
We then walked to the Rheinauhafen, the harbour district of Cologne and enjoyed just walking around as the sun was setting.
Dinner was an Uber Eats vegan poke bowl as we were pretty exhausted from an action packed day. We also needed to pack for our 3am wakeup call for our flight to Santorini the next morning!
Our 24 hours in Cologne was quite a whirlwind trip, but we managed to make the most of it! If you’ve been we’d love to hear your suggestions!
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Until next time!
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