Julia Krakau

Cologne

Spotter since 2016

My spots (30)

Savoca – Italian deli and Büdchen

"Savoca" has become my favorite café in Cologne's Sülz-Klettenberg. It's an absolutely likable mixture of an Italian café-bar, a deli and a "Büdchen"...

bars
Bars
coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
snacks
Snacks

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Julia

Krakau

Dank Augusta – Picnic in the botanical garden

"Dank Augusta" is a kiosk in the botanical garden of Cologne where I love to go for a coffee or a bite to eat. This is the perfect spot for a picnic!

coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
relaxing
Relaxing
snacks
Snacks

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Julia

Krakau

I Promise You A Rose Garden – Green gem on Fort X

An impressive secret rose garden in one of Cologne's best-preserved pieces of fortification - now a public park that's my perfect outdoor getaway...

relaxing
Relaxing

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Julia

Krakau

Perlenfischer – Beautiful gifts and stamps

Perlenfischer is a beautiful corner store has specialized in rubber stamps: flowers and leaves, fruits, animals, graphic shapes, or whole letterings.

shopping
Shopping

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Julia

Krakau

Le‘zzet – Best Turkish breakfast in Chorweiler

"Le'zzet" in Chorweiler, Cologne offers amazing Turkish breakfast! It always takes me to another world...

coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
restaurants
Restaurants
snacks
Snacks

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Julia

Krakau

MOK – For lovers of art and architecture

"MOK" (or Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst) is one of the most beautiful places in Cologne! Its serene, modest yet breathtaking architecture fascinates me...

arts&culture
Art & culture
coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
relaxing
Relaxing

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Julia

Krakau

Wiesenhaus – Minimalists meet long-term campers

If you're interested in the tiny house movement, are a minimalist at heart and want to escape Cologne's bustle, you need to visit Café "Wiesenhaus"...

coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
relaxing
Relaxing
snacks
Snacks

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Julia

Krakau

Kalscheurer Weiher – Rowing boats and picnic place

"Kalscheurer Weiher" Cologne is a pond with a boat rental and a small kiosk in Cologne's outer green belt. For me, this place feels so down-to-earth...

coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
relaxing
Relaxing
snacks
Snacks

By

Julia

Krakau

About me

About me
I am a geographer and city-addict! Whenever I go on holiday, my destination is a city. From time to time I long for hiking in the countryside, but I always feel relieved to be back in an urban environment.

Cologne is the city where I was born and raised and after my studies, and some experience abroad (in France and Brazil), I came back and settled down here. Now I am quite sure, that I won’t leave anymore.

I am working as a freelance journalist and editor specialized in urban development in the area of International Development Cooperation, and I have always felt very lucky to combine my personal interests (cities!) with my professional topics.

Besides that, I have three kids and I love photography, architecture, travelling and many things more.

As a Spotter for Spotted by Locals I’ve noticed that I get a new perspective on my city. I become more attentive to the little details wayside and I wonder if my favourite café around the corner could be a highlight of someone’s stay in Cologne. I feel very happy to be part of the Spotters community and to share my insider’s tips as I am completely convinced that locals know their cities better!

Why Cologne?
Natives from Cologne love their city by nature. I admit though that there are many cities in the world which are more romantic, beautiful and picturesque. But Cologne is really a great place to be!

Most people here are kind and open-minded and so is the vibe in our city.

Off the beaten tourist tracks around the cathedral “Kölner Dom”, Cologne is rich with pleasant neighbourhoods and interesting spots which are worth being discovered.

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