Just a couple of doors down is Cologne’s second master bakery, Bäckerei Zimmermann, established in 1885 and working with traditional methods to this day. This family-owned bakery has never used any preservatives or artificial additives in its range of products, which includes crusty artisan loaves, fresh baguettes and moist rye bread. A gorgeous smell wafts from this tiny space with the bright green façade. Zimmermann’s classic Rheinisches Schwarzbrot (Rhineland-style dark rye bread) is a great souvenir to take home. Wrapped in pretty silver paper and featuring Zimmermann’s famous lettering, a package is sold practically every minute. My favourite way to enjoy it is with a thick smear of butter and a pinch of salt. Delicious.
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