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Osho's Garden

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Venloer Strasse 5-7 (at Friesenplatz), Cologne, Germany, 50672

Vegetarian food, smoothies, and a salad bar that's self-serve and priced by weight. Breakfast food til 11am, then salad bar and main dish and soup 12-10pm. Offers Sunday brunch. Free W-Lan. Renamed from Osho's Place, June 2016. Its adjoined The Vegan Garden next door shut in 2015.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Western, Fast food, Salad bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out

Reviews (23)

First Review by Mar

nice salad, soups, indian inspired food - Edit

friendly people serving fresh food on a food bar: salad, soup, lotsa cookies, a few warm dishes. some salads ready-to-go.

enough vegan stuff for my taste. all labeled.

many things without garlic! nice!

good coffee. soup tasty. LOTSA really good sweets, see photos.

restaurant not super cozy yet nice and peaceful.

normal persons in restaurant, not yuppie (nor any other particular) style.

very centrally located at (subway stop) friesenplatz.

Pros: lots of vegan stuff, friendly, centrally located

Cons: closes 'early' for a big city (21 hrs)


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breakfast and brunch - Edit

Vegetarian with plenty of vegan options. Breakfast special for €5.90 was well worth it for a 'German style' brekkie, with tofu and mock meat available. Staff were super friendly and helpful and able to point out lots of vegan options. Brunch on Sunday's from 10.30 are a little random but so good, it gets busy then! Prices were decent - pay by weight. It's attached to some sort of mediation/yoga health club place, grab a seat on the wicker chairs by the window and chill :)


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good but too expensive - Edit

Few vegan options.
Nice location. Place not to cozy, looks like a canteen. Rare atmosphere.
Desserts are good.
Friendly staff.
Not good value for money.

Pros: vegan desserts, salad bar, friendly staff

Cons: very expensive for what it is, non cozy atmosphere


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Lots of Vegan Options Now :-) - Edit

Osho's Place has always been a vegetarian restaurant, but until recently (summer 2015) had not offered a ton of vegan options. For the last year or so, they ran a vegan place next door (Vegan Garden), which just closed, and now OP offers the juice and smoothie bar that was formerly only at Vegan Garden, as well as about half their menu being vegan now (and clearly marked). I will miss Vegan Garden but am very happy that OP now offers and clearly marks vegan options. Their salad bar is pretty good and the atmosphere is very relaxed, warm and friendly. Since it's self-service, it's a wee bit cheaper than eating in a full-service place. It's not necessarily "cheap", but you can choose what and how much you get, so if you only have €5 you can certainly get rice with sauce, or just a medium-sized salad. It can get busy right at the lunch rush (around 1:00), and for the Thali evening (first Friday of the month) and Sunday brunch.


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Not sure what I ate but it was good. - Edit

I walked all the way from the Rhine in search of a veg restaurant, and thought I would try this spot out. My blood sugar was very low and I couldn't talk. I ordered a few things– fingerling potatoes, chia seed pudding and a couple of other things, and I'm not sure what they were but whatever it was it was delicious. there was also a salad bar and a few other dessert things. The atmosphere was very casual and had a fast-food feel to it.

I should have taken the train over. It was such a cute, hip neighborhood.

Pros: reasonably priced

Cons: cafeteria like atmosphere


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nice food - too pricy - Edit

canteen style restaurant. we both ate a really good gulash with broccoli and potatoes. the potatoes were very soft but good. all for 18.80€ without drinks. oh gosh. and still a bit hungry :/


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Awesome salad bar - Edit

Osho's place is more like a cafeteria, with a salad bar, couple of main dishes, soup, deserts, and drinks. The food is great, mostly vegan, some dairy. When I was there, the main dish contained dairy, but there was a great vegan selection at the salad bar and the soup was vegan. The atmosphere is not like a great cozy cafe, but you can take your food next door to the vegan garden, which is a bit nicer.

Pros: salad bar, good variety and selection, connection with "vegan garden" next door

Cons: not very cozy


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Nice atmosphere, generous servings - Edit

Went there today for dinner, had a vegan dinner (save for the yoghurt, which I forgot to mention). There was a salad bar, though I note it seemed rather more expensive. Many desserts and cookies/cakes on offer, but most are not vegan.

Best thing about this place was the atmosphere: if you sit further in, you can't really hear the street and it's nice and quiet.

However, I must say it was really nothing special, and I could cook better food myself at home!

Pros: Nice atmosphere , Generous servings

Cons: Few vegan options


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Fresh, tasty varied food but not enough vegan - Edit

This restaurant is really nicely located, city centre and beside the lovely Stadtgarten and it itself is built around its own garden so it is a really pleasant place to go. There are lots of things going on in this centre, lots of posters for different yoga groups and hugging evenings and stuff because it is connected to the controversial Osho. Back to the food though, the staff are very helpful when it comes to finding vegan stuff amongst their veggie selection. As far as I am aware, the salad bar is almost always mostly vegan so you can build yourself a lovely plate from all the different things they have on offer but they only have a warm vegan entree once or twice a week. The people are really friendly though and it is a nice place to go so definitely recommended.


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Please put more vegan options - Edit

Osho's has a great atmosphere and very tasty food. Although there were times I went and couldn't order any of the entrees, because they weren't vegan. I would still recommend Osho's though. The prices are mid-range.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Not enough vegan fare


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Good vegetarian German food - Edit

My wife and I ended up going here twice during our weekend trip to Cologne in December 2010. They have good vegetarian versions of German food to give you the chance to try something "German" aside from sides of saurkraut and potatoes. Plenty of seating was available. A number of the salads were vegan as well, though not sure about main dishes.


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Good brunch - Edit

We didn't know where to have a lunch on Sunday before We leave Koln at 15p.m. Some how we chose this place and it was a good place to go. We arrived there around 14.15. The buffet was not big, but there were some vegan options available. The food was delicious and healthy, there was also a good choice of smoothies, vegan yohurts-desserts. Few rooms to sit. When we were leaving I saw that the chef was changing buffet, like he took away soy and tofu and added some vegetable cuts. May be if we would arrive at that time, I woudn't be happy to eat only cold vegetables before the trip.
Staff was helpful, the place was also not noisy and clean.

Pros: Sunday brunch, smoothies, 5 min from metro

Cons: not hot vegan


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No WiFi Anymore - Edit

It's the best of a bad bunch in Cologne. The prices are certainly not cheap, the atmosphere is tainted by the scent of "superiority" of the people who go there as part of the Osho crowd, in case you don't know, Osho followers used to be called the Orange people or Rajneeshis, so be very careful if you do any of their courses, unless you are brainwash proof. They don't push their Osho addiction at your table, they instead dangle little carrots to get you to do their courses and then the indoctrination starts. The food is good but not cheap, the staff can be very unfriendly and aloof, like most guru followers.
Updated from previous review on Monday August 16, 2010

Pros: Handy, Good food

Cons: Unfriendly, Sureriority complex of Osho followers, No WiFi

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Basically good vege - Edit

I noted comments in another review about religeous influence prior to our visit. Very accurate! Good for lunches. Good soups. Wide selection of salad items - pay by weight. We also went one Friday evening where the place was packed out as everyone came for a pleasant vege Thali priced at 12 euros.

Pros: Good basic food

Cons: eggs used ?


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Pretty good - Edit

As mentioned, most of the food is vegetarian, not vegan. Still, it doesn't cost too much as long as you don't pile your plate high with food. The food was fairly good, pretty typical veg buffet and the kind of stuff that wouldn't be too difficult to make at home. Overall it was good for a quick lunch but nothing too impressive. I didn't have the daily special, though, and it was quite popular.

Pros: non-smoking, healthy

Cons: mostly not vegan, by weight


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not vegan friendly - Edit

There are not usually vegan dishes here. But its all vegetarian. I went there.. they said the vegie burger was vegan but had egg, soup was vegan but it had ghee and soup was vegan but had cream.. so we did not eat here.. seems there are usually not vegan meals here. They offered potatoes and steamed vegies...

Pros: good for vegetarians

Cons: no vegan choices, seems expensive


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Great atmposphere makes up for the food - Edit

OK, so maybe not gourmet food on offer here but there's an excellent choice (better if you get there early) and the atmposphere is wonderful. There are usually 2 main courses (one is normally vegan) and plenty of vegetables and sauces to accompany them as well as a large salad choice and a soup of the day (which was not vegan on the day we went - cream of broccoli)

There are lots of seats and cosy places to chill out as well as a bar area at the rear. It's a great meeting place to have a snack and drink and gets busy later on in the evening. My only gripe is that I'd rather pay for everything together at the end rather than as and when you get it from the serving area.

This place is going to sneak into my all time top 10 I think so it must be good. I wouldn't put just any old place in there. It's located in a fabulous bustling area just off Friesenplatz and there's a Basic Bio shop just a few yards up the road on the same side opposite the Stadtgarten on Venloer Stasse.

Pros: prices, atmosphere, food

Cons: cannot pay at end


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The unfriendliest Veggie Restaurant in Germany - Edit

As there are no other vegan-friendly restaurants to find in Köln, we decided to have a Sunday meal there. Waitress could not tell which food was vegan, was very unfriendly, was speaking to us like dumbs, and then she offered us cooked rice and beans as vegan couisine. We left without eating.


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zen place - Edit

nice ambiance with the windows facing a little yard and a zen shop next door. big place with plenty seats, even at dinner hour, you can always find a table for 3-4.
salad bar is excellent, big choice, great taste. also herb teas and non sugar cokkies are not bad ,of course there are coffees and sugar cakes too. well about the main course its a little heavy, not vegan, i think some of them are with butter or cheese. taste good but a little salty, maybe its a genaral taste in germany, because i saw some germans at the table adding more salt to the dish that i thought were too salty . daily soups delicious. main course changes every day. veggie burger or stew+noodle or rice(i had lunch&supper there during 4-5 days)
reasonable price, salad paid by WEIGHT , main course 2 prices: full size plate or half size(smaller) plate. very scientific and no waste. a good german habit i guess, you don't see that so much in france or italy :-) it's perfect for people who don't eat much but want a complete blanced meal with salad and main course, soup etc.
and i liked the fresh mint leaves in hot water, tastes like a green tea and really good for digest.
someone mentioned that no english spoken, but they did speak english while i was there, with limited vocabularies (me too:-D) &friendly.

Pros: big confortable place , nice food big choice, reasonable price

Cons: some of the hot dishes a bit heavy


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Delicious - Edit

Had lunch at Osho's twice this past week and enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere and fresh healthy food. Chose the soup of the day - Spinach & Coconut with an assortment of salads. Self service buffet was a delight after experiencing general appalling service at other venues around Cologne. The outdoor on street tables are great to relax in the shade during the recent humid hot weather.


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beautiful food and place - Edit

This place is excellent, the food, the environment and the price-quality ratio. I love the special nights, like the Thai night on Friday, don't miss out on this. There is a buffet with many possibilities, several menus, yummy desserts... and great Bionade, a refreshing organic German drink. I would recommend this place to anyone!

Pros: excellent food, nice staff, good value

Cons: sometimes packed, sometimes noisy, -


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