Gluten-free Cologne: cathedral

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With the third tallest cathedral in the world, colorful buildings around every corner, and a chocolate museum it’s no wonder why Cologne attracts visitors from all over the world every year. This city along the Rhine river has so many attractions, that we decided to save you a little time with this gluten free guide to Cologne.

Note: As with all our guides, always use precaution when dining out. The ingredients or staff can be different day by day and a Nima test does not guarantee the whole plate. Bring your Nima along with extra capsules and always let Nima take the first bite!

Hoomage Cafe

Gluten-free Cologne: smiling Nima with food

Location: Friesenstraße 73, 50670 Köln, Germany

#nimatested Dish: Scrambled Eggs and Avocado 

Notes: Slightly outside of the center of city, but close to the Friesenplatz train stop and shopping center, this little cafe has mostly gluten-free options if you ask to leave the bread off of the dish. It’s a great spot for a filling breakfast or brunch before touring the city with very accommodating staff.

Mama Trattoria

Gluten-free Cologne: Smiling Nima with food

Location: Brückenstrasse 5 – 11, 50667 Köln, Germany

#nimatested Dish: Antipasto

Notes: Known for their fresh ingredients and allergy friendly options, Mama Trattoria offers gluten-free salads and pasta from their menu. A great spot for lunch or dinner close to the Rhine River and all of Cologne’s main attractions.

Ludwig Museum & Cafe

Gluten-free Cologne: Smiling Nima with food

Location: Heinrich-Böll-Platz, 50667 Köln, Germany

#nimatested Dish: Antipastiteller

Notes: Located in the Ludwig Museum, this cafe is great for lunch or a light meal while touring the cities most famous buildings. The cafe is also within walking distance of the Cologne Cathedral, Rhine Garden, Fishmarkt and more. The menu changes every 2 weeks but the staff was able to recommend gluten-free options from the current menu. They also list allergies next to the food items on the menu so if you’re Celiac, avoid foods with the letter ‘A’ next to it!


Gluten-free Cologne: Smiling Nima with food

Location: An der Rechtschule 3, 50667 Köln, Germany

#nimatested Dish: Surf and Turf pasta

Notes: A casual, cafeteria-style chain that offers gluten-free salads and pasta. When I asked the staff for a gluten free pasta bowl, they directed me to an employee that was making only gluten free dishes from his area of the kitchen. I was able to watch him prepare the meal and choose how much of the ingredients I wanted to include in my bowl. Overall, they are very accommodating to gluten allergies.

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