a la tarte

A woman started making quiches and pies. With that vision she opened a charmingly bohemian café serving just that. For her, this café is a place she has always wanted to run.

A la Tarte is more than just a coffee shop, it serves organically made pies, quiches, cakes and cookies made in-house every day and (I am personally excited) to see a variety of other savoury treats. You can find this cafe on Darmstädter Straße 19 in Köln’s popular Südstadt area.

The cafe’s additional charm comes from being located in what used to be a milk shop. With high ceilings and decorative tiles you can right away feel the transcendence of the predecessors.


I simply love the feel of this place. It makes me feel at home and appeals to all my taste buds. The baristas are incredibly sweet (and well versed in English, should one need it). There is nothing better on a Sunday morning than settling down right by the window at A la Tarte with one of the papers they supply, sipping on a cappuccino while nibbling on their freshly made organic strawberry white chocolate pie or – for the more discerning foodie – fresh basil white chocolate pie, another personal favourite.

On the savoury side, a special fall treat is the orange fennel quiche.

I would rate this cafe right up there with another favourite and equally satisfying cafe, based in Vancouver, called Aphrodite’s Cafe & Pie Shop.

I found my place on this side of the globe!

gallery images © Bernward Malaka – Café A La Tarte


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