Cologne was my very first visit to Germany ever. My research on gluten free Germany did not sound too promising so my first port of call was to obtain a gluten free travel card in German, as I have no German speaking skills whatsoever beyond what I have learnt from world war 2 films. Somehow I don’t think “Achtung, achtung gluten” would get me very far! So a German language card was very useful
One of the places that came recommended via a German language website and also the local tourist office was Ecco. Unfortunately I just didn’t make it to this restaurant as it was simply too far away from the things that we wanted to cram into our limited time in Cologne.
Dinner was quite hard for me. Nothing particularly took my fancy in ‘complicated’ restaurants (I had looked beforehand) and the easier walk-in places were very gluten centred. The gluten containing pretzel shops looked amazing. Yet another thing for me to try and re-create when I have some free time.
Essentially I ended up buying a salad box from the only food shop we found. The point of major excitement came was when we found some crisps with the word gluten on the front. We then had the fun of trying to get the nice shop assistant to explain what the other word meant, but he was more preoccupied with trying to explain that he couldn’t explain gluten! Fair enough. We got there in the end. It worked out ok as the crisps turned out to be gluten free! Yay! I got so excited about these crisps I bought two packets. Woohoo!
Breakfast @ Pullman Cologne
On this occasion it paid to be prepared. In the morning I went down to breakfast with some rice cakes hoping that I would be able to pick up something else. Unfortunately breakfast was mobbed. I don’t just mean mobbed in a lazy Sunday morning fashion, no I mean lets quickly run to grab things while overtaking others fashion. This of course meant staff were rushed off their feet and lots of accidents were happening i.e. fresh food coming out, staff being nudged by guests and staff dropping the tray they were holding followed by the other four that were adjacent to them. We were very lucky to even get a seat. Given the state of chaos I decided to stick to my rice cakes and foraged for anything that looked uncontaminated.
Lunch @ Ludwig Museum / Modern Art Museum
The restaurant of the Modern Art Museum was an ideal place for a late lunch for us as we knew we would be visiting. Rumours on the internet were indeed correct that the menu labelled up dishes as being vegetarian or gluten free. It wasn’t an extensive gluten free menu but there were maybe two or three choices which bearing in mind my lack of gluten free success so far in Cologne was quite an achievement.
There is nothing suitable before security. After security there is a Subway which has nothing suitable, a Sandwich shop which has nothing suitable and a Pretzel place which also has nothing suitable. The sit down beer place also had nothing suitable. I think the only optimistic thing I found at the airport was an ice cream from a vending machine and that too I’m not entirely convinced about.