Das Schmitz im MOK Cologne

Image by Julia Krakau

Das Schmitz im MOK – Coffee and art with a view

For several reasons, this café is one of my all-time favorites. First of all, the location! You’ll find it within the beautiful Museum of East Asian Art, which overlooks a very urban pond, the “Aachener Weiher”.

It’s been years since I last visited the permanent exhibition of Japanese, Chinese and Korean art, but I’m constantly in love with the architecture of the modernist building designed by the Japanese architect Kunio Maekawa, a pupil of Le Corbusier. 

I love to sit in the museum’s hall or on the terrace right next to the water, having a good cappuccino and soaking up the artsy urban atmosphere. And the food is another pro: the breakfast, the quiches and the cakes – everything is delicious! If you ask me, try “Linzer Torte” with whipped cream!

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons it might be difficult to catch a free table. And waiters sometimes seem to be overstrained. So whenever it’s possible, you should consider going there on weekdays or weekend mornings, or just be patient!

A short footnote: Aachener Weiher is not just a pond in Cologne’s inner park belt, it rather seems to be the one and only meeting place for students during the summer months. When the weather is nice, thousands of people are having picnics and barbecues on the lawns or drinks in the Biergarten from noon till night. I would call it Cologne’s equivalent to Berlin’s Mauerpark.


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Details about this spot



Universitätsstraße 100, Cologne

Telephone number


Opening Times

Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00, Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:00


Cakes: € 4.10


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)