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“Nice brewery food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Paeffgen

Paeffgen
Friesenstrasse 64-66, 50670 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Altstadt-Nord)
0221-13546
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Ranked #57 of 1,726 Restaurants in Cologne
Price range: $6 - $12
Cuisines: German, Brew Pub
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Altstadt-Nord
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Nice brewery food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We had a great meal here accompanied by a few small beers - we didn't find out why they only did small ones... Both of us had the pork, my girlfriend had steaks and I had the roast pork that looked more like gammon - both tasted fantastic at not a bad price... My sourkrout was great as well...

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Kölsch, Köbes, and Kranz--authentic fun, off the beaten path”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

A 10 minute walk west of the cathedral brings the visitor to this old gem of a Brauhaus, nicely removed from the hustle of the cathedral square. This is one of the few old brewery restaurants left in Cologne, and it's worth a visit. Come with an appetite, and plan to spend a couple of hours as the delicious beer is fairly light, and a meal is a fun experience.

As one of the previous reviewers pointed out, it's more fun to come here with a German speaker, but if you don't, then at least read up a bit on the traditions of serving Kölsch and the waiters (called Köbes) who might appear a bit abrupt to the non-German visitor. In reality, they are fulfilling their role beautifully, using their typical dry humor when interacting with the guests.

All the traditions are observed here, so be prepared to let them know when you don't want your Stange (glass) filled automatically anymore, otherwise they will keep them coming! Regional hearty foods and great atmosphere. Though their beer is served in other pubs in Cologne, this location is my favorite.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Decent beerhouse but bring a german friend!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

Stopped here with a mate as it was recommended on both trip advisor and lonely planet guide books.

Food was good, beer nice. Would come here again if with someone who spoke German.

Main problem was that waiters aren't that friendly despite us trying to speak (bad) German. Ended up pointing to pictures of food from trip advisor website (menu is in German and no luck using google translate to translate it - didn't have a clue what the dishes were!

So if you're going to go here - bring someone who speaks German, know enough German to order food, or have pictures of food to point to!

Visited June 2014
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Upper Arlington, Ohio
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Traditional Cologne - great atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Having attended the University of Bonn, I would talk to travelers who swear this is one of the best kept secrets in Cologne. It is a dated, rustic, old- world charm that is surprisingly preserved. I highly recommend visiting as the food, spirits, atmosphere and experience will not disappoint!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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“Great food, great staff, good prices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Paeffgen was a recommendation from a German friend. He said I would enjoy it and I absolutely did. Food was amazing, Kolsch was refilled as soon as I had finished it and staff was really friendly and fun. I think people working there are part of this wonderful experience. I would definitely return there and would recommend it to any friend visiting Cologne in the future.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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