Clothing Shops in the Belgian Quarter, © visual hunt

Dis­cov­er­ing the Urb­an Bel­gian Quarter in Co­logne

The be­loved streets of Co­logne

Why don’t we look in­to ex­plor­ing a few of the coolest shops and res­taur­ants you’ll find here?

It’s okay to admit that the only way you’ve explored Cologne before is as a tourist, checking out the old town’s cobblestone streets, gazing up at the Kölner Dom and adding your lock to the Hohenzollern Bridge (better known as the Love Lock Bridge). However, Cologne is so much more than just the top 10 tourist attractions. Cologne is filled with side streets, hidden gems and beautiful parks. One local favorite is the Belgian Quarter, so why don’t we look into exploring a few of the coolest shops and restaurants you’ll find here?

The Belgian Quarter (known in German as the Belgisches Viertel) simply adopted this name because many of the streets in this quarter refer to Belgian cities and provinces. You’ll notice street names like Brüsseler Straße, Werderstraße, and Spichernstraße which are all special names and titles in Belgium. The district square, known as Brüsseler Platz, is where many locals and travelers meetup to chat, drink a beer and enjoy the afternoon.

But what makes the Belgian Quarter such a hot spot for locals today? There is a huge variety of local and international boutique shops, delicious restaurants and local cafés to hang out at. Shall I name just a few?


Shops in the Belgian Quarter

Om Inside: is Cologne’s first shop for yoga clothing, selling sustainable products in all sizes for men, women, and children.

GY’BELL: is a local label from Cologne that offers young, sporty and ready-to-wear apparel made in Germany for female, males, and babies.

5 Soul Fashion: offers a huge selection of international and local labels for all seasons. They’re well known for offering high-quality items that are hot in trend.

Boutique Frau Kayser: is the perfect place to be if you’re looking for neat gifts, textiles, homemade embroidery, one-of-a-kind toys, stationery art and DIY materials.


Restaurants in the Belgian Quarter

Hallmackenreuther: is centrally located along the Brüsseler Platz with yummy burgers, soups, and salads (it’s also a great place for people watching).

Krua Thai: is an affordable and delicious Thai restaurant centrally located in the Belgian Quarter.

Noa: is a great little industrial chic designed café serving up excellent coffee and hearty food.

Restaurant Belgischer Hof: is a French-German restaurant with a wide selection of delicious wines and some scrumptious flammkuchen.


Drinks in the Belgian Quarter

De.lite: day or night, de.lite serves up a great selection of cocktails with a 70’s atmosphere. Enjoy the Belgian Quarter to the fullest during an evening filled with the hottest DJ tracks.  

Little Link: represents the link between classic and modern, classy and casual, human and human. If you’re into hand selected cocktails and fine liqueurs, this bar has it all.

FRIEDA Bar: is the Belgian Quarter’s go-to Punk Rock bar, filled with great beer, loud music, and good friends.

Die Mumu: gives you that tropical nightclub vibe in the middle of the city and is constantly hosting some of the quarters best club nights.


The great thing about exploring the Belgian Quarter is that you don’t have to do it all alone. Along with this helpful guide, there is an awesome website called Chic Belgique which showcases all of the small and unique shops around the Belgian Quarter, so you can plan your trip in advance and check out all of the new and upcoming stores in the area.

Happy exploring!


Written by Jenna Davis | Life in Düsseldorf

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