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Area guide: Cologne’s Kolumba Quartier

With its diverse mix of fashion, food and homeware boutiques, Cologne’s new Kolumba Quartier is set to join the ranks of the world’s best shopping districts, as Ruairidh Pritchard discovers

Ruairidh Pritchard
Ruairidh Pritchard ,

The majority of the world’s greatest cities have one thing in common: a great shopping district. Now, Cologne has joined the ranks with the launch of the Kolumba Quartier, a must-visit retail destination featuring an array of high-end stores, exclusive eateries and visitor attractions.


Sharing its name and location with the city's acclaimed Kolumba museum – a striking architectural masterpiece housing an extensive collection of fine European art – the Kolumba Quartier has a wide range of stores and restaurants which has helped make this one of the best shopping districts in Germany.


‘The idea was to create something special for visitors to Cologne,’ explains Kai Schmidt, spokesperson for the Kolumba Quartier. ‘The district is located between two of Cologne’s premier shopping streets, offering visitors a wide range of stores, as well as places for rest and relaxation.’


Underlining the area’s fashion credentials is Bogner, one of Germany’s biggest fashion chains. Its Kolumba Quartier store, located on Brückenstrasse, takes inspiration from the brand’s roots in skiwear and has a contemporary sport-infused interior reminiscent of a luxury ski chalet. The brand specialises in everyday wardrobe essentials with a sporty edge. Its menswear and womenswear collections combine classic styling with the active versatility of sportswear, resulting in a range tailored to suit every occasion. Its fashion-conscious casualwear and sought-after accessories have helped it become one of Cologne’s must-visit stores.


If you’re looking for something a little more formal, German suit specialist Ebinghaus is sure to impress. One of Cologne’s finest menswear stores, Ebinghaus can be found at the heart of the Quartier on Glockengasse. The family-run store was founded in 1975 and became known for stocking high-end Italian labels. Today, its range includes pieces by Ermenegildo Zegna, Canali and Cerruti 1881.


The area is also home to one of Germany’s best family-run womenswear boutiques, Hofius, located on Herzogstrasse. Sabine Hofius-Dümer established the brand in 2000 and runs the business with her daughters Lena and Nora, producing elegant casualwear of the highest quality. More than 95% of Hofius’s collections are made in Germany and crafted from high-quality materials. These include certified organic cotton yarns and sustainably farmed fabrics, which underpin the company’s commitment to naturally produced sustainable fashion.


As well providing the perfect outfit, the Kolumba Quartier also offers an array of high-end accessory options. Fine leather accessories specialist Lederwaren Voegels has been providing travel and leather goods in Cologne for over 90 years. The company’s store on Ludwigstrasse remains the go-to destination in the city for luggage and leather brands, and it now stocks a selection of internationally renowned labels such as Bric’s, Rimowa, Samsonite and Victorinox.


Homeware is equally well represented in the district. The Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (Royal Porcelain Factory) is one of the Kolumba Quartier’s standout stores. Founded by Frederick II of Prussia in 1763, the brand boasts a rich heritage. It has since been owned by seven kings and emperors and its White Gold collection has been celebrated and coveted throughout Europe for centuries. Today, the brand’s store on Brückenstrasse plays host to a selection of beautifully handcrafted porcelain vases, figurines and tableware.


Brückenstrasse is also home to audio specialist Bang & Olufsen. This Danish company has long been a pioneer in the field of sound engineering and is renowned for creating some of the world’s most innovative audio-visual technology. Each product, including televisions, sound systems and headphones, has been carefully crafted by its in-house engineers to ensure unrivalled sound quality.


While visitors to the Kolumba Quartier may be focused on their shopping lists, the area’s impressive range of eateries is far too good to ignore. Located on the ground floor of the Manufactum department store on Brückenstrasse, traditional German delicatessen Brot & Butter offers shoppers a wide selection of traditional German breads, cheeses and other gourmet delights, alongside delicious freshly baked cakes. Be sure to pay a visit to the innovative Vier Jahreszeiten biomarket and bistro on Herzogstrasse. Part organic food shop, part delicatessen, this store offers a daily lunch menu which changes frequently and is based on the freshest seasonal organic ingredients available.


With Kolumba Quartier’s diverse mix of fashion, food and homeware options, and streets lined with a range of international brands and historic, family-run stores, Cologne’s newest must-visit retail destination makes shopping feel special.



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