Small but perfectly formed, Ehrenstrasse is the ideal place for those looking to pick up some unique souvenirs from Cologne. Offering an eclectic shopping experience, the street is lined with small design stores as well as cool sportswear brands such as Adidas and Levi’s. Cult labels, including American Apparel, and upmarket high-street brands, such as Zara and Cos, make this a popular haunt for younger customers. Visit for some of the best denim brands in the city, with Replay, Pepe Jeans and Diesel among the top labels.
Schildergasse is one of the most comprehensive shopping destinations in Cologne as well as one of the most-visited streets in Germany. Located in the city centre, the smart, pedestrianised road displays a covetable array of international brands. Popular stores include Douglas – the perfect place to invest in Cologne’s most famous product, eau de cologne – while offerings from brands such as Esprit, H&M, Max Mara and Massimo Dutti are sure to liven up your wardrobe.
Located in the historic Old Town, Hohe Strasse is one of Cologne’s busiest and most popular shopping locations. A must-visit for retail enthusiasts, it offers a range of womenswear designers, with popular international brands such as Mango, Benetton and H&M, and distinctive independent retailers. The street is also home to Galeria Kaufhof, one of the biggest department stores in Germany. Offering brand-name fashion and jewellery items, as well as household goods and accessories, it’s the ideal one-stop shop for the best German products.
Maastrichter Strasse is located in Cologne’s on-trend Belgisches Viertel – Belgian Quarter – and has become the shopping street of choice for the city’s many artists and discerning fashion lovers. Home to dozens of cool concept stores, cafés and local designer boutiques, the area is ideal for sourcing some truly unique finds. Head to Simon und Renoldi for top picks from young German designers, while Monsieur Courbet’s multibrand menswear store offers everything from clothing and accessories to records.
The elegant houses which once lined Breite Strasse have been converted into beautiful shops, offering a wealth of shopping possibilities. Although small, the street packs a powerful sartorial punch and is a sophisticated mix of old and new. Karstadt department store is the perfect place to find gifts ranging from luxury glassware to fine fragrances and womenswear. Goldkopf Parfumerie is popular with discerning locals for its stock of niche brands and friendly, personal service.