This popular and cozy wine restaurant (and hotel, see “Cologne Hotels”) opens onto the old fish-market square and the Rhine, just a few minutes’ walk from the cathedral. Although the wine is the main reason for coming here (the local Rhine wines are that special), you won’t be disappointed with the food. You can’t go wrong with simple, local favorites like grilled pork chops with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes or sauerbraten with potato dumplings. There are always daily specials to choose from.