red|guide Tipps: Cologne-Bonn
EAT in Cologne-Bonn: Chino Latino
London, Leeds, Nottingham and Cologne. Apart from three English cities there's now also a subsidiary of the Pan-Asian restaurant concept with a special twist in the city on the Rhine. The menu unites influences from China, South East Asia and modern Japan. That means more specifically: there is sushi, dim sum and tempura but also main courses like red snapper grilled in banana leaf with lemon grass-coconut-sauce or black codfish in chilli-garlic-marinade with mango-caviar. Afterwards the guests can choose between desserts like yogurt cake with a liquid core, passion fruit jelly and blue curaçao air or red bull snow with lemon fruit salad. The dishes are served step-by-step. In this way a communicative and relaxed atmosphere is created. And in the Latin American cocktail bar the barkeeper serves drinks with fine and fresh ingredients.
SHOP in Cologne-Bonn: Chang 13
Chang 13 regards itself as addicted to fine arts. That's not only noticeable in terms of their fashion but also becomes quite clear when looking at their imaginative store concept: in the centre of the fashionable goings-on in the Cologne store stands a tree. From season to season, Chang hangs new and interesting objects on the tree. Sometimes paper lace doilies adorn the tree, sometimes it's garments and accessories in full bloom. The man behind this concept is native Korean and a graduate from the fashion school in Trier. In Paris he learned the art of layered felting and he worked as a stylist all over Europe. Now he's selling his own fashion in the Belgian district. The characteristics of his style are wide and round slits in the sleeves and modified kimono cuts. Chang's aesthetic is mix of classic elements and avant-garde ideas. He loves extraordinary fabrics and values the exploration of materials and their innovative implementation. For all those among you with a green fashion thumb: off to Chang's fashion botany!
STAY in Cologne-Bonn: Domappartement
You need not dismount at Excelsior to see the cathedral up close. The Domappartements represent a cheaper alternative, situated just a stone's throw from the Lanxess Arena and the Philharmonie concert hall. Light, roomy and modern the apartments offer additional touches such as Nespresso coffee machines and cosy Hästens beds. If you get tired of waiting for George Clooney to show up then step outside and within just a couple of minutes you'll be at Domplatte, ready to soak up the pulsating nightlife of Cologne. Apartment from EUR 50 per night.
SEE in Cologne-Bonn: Cologne Cathedral
The cathedral: it is easy to locate as it acts as a navigation point for locating everything else. Standing at 157 metres tall it was for many years the city's tallest building. Today only the telecommunications tower reaches higher into the sky. Nevertheless life in Cologne mostly revolves around the monumental construction - that is of course until the jesters take over. Those who pass through the great entrance as non-believers may well find themselves reconsidering once inside. The giant halls leave visitors feeling so small and insignificant that humbleness will take care of itself. But the cathedral also moves with the times. When Gerhard Richter created the south transept window in 2007, he chose instead of the proposed Bible scene to design a colourful mosaic, which resembles the pixels of a computer screen. Although the original reaction was one of anger, the uproar has since settled down leaving Richter's work to enlighten church goers and art critics alike.