Every day is a good day for ice cream in Cologne! Photo: AdobeStock

Cologne’s five best ice cream parlours for kids

When the temperatures start to rise in Cologne, head for one of our five favourite ice cream parlours for families for a yummy way to cool down.

Bar Schmitz – ice cream decadence in decadent surroundings

Indulge your sweet tooth in style at the Belgian Quarter’s Bar Schmitz where it almost feels as if you’ve stepped into a Gustav Klimt painting.

Original art nouveau tiles, golden stucco ceilings, extravagant chandeliers – everything here exudes opulence, including the dining options. Because Bar Schmitz is a bar, restaurant, brasserie and ice cream parlour all rolled into one. And the ice cream is famous throughout the city.

Homemade using organic ingredients, it comes served in cornets or cups – and in the cocktail creations from the bar.

For kids, the best option is to go for a cornet – it’s difficult enough having to choose between chocolate & popcorn, apple & walnut and the rest of the wide selection on offer!

Aachener Straße 34, 50674 Cologne
Schmitz ice cream is also available at Kiosk Schmitz: Gottfried-Keller-Straße 15, 50931 Cologne

Eisfeld and Eisfeldchen – swings and roundabouts (well, almost)

The Eisfeld team love ice cream (Eis) and they love their neighbourhood (Ehrenfeld), which is how they came up with their name. There’s an ever-changing range of homemade ice cream, free of artificial additives, colours and emulsifiers, available here, as well as coffee and cake.

With its kids’ play area and swing seats, this place eventually became so popular that they opened a second, smaller branch, called Eisfeldchen. Located in Cologne’s Sülz district, Eisfeld’s smaller sibling has coffee and milkshakes on the menu as well as yummy ice cream.

Eisfeld: Hansemannstr. 49, 50823 Cologne
Eisfeldchen: Zülpicher Straße 303, 50937 Cologne

Eisdielerin – the real “deal” for the sweet (or savoury) of tooth

With sweet and savoury options on offer at Eisdielerin, you can combine lunch with desert! There’s Plato, filled with goat’s cheese, sundried tomatoes and olives, the coastally inspired Küsten, with trout, cucumber and dill, and a whole host of other flavours, all of which come with your choice of dip (tomato/coriander/jalapeño, to name just one example). All cornets are also available with vegan cheese and the ingredients are sourced from regional suppliers as far as possible. Make sure you leave some space for dessert though: there are waffles, coffee and cake waiting for you! And, of course, a selection of ice cream flavours produced by the “in-house ice cream lab” using natural ingredients.

As if that wasn’t enough, they also have a play area and a small courtyard to keep the kids entertained, a souvenir corner for the grown-ups and a “dogs welcome” policy.

Venloer Str. 402, 50825 Cologne
Eisdielerin also has a shop in the Südstadt district for ice cream to go:
Bonner Str. 40, 50677 Cologne

Keiserlich – Cologne’s fabulous five

Rice pudding, raspberry cheesecake or lemon & basil – whatever the flavour, Keiserlich‘s ice cream is such a hit with the locals that Cologne now has five branches! The cool creations here are made with fresh ingredients, supplied by regional businesses whenever possible. And, if pumpkin seed and the likes are too experimental for you, why not go for something more traditional like a scrumptious chocolate sundae.

Wittekindstr. 42, 50937 Cologne / Kirchweg 134, 50858 Cologne (Junkersdorf) / Neusser Platz 2, 50670 Cologne / Hermeskeiler Platz 4, 50935 Cologne / Horbeller Str. 10-14, 50858 Cologne

Il Gelato di Ferigo – an ice cream institution

Il Gelato di Ferigo has been selling home-made ice cream since 1994. Their products use as little sugar as possible and lots of probiotic yoghurt, which means you can indulge without feeling guilty – especially as there are no artificial flavourings, colours or gluten either.

The care they put into choosing ingredients is matched by their love of trying out new ideas (sour cream and cress, pumpernickel and apricot and rosemary, to name but a few). Giacomo Ferigo, who runs the parlour, is forever conjuring up new creations, driven by his passion for gelato.

Goltsteinstraße 32, 50968 Cologne

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