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Jan 2, 2013 11:50 AM

5 days in Bonn, Germany


Any suggestions of restaurants or particular dishes which are must-try in Bonn or Cologne would be be very much appreciated! There doesn't seem to be much said on the boards about Bonn, which is where I will be staying. I may get a chance to take an afternoon stroll around Cologne. We shall see.

I love eating, and am a reasonably adventurous travel eater so am up for any kind of suggestion although I am particular to German food as it is my first time in Germany.

I will be there for a day on my own plus several days with colleagues.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I haven't been there in several years, but there were a number of nice places around the platz in front of the Rathaus.

    1. Not sure what your budget is, but Aennchen in Bad Godesberg (a smaller suburb of Bonn) is a great place for a fancier dinner.

      You should probably also head to Cologne at least for one evening and grab yourself some Kölsch at one of the many brew pubs. Specialties there include Halver Hahn -- the misleadingly named "half chicken", which is actually rye bread with gouda, sliced onion, and paprika powder, or Himmel un Ääd: fried blood sausage with apple sauce and sometimes mashed potatoes.

      These dishes are also available at Brauhaus Bönnsch -- a brew pub in downtown Bonn with really delicious, unusual beer and some pretty hearty fare.

      Nearby is Sudhaus, another place specializing in local cuisine. They put together some tasty mussels.

      If "ethnic" is what you're craving, do try a bunch of döner kebabs around town.

      If you have any more particular questions, feel free to follow up here. I grew up in Bonn, but that was a LONG time ago & I don't go back often.

      6 Replies
      1. re: linguafood

        don't forget schweinehaxe (pork shank, baked or braised) - my personal favorite, and Rheinischer Sauerbraten. Sounds trite and overdone, but if it's prepared right, it's simply amazing with a dab of applesauce.

        and for dessert? It's so simple, but I would do headstands for Rote Gruetze -- it's nothing more than stewed red fruits (currants, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blackcurrants) served warm with a swirl of cream or a scoop of ice cream, but it's so satisfying on a cold night.

        1. re: sunshine842

          Thank you both so much! This was very helpful, as you have both recommended not only dishes but also places to try them! (The Bonnsch menu sounds good!)

          What about some vegetable dishes, I understand the cuisine actually has some good veggie dishes (whether sides or mains), and would love to make sure I try them. Plus, my digestive system + a meat only diet + travelling for business = a bad idea!

          On a side note. That one semester of German I took in college is not helping my ability to read menus. Thank goodness for google translate, and curse those menus in PDF format!

          1. re: daily_unadventures

            Ha! I actually translate restaurant menus & websites for a living, and am often surprised how few restaurants have English menus online.

            Their loss '-)

            Veggies..... not so much, I think, but portions tend to be generous, and usually come with potatoes and salad or cabbage or such.

            Of course, if you happen to be there during asparagus season (late April thru late June), that will be on the menu everywhere.

            1. re: linguafood

              linguafood, how does one get into that niche?

              But isn't there actually a lot of vegetarian food in Germany? (Health and all)... I've always found more outright vegetarian food in Germany, Netherlands etc than in more southerly European destinations where there is far more local produce.

              Spargelzeit is wonderful.

              1. re: lagatta

                By reading one too many horrible translations and offering oneself to help out :-)

                Trust me, not exactly a goldmine, despite the serious need for good translations.

                There are, of course, plenty of vegetables and vegetable dishes in Germany, I just can't think of any particular regional specialties other than home fried potatoes or potato pancakes (arguably not really a 'vegetable), kraut salad, or the aforementioned asparagus... which isn't particular to Bonn or the Rhineland, but of course everywhere when in season.

                Yes, love me some spargel. Like every good German gal :-)

                1. re: linguafood

                  eh -- me? We've actually gone to Germany because Mom needs a serious spargel fix. I spent three days in Munich several years ago and ate spargel twice a day for three days -- up to and including spargel pizza at Pizza Hut (it was on a cream base and awesome)

                  Wintertime is hearty stuff -- nowadays you can get hothouse veggies from just across the border in Holland, but they're hothouse veggies.

                  (and not a vegetable -- but big, doughy knudel -- they're starchy, have all the flavor of a tennis ball, and I LOVE the stupid things.)