Serves meat, vegan options available. Cafe and restaurant that offers regional and Mediterranean food and fair trade coffee. Has vegan breakfast, a vegan menu with around 4 dishes plus a vegan buffet once a month featuring a faux meat like seitan-schnitzel or tofu-steak. Vegan options at weekend brunch (10am-3pm) with reservation required. Nice atmosphere, free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Sun 10:00-00:00.

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36 Reviews

First Review by Winfried57


Points +1142

29 Oct 2023

New owner, less vegan options

Ecco used to be one of the few (if not the first?) reliable vegan friendly restaurants in Cologne, but the restaurant now has a new owner. There are less vegetarian/vegan options on the menu, and gone is the legendary seitan schnitzel with mushroomsauce. Instead we had a spaghetti and a burger/fries. No complaints, they were both okay, just be adviced that Ecco is no longer as focussed on veggie food as it used to be.

Updated from previous review on 2023-09-30

Pros: Friendly staff



Points +34

22 Jun 2023

ok but wouldn’t recommend

we had the breakfast buffet and they had several vegan options although it is not focused on providing a full vegan buffet. The vegan mostly consisted of bread different salads and tapenade as the only spread. all toppings spreads and sauces where either dairy or meat products.

The vegan options where only partly marked and when we asked about the contents of different options on the table we got unsure answers and ot felt in general like they didn’t truly know what they contained. When asked about whether the bread was vegan they simply said “yes its bread”. It just tells me that they didn’t have enough understanding of what products are and are not vegan.

some of the salads where good and the the bread was fresh fruits good etc. but it was really only what you would expect and considering the price of almost 20 euros with a drink we were definitely underwhelmed.

there was also small stuff like that we asked for vegan butter and they forgot it twice, then having to go to the counter and wait for them to come out so they wouldnt forget it. The service was not on paar either with the price class.

i would not recommend it, given that the food was simply ok, it felt overpriced and generally not good customer experience.

Pros: all you can eat buffet, fresh veggies, not a bad location

Cons: Food, Customer experience, Price


Points +162

23 Apr 2023

Rather expensive for what you get

For each over 16€ I would expect a quite good or at least large burger or appetizer plate. Though, both were small dishes and only okayish. It's not bad, but feels too expensive for what you get.


Points +316

08 Apr 2023

Good food and nice location

Offers a big selection of vegan starters, main courses and desserts. Only negative point: Charges extra for milk alternatives


Points +16

06 Feb 2023


Ich war zum Brunchen da, es gab nicht wie auf der Homepage beschrieben eine vegane Seite des Buffets. Die veganen Lebensmittel müssten gesucht werden und befanden sich teilweise direkt neben dem Fleisch. Besonders da hätte ich mir eine bessere Abgrenzung gewünscht. Es gab viele vegane Salate und warme Speisen, aber verhältnismäßig wenig vegane Optionen für ein veganes Frühstück.


Points +110

31 Jan 2023

Delicious food, great staff

Went there with colleagues. All vegan options were marked as such in the menu. The food was very nice and the staff was too.


Points +18

29 Jan 2023

Toller Brunch für ALLE

Als Veganer geht man auch gerne mal mit Nicht-Veganern essen. Hier ist das Ecco perfekt. Der Brunch hat eine tolle Auswahl an veganen und nicht-veganen Speisen. Die Qualität war für alle erstklassig. Am Ende waren alle glücklich und satt.😄


Points +132

01 Nov 2022

Vegan friendly for a long time

For me, Ecco is one of the first reliably vegan restaurants in Cologne. There is a brunch that includes many vegan options that are clearly separated from the rest of the buffet.

At tea time there is always at least one vegan cake selection. The coffee can also be ordered with vegan milk alternatives.

There are several high chairs, but they cannot be reserved in advance for the table. This is a bit stressful at times, but so far it has always worked out.

We were also able to celebrate our civil wedding here in Corona times. We were able to reserve a table, the business continued on the side. The communication regarding the vegan menu went really well, so that our guests could even choose between three main courses. In addition, there were vegan tapas as an appetizer and a vegan chocolate cake as dessert. Even the non-vegan skeptics were pleasantly surprised.

Unfortunately, it seems that recently the owner or at least the strategy of the restaurant has changed. Anyway, it's not quite as great as it used to be.

Updated from previous review on 2022-11-01

Pros: Reliably vegan, Very nice staff

Cons: In the evening and morning only with reservation, Unfortunately often full


Points +18

25 Jul 2022

My favorite

Probé las dátiles en abrigo de zucchini, totalmente recomendadas. Vienen con una ensalada y pan con hummus, todo deli. Vienen tres dátiles en el plato, pienso que podrían ser al menos cinco!

Pros: Opciones veganas deliciosas


Points +3046

07 Feb 2022

Buffet brunch

They serve buffet brunch. We managed to get a table without a reservation.
There were several vegan options, marked. There were vegetables, salad, vegan dips a chocolate cake as dessert. A glass of juice is included in the price. A bit pricey though.

There is also the option to order from the menu. Vegan options are marked.

Updated from previous review on 2021-11-13

Pros: Brunch, Buffet

Cons: Expensive


Points +97

28 Dec 2021

Good vegan selection and options for non vegans as well

I normally prefer all vegan restaurants but sometimes it’s nice if you bring say your parents or grand parents if there are different options, also nice to sit afterwards and have drinks

Pros: Very good food , Good to have drinks , Breakfast


Points +157

25 Aug 2021

Best vegan breakfast in cologne so far 😍

We went there for breakfast on a Tuesday and had to wait for like 30 minutes but it was totally worth it, when we saw the waitress coming with these huge plates. 😍 The vegan breakfast was so good and I would highly recommended it! The restaurant has a lot of tables in and outside and it is very comfortable to sit outside in the sun.

Pros: Nice ambiente, Yummy vegan breakfast


Points +26

11 Aug 2021

Gutes Frühstück

Mein Mann hatte den veganen Overnight Oat mit Sojamilch. Optisch nicht überragend, aber geschmacklich ordentlich. Total überzeugt hat uns die vegane Frühstücksplatte. Leckere Antipasti, Hummus, Datteln, gebratener Räuchertofu, sehr leckeres Brot… wir fanden es absolut empfehlenswert.

Pros: Vegane Frühstücksplatte, Freundliches Personal, Vernünftige Preise


Points +654

07 Aug 2021

So and so

I‘m a bit torn between. The first dish I had was absolutely delicious (dates in zucchini), the main course (vegan Wiener Schnitzel) was really subpar (just a thick, mushy, bland slap of textured soy, breaded and deep fried). The warm potatoe salad on the other hand was again pretty good though. So, there seem to be vegan dishes they do pretty awesome, and others not so much, so I guess you‘ll have to try and be lucky.

Pros: Nice staff, Cocktails , those dates!

Cons: The vegan schnitzel


Points +28

18 Oct 2020

Terrific Brunch

We had a buffet speedbrunch (1hr) for for €14.90 each and filled ourselves silly. Lots of vegan options (Inc tofu lasagne, Rösti, scrambled tofu) with continental breakfasts bits with yoghurt etc. The vegan is marked clearly with a V. They had one buffet tray containing meat but otherwise vegan with some veggie.


Points +180

17 Oct 2020

Unfortunately the worst brunch I’ve ever had in a cheap looking environment

Amount of vegan options would in theory be sufficient, but unfortunately everything looked super boring and ugly and taste the same. They for example served plain white tofu with tomato (tomato mozzarella style) with a tiny amount of pesto - super plain and tasteless. Then there was Asian style noodle salad which pretty much just contained noodles with a couple of carrot pieces. The place itself looks ugly, not cute at all. But the service was quick and very friendly and attentive. We had to complain about the food and asked to pay only for a plate each, instead of the brunch plate, and they offered to give us 3 out of 4 plates completely free so that we just had to share 15€ (Speed brunch price) decided by 4. but honestly. That was very nice.

Pros: Very nice, quick and accommodating service

Cons: Very bad, boring food


Points +1195

11 Jan 2020

big and tasty

we enjoyed our dinner here very much. good atmosphere and flavours from massive portions. i had the jägeschnitzel with a delicious mushroom sauce, roast potatoes and salad.
a few small minuses: the burger bun’s are flimsy, the tomatoes can’t have seen the sun and credit cards are not accepted.


Points +345

07 Sep 2019

Food was okay

My vegan burger was quite good, but the Flammkuchen wasn't a joy.
Also I was annoyed by the flimmering light of the cake showcase. Atmosphere could be better, staff is friendly.


Points +269

17 Aug 2019

Leckerer vielseitiger Brunch

Der Brunch ist sehr lecker, leider auch Recht teuer und man muss frühzeitig reservieren. Als Brotbelag gibt es leider weder Käse noch Wurstalternativen.


Points +228

06 Jul 2019

Wouldn’t go back

The place looks nice and the staff is friendly. That’s it. The choice is small and the quality is poor. We paid over 50€ for 2pax.
The vegan items are: some salads, potatoes, fried potatoes, some fried vegetables and rice. Pretty boring and lacking in taste.
Plus for the sweet part, the rice pudding was great.

Pros: A few vegan options, Friendly staff , Venue

Cons: Expensive for what you get, Small choice, Boring and nothing special


Points +34

09 Dec 2018

Sehr lecker!

Wir haben hier einen sehr guten veganen Burger gegessen. Der Inhalt war kross gebraten und die Beilage war auch sehr lecker.
Hier bekommt man auch einen sehr guten Espresso.


Points +40

05 Aug 2018

Many vegan options at breakfast buffet

We had the breakfast buffet today and we found much vegan options, by guess more than the half buffet. There were salads, pesto, mie-noodles, wedges and potato fritters, bread, cakes, vegan rice pudding, fruits and much more. There are also non vegan products available. To drink we got coffee with oat- or soya milk and fresh mint, ginger and citrus tea.
The Ecco has many seats and table in front of the restaurant and also inside. The service was a little bit unkind, they persisted to guide us to our reserved table only in the opening hours, so we had to wait 5 minutes in front of the restaurant. They also forgot one coffee. But overall it was a fine visit at the Ecco.


Points +19566

03 Jul 2018

Peaceful place

Peaceful place very close to tram & bus station "Chlodwigplatz" in nice area of town called "Südstadt" with lotsa shops for everyday shopping (supermarkets, postal office, jewelery, bakeries, comic book store...). Huge outside area (50 seats or so). Real kitchen, so you may modify what you order. Many vegan options, all freshly prepared, also dessert (carrot & chocolate cake). Very good coffee. All high quality. Friendly staff. Regular people. They like garlic but will find solutions. Direct connection to central train station by bus / tram / subway.


Points +60

19 Mar 2018

Amazing Brunch

Best vegan brunch in the city! About 3/4 of the breakfast/brunch is vegan. Both hot & cold dishes. Great lunch and dinner options as well. It's a good place to go with omni friends and family.

Cons: a bit pricey (but worth it)


Points +21

13 Feb 2017

try the “all you can eat“

all you can eat, that's what I recommend. its nice to have a buffet with normal and vegetarian food, so you can go there with non-vegetarians friends. But beware, most of the time it's very full and noisy.


Points +48

04 Jun 2016

love the brunch

This place is perfect if you want to have brunch with non-vegan or vegetarian friends. There is one vegan side of the brunch buffet and one for omnivores. And it's very delicious!


Points +75

31 Mar 2016

Totally awesome vegan brunch!

We went there on a saturday, I reserved a week in advance because I thought that the restaurant was ging to be full on the weekend (which it was). So I highly recommand to reserve in advance.
The brunch was totally awesome, half of the dishes were vegan, and everything is marked "vegan, gluten free, nut free, dairy free". We were blown away by the diversity of all the dishes (selfmade bread, yeast pastries, cakes, spelt-chili, risotto, hashbrowns, potato wedges, salads (potato-, chickpea-, bean-, couscous-, vegetable-,past-, green etc.), rice pudding, joghurts, fruit and many more!

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