Sustainable Travel in Köln

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Last Updated on July 28, 2023

I’ve lived in Cologne, Germany for the last couple years. It’s not really a big travel destination unless you’re coming to see the Dom or for Karneval but it has some great places for conscious fashion and veg food! Here are some of my favourites:


Fairfitters – Lovely store with lots of men’s and women’s clothes and accessories.

Green Guerillas – Selection of men’s and women’s casual wear, lots of tees and basics.

Kiss the Inuit – Another option for men’s and women’s casual wear.

Lanius – Cologne label with a few stories around the city.

ShipSheip – Little boutique carrying some men’s and womanswear from their own line, as well as from Dedicated, Jungle Folk, rentals from Kleiderrebell, and accessories.


KattaKatta – Consignment store with an often over-stuffed selection of unique pieces.

Polyestershock – Cute vintage boutique with some lovely items – plus they do alternations!

Vintage & Rags – Large selection of men’s and women’s vintage clothes and accessories.

Vintage Emde – Curated vintage selection with lots of staples and unique pieces.

Kleiderei – A clothing rental store where with your monthly membership you can borrow clothes, like a library! (can also buy clothes)



Bunte Burger


Edelgrün – I couldn’t ask for anything more. This place has a great selection of delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes with a focus on healthy, whole foods and sustainability (bring your own takeaway containers and they’ll give you a discount!)

Bunte Burger – Loaded vegan burgers with lots of different combinations. They have a location in Ehrenfeld, but also food trucks at events and around the city.

MeiWok – Salad, soup, SE Asian curry, stir-fry, noodle, and rice dishes, plus a selection of healthy smoothies and juices. I typically go with the daily special and haven’t yet been disappointed.

Cafe Hibiskus – Great for afternoon coffee and a slice of vegan cake.

485 Grad – Italian pizza place, not totally veg like the others but they have a couple really delicious vegan pizzas.

Chum Chay – Vegetarian Vietnamese food, really cute place with an lovely outdoor courtyard in summer and flavourful dishes.

and finally…

Eisfeld – Amazing ice cream, always with some vegan options. My favourite is apple if they have it.

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4 Responses

  1. Maite
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    Hey Verena, thanks for this! Very useful. If I can add a couple more:

    – tante Olga, zero waste shop
    – Maki Maki sushi Green (I don’t think I ever tried a better sushi, like, ever!)

    • Verena Erin
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      Thanks for the reminder to update it! Love their sushi 😋

  2. Julia
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    Great collection! I didn’t know some of these. There is also a zero waste shop in Ehrenfeld (Veedelskrämer, Körnerstr.) And the yoga studio Vishnus Couch in Ehrenfeld (Stammstraße I believe) has a small cafe that is vegan and I think organic. They also sell zero waste sweets, sometimes soup to buy in a returnable glass jar and heat at home, cold brewd coffee in glass bottles…

    • Verena Erin
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      Veedelskrämer is great! I haven’t been to Vishnus Couch though, will definitely have to check it out, thanks!

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