Entrance and sign of as/if RecordStoreCafé, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

as/f Re­cord­Store­Café

Vinyl meets cof­fee

The Belgian Quarter extends right through the Neustadt area of Cologne, with the Brussels Square as its centre. Instead of Kölsch beer breweries, carnival dives and the traditional local atmosphere, here, you’ll find hip bars, galleries, small designer shops and organic restaurants. The Belgian Quarter is the most fashionable district in the city. However, it is also a fascinating place when it comes to pop music. It is here that the “Sound of Cologne” was created, which made Cologne a world-renowned Mecca for electronic music during the early 1990s, with labels such as “A-Musik” and “Kompakt” [LINK to LONG TEXT COLOGNE].

Recently, the charming as/if RecordStoreCafé opened right in the heart of the district. It is a successful mixture between a café (with excellent, home-made cake, delicious coffee, and good-quality savoury dishes) and record store. With a latte macchiato in your hand, you can rummage through the store looking for the latest new releases, especially rock music. However, the range of music available also includes hip hop and Cologne electronic music. For customers on a low budget or anyone wanting to experiment with new music, there are also several second-hand finds on offer.

Further information:
Brüsseler Str. 92, 50672 Cologne


The building of as/if RecordStoreCafé, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

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