Probably one of the most controversial spots in town, Le Kiosk is where the young folks of Cologne buy beer and booze to hang out at Brüsseler Platz – heart of the hip Belgian quarter and THE place to be on a mild summer’s night.
For the last couple of years, Brüsseler Platz in the heart of the hip Belgian quarter has become the place where everyone meets if the temperatures allow it – especially on weekend nights. Much to the discomfort of the residents, there can easily be several hundred people on the square on such a night and as a Cologne local you can almost be sure to meet someone you know. If you don’t know anyone, that’s not a problem either – people from Cologne are easy to approach and I have no doubt you’ll make new friends if you want to.
Le Kiosk is the starting point for many adventures of the night and the place you can return to if you need more drinks (or something for your sweet tooth).
The city of Cologne started a campaign to quieten the square (even with plans to shut down the square completely by putting fences all around), so Le Kiosk has to close at midnight and workers of the public order office will kindly ask you to leave. If you don’t want to be kicked off by the authorities, just leave in time for one of the many bars close by.