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Beer makes you beautiful: Owner Jürgen Schön in his store Bier Macht Schön


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Naturmetzgerei Hennes

Short ribs from young bulls are not the kind of thing you’d normally find on a barbecue here in Germany. But requests like these are all in a day’s work for this local butcher’s shop in the Severinsviertel neighbourhood. Particularly exacting customers are occasionally invited behind the counter into the refrigerated area to describe exactly what kind of cut they are looking for. This helps to cultivate an awareness of responsible meat consumption. At the counter, people queue up to receive their meat and cold cuts from the Naturverbund Niederrhein, a network of meat producers who rear animals under environmentally friendly conditions and in a species-appropriate way. On seeing the cold cuts on display, it’s easy to yearn for those childhood days when you’d be offered a slice of ham while your mother was placing her order.  Text by Valeria Scalerandi

Severinstr. 20


Der Kölner Biobauer

At the entrance to this farm shop, you will be greeted by Anna, Lotta and Frieda – three goats chilling in front of their pens. Not far from their enclosed space are the greenhouses containing the produce sold in the adjacent farm shop. This scene is so idyllic that it’s hard to believe you’re still in Cologne. Since 1986, the Roußelli family have been running their farm in Vingst, in the east of Cologne. Here, customers can buy seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs grown on the farm. Radishes are sold in bunches and the rocket is weighed at the counter and packed in a paper bag. The organic eggs come from the free-range hens on the farm. As well as its own produce, the farm shop sells other certified organic foods such as pasta, cheese, bread and confectionery.  Text by Andreas Flammang

Poll-Vingster-Str. 215


Schwarze Liebe

Liquorice chocolate or liqueurs, tea or toothpaste, syrup or powder. Soft or hard liquorice, for chewing or sucking. Sweet, salty or really salty. Stephan Erdmann’s specialist store in Cologne’s Ehrenfeld district covers the full spectrum of liquorice products. And the ‘black gold’ is certainly riding high in the trend stakes at the moment, particularly in German cities. The store’s focus is on unpackaged goods, which lends the sparsely furnished premises a certain old-fashioned charm: customers can pick and choose from over 70 jars of sweets on wooden wall-mounted shelves. As well as being pure heaven for hardcore liquorice fans, it is an ideal way for the uninitiated to discover the aromatic facets of this tasty treat, something that – here in Germany at least – is often equated with the mass-produced assortments marketed by Katjes or Haribo.  Text by Jan Lüke

Venloer Str. 440


Wing On Hong

In the south of Cologne, you’ll find a supermarket with a wide range of food from Asian countries that caters for all budgets. Some of its shelves are arranged according to categories such as dried spices, sauces or instant noodles, others according to country of origin. This includes ingredients for Korean and Japanese dishes. If you’re trying to get your hands on the paste you need for Thai soup tom kha gai or special ingredients for Chinese regional cuisine or Indonesian recipes, this should be your first port of call. There’s also a wide range of fresh herbs like basil, coriander root and garlic chives, frozen fish and seafood and fresh vegetables such as pak choi and winter melon. As you make your way to the check-out, you’ll find chilled drinks and tempting snacks such as kerupuk crackers and dried green mangoes. Text by Esther Arens

Marktstr. 1


Bier Macht Schön

Stacked against the walls of this small store are wooden crates of beer bottles adorned with an array of colourful labels. With over 250 types to choose from, it can be ­difficult for customers to decide. So it’s a good job that owner Roland Schön is always on hand to provide expert and friendly advice. The wide range on offer literally spans from A to Z: from ale to cloudy, ­unfiltered Zwickelbier. While many of the beers – like the Belgian La Chouffe Blonde – come from other European countries, some are produced closer to home. For instance, Em Dackelsche comes from Lieber Waldi, a small brewery in the nearby Sülz district. The shop also offers seminars and beer tastings and sells a selection of books and T-shirts.  Text by Andreas Flammang

Berrenrather Str. 206