Café Central

Inseparable from the Chelsea hotel – not only in space but in spirit and history – is the Café Central. It was here during the Eighties and Nineties that legendary parties took place under the „artistic direction“ of Martin Kippenberger. Not only visual artists like this café, with its timeless, black and white interior, it has been a center of literary and intellectual discussions from the outset. The outside terrace with palms and bamboo plants brings an almost mediterranean atmosphere which attracts hotel guests and Cologne natives alike in the summer, which in Cologne sometimes starts as early as in February.

Since the spring of 2014 the Café Central is under the management of Achim and Gaby Mantscheff, and Britta Barthelmeß, all well-known in Cologne for their successful gastronomical enterprises, among them Café im Bauturm, Café Feynsinn and the cafeteria in the Museum Ludwig. They continue to develop the tradition of the Café Central with new ideas. In times of industrial food-processing we are very glad to have found partners, who have the opportunity to raise animals with organic farmers, who are able to import vegetables and wine from trusted growers, to get their coffee through fair trade from cooperative associations in Mexico, as well as doing their own coffee roasting. They also continue the tradition of lectures, discussions, exhibitions and other cultural performances.

We are very pleased about this new collaboration.

Café Central
Tel: +49 – (0)221 – 20715-20

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