Unsurprisingly for a city so intent on celebrations, carnivals and parades, Cologne has its own beer, famous throughout Germany: the bright, yellow-hued Kölsch. It is served in small glasses, just 0.2L - but don’t worry, your waiter will bring you a new one just as your glass is finished. The beer goes well with traditional Cologne cuisine, which is hearty and filling. Typical dishes include Himmel un Ääd (Heaven and Earth), an apple and potato dish served with blood sausage; Halver Hahn, a thick slab of cheese with a rye bread roll, and Reibekuchen, which are flat fried potato cakes served with sweet or savoury toppings. Cologne is a wealthy modern city of half a million people, so there are all the usual international cuisines available. Head to Severinstraße in the Altstadt for a cluster of warm and inviting bars and restaurants.