In the heart of Cologne, there’s a very special establishment that serves rich, hot coffee during the day, and then when the sun sets, transforms itself into a lively bar, where young people from the neighborhood gather. Hallmackenreuther is indicative of so much about what makes Cologne an attractive place: this is a city of vibrant, creative energy, where in every quarter of the city, people seem to be eating well, making art, and enjoying themselves.
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I sure felt as though I was part of a living city while exploring Cologne recently. Over the course of my visit, I stopped at vintage shops and retro bars, licked ice cream in parks and sipped beer in gardens. On sunny mornings I strolled through street food markets, tasting local delicacies and interacting with the locals, many of whom made the foods I was trying. All in all, I felt that Cologne is well-worth exploring again and recommends it for anyone who is #CreativelyCurious about Germany. It’s also off the normal tourist track, which made it even more fun for me!